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Cal Poly Symphony to Feature Student Soloists and Music from Animated Movies at Winter Concert March 5

The talents of student soloists will be showcased and celebrated at the Cal Poly Symphony’s Winter Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 5, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

The Student Soloist Showcase will include performances by five instrumentalists and two vocalists, as well as the work of one composer, all winners of the Music Department’s Solo Competition in November. It will also include a student conductor.

The student instrumentalists are Taylor O’Hanlon and Jordan Adams, who will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in C for Two Trumpets, third movement; Kelsey Beisecker, who will play François Devienne’s Flute Concerto No. 8, first movement; Mariso Romo, who will play Ernest Bloch’s “Suite Hébraïque” (Hebrew Suite), first movement, for viola and orchestra; and Kent Giese, who will perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s Trombone Concerto, first movement.

The vocalists are Gabriela Crolla, who will sing “Der Schwan” (The Swan) by Cal Poly student composer Corey Hable; and Samantha Foulk, who will perform W.A. Mozart’s “Padre, germani, addio!” (Father, Brothers, Farewell!) from “Idomeneo.”

All the soloists are music majors except Adams, who is a graduate student in the College of Science and Mathematics’ School of Education’s credential program for single subject in physics.

The concert program will also include music from animated movies, beginning with three pieces composed by Joe Hisaishi for Studio Ghibli films: “Merry Go Round of Life” from “Howl’s Moving Castle,” arranged by Fedor Vrtacnik; the main theme from “My Neighbor Totoro”; and “One Summer’s Day” from “Spirited Away.”

The program concludes with music from both “Fantasia” films by Walt Disney: J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, arranged by Leopold Stokowski; and Igor Stravinsky’s “Berceuse and Finale” from “The Firebird.”

Noah Scanlan, a civil engineering student, will conduct Stravinsky’s work, and Music Department faculty member David Arrivée will conduct the rest of the program.

Tickets are $12 and $14 for the public and $9 and $12 for students. Event parking is sponsored by the PAC. Tickets are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849). 

The Music Department offers a 10 percent discount to patrons who buy season tickets to four of its events through the Cal Poly Ticket Office; a 15 percent discount is given on tickets to five or more events.

The concert is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department, College of Liberal Arts, and Instructionally Related Activities program. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406 or visit its calendar website.