The Cal Poly Music Department 2019-20 season will begin with an exploration of Afro-American spirituals by an acclaimed guest artist and three faculty performances.
On Oct. 3, guest artist Diane White-Clayton, soprano, pianist, composer and vocal clinician for Disney Performing Arts in Anaheim, will present a lecture-recital titled “The Many Colors of Spirituals,” a musical journey of Afro-American spirituals as they made their way from the plantation to the concert stage. From classical arrangements by prominent African American women composers to a cappella soul-stirring folk renditions, the program will feature powerful spirituals that accompanied marches of the Civil Rights era and will include audience participation as White-Clayton teaches a selection in a “down-home” congregational style.
On Oct. 12, a lecture-recital on Robert Schumann’s “Myrthen” (“Myrtles”), Op. 25, will be presented by Katherine Arthur, soprano; Paul Woodring, piano; and Emma Levine, lecturer. It will be an exploration and performance of Schumann’s beautiful German songs written at the height of the Romantic era.
On Oct. 18, Arthur White, Cal Poly’s new director of jazz studies, will perform the world premiere of his first long-form jazz work, “Pictures of the Heartland.” The multi-movement suite is a musical homage to a variety of beautiful, if not iconic, landscapes in Kansas and Missouri. White is a Kansas native who spent several years of his professional career teaching and performing throughout the Midwest. He will perform with members of his band, MERGE, as well as vibraphonist Joe Locke and legendary drummer Peter Erskine.
There will be a Faculty Showcase Recital on Oct. 25, which will include Laura M. Kramer, saxophone; Emily Lanzone, violin; Lisa Nauful, bassoon; Christopher J. Woodruff, trumpet; Mark Miller, trombone; Barbara Spencer, cello; John Astaire, percussion; and Ken Hustad, bass. University organist and staff accompanist Paul Woodring will play piano.
Additional fall events include:
- Oct. 26 — Choirs’ Fall Concert: Cry Out
- Nov. 15 — Bandfest 2019: Boston Brass!
- Nov. 16 — Arab Music Ensemble Fall Concert
- Nov. 22 — Fall Jazz Concert
- Dec. 6 — Symphony Fall Concert: Teamwork
- Dec. 7 — Choirs’ Holiday Kaleidoscope
The department will ring in the new year in with a solo piano recital by W. Terrence Spiller on Jan. 10 and Bach Week Jan. 21-25.
The complete list of events for the 2019-20 season — which runs through June and includes dozens of 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 are on sale now at the Cal Poly Ticket Office. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849).
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.