Scroll down to browse through performances, lectures and other campus events open to the public.

September

Meredith Brammeier Vocal Recital, September 25

On Friday night, Sept. 25, at 
8 o'clock in the Spanos Theatre, Cal Poly Music Department will present a vocal recital by Professor Meredith Brammeier. Accompanied by Susan Azaret Davies on the piano, Brammeier will perform works of Bach, Handel, Dowland, Donizetti, Strauss and others. The recital is free and open to the public. More on the concert

October

Ken Hustad Bass Recital, October 9

Cal Poly Music Department will present a campus recital by faculty member Ken Hustad on Friday, Oct. 9, at 
7:30 p.m. in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center. Hustad, an active performer in classical, jazz and commercial groups, as well as a teacher and studio musician, will perform Russian music for the double bass. The concert will feature the music of Rachmaninoff, Koussevitzky, Gliere and Shostakovich. Paul Woodring will accompany on piano. More on the recital

Daniel Witzke Vocal Master Class, October 20

Cal Poly Music Department will present a vocal master class by German stage director Daniel Witzke on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at
 5:10 p.m. in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center. Witzke works extensively in both opera and musical theater in Europe and the United States. Several leading voice students in Cal Poly’s Music Department will perform and be critiqued. More on the class

Cal Poly Parent and Family Weekend Ensemble Showcase Concert, October 23

On Friday, Oct. 23, at 
8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center, the Music Department will present the Cal Poly Parent and Family Weekend Ensemble Showcase Concert. Featuring the Arab Music Ensemble, Choirs, Jazz Band, Symphony and Wind Ensemble — all of the department's major ensembles will be on stage in Harman Hall on the same evening! Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will serve as master of ceremonies at this musical extravaganza.
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Cal Poly Faculty Chamber Ensemble Recital, October 30

Cal Poly Music Department will present a Faculty Chamber Ensemble Concert in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (Building 45) on Friday, Oct. 30 at
 7:30 p.m. Members of the faculty perform masterworks of chamber music — beloved gems and less-known works alike. Come hear what is possible when our faculty artists put into practice what they teach! More on the recital

November

Cal Poly Student Vocal Recital, November 17

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, at
 7:30 p.m., Cal Poly Music Department presents a free Student Vocal Recital in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. More on the recital

Cal Poly Student Instrumental Recital, November 19

On Thursday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m., Cal Poly Music Department presents a free Student Instrumental Recital in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. More on the event

Cal Poly Student Piano Recital, November 19

On Thursday night, Nov. 19, at 7:30, the Music Department presents a free Student Piano Recital in the Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. More on the recital

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble Fall Concert, November 21

Cal Poly Music Department presents the Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble’s Fall Concert on Saturday, Nov. 21, at
 8 p.m. in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. The program will feature classic and contemporary music and dance. Focusing on the Eastern Mediterranean and extending to historically interconnected cultures of the larger region, the concert will showcase instrumental and vocal repertoire both composed and improvised. Tracing from the Middle Ages to the present, the selections include some of the oldest continuously performed art music in the world and the most popular pieces in the repertoire. Critically acclaimed guest artists enhance the performance with their expertise, and beautifully costumed dancers put the songs and music into exciting and graceful motion. More on the concert

Cal Poly Symphony Fall Concert: 'Back to Nature', November 22

On Sunday, Nov. 22, at
 3 p.m., the Music Department presents the Cal Poly Symphony’s Fall Concert titled “Back to Nature” in Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center. This will be a celebration of nature. Mendelssohn’s "Hebrides Overture" was written in response to his visit to the diverse archipelago off the west coast of mainland Scotland and captures the undulating sea in music. In the world premiere of Antonio G. Barata’s "Great Wings," music will evoke the majesty and wonder of humpback whales, and in Respighi’s "Pines of Rome," nature is a doorway to history and to the many sides of the Eternal City. More on the concert

December

Cal Poly Student Instrumental Recital, December 3

On Thursday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m., Cal Poly Music Department presents a free Student Instrumental Recital in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. More on the recital

University Jazz Bands' Fall Jazz Concert , December 4

Cal Poly Music Department presents the University Jazz Bands' Fall Jazz Concert on Friday, Dec. 4 at
 8 p.m. in Spanos Theatre on campus. The event will showcase traditional, contemporary and cutting-edge jazz as performed by the best jazz musicians at Cal Poly. More on the concert

Cal Poly Choirs’ 'A Christmas Celebration,' December 5

On Saturday, Dec. 5 at
 8 p.m., the Cal Poly Music Department presents the Cal Poly Choirs’ “A Christmas Celebration” in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Don’t miss this seasonal music tradition as PolyPhonics, University Singers and Early Music Ensemble — with accompanists Susan Azaret Davies and Paul Woodring — will perform a medley of seasonal favorites as well as something new to kick off the holiday music season. The concert will also feature Cal Poly’s Brass Ensemble and the a cappella groups That’s the Key and Take It SLO. More on the show

Cal Poly Bandfest 2015!, December 6

In the final student concert of the year, Cal Poly Music Department presents Bandfest on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. A tradition for more than 20 years, Cal Poly’s annual Bandfest concert will feature all of the wind bands on campus. The concert will begin with the Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra’s superior performances of both traditional and new literature written for concert band and wind ensemble. Then the powerful Pride of the Pacific Mustang Marching Band will fill the concert hall with stunning arrangements performed at football games throughout the fall in Spanos Stadium. The concert will end with a spectacular event featuring performers from all ensembles collaborating on stage together. More on Bandfest

January 2016

W. Terrence Spiller Piano Recital, January 8

On Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at 
8 p.m., Cal Poly Music Department presents W. Terrence Spiller’s Piano Recital in the Spanos Theatre on campus. The concert pianist and music department chairman will perform two Ludwig van Beethoven’s sonatas: Sonata in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2 and Sonata in D Major, Op. 28 ("Pastoral”); Francis Poulenc’s "Soirées de Nazelle;” and a set of five preludes by Sergei Rachmaninov, from Op. 23 and Op. 32. Proceeds will benefit the Music Department Scholarship Fund. More on the recital

Cal Poly Bach Week, January 19-24

Bach Week, presented by the Cal Poly Music Department, is devoted to the performance and exploration of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Events range from chamber music performed on period instruments to the collaborative performance of large vocal and instrumental works by students and professionals. Free demonstrations and lectures provide additional context for these performances. On Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m., join directors Thomas Davies and David Arrivée in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center for an in-depth look at the repertoire of Bach Week, in the context of Bach’s life and — in the case of the "St. John Passion" — as it functioned in the religious context of the Lutheran Church year. Musical examples and a nice bit of German will be included. On Thursday, Jan. 21, at 11:10 a.m., the second event will be a guest artist presentation, “The Role of the Evangelist in Bach’s Passions,” in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218.
 Guest artist Christopher M. Cock will discuss the role he will sing in this year’s performance of Bach’s "St. John Passion." On Friday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m., there will be a chamber concert, “Bach and Sons," 
in Mission San Luis Obispo. The concert will feature a selection of music of composers Bach valued and from whom he learned. It will be performed on period instruments by Mensa Sonora California, which includes: Anthony Martin, violin; Joseph Edelberg, violin; John Dornenburg, viola da gamba; and Charles Sherman, harpsichord. On Saturday, Jan. 23, “Bach in the Mission VI” will be presented at 8 p.m., in Mission San Luis Obispo.
 Cal Poly's Early Music Ensemble, members of the Cal Poly Symphony and faculty will join professional guest artists to perform the music of Bach, the greatest of the Baroque masters. The same program will be performed Sunday, Jan. 24, in Santa Barbara. “Bach at Trinity” it will take place at 3 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church, at 1500 State St. More on Bach Week

Cal Poly Student Piano Recital, January 26

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., the Cal Poly Music Department presents a free Student Piano Recital in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. More on the recital

February

Cal Poly 'A Night at the Mission' Chamber Concert, February 5

Cal Poly Music Department on Friday, Feb. 5,
 at 8 p.m., will present “A Night at the Mission” Chamber Concert in Mission San Luis Obispo.
 Beautiful music will be performed by the department’s chamber ensembles: brass dhoir, clarinet ensemble, brass quintets, woodwind quintets, flute choir, saxophone quartets and string quartets. The concert is free this year! More on the concert

Cal Poly Student Guitar Recital, February 18

On Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., Music Department presents a free Student Guitar Recital in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. More on the recital

University Jazz Bands' Just Jazz Concert, February 19

Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at
 8 p.m., Cal Poly Music Department presents the University Jazz Bands' Winter Jazz Concert in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. The University Jazz Bands present concerts in Spanos Theatre and Harman Hall at the Performing Arts Center that showcase traditional, contemporary, and cutting-edge jazz as performed by the best jazz musicians at Cal Poly. More on Just Jazz

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble Winter Concert, February 20

Cal Poly Music Department presents the Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble’s Winter Concert on Saturday, Feb. 20, at
 8 p.m., in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. The program includes classic and contemporary music and dance. Focusing on the Eastern Mediterranean and extending to historically interconnected cultures of the larger region, the concert will feature instrumental and vocal repertoire both composed and improvised. Tracing from the Middle Ages to the present, the selections include some of the oldest continuously performed art music in the world and the most popular pieces in the repertoire. Critically acclaimed guest artists enhance the performance with their expertise, and beautifully costumed dancers put the songs and music into exciting and graceful motion. More on the show

Cal Poly Student Instrumental Recital, February 25

On Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, at 11 a.m., the Music Department presents a free Student Instrumental Recital in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. More on the recital

Cal Poly Choirs’ Winter Concert: 'America … America,' February 27

On Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at 8 p.m., the Music Department presents the Cal Poly Choirs’ Winter Concert: “America … America” in Harman Hall of Performing Arts Center. An American extravaganza will feature music from an array of American traditions, from barbershop and musical theater to spirituals and American classical. Cal Poly’s PolyPhonics, the University Singers and student soloists will be accompanied by Susan Azaret Davies and Paul Woodring. More on America

March

California Wind Band Festival, March 2-5

The American Bandmasters Association 82nd annual National Conference will take place at Cal Poly. This joint endeavor with the Japanese Bandmasters Association will include concerts by well-known, high-quality performing ensembles from the U.S. and Japan, as well a performance by the Cal Poly Wind Ensemble. Some 450 distinguished members of the American Bandmasters Association are expected to attend. The schedule is:
-- Wednesday, March 2, Cal Poly Wind Ensemble and the Kansai College Band Federation (Osaka, Japan);
-- Thursday, March 3, Shizuoka Concert Liberte (Shizuoka, Japan) and CSU Long Beach Wind Symphony;
-- Friday, March 4, U.S. Army Field Band (Washington, D.C.); and on
-- Saturday, March 5, Cal Poly Wind Orchestra and Cal Poly Pomona Wind Ensemble. All concerts will take place at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. More on the concerts

Cal Poly Student Instrumental Recital, March 3

On Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 11 a.m., the Cal Poly Music Department will present a free Student Instrumental Recital in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. More on the recital

Cal Poly Symphony Winter Concert: 'Soloist Showcase,' March 6

Cal Poly Music Department presents the Cal Poly Symphony’s Winter Concert: “Soloist Showcase” on Sunday, March 6 at
 3 p.m. the in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Cal Poly Symphony holds an annual solo competition for student musicians from any major on campus. The prize is a performance with the symphony! Come hear this year’s winners, and celebrate musical talent from across the university. The symphony will also perform Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2. More on the show

Cal Poly Student Vocal Recital, March 8

Tuesday, March 8, at
 7:30 p.m., the Cal Poly Music Department presents a free Student Vocal Recital in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. More on the recital

April

Cal Poly Open House Concert, April 15

Cal Poly Music Department presents an Open House Concert
 on Friday, April 15, at 
8 p.m., in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. After an exciting day at Cal Poly’s Open House, come and enjoy an evening of live entertainment by three of the Music Department’s finest instrumental ensembles: University Jazz Band, Symphony and Wind Ensemble. More on the Open House concert

Cal Poly All-State Festival Concert, April 17

On Sunday, April 17 at
 2:30 p.m., the Music Department presents the Cal Poly All-State Festival Concert in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. This annual concert will feature California’s finest high school musicians, chosen by audition to participate. Come and enjoy an afternoon of music-making as these young professionals display skills far beyond their years. Mike Galisatus, Festival Jazz Band director; Eric Wilson, Festival Wind Orchestra director. More on the show

May

University Jazz Bands' Jazz Night Concert, May 14

Saturday night, May 14 at 
8 o'clock, Cal Poly Music Department presents the University Jazz Bands' Fall Jazz Concert in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. The University Jazz Bands present concerts in Spanos Theatre and Harman Hall at the PAC that showcase traditional, contemporary and cutting-edge jazz as performed by the best jazz musicians at Cal Poly.
More on Jazz Night

Cal Poly Polyrhythmics Percussion Ensemble Recital, May 17

On Tuesday, May 17 at
 7:30 p.m., the Music Department presents a Percussion Ensemble Recital in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. More on the recital

Cal Poly's 'An Evening of Woodwind and String Chamber Music,' May 20

Cal Poly Music Department presents “An Evening of Woodwind and String Chamber Music” on Friday, May 20 at
 7:30 p.m. The free recital will take place at the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St., San Luis Obispo. More on the show

Cal Poly Student Piano Recital, May 24

Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m., the Cal Poly Music Department presents a free Student Piano Recital in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. More on the recital

Cal Poly Student Instrumental Recital, May 26

On Thursday, May 26 at 11 a.m., the Cal Poly Music Department presents a free Student Instrumental Recital in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. More on the event

'All That Brass!' May 26

Cal Poly Music Department presents a free recital titled “All That Brass!” on Thursday, May 26 at
 7:30 p.m. in the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St., San Luis Obispo. More on 'All That Brass!'

Cal Poly Early Music Ensemble: 'American Baroque,' May 27

Friday, May 27, 2016, at 
8 p.m., the Music Department presents the Early Music Ensemble’s “American Baroque.” Music Professor Craig H. Russell will join the Cal Poly Early Music Ensemble to present music composed by musicians living in the Americas, from Alta California to South America, in the 17th and 18th centuries. More on 'American Baroque'

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble Spring Concert, May 28

On Saturday night, May 28, at
 8 o'clock., Cal Poly Music Department presents the Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble’s Fall Concert in the Spanos Theatre on campus. The program will consist of classic and contemporary music and dance. Focusing on the Eastern Mediterranean and extending to historically interconnected cultures of the larger region, the concert will feature instrumental and vocal repertoire both composed and improvised. Tracing from the Middle Ages to the present, the selections include some of the oldest continuously performed art music in the world and the most popular pieces in the repertoire. Critically acclaimed guest artists enhance the performance with their expertise, and beautifully costumed dancers put the songs and music into exciting and graceful motion.
More on the Arab Music Ensemble

Cal Poly’s RSVP XXI: 'Evangeline,' May 31

Cal Poly Music Department presents RSVP XXI: "Evangeline" on Tuesday May 31 at 
8 p.m. in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. This marks the 21st season of this diverse transmedia series celebrating electroacoustic diversity and compositional risk. For the first time in its production history, RSVP will raise a full-length contemporary ballet. Inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's great poem, "Evangeline," the music and dance tell a timeless story of profound love tested to the point of heroic virtue. Wadsworth's romantic impression of the Acadian Deportation is revised in light of more recent historical resources and a layer of new, timely meaning and questions. A second performance will be held Thursday, June 2. More on RSVP XXI

June

Cal Poly’s RSVP XXI: 'Evangeline,' June 2

On Thursday June 2 at
 8 p.m, the Music Department presents RSVP XXI: "Evangeline" in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. This marks the 21st season of this diverse transmedia series celebrating electroacoustic diversity and compositional risk. For the first time in its production history, RSVP will raise a full-length contemporary ballet. Inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's great poem, "Evangeline," the music and dance tell a timeless story of profound love tested to the point of heroic virtue. Wadsworth's romantic impression of the Acadian Deportation is revised in light of more recent historical resources and a layer of new, timely meaning and questions. A second performance will be held Thursday, June 2. More on RSVP XXI

Cal Poly Student Instrumental Recital, June 2

On Thursday, June 2 at 11 a.m., Cal Poly Music Department will present a free Student Instrumental Recital in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. More on the recital

Cal Poly Student Vocal Recital, June 3

Friday, June 3 at
 7:30 p.m., the Music Department will present a free Student Vocal Recital in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. More on the Vocal Recital

Cal Poly Symphony and Choirs Concert, June 4

Cal Poly Music Department presents the Cal Poly Symphony and Choir’s Spring Concert on Saturday night, June 4 at 
8 o'clock in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. The The concert will feature the world premiere of a new composition for choir and orchestra by Cal Poly music Professor Meredith Brammeier. In addition, the groups will perform Fauré’s "Requiem."
More on the concert

Cal Poly Wind Bands' Spring Concert: ‘Anniversary Celebration,’ June 5

On Sunday, June 5 at
 3 p.m., the Music Department presents the Wind Bands' Spring Concert in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. The Cal Poly wind bands' spring concert is a celebration of three anniversaries:
-- 20 years of performances in the Performing Arts Center;
-- 50-year collaboration with band director emeritus William Johnson; and
-- 100 years since the founding of the Cal Poly band program in 1916.
In addition to works for wind band that pay tribute to the long history and progression of Cal Poly bands through the years, the concert will end with a special ensemble made up of Cal Poly alumni and current students performing together. More on the 'Anniversary Celebration'


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