For Immediate Release
April 5, 2017

Contact: Michele Abba

Cal Poly Alumna to Present on Gershwin’s Concerto in F on May 5

San Luis Obispo Symphony to Perform Work May 6

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly alumna Jessica Getman will give a presentation on George Gershwin’s Concerto in F at 3 p.m. Friday, May 5, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus.

Getman is the managing editor for the Gershwin Initiative at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, which is in the process of making a critical score of the concerto for publication. Timothy Freeze, the concerto’s primary editor, will join Getman to discuss the scope of the Initiative, “The George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition,” their experience of working with the Gershwin families and with Schott Music Publishing, and the process of making a critical score for a such a complex composition.

On May 6, the San Luis Obispo Symphony will perform the Gershwin Initiative’s edition at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The performance will feature pianist Ji and will be conducted by Rei Hotoda.

“We are doing what we call a ‘test performance’ with the symphony — it’s a performance of the edition, pre-publication, that helps us find errors and determine if our engraving is optimal for performers, and gain a deeper understanding of Gershwin’s conception of the piece,” Getman said. “It’s a win for both sides: The orchestra gets a better score and set of parts — and one that is more considered and true to Gershwin’s original manuscript and early performances — and we get the expertise of a large variety of performers.”

In addition to her work at the University of Michigan, Getman is a film musicologist focusing on music in television and science fiction media. A Cal Poly graduate, she also holds two master’s degrees from Boston University in historical performance and musicology, and a doctorate from the University of Michigan, for which she produced a dissertation on music and social discourse in the original series of “Star Trek.” Other areas of study include music production in mid-20th-century American television, popular music in science fiction media and amateur music in media fandom.

Freeze is visiting assistant professor at the College of Wooster, Ohio. He has published research on Gustav Mahler, Viennese operetta and Aaron Copland in several journals and collected volumes. Freeze previously taught at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and at IES Abroad in Vienna, Austria. He earned a doctorate in historical musicology from the University of Michigan and has held research fellowships from the Berlin Program for Advanced German European Studies, the German Academic Exchange Service and the Fulbright Program.

The presentation is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department and the San Luis Obispo Symphony. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406 or visit its calendar website at

Timothy Freeze, a visiting assistant professor at the College of Wooster, Ohio.

Cal Poly alumna Jessica Getman

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