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Bach WeekBach Week

Tuesday, Jan. 19-Saturday, Jan. 23, Virtual

Details are posted on the Bach Week website.




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W. Terrence Spiller Piano Recital

W. Terrence Spiller

7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, Virtual

Pianist and Cal Poly Music Professor W. Terrence Spiller will give a virtual recital that will livestream at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, and be available through Feb. 7.

The first half will feature Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s technically demanding and humorous Sonata in F Major, K. 332; Maria Agata Szymanowska’s Nocturne in B-flat Major; and Maurice Ravel’s “Sonatine.”

“Szymanowska was a significant influence on Frédéric Chopin and other Romantic-era composers,” Spiller said. “The inspiration for Ravel’s ‘Sonatine’ was a magazine’s composition competition. He would have won — as he was the only entrant — but his first movement was a few measures too long. It is a tribute to 18th-century elegance, style and structure.”

The second half will be Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Moments musicaux,” Op. 16. Spiller said the then-23-year-old Rachmaninoff wrote the piece rather quickly because he needed money. “The six movements represent a range of Romantic moods and styles and forms that feature special emphasis upon Rachmaninoff’s coloristic writing, his lyricism and his virtuosity,” Spiller said.

Tickets to the virtual event are $5 and can be purchased online from the Performing Arts Center. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.The event link and password will be emailed the morning of the event

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‘Entrepreneurship in Music’ Webinar

David Cutler and Mark Tonelli
David Cutler and Mark Tonelli

11:10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, Virtual

The Cal Poly Music Department will present a webinar titled “Entrepreneurship in Music” with guest panelists sharing methods for beginning and sustaining a career in music at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11.

The panelists will be David Cutler, professor and director of music entrepreneurship at the University of South Carolina (UofSC), and Mark Tonelli, assistant professor of guitar and entrepreneurship at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.

“The intent of the webinar is to inform and empower college-age musicians to think entrepreneurially about their career in music,” said Arthur White, Cal Poly’s director of jazz studies and moderator of the panel. “Due to the decline in traditional career opportunities, students need to adapt with foresight, ingenuity, diversity and a well-laid out plan of attack.”

Cutler has a varied career as a jazz and classical musician, composer, collaborative musician, author, speaker and educator. Prior to his appointment at UofSC, he taught at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has presented at music schools in the U.S. and abroad, and collaborated with and composed ensemble commissions for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Classical Orchestra of Milan, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Korean Chamber Ensemble, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Boston Brass, and Airmen of Note Air Force Big Band.

He has worked with singer Nancy Wilson, trumpeter Sean Jones, clarinetist David Krakauer, the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, and saxophonist Benny Golson. A leading voice on the topic of arts leadership and music entrepreneurship, he authored the book “The Savvy Musician: Building a Career, Earning a Living, and Making a Difference.”
Tonelli is a Coleman Foundation Faculty Entrepreneurship Fellow. Prior to his appointment at Millikin, he was the guitarist for the Army West Point Jazz Knights for 10 years. As a featured soloist with the band, he performed with a broad assortment of world-renowned musicians, including Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Adam Nussbaum, the Boston Pops and the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet.

Tonelli conceived of and co-edited the book “Entrepreneurship in Action: the Power of Student-Run Ventures,” based on his experience supervising the Millikin Arts Café. He has presented at major national music conferences, including the Jazz Education Network, National Association for Music Education and the College Music Society. Tonelli was a guest clinician at Cal Poly in 2019.

Information on White, who began serving as Cal Poly’s director of jazz studies in 2019, is on the Music Department faculty website.

The panel discussion is free and open to the public. Access to the Zoom webinar will be available when the presentation begins

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