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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

Cal Poly music faculty member and lyric soprano Meredith Brammeier will present a recital with pianist Susan Azaret Davies.

The recital will include arias from Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. John Passion,” Joseph Haydn’s “The Creation,” Giuseppe Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera,” Gaetano Donizetti’s “La Fille du Régiment,” and Douglas Moore’s “The Ballad of Baby Doe.” The concert will also feature works by George Frideric Handel, John Dowland, Victor Herbert and Richard Strauss.

Brammeier is a member of Canzona Women’s Ensemble and Cuesta Master Chorale, and she has been a guest artist in Cal Poly’s Bach in the Mission concerts since 2011. She coordinates Cal Poly’s music theory and musicianship programs and is the organist at Grace Lutheran Church in Santa Maria.

She holds a master of music degree in composition from the Eastman School of Music and a doctor of musical arts degree in composition from USC. She specializes in choral composition, and her works have been commissioned by a variety of ensembles throughout the Central Coast.  

Davies is a staff accompanist and lecturer at Cal Poly, accompanist for the Cuesta Master Chorale, choir director/organist at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, and principal keyboardist for the San Luis Obispo Symphony. She has appeared at the Oregon Bach Festival; the Cabrillo Festival; the Festival Internacional de Musica de Morelia, Mexico; CSU Summer Arts, and a series of concerts with the Gachinger Kantorei of Stuttgart and the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center.

Davies earned bachelor and master of music degrees in piano and accompanying from USC.

Admission to the performance is free; voluntary contributions to the Music Department Scholarship Fund are welcome. The recital is sponsored by Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts

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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 will be on stage in Harman Hall, all on the same evening! Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will emcee 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 two of Ludwig van Beethoven’s sonatas: Sonata in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2 and Sonata in D Major, Op. 28 ("Pastoral”); Francis Poulenc’s "Soirées de Nazelle;” and a set of five preludes by Sergei Rachmaninov, from Op. 23 and Op. 32.

Tickets ($14 general, $9 students)

 

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Bach WeekBach Week

Tuesday, Jan. 19–Saturday, Jan. 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Davies and David ArrivéeInside Bach Week

Tuesday, 1/19/16, 7:30 p.m., Pavilion
Join the Bach Week directors for an in-depth look at the week's repertoire, 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

 

 

Christopher M. CockGuest 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

 

 

 

Mensa Sonora CaliforniaChamber 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 ($20 premium general and students, $15 general, $10 students)*

*Special! Discounted pricing for both Mission concerts ($35 general, $15 students)

 

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

Saturday, 1/23/16, 8 p.m., Mission SLO
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 ($20 premium general and students, $15 general, $10 students)*

*Special! Discounted pricing for both Mission concerts ($35 general, $15 students)

 

Bach at TrinityBach at Trinity (Santa Barbara)

Sunday, 1/24/16, 3:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, Santa Barbara (1500 State Street )
Cal Poly’s Early Music Ensemble, members of the Cal Poly Symphony. and faculty join professional guest artists to perform the music of the greatest of the Baroque masters, Johann Sebastian Bach.

Tickets ($20 premium general and students, $15 general, $10 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 well-known, 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 attend. More information on the Wind Bands page.

Concert I: Cal Poly Wind Ensemble and Kansai College Band Federation (Osaka, Japan)

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

Tickets ($18 general, $12 students) - general seating

Concert II: Shizuoka Concert Liberte (Shizuoka, Japan) and CSU Long Beach Wind Symphony

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

Tickets ($18 general, $12 students) - general seating

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

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

Tickets (4 free tickets per household) - general seating

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

Tickets ($12 general, $9 students) - general seating

 

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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 will feature California’s finest high school musicians, chosen by audition to participate. Come and enjoy an afternoon of music-making as these young professionals display skills far beyond their years.

  • Mike Galisatus
    • Festival Jazz Band Director
  • Eric Wilson
    • Festival Wind Orchestra Director

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

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