Nov 10, 2016
Cal Poly to Present Lecture-Recital on Copland’s ‘Twelve Songs of Emily Dickinson’ on Dec. 10
Cal Poly will present a lecture-recital of composer Aaron Copland’s music inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poetry at 3 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Davidson Music Center on campus.
The event, to be held in Room 218 of Building 45, will feature soprano Katherine Arthur, pianist Paul Woodring and guest lecturer Mary Kay Harrington.
According to Arthur, it will explore the inspiring genius of Dickinson’s poetry as represented in Copland’s “Twelve Songs of Emily Dickinson,” a cycle of songs written for solo voice and piano featuring subject matter close to the Amherst, Mass., poet: nature, death, life and eternity. Copland composed the work between 1949 and 1950.
Arthur and Woodring will perform the works after Harrington discusses Dickinson’s life and poetry.
Nov 10, 2016
Cal Poly Symphony Opens Season with Music of Rachmaninov and Dvořák on Dec. 4
The Cal Poly Symphony will be joined by pianist W. Terrence Spiller for its Fall Concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 4, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.
Spiller will perform Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor. It was written at breakneck speed when the composer was 18, said symphony conductor David Arrivée.
The concerto earned the young composer high marks and the Moscow Conservatory’s Great Gold Medal when it was performed among other student works. Dissatisfied, Rachmaninov revised the work years later and declared, “I have rewritten my first concerto; it is really good now.”
Spiller, chair of the Cal Poly Music Department, has won awards in international piano competitions, and has performed across the U.S. as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and accompanist.
Nov 10, 2016
Cal Poly Choirs to Present ‘A Christmas Celebration’ Dec. 3
Event will be music Professor Thomas Davies 34th and final holiday concert
The Cal Poly Choirs will present the annual holiday spectacular “A Christmas Celebration” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Harman Hall of the
Performing Arts Center.
PolyPhonics, the University Singers and the Cal Poly Early Music Ensemble will perform holiday favorites and new works under the direction of music Professor Thomas Davies at the popular yearly event. The Cal Poly Brass Ensemble, conducted by Christopher J. Woodruff, will add to the festive performances.
Cal Poly staff members Susan Azaret Davies and Paul Woodring will accompany the choirs and perform solo works for piano and organ.
Nov 10, 2016
Cal Poly’s University Jazz Bands will present their annual Fall Jazz Concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 in Spanos Theatre on campus.
Two big bands and a pair of combos will demonstrate this generation's approach to one of America’s great art forms, said Paul Rinzler, director of jazz studies at Cal Poly.
The big bands are composed of four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, a rhythm section and vocalist. University Jazz Band I and II will perform both traditional and contemporary jazz, including such standards as “Fly Me to the Moon,” pop classics including “Moondance” in a jazz setting, jazz/funk arrangements such as “Fowl Play” and contemporary jazz like Pat Metheny’s “See the World.” Two jazz combos will also perform.
The University Jazz Band I went on a performance tour of London over the summer and performed for this fall’s Jubilee by the Sea in Pismo Beach on Oct. 28.
Nov 7, 2016
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Nov 1, 2016
This year's "Constitution Day" event will be is a day-long set of screenings and open discussions of the new documentary "13th". The film is about the 13th amendment to the constitution, which states that "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." The film outlines very powerfully how this has led to "From slave to criminal with one amendment".
The event, sponsored by OUDI, the College of Liberal Arts, and a number of CLA Departments (Ethnic Studies, History, Political Science, Social Sciences, and Women & Gender Studies) takes place on Thursday, November 3rd
Oct 27, 2016
November 14-18, 2016
On Monday, November 14, the first speaker during International Education Week will be presenting, from 5:00-6:30 in Chumash Auditorium.
Don Barletti is a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist, and the keynote speaker for the International Education Week.
The Roads Most Traveled: Causes and Consequences of Illegal Immigration, will be an eye-opening, thought-provoking presentation, and we are extremely excited to have such an influential speaker kick-off this educational week!
Oct 25, 2016
Jim Kouf Presents: Survivalist Writing
Saturday Nov 5, 10:00am-12:00pm
Honored CLA alumni and award-winning screenwriter and producer, Jim Kouf, will be speaking at Cal Poly! His talk will be one for the books, as he discusses how to succeed in Hollywood.
Oct 24, 2016
Oct 20, 2016
Cal Poly Bands to Celebrate ‘American Masters’ at Bandfest Concert Nov. 13
Nearly 300 students will perform at Cal Poly’s annual Bandfest at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.
The show, titled “American Masters,” will feature the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble in an evening of bold and powerful works by living American composers for the modern symphonic band.
The evening will also include the Mustang Marching Band performing high-energy selections for the traditional stadium band.