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Cal Poly Presents Lecture-Recital of composer Aaron Copland

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.

Cal Poly Symphony Opens Season

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.

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Choirs present 'A Christmas Celebration'

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.

Cal Poly Fall Jazz Concert Set for Dec. 2

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.

CLA Weekly Announcements Nov 7-13

Nov 7, 2016

News & Announcements:
Music Newsletter Now Available
The Music Department’s latest newsletter is available to read online. 

Campus Closed for Veteran’s Day
Campus will be closed Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veteran’s Day. See daily events in celebration of Veteran’s Awareness Week below.

CSU Student Research Competition Entrees Needed
Cal Poly will host the 31st Annual CSU Student Research Competition on Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29, 2017. The College of Liberal Arts must submit its
prioritized list of nominees by January for Cal Poly’s preliminary internal competition in February. Because the preliminary rounds are so close to the start of winter quarter, please encourage students to think about preparing entrees this quarter. Spring
2016 graduates are also eligible. Specific dates for submitting proposals to the CLA Dean's office will be announced soon.


Learn more about the nomination process. 

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Campus Wide "13th" Documentary Screenings

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

International Education Week

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! 

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Honored CLA Alumni Speaks at Cal Poly

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. 

CLA Weekly Announcements Oct. 24-30

Oct 24, 2016

The Capitol Steps: ‘What to Expect When You’re Electing’ (Cal Poly Arts)
7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 Cohan Center, PAC (Bldg. 6)

The Capitol Steps are back just in time to make sense of November’s election nonsense. Democrats and Republicans alike will be slighted when these former DC staffers hold both sides accountable in their fresh new songfest, with plenty of satire and sass.
Learn more.

CLA Speaks: ‘Privileges: Phallogocentrism Revisited’
4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 Science Building (No. 52), Room E27

Dr. Steven Miller of University of Buffalo, SUNY, will give a presentation examining psychoanalytic phallogocentrism and how those patterns repeat in contemporary queer fiction.This event is free and open to the public. Learn more or contact Ryan Hatch

Henry Horenstein: Life in Pictures
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25
Constructions Innovations Center (Bldg. 186), Room C303

Cal Poly band at Bandfest

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.

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