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Cal Poly Music Department Announces 2017-18 Events

The Cal Poly Music Department starts off its 2017-18 season with a concert of North Indian Classical Music presented by guest artists at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in Spanos Theatre on campus.

Arnab Chakrabarty will play the sarod, a long-necked fretless plucked lute; and Sanju Sahai will accompany on the tabla, a pair of small, tuned, hand drums.

On Oct. 28, Scott Glysson, Cal Poly’s new director of choral activities and vocal studies, will conduct the Cal Poly Choirs in a concert titled “Reflections on Life and Love” at 8 p.m. in Mission San Luis Obispo.

On Dec. 3, Jeff Midkiff, a nationally active soloist and composer, will perform his Concerto for Mandolin and Orchestra, “From the Blue Ridge” with the Cal Poly Symphony at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. The concert, titled “Music from the New World,” features works that draw on America’s diverse musical traditions.

Additional fall events include:

  • Nov. 4 - Arab Music Ensemble Fall Concert
  • Nov. 12 - Bandfest 2017: Earth
  • Dec. 1 - Fall Jazz Concert
  • Dec. 2 – Choirs’ Holiday Kaleidoscope (two performances)


The department will ring in the new year in with a solo piano recital by W. Terrence Spiller on Jan. 12, and Bach Week Jan. 16-20.

The complete list of events for the 2017-18 season, which runs through June —including free offerings — is available on the Music Department’s calendar website. For more information, call 805-756-2406 or email the department. Printed versions of the event brochure are available on request.

Tickets for Music Department events go on sale Sept. 1 at the Cal Poly Ticket Office. To order by phone, call SLO-4TIX (756-4849).

Patrons receive a 10 percent when buying season tickets to four Music Department events through the Performing Arts Ticket Office; a 15 percent discount is offered on tickets to five or more events.

All events are sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department and the College of Liberal Arts. Several are also sponsored by the Instructionally Related Activities program.