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Cal Poly Music Department Chamber Recital Set for Feb. 19

Event to Feature Pianist Susan Azaret Davies and Cellist Barbara Hunter-Spencer

Pianist and Cal Poly Music Department faculty member Susan Azaret Davies and cellist Barbara Hunter-Spencer will be featured in a chamber recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus.

The program will include Claude Debussy’s Sonate in D Minor, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata in A Major and Johannes Brahms’ Trio in a Minor (Op. 114). Clarinet instructor emeritus Caroline Tobin will join Davies and Hunter-Spencer on the work by Brahms.

Davies said the pieces represent some of the most iconic compositions of the composers in cello and piano repertoire, and, in the case of Brahms, mixed trio for piano, clarinet and cello.

“They are long-standing favorites of mine which I wanted to revisit,” she said. “Playing with other musicians always holds a particular appeal for me.”

Davies, a lecturer and staff accompanist at Cal Poly, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance and accompanying from the University of Southern California. She has performed in faculty recitals at Idyllwild Summer Arts and Cal Poly, in-house concerts for Orchestra Novo and Opera San Luis Obispo, and chamber music recitals for Festival Mozaic and a trio performance at Weill Hall in New York City. She is the accompanist for the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale, principal keyboardist for the San Luis Obispo Symphony and choir director/organist for St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Pismo Beach.

Hunter-Spencer worked in Los Angeles for 20 years as a session player for the recording industry, television and movies. During that time, she played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and other local orchestras. In 1995 she came to the Central Coast to begin developing Windrose Farm with her husband. In addition to teaching cello privately and at Cal Poly, Hunter-Spencer is a member of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Orchestra Novo and Symphony of the Vines.

Tobin was principal clarinet with the Ventura Symphony for 21 years. She concurrently held the bass clarinet position with the Santa Barbara Symphony for 25 years. She was planning to retire on the Central Coast but instead started playing with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, the Santa Maria Philharmonic and the Mozart Festival Orchestra. She is principal clarinet for the two former groups as well as for Symphony of the Vines, Orchestra Novo and the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale Orchestra. She taught clarinet and clarinet ensemble at Cal Poly for six years and also taught at Cuesta College.

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