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April

Annual Juried Student Exhibition at Cal Poly University Art Gallery, April 10 through May 15

The University Art Gallery is displaying work by students in the Art & Design Department in the Annual Juried Student Exhibition now through May 15. Guest jurists selected 83 pieces from 133 entries for the show. The final selection represents the best of the Art & Design Department’s programs and includes a variety of media and genres such as graphic design, photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and digital media. The University Art Gallery, located in Dexter Art Building (No. 34), is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More on the exhibit

Empower Poly Coalition to Host Earth Day Sustainability Fair, April 22

The Empower Poly Coalition is pleased to announce that it will host its first Earth Day Sustainability Fair from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Cal Poly. The free event is open to the public and will showcase many of the sustainability-related initiatives happening on campus and in the San Luis Obispo community. Featured activities will include educational booths, interactive demonstrations and discussions led by Cal Poly student groups and community organizations, live entertainment from local band Perch, and fair-trade certified refreshments. The event will take place at the Multi-Activity Center, located behind the Recreation Center. The Cal Poly Center for Sustainability is collaborating with Empower Poly to coordinate the event. More on this event.

Voices of the Pearl, April 24

The Cal Poly Music Department will present a preview performance of “Voices of the Pearl” at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218, on campus.
Guest artists Anne Harley, soprano; Jane Sheldon, soprano; and Gayle Blankenburg, piano; will perform newly composed songs on Sufi and Daoist texts.
“The ‘Voices of the Pearl’ project commissions, performs and records musical works from composers across the globe, setting text by and about female esoterics from world traditions throughout history, reclaiming these lost voices and the tradition of female spirituality,” Harley said.
The performance is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Cal Poly's Music Department. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406.

Two Award-Winning Writers of American West to Read at Cal Poly, April 24

Award-winning writers Pam Houston and Greg Glazner will give a reading at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in Room 123 in the Agricultural Engineering Building (No. 8) on the Cal Poly campus.
According to Cal Poly poet and Professor Kevin Clark, Houston, who owns a ranch in Colorado and lives part of the year in Davis, Calif., is among the best American short story writers alive. 
The April event is part of Cal Poly’s WriterSpeak program and is sponsored in part by the English Department and the College of Liberal Arts. Admission is free, and both writers’ books will be for sale.

Festival Showcase: The Cal Poly Bands April 25

The 21st annual Cal Poly All-State Music Festival begins with a performance featuring the University Jazz Band I and the Cal Poly Wind Ensemble on stage in Harman Hall. A unique and exciting concert experience, this show will highlight the virtuosity and talent of Cal Poly students as they perform music written for big band as well as the modern concert band. This Festival Showcase Concert featuring the Cal Poly Bands is new for 2014 and may not occur again for years to come, so be sure to put this event on your calendar right away!

Tickets ($14 and $12 general, $12 and $9 seniors and students)

8 p.m., Cohan Center

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Cal Poly All-State Festival Concert April 27Festival

This annual concert features California’s finest high school musicians, chosen by audition to participate. They are the future of music in America, and it is our pleasure to showcase their talent under the direction of world-class conductors. Come and enjoy an afternoon of music-making as these young professionals display skills far beyond their years.

Mary Fettig, Festival Jazz Band Director; Thomas Lee, Festival Wind Orchestra Conductor

2:30 p.m., Cohan Center

Tickets ($14 and $12 general, $12 and $9 seniors and students)

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May

Another Type of Groove to Celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Month, May 7

The Cal Poly MultiCultural Center’s Another Type of Groove: Spoken Word Poetry will celebrate Asian/Pacific Islander Month with poet “SuperB” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, in Chumash Auditorium in the University Union on campus. Another Type of Groove is a spoken-word poetry event held the first Wednesday of each month throughout Cal Poly’s academic year. Each event includes a featured poet and an open mic opportunity for interested community members and students. The event is free and open to the public.

Percussion Ensemble Recital May 11

A presentation of contemporary music written or arranged exclusively for percussion instruments. The groups will range from trios to septets.

3 p.m., Pavilion, Performing Arts Center

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An Evening of Woodwind and String Chamber Music May 16

Featuring several of Cal Poly's music ensembles, students will perform a variety of traditional and contemporary repertoire featuring instruments in the woodwind and string families. Included in this concert will be performances by string duos and quartets, woodwind quintet, saxophone quartet, flute choir, and clarinet ensemble. 

7:30 p.m., San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church

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All that Brass May 20

7:30 p.m., San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church

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Early Music Ensemble Concert: The Fabulous French May 23EME Fabulous french

Music from the French Baroque featuring the exquisite "Messe des morts" by Jean Gilles. Tickets ($14 general, $12 seniors and $9 students). 8 p.m., Mission San Luis Obispo.
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Arab Music Ensemble Spring Concert May 24

Tickets ( $12 general, $9 seniors and students). 8 p.m., Spanos Theatre.
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Instrumental Recital May 29

Cal Poly students perform solo and chamber ensemble repertoire. The literature performed illustrates various genres and styles, with works from all eras of classical, ethnic, and popular music. 11 a.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218.

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Vocal Recital May 29

7:30 p.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218

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Jazz Night Concert May 31Jazz Night

Tickets ($14 and $12 general, $12 and $9 seniors, students and Jazz Federation members)

8 p.m. Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center

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June

RSVP XIX: "Vox Balaena" June 3vox balaena

This marks the 19th season of this diverse transmedia series celebrating electro-acoustic diversity and compositional risk. This year's production celebrates the great size, the great life, the great plight, and the great vocal literature of humpback whales. Mixing electronically processed live performance with recordings, spoken text, and an at-once stark and spectacular visual setting, the concert continues RSVP’s dedication to the science of wonder.

The sound design, diffusion and staging combine the creative talent of students in Antonio G. Barata’s music technology courses.

8 p.m., Pavilion, Performing Arts Center

Tickets ($14)

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Instrumental Recital June 5

Cal Poly students perform solo and chamber ensemble repertoire. The literature performed illustrates various genres and styles, with works from all eras of classical, ethnic, and popular music. 

11 a.m., Davidson Music Center, Room 218

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RSVP XIX "Vox Balaena" June 5vox balaena

This marks the 19th season of this diverse transmedia series celebrating electro-acoustic diversity and compositional risk. This year's production celebrates the great size, the great life, the great plight, and the great vocal literature of humpback whales. Mixing electronically processed live performance with recordings, spoken text, and an at-once stark and spectacular visual setting, the concert continues RSVP’s dedication to the science of wonder.

The sound design, diffusion and staging combine the creative talent of students in Antonio G. Barata’s music technology courses.

8 p.m., Pavilion, Performing Arts Center

Tickets ($14)

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Wind Bands' Spring Concert June 6wind band

The Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra end their season with a concert featuring percussionist John Astaire. A distinguished alumnus of Cal Poly, Astaire has made a name for himself as a percussion performer at the highest level through concerts with the Kylix Contemporary Music Ensemble, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, San Luis Obispo Symphony, and many others. Astaire will be featured in solo compositions with accompaniment by both the Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra. The concert will also include exciting new and traditional compositions for concert band and wind ensemble; works that showcase the talent and virtuosity of the student instrumentalists involved in the Cal Poly band program.

8 p.m. Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center

Tickets ($14 and $12 general, $12 and $9 seniors and students)

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Symphony and Choirs Spring Concert June 7symphony

The Cal Poly Symphony and Choirs join forces to explore the intersection of music and destiny.

8 p.m. Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center

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