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Cal Poly Parent and Family Weekend Ensemble Showcase Concert

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
8 p.m., Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center

Cal Poly's 2014 Parent and Family Weekend will kick off with a musical showcase emceed by Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center on campus.

The Parent and Family Weekend Ensemble Showcase will feature all Cal Poly Music Department major performing ensembles: the Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble, Cal Poly Choirs (PolyPhonics and The University Singers), University Jazz Band I, Cal Poly Symphony, and Cal Poly Wind Ensemble.

The Arab Music Ensemble, directed by Ken Habib, will begin the program with classic selections of art and popular music from the Eastern Mediterranean and larger region.

The Cal Poly Choirs, with The University Singers, will perform "The Morning Trumpet," an early American hymn arranged by Cal Poly Professor Meredith Brammeier. PolyPhonics will follow with Lee Kesselman's "Musica est Dei," based on the Orlando de Lasso motet "Musica est Dei donum optimi" ("Music, gift of the highest God") and "Two Cat Songs" by Wilfred Josephs. The groups will combine in a performance of "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing," arranged by Mack Wilberg. Thomas Davies conducts the choirs, and Susan Azaret Davies and Paul Woodring are the accompanists.

The University Jazz Band I, led by Jazz Studies Director Paul Rinzler, will perform a program of big band swing dance classics.

The Cal Poly Symphony, under the direction of David Arrivée, will preview selections from its Fall Concert, "Symphony at the Opera," including Saint-Saëns' "Danse Bacchanale" from "Samson and Dalila" and Rossini's overture to "The Barber of Seville."

The Wind Ensemble, directed by Andrew McMahan, will close the show with performances of traditional and modern works selected from the best repertoire written for symphonic wind band.

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Faculty RecitalistsFaculty Chamber Ensemble Fall Concert

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
7:30 p.m., Cal Poly Davidson Music Center, Room 218

This marks the fifth year of chamber recitals where faculty perform masterworks of chamber music — both beloved gems and lesser-known works.

The concert will open with flutist Suzanne Duffy and guest guitarist James Edwards performing two movements from Ferdinando Carulli's "Serenade," Op. 109, No. 1.

Percussionist John Astaire and guest vocalist Inga Swearingen will close the first half of the program with works by Mutsuhito Ogino, followed by "Oj, Savice," a Croatian folk song, and Bla Bartk's "Summer Has Come."

The concert will conclude with Camille Saint-Sans' "Romance," Op. 37, performed by Duffy and Susan Azaret Davies on piano. Duffy will also perform Claude Debussy's "Syrinx," for solo flute. The two will join again to play Georges He's "Fantaisie," Op. 107.

Admission is $5 at the door. The recital is sponsored by Cal Poly's College of Liberal Arts and Music Department. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406.

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W. Terrence Spiller at pianoW. Terrence Spiller Piano Recital

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
8 p.m., Spanos Theatre

Concert pianist and Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller performs Chopin's Préludes, Op. 28, along with works by Haydn, Debussy and Albeniz.

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Bach Week

    Thomas Davies and David ArrivéeInside Bach Week

    Tuesday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. | Davidson Music Center, Room 218

    Join directors Thomas Davies and David Arrivée for an in-depth look at the repertoire of Bach Week, in the context of Bach's life and — in the case of cantatas — as it functioned in the religious context of the Lutheran church service. Musical examples and a nice bit of German included. Free admission.


    Anthony Martin and David WilsonGuest Artist Presentation: 'The Baroque Violin'

    Thursday, Jan. 22, 11:10 a.m. | Davidson Music Center, Room 218

    Join guest artists Anthony Martin and David Wilson for a demonstration of Baroque performance practice and a discussion of this year's chamber concert. Free admission.


    Martin, Wilson, Dornenburg and ShermanChamber Concert: "Before Bach"

    Friday, Jan. 23, 8 p.m., Mission San Luis Obispo

    A selection of music by composers Bach valued and from whom he learned. Performed on period instruments by Mensa Sonora California:

    • Anthony Martin, violin
    • David Wilson, violin
    • John Dornenburg, viola da gamba
    • Charles Sherman, harpsichord

     

    Tickets: ($18 general, $16 seniors and $9 students)
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    Bach in the Mission VBach in the Mission V

    Saturday, Jan. 24, 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.

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    Night at the Mission'A Night at the Mission' Chamber Concert

    Friday, Feb. 6, 2015
    8 p.m., Mission San Luis Obispo

    Beautiful music performed by our chamber ensembles: Brass Choir, Clarinet Ensemble, brass quintets, woodwind quintets, Flute Choir, saxophone quartets and string quartets.

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    Faculty Chamber Ensemble Spring Concert

    Friday, April 24, 2015 (New Date)
    7:30 p.m., Cal Poly 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!

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    Cal Poly Open House Concert

    Friday, April 17, 2015
    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.

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    Cal Poly All-State Festival Concert

    Sunday, April 19, 2015
    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.

    • James Miller and Heidi Miller, Festival Wind Orchestra conductors

    • Dave Eshelman, Festival Jazz Band director

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