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Cal Poly Bandfest

Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Mustang Marching Band

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018
8 p.m. Harold J. Miossi Hall
, Performing Arts Center

Nearly 300 students will perform at Cal Poly’s annual Bandfest!

The show will feature the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble in an evening of works ranging from the sensitive to the powerful.

The concert will begin with Jack Stamp’s “Gavorkna Fanfare.” Other works on the program include José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana’s “Sit de Plata,” and Percy Grainger’s “Colonial Song.” The Cal Poly Chamber Winds will present Gordon Jacob’s setting of English folk songs, “Old Wine in New Bottles.”

“As we launch this season’s Cal Poly Bands series, we begin an exploration of how the wind band can be used to express a cultural ‘voice,’” said Christopher J. Woodruff, Cal Poly’s new director of bands. “From Jacob’s setting of old English tunes, to Vilaplana’s composition in the style of a Catalonian two-step dance called “pasdoble,” our students — and audience — get a taste of history and character that extends beyond our normal experience. The big piece for the Wind Ensemble is a marvelous multi-movement take on Cajun song and dance by Frank Ticheli — it’s also a fun showcase for our percussion section!”

The Mustang Band will conclude the concert with arrangements the group is performing at this fall’s football games in Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Along with traditional school songs, the band will perform music by Aretha Franklin and music from “The Incredibles.” The band will be introduced by Mike Moreno, the “voice” for Cal Poly Football. A dedication to the memory of Alex G. Spanos, a Cal Poly alumnus and donor who died on Oct. 9 will be included.

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

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Cal Poly Wind Bands' Winter Concert: Time in Space

Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble

Sunday, March 10, 2019
3 p.m. Harold J. Miossi Hall
, Performing Arts Center

The musicians of the Cal Poly Wind Bands explore works that invite a consideration of the relationships among the four dimensions. The boundaries of Miossi Hall will be pushed — and pulled! Composers to be featured on the program include Libby Larsen and Joseph Schwantner.

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

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Cal Poly Wind Bands' Spring Concert: Color of Sound

Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble

Sunday, June 9, 2019
3 p.m. Harold J. Miossi Hall
, Performing Arts Center

We encounter wave behavior through numerous sensory experiences including sight, touch and aural experiences. Music has been described as the “transfer of energy,” and in live performances, the energy moves in waves from the stage to the audience to excite not only the senses, but also the emotions. The Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble investigate the relationship between spectra of music and visual color through works by James Stephenson and Michael Colgrass.

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