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Pianist W. Terrence Spiller to Perform Beethoven Sonatas May 17 at Cal Poly

Apr 17, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Pianist and Cal Poly Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will give an all-Beethoven recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center.

The recital is the fourth in his survey of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven. This year’s program includes Sonata in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1; Sonata in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1; Sonata in G Minor, Op. 49, No. 1; Sonata in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2; and concludes with the thunderous masterwork, Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata.”

Cal Poly Chamber Choir to Perform Works in the Requiem Tradition on May 11

Apr 15, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — The 24-member Cal Poly Chamber Choir will present a concert of two requiems at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

The concert will open with the spectacular and rarely performed “Musikalische Exequien” (“Funeral Music”) by Heinrich Schütz. Composed in 1636, the piece is a three-movement monument of the early Baroque Period. Through various scriptural passages and choral texts, the work was composed for the funeral service of Prince Heinrich II “Posthumous” von Reuss, a friend and benefactor of Schütz. “Listeners will be treated to a variety of choral textures in this hauntingly beautiful work,” said Scott Glysson, Cal Poly director of choral activities.

Cal Poly and Vancouver, B.C., Choral Groups Find Common Ground in Music

Apr 11, 2019


Mozart and Haydn — and MidAmerica Productions — Bring Distant Choruses Together at Carnegie Hall on May 25


NEW YORK — More than 1,000 miles separate San Luis Obispo, California, and Vancouver, British Columbia. However, choruses from both cities — having traveled nearly 3,000 miles — will convene on the stage of Carnegie Hall at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25, to perform together as part of MidAmerica Productions’ 36th concert season. The performance will feature 34 singers from Cal Poly and will be the second Carnegie Hall performance for Cal Poly Choirs.

Cal Poly Appoints Internationally Renowned Biomedical Researcher as Vice President of Research and Economic Development

Apr 9, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly has appointed Renee A. Reijo Pera, an internationally recognized stem cell biologist, as vice president for Research and Economic Development, effective Aug. 12.

Dr. Pera brings to her new role a proven track record in economic development as well as a strong background in undergraduate and graduate research and commitment to supporting students in their research efforts. 

For the past five years, Pera has served as vice president for Research and Economic Development at Montana State University, where she was also professor of cell biology and neurosciences and professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

Cal Poly’s 26th Annual Open House Set for April 11-13

Apr 9, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s 26th annual Open House welcomes prospective students and their supporters, current students, faculty and staff, alumni, and the San Luis Obispo community to festivities Thursday through Saturday, April 11-13.

Open House celebrates the achievements of past and current Mustangs and provides prospective students the opportunity to take part in campus traditions and show off their school spirit as they prepare for their time at Cal Poly.

Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department to Present ‘Stop Kiss’ May 9-11, 16-18

Apr 8, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department will present Diana Son’s “Stop Kiss” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 9-11 and May 16-18, in the Spanos Theatre on campus.

“‘Stop Kiss’ is a moving story that provides a snapshot of our contemporary landscape,” said Karin Hendricks, assistant professor and director of the play. “Filled with poignancy and humor, the play follows Callie and Sara, two young women in New York who unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss incites a violent, homophobic attack that transforms each of their lives in ways they never could have imagined.”

Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Exhibit 2019 Juried Student Show April 11-May 4

Apr 8, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery will present the 2019 Juried Student Show from Thursday, April 11, through Saturday, May 4.

The exhibition features works from every medium, carefully selected from a much larger pool of submissions. This year’s juror was Cal Poly alumnus Doug Highland (Applied Art and Design, ’94), a professor of photography at Cuesta College and a graduate of Cal Poly’s photography program. 

Cal Poly to Present Second Annual Clarinet Festival on May 5

Apr 5, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will present all things clarinet at the second annual Clarinet Festival at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus.

The performance will include a variety of ensembles from on and off campus, including solos, duos, trios and quintets showcasing a variety of styles and genres of music, including classical, chamber, and jazz. The Wind in the Reeds, a Central Coast community clarinet group, will be a featured guest ensemble.

Cal Poly’s CIE to Host Spring Entrepreneurship Forum Featuring Alumnus, Olympian and Startup Founder Simon Arkell on May 14

Apr 4, 2019


Keynote to include discussion on AI and big data; event will also reveal newest class of student entrepreneurs to join CIE’s Summer HotHouse Accelerator program

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host its annual Spring Entrepreneurship Forum on Tuesday, May 14, to discuss the ever-increasing role of artificial intelligence in the startup world and announce the student-founded startups selected for the CIE’s summer HotHouse Startup Accelerator program.

Attendees will learn about the growing importance of embracing and mastering big data and artificial intelligence in the startup world.

Journalist Ben Bradlee Jr. to Speak April 15 at Cal Poly

Apr 4, 2019


Former Boston Globe reporter-editor to discuss 2016 and 2020 elections and President Trump’s attacks on the media

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Journalism and Political Science departments will host journalist and author Ben Bradlee Jr. for a campus talk about President Donald Trump on Monday, April 15. 

Bradlee will discuss who voted for candidate Trump and why in 2016, the president’s performance in office — especially his repeated attacks on the media as “the enemy of the American people” — and the prospects for the 2020 election. 

The talk will take place at 7 p.m. in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 101, in the heart of campus. The event is free and open to the public.

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