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Cal Poly Music Department Faculty Recital Set for Sept. 29
Event to Feature Violinist Brynn Albanese


Brynn Albanese, Ken Hustad and John Astaire

The Cal Poly Music Department will present a faculty recital with violinist Brynn Albanese at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in the Davidson Music Center on campus.

Albanese, applied violin and viola instructor for the Music Department, will perform an eclectic mix of solo violin works as well as duos with faculty members Ken Hustad, bass; and John Astaire, percussion. She will also perform with guest guitarist Jack Cimo.

The solo works are “Passacaglia in G Minor for Unaccompanied Violin” by Heinrich Ignaz Von Biber, “Tango Etude No. 1” and “Tango Etude No. 3” by Astor Piazzolla, a movement from “Sonata for Solo Violin,” Op. 115, by Sergei Prokofiev and a movement from “Sonata in G Minor” by J.S. Bach.


Jack Cimo

For the duo performances, Hustad and Albanese will perform the first movement of Edgar Meyer’s “Concert Duo for Bass and Violin”; Astaire and Albanese will perform David Avshalomov’s “Diversion, Violin and Timpani” (“Terwilliger”); and Cimo and Albanese will close the program with “Café 1930” from Piazzolla’s “Histoire du Tango.”

Albanese, a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, began working professionally as concertmaster for the Annapolis Symphony and the Boston Philharmonic. She attended the Tanglewood Music Festival in 1991 and 1992, where she performed as concertmaster for the Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concerts under conductors Seiji Ozawa and Rodger Norrington. She also played with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. During a period abroad, she was a member of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague, Netherlands. She also performed regularly with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

In 2008 Albanese joined the popular world music ensemble, Café Musique, and has played with the group throughout California and internationally. She is concertmaster of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Opera San Luis Obispo and Orchestra Novo; and is co-concertmaster for Symphony of the Vines.

Hustad teaches bass at Cal Poly and Cuesta College. He is also a studio musician and performs regularly in classical, jazz and commercial groups. He is co-principal bassist with the San Luis Obispo Symphony Orchestra, and plays with several other local orchestras. He is also the low-strings coach for the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony. He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in music and philosophy from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. 

Astaire teaches percussion and music theory at Cal Poly, and directs its Polyrhythmics percussion ensemble. He has performed locally and throughout the U.S. as a percussion soloist. He is principal timpanist for the San Luis Obispo Symphony. He earned his doctorate in percussion performance from Indiana University. 

Cimo is a classically trained Spanish guitarist, and holds a degree from the USC Thornton School of Music. He runs both the Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition in Reno, Nevada, and the San Francisco Bay Guitar Competition. 

The recital is open to the public and will be held in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). Admission is $5 at the door. Parking is free in the Grand Avenue parking structure (Lot 130). For more information on parking on campus, visit Cal Poly’s Transportation and Parking Services website.

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.