For Immediate Release
April 26, 2017

Contact: Michele Abba

Laura M. Kramer and Panic Duo to Present Composition Master Class, Recital May 25 at CalPoly

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Composer and saxophonist Laura M. Kramer will present a master class and recital with Panic Duo at Cal Poly on Thursday, May 25.

The composition master class will be at 11 a.m. Kramer and the duo will discuss the premiere of Kramer’s new work for saxophone, violin and piano which will be premiered at the evening recital. In addition, they will perform reading sessions of student compositions.

The recital will take place at 7:30 p.m. Works for combinations of saxophone, violin and piano will be performed by composers including Jennifer Higdon, Robert Muczynski and Evan Chambers. Kramer’s new work, “Reflections Through Shattered Mirrors,” will have its world premiere.

Panic Duo is based in Los Angeles and is comprised of violinist Pasha Tseitlin and pianist Nic Gerpe. Recent performance highlights include a featured concert on the People Inside Electronics series, including the world premiere of Anne LeBaron’s “Fissure,” for violin, piano and electronics, which was commissioned by the duo. Panic Duo also gave a concert of world premieres of works for violin and piano by the composers’ collective Improvisatory Minds, a group dedicated to chamber music written by jazz musicians and consisting of Gernot Wolfgang, Michael Patterson, Ed Neumeister and Bevan Manson. Panic Duo has performed on the Los Angeles-based new music concert series Tuesdays at Monk Space and has been featured on the Sundays Live series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Kramer teaches musicianship, saxophone and theory at Cal Poly. She earned a doctorate of musical arts in composition from USC, with concentrations in theory, saxophone and electroacoustic media. She is a recipient of the Carolyn Alchin Endowed Music Scholarship. She holds a master of music degree in composition from Indiana University, where she served as graduate assistant director of the New Music Ensemble, and earned a bachelor of music in saxophone performance and music theory/composition from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Both events are open to the public and will be in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus. The master class is free and the recital is $5 at the door.

The master class and recital are sponsored by Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts and Music Department. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406 or visit the department’s calendar website at

Laura M. Kramer pictured with Pasha Tseitlin (left) and Nic Gerpe of Panic Duo.


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