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Cal Poly Bandfest 2017

Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Mustang Marching Band

Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
3 p.m. Harman 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 afternoon of bold and powerful works for the modern symphonic band, including a celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centenary.

“Composers featured on the program touch on what it means to be ‘earthly,’” said Christopher J. Woodruff, interim director of bands. “From Roger Cichy’s musical descriptions in ‘Bugs’ to Bernstein’s Overture to ‘Candide,’ we consider the levels of existence observed on the planet we call home, an exercise that leads to a measurement of the horizon line that separates the earth from the sky.”

The afternoon will also include the Mustang Marching Band performing high-energy selections from this year’s athletic band catalogue.

The concert will begin with the Wind Orchestra with performances of Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide” and David Maslanka’s “Give Us This Day.”

The Wind Ensemble will continue with performances of Percy Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy,” Roger Cichy’s “Bugs,” and Bernstein’s “Profanation” from his Symphony No. 1.

The Mustang Band will conclude the concert with arrangements the group is performing at this fall’s football games in Spanos Stadium. Along with traditional favorites, the band will perform music from “Les Misérables” and hip-hop artist Macklemore. The band will be introduced by Mike Moreno, the “voice” for Cal Poly Football.

The Mustang Band will return to San Francisco to march in the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade on Feb. 24, 2018!

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

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Cal Poly Wind Bands' Winter Concert

Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble

Saturday, March 3, 2018
8 p.m. Harman Hall
, Performing Arts Center

Music has the ability to evoke images in the mind and paint with sound. Audiences at this concert will enjoy the lush soundscapes of Brahms symphonies and the pastoral works of Beethoven and Mahler. The music of Percy Grainger, who sought inspiration from folksong, and Igor Stravinsky, who found his expression in pure craft, will also be performed. In this program, the Wind Bands present music in which the horizon is defined from below and above in various forms.

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

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Cal Poly Wind Bands' Spring Concert

Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble

Saturday, June 2, 2018
8 p.m. Harman Hall
, Performing Arts Center

The performing arts are a means by which humanity moves itself beyond the earthly or the mundane. We strive for our highest form of expression through dance, theater and music. The works of Alex Shapiro, Paul Hindemith and David Maslanka have pushed the possibilities of the wind band medium. The Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will end the season of performances with a program of compositions — familiar and new — that aim to extend our thoughts skyward, toward the future and into our dreams.

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

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