Special Events and Faculty Recitals
Friday, April 17, 2015
8 p.m., Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center
Three Cal Poly music ensembles featuring more than 100 of the university's finest student musicians will perform at this year's Open House Concert!
The Cal Poly Symphony, conducted by David Arrivée, will feature works for symphonic orchestra, including "Palladio" by Karl Jenkins, "Oblivion" by Astor Piazolla, and Monty Norman's theme from the James Bond films.
The Cal Poly Wind Ensemble, conducted by Andrew McMahan, will perform a selection of wind band masterworks including "Strange Humors" by John Mackey. This piece features Cal Poly 2012 music alumnus Jonathan Withem on the djembe, a rope-tuned, skin-covered goblet hand drum originally from West Africa.
The University Jazz Band I, directed by Paul Rinzler, will perform "Wind Machine" by Sammy Nestico, "Smack Dab in the Middle" by John Clayton, and "Some Skunk Funk" by Randy Brecker.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
2:30 p.m., Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center
The Cal Poly Music Department will host the Cal Poly All-State Festival Concert, featuring some of the state's best high school musicians.
Dave Eshelman, trombonist, composer, big band leader, recording artist, and jazz educator, will be the Festival Jazz Band director. His music has been performed by the bands of Joe Henderson, Don Ellis and Stan Kenton. Eshelman has performed as the featured soloist with Joe Henderson, Tito Puente, Gerald Wilson, Ray Brown, and the Full Faith and Credit Big Band. Eshelman also served as director of jazz studies at Cal State East Bay for many years.
The Festival Wind Orchestra will be conducted by husband-and-wife team Heidi Johanna Miller and James Patrick Miller. Heidi Miller is an adjunct assistant professor of music at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., where she conducts the Brass Choir and Woodwind Choir and teaches courses in music education. James Miller is the Douglas Nimmo endowed chair in music at Gustavus Adolphus College. He conducts the Gustavus Wind Orchestra. Previously he was director of wind studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Both conductors earned Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, studying with maestro Craig Kirchhoff at the University of Minnesota.
The concert will also feature the winner of the festival's solo competition, accompanied by pianist and Cal Poly Music Department faculty member Susan Azaret Davies.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
7:30 p.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218
John Astaire and guest vocalist Inga Swearingen are collaborating on a song cycle project that gathers a myriad of songs spanning centuries and genres. Astaire will accompany Swearningen on the cimbalom, a Hungarian hammered dulcimer notable for its complex and haunting tonal qualities. The cycle, titled “Dear I of that Day: Remembered Songs of a Distant World” includes songs by Schubert, The Beach Boys, Merle Haggard, and many others — separated by time or genre, but linked by mood and memory.
Tickets ($5 at the door)