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CollegiansCollegians Alumni Big Band Reunion Concert

Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015
7:30 p.m., Madonna Inn Ballroom

The Cal Poly Collegians Alumni Big Band will celebrate its 48-year reunion with a performance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, in the Madonna Inn Ballroom in San Luis Obispo.

The ensemble of 20 musicians will recreate the swinging sounds of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Les Brown and other big bands of the 1940s through the '60s. The program of big band jazz and swing is perfect for dancing or listening.

Cal Poly music major Troy Hanson, bass — winner of the 2014-15 Cal Poly Collegians' Jazz Scholarship — will join in the performance.

The alumni band is comprised of Cal Poly graduates from the late '40s to the early '60s who travel to San Luis Obispo from throughout California, Arizona, Oregon and Massachusetts for the reunion concert. The band — predecessor to today's acclaimed University Jazz Bands — was founded in 1937 by then Music Department Head Harold P. Davidson.

The alumni band has performed at a variety of local venues on the Central Coast over the years, including at the Madonna Inn Ballroom since 1999.

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 Steak House. Non-diners who wish to dance or listen are accommodated on a first-come basis. To make dinner reservations at the Madonna Inn Steak House, call 805-543-3000.

For more information about the performance, email Collegians member Bob Alberti or call Cal Poly’s Music Department at 805-756-2406.

For more information about the Cal Poly Collegians Alumni Big Band, including historic photos, visit the group's website.

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Meredith BrammeierMeredith Brammeier Vocal Recital

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015
8 p.m., Spanos Theatre

Accompanied by Susan Azaret Davies on the piano, Music Professor Meredith Brammeier sings music of Bach, Handel, Dowland, Donizetti, Strauss, and others.

Free

 

 

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Ken HustadKen Hustad Bass Recital

Friday, Oct. 9, 2015
7:30 p.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218

Russian music for the double bass. Featuring music of Rachmaninoff, Koussevitzky, Gliere, and Shostakovich. Paul Woodring will accompany on piano.

$5 admission at the door

 

 

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Daniel WitzkeDaniel Witzke Vocal Master Class

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
5:10-8 p.m.
, Davidson Music Center, Room 218

German Stage Director Daniel Witzke works extensively in both opera and musical theatre in Europe and the U.S. Several leading voice students in Cal Poly’s Music Department will perform and be critiqued.

Free



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Cal Poly Parent and Family Weekend Ensemble Showcase Concert

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
8 p.m., Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center

Featuring the Arab Music Ensemble, Choirs, Jazz Band, Symphony and Wind Ensemble. All of our major ensembles on stage in Harman Hall, all on the same evening! Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller emcees this extravaganza.

Tickets ($12 and $14 general, $9 and $12 students)

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Cal Poly Faculty Chamber Recital

Friday, Oct. 30, 2015
8 p.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218

Members of the faculty perform masterworks of chamber music — beloved gems and less-known works alike. Come hear what is possible when our faculty artists put into practice what they teach!

$5 admission at the door

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W. Terrence SpillerW. Terrence Spiller Piano Recital

Friday, Jan. 8, 2015
8 p.m., Spanos Theatre

Concert pianist and Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will perform Ludwig van Beethoven's Sonata in D Major, Op. 28 ("The Pastoral"); Francis Poulenc's "Soirées de Nazelle" and Robert Schumann's "Carnaval," Op. 9.

Tickets ($14 general, $9 students)

 

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Bach WeekBach Week

Tuesday, Jan. 19–Saturday, Jan. 23

Inside Bach Week

Tuesday, 1/19/16, 7:30 p.m., Pavilion
Join the directors for an in-depth look at the repertoire of Bach Week, in the context of Bach’s life and — in the case of the St. John Passion — as it functioned in the religious context of the Lutheran church year. Musical examples and a nice bit of German included.

Free

Guest Artist Presentation: 'The Role of the Evangelist in Bach’s Passions'

Thursday, 1/21/16, 11:10 a.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218
Guest artist Christopher M. Cock will discuss the role he will sing in this year’s performance of Bach’s St. John Passion.

Free

Chamber Concert: 'Bach and Sons'

Friday, 1/22/16, 8 p.m., Mission SLO
A selection of music by Bach and several of his musical sons. Performed on period instruments by Mensa Sonora California:

  • Anthony Martin, violin
  • Joseph Edelberg, violin
  • John Dornenburg, viola da gamba
  • Charles Sherman, harpsichord

Tickets ($18 general, $9 students)

Bach in the Mission VI: 'St. John Passion'

Saturday, 1/23/16, 8 p.m., Mission SLO
Sunday, 1/24/16, 8 p.m., Santa Barbara

Cal Poly’s Early Music Ensemble, members of the Cal Poly Symphony and faculty join with professional guest artists to perform the music of the greatest of the Baroque masters, Johann Sebastian Bach.

Tickets ($18 general, $9 students)

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California Wind Band Festival

Wednesday, March 2–Saturday, March 5
The 82nd annual national American Bandmasters Association national conference will take place March 1-6, 2016, at Cal Poly. It will be a joint endeavor with the Japanese Bandmasters Association and will include concerts by six well-known and high-quality performing ensembles from the U.S. and Japan as well a performance by the Cal Poly Wind Ensemble. Approximately 450 distinguished members of the American Bandmasters Association are expected to be in attendance.

Concert I: Cal Poly Wind Ensemble and Japanese Band

Wednesday, 3/2/16, 8 p.m., Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center

Description on the Wind Bands page.

Concert II: Japanese Band and U.S. Band

Thursday, 3/3/16, 8 p.m., Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center

Tickets ($12 and $14 general, $9 and $12 students)

Concert III: U.S. Army Field Band, Washington, D.C.

Friday, 3/4/16, 8 p.m., Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center

Tickets ($12 and $14 general, $9 and $12 students)

Concert IV: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Wind Orchestra and Cal Poly, Pomona, Wind Ensemble

Saturday, 3/5/16, 8 p.m., Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center

Description on the Wind Bands page.

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Cal Poly Open House Concert

Friday, April 15, 2016
8 p.m., Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center

After an exciting day at Cal Poly’s Open House, come and enjoy an evening of live entertainment by three of the Music Department’s finest instrumental ensembles: University Jazz Band, Symphony and Wind Ensemble.

Tickets ($12 and $14 general, $9 and $12 students)

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Cal Poly All-State Music Festival Concert

Sunday, April 17, 2016
2:30 p.m., Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center

This annual concert features California’s finest high school musicians, chosen by audition to participate. They are the future of music in America, and it is our pleasure to showcase their talent under the direction of world-class conductors. Come and enjoy an afternoon of music-making as these young professionals display skills far beyond their years.

Tickets ($12 and $14 general, $9 and $12 students)

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