October 23, 2015

Contact: Michele Abba

Cal Poly Symphony to Perform Music Inspired by Nature on Nov. 22

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Symphony will perform three works inspired by nature at its Fall Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

Titled “Back to Nature,” the concert will begin with Felix Mendelssohn’s overture to “The Hebrides.” In 1829, the composer traveled through Scotland, visiting the Hebrides Islands. The main melody of the overture was sketched at the beginning of his two-day visit to the islands and depicts the undulating sea. Although inspired in part by the Hebrides, much of the work on this overture was completed in Rome.

The concert will continue with a new work by Cal Poly Music Professor Antonio G. Barata titled “Great Wings.” The work was written “in honor of the great life, great size, great plight, and great songs of the humpback whale,” according to the score, and is dedicated to “all those who have worked to show how ancient, beautiful and precious a gift they are to our world."

The program will conclude with Ottorino Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.” This symphonic poem evokes four scenes, each centered on the pine trees in a certain part of the city: children playing by the pine trees of the Villa Borghese, pine trees near a catacomb, an evening scene among the pine trees of the Janiculum Hill, and a vision of the Roman army marching on the Appian Way.

Tickets to the concert are $12 and $14 for the public and $9 and $12 for students. Pricing includes all Performing Arts Center fees, and event parking is sponsored by the PAC. Tickets are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call SLO-4TIX (756-4849).

A 10 percent discount is given to patrons who buy season tickets to four Music Department events through the Cal Poly Ticket Office; a 15 percent discount is given on tickets to five or more events.

The concert is sponsored by the Cal Poly’s Music Department, College of Liberal Arts, and Instructionally Related Activities program. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406.

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