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Special Events and Faculty Recitals

CollegiansCollegians Alumni Big Band Concert

Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018
7:30–10:30 p.m., Madonna Inn Ballroom

The Cal Poly Collegians Alumni Big Band will celebrate its annual reunion with a performance in the Madonna Inn Ballroom in San Luis Obispo.

The band’s annual gathering draws more than 20 alumni musicians to recreate the swinging sounds of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Les Brown and other famous ensembles of the big-band era.

The Collegians, the predecessor to today’s acclaimed Cal Poly University Jazz Bands, was founded in 1937 by then-Music Department Head Harold P. Davidson.

Winners of the 2017-18 Cal Poly Collegians’ Jazz Scholarship — trombonists Kent Giese and Davis Zamboanga — will join in the performance.

Past reunions have found the alumni band performing at a variety of local venues on the Central Coast, including wineries, parks, shopping malls and San Luis Obispo’s Mission Plaza. The Madonna Inn Ballroom has been the site of the band’s homecoming since 1999, following a personal invitation from the late Alex Madonna.

Admission to the performance is free; voluntary contributions to Cal Poly's Collegians Jazz Scholarship are welcome.

The Collegians draw a full house every year, and seating is guaranteed only for those who make a reservation and dine in the Madonna Inn Gold Rush Steak House. Non-diners who wish to dance or listen are accommodated on a first-come basis. To make dinner reservations at the Gold Rush Steak House, call 805-543-3000. For more information about the Madonna Inn and the steakhouse, visit the Madonna Inn website.

For more information, visit the group’s website

 

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Brynn Albanese, Ken Hustad and John Astaire

Brynn Albanese, Violin, with John Astaire, Percussion, and Ken Hustad, Bass

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018
7:30 p.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218

Brynn Albanese will perform an eclectic mix of solo violin works. She will be joined by faculty members Ken Hustad, bass; and John Astaire, percussion. Albanese and guest guitarist Jack Cimo will also perform some duets together.

$5 at the door, no series discount

 

 

 

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Katherine Arhur, Paul Woodring and David Arrivée

Brahms Songs

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018
3 p.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218

Join Katherine Arthur, soprano; Paul Woodring, piano; and David Arrivée, lecturer; in a delightful afternoon of performance and exploration of many well-known and loved Brahms songs!

$5 at the door, no series discount

 

 

 

 

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Faculty Showcase Recital

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
6:30 p.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218

Up to 12 faculty members are slated to perform for the faculty showcase, including Amy Goymerac, soprano; Brynn Albanese, violin; Heidi Butterfield, oboe; Laura Kramer, baritone saxophone; Lisa Nauful, bassoon; Christopher J. Woodruff, trumpet; Mark Miller, trombone; Barbara Spencer, cello; John Astaire, percussion; and Ken Hustad, bass. University organist and staff accompanist Paul Woodring will play piano.

$5 at the door, no series discount

 

 

 

 

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W. Terrence SpillerW. Terrence Spiller Piano Recital

Friday, Jan. 11, 2019
7:30 p.m., Spanos Theatre

Concert pianist and Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will perform a program of works by J.S. Bach, Fanny Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Bartók and Kodály.

Tickets ($14 general, $9 students)

 

 

 

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Bach WeekBach Week

Tuesday, Jan. 22–Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Akademie: Baroque Dance and the Cello Suite

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019
6 p.m., Pavilion, Performing Arts Center

This year’s Akademie lecture features Catherine Turocy, internationally recognized as a leading choreographer/reconstructor and stage director in 17th- and 18th-century period performance. She will explore the relationship between Baroque dance forms and the cello suites of J.S. Bach with discussion, examples and audience participation! Barbara Spencer will play examples from Bach’s cello suites to aid in the discussion. Stay for the following chamber concert.

Free

 

Chamber Concert: Bach Cello Suite Cycle I

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019
7:30 p.m., Pavilion, Performing Arts Center

Cellists Barbara Spencer, Jeanne Shumway and Hilary Clark begin a two-year cycle of the cello suites of J.S. Bach. Each will perform one of these monuments of the solo cello literature. Come to the preceding Akademie lecture to gain a new understanding of the influence of Baroque dance on these instrumental suites.

Free

 

Instrumental Master Class

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
11:10 a.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218

The guest artists of Mensa Sonora California will coach Cal Poly students in instrumental repertoire from the Baroque era, with a focus on historically informed performance.

Free

 

Vocal Master Class

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
3:10 p.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218

Guest artist Matthew Goinz, a longtime member of the world-famous men’s ensemble Cantus, will coach several Cal Poly voice students in repertoire from the Baroque era.

Free

 

Pre-Concert Talk

Friday, Jan. 25, 2019
7 p.m., Mission San Luis Obispo

Join Cal Poly Bach Week directors David Arrivée and Scott Glysson for an overview
of the Friday and Saturday concerts.

Free

 

Chamber Concert: Music Royal and Divine

Friday, Jan. 25, 2019
8 p.m., Mission San Luis Obispo

Music celebrating royalty and the divine: Couperin’s “L’impériale,” Handel’s “Gloria in excelsis Deo” and “Salve Regina,” and Rameau’s “Thétis.” Sopranos Cait Frizzell and Lindsey McLennan Burdick, and Matthew Goinz, bass, with Mensa Sonora California on period instruments: Anthony Martin, violin; David Wilson, violin; John Dornenburg, viola da gamba; Charles Sherman, harpsichord; and Paul Woodring, organ.

Tickets ($15 general, $10 students)*

*Special! Discounted pricing for both Mission concerts ($25 general,$15 students)

 

Bach in the Mission IX: Music for the King

Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019
8 p.m., Mission San Luis Obispo

Members of Cal Poly’s Chamber Choir, Symphony and faculty join with guest artists to perform the music of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries. Bach’s “Christen, ätzet diesen Tag,” BWV 63; selections from Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen” and Handel’s “Dettingen Te Deum.”

Tickets ($15 general, $10 students)*

*Special! Discounted pricing for both Mission concerts ($25 general,$15 students)


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W. Terrence SpillerW. Terrence Spiller: Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycle IV

Friday, May 17, 2019
7:30 p.m., Pavilion, Performing Arts Center

The fourth in Spiller's survey of the Beethoven piano sonatas:

  • Sonata in C Minor, Op.10, No.1
  • Sonata in G, Op. 31, No.1
  • Sonata in G Minor, Op. 49, No.1
  • Sonata in G, Op. 49, No. 2
  • Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57 (“Appassionata”)

Tickets ($14 general, $9 students)

 

 

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