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Tickets go on sale Aug. 13

Cal Poly Symphony Fall Concert: The Symphony Dances

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018
3 p.m. Harold J. Miossi Hall
, Performing Arts Center

Suzanne Duffy and Marcia Dickstein
Suzanne Duffy, flute; Marcia Dickstein, harp

Join the Cal Poly Symphony in an exploration of dance across the historical spectrum. The program features everything from 16th-century lute music — reimagined by the Italian composer and musicologist Ottorino Respighi in his “Ancient Airs and Dances” — to the pulsing minimalism of John Adams’ “The Chairman Dances.”

Enjoy both the intimate music of Claude Debussy and Howard Hanson, featuring guest artists Marcia Dickstein, harp, and Suzanne Duffy, flute, as well as the unbridled exuberance of Arturo Márquez’ “Danzon No. 2.”

  • Respighi: “Ancient Airs and Dances,” Suite No. 1
  • Debussy: “Sarabande,” arranged by Ravel
  • Adams: “The Chairman Dances”
  • Debussy: “Danses sacrée et profane”
  • Hanson: “Serenade for Flute, Harp and Strings”
  • Márquez: “Danzon No. 2”

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

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Cal Poly Symphony Winter Concert: Student Soloist Showcase

Sunday, March 3, 2019
3 p.m. Harold J. Miossi Hall
, Performing Arts Center

Every year, the symphony holds auditions for student soloists of any major. The prize for several of them is a performance with the symphony! Come hear this year’s winners and celebrate musical talent from across the university.

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

 



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Cal Poly Symphony Spring Concert - Fate: Tchaikovsky 4

Saturday, June 8, 2019
8 p.m. Harold J. Miossi Hall
, Performing Arts Center

“Our symphony progresses.” Such were the words that Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote in 1877 to Nadezhda Filaretovna von Meck. Madame von Meck, as she is often known, idolized Tchaikovsky’s music, supported him for years, shared a very personal and prolific correspondence with him and insisted that they never meet. She also very much wanted to know what “their” symphony was about.

In a rare departure, Tchaikovsky wrote to her a full explanation of the meaning of his fourth symphony, centered on the idea of “Fate, the decisive force which prevents our hopes of happiness from being realized …” Come join the symphony as it traces the crushing depths of despair and passionate moments of hope in Tchaikovsky’s epic musical struggle.

  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36
  • Additional works

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

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