Cal Poly Music Department Presents ‘Brahms Songs’ Oct. 6

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will present “Brahms Songs,” a faculty lecture-recital at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus.

 David Arrivée will begin the presentation with a talk about Johannes Brahms and his compositions. Katherine Arthur, soprano, and Paul Woodring, piano, will perform two sets of eight Brahms songs. Between the sets, Woodring will perform the Intermezzo in A Major, one of Brahms best-loved short piano pieces.

Arthur said the presentation offers an opportunity to get to know Brahms through an overview of the man and composer and a journey through some of his most well-known songs.

“The lively, poignant and thought-provoking interpretations of Brahms’ songs will be rendered by seasoned musicians who have not only performed and taught these songs for decades but who are also well-versed in the German language,” Arthur said.

Arthur teaches both applied and class voice at Cal Poly. She has appeared in music festivals across the U.S. and Europe. She has sung and recorded with the Southwest Chamber Music Ensemble, recorded a solo CD with Orfeo records, and been a frequent guest soloist with the Santa Barbara Oratorio Society. Arthur has been featured as a soloist in several Cal Poly Choir and San Luis Obispo Master Chorale concerts. She served as director of UC Santa Barbara’s Opera Workshop program. Arthur earned Master of Arts degree from UCSB and is a certified Alexander Technique Teacher.

Woodring is an accompanist and music coach at Cal Poly and is the university organist. He specialized in organ performance at Cal State Northridge, followed by organ and harpsichord studies in Vienna, Austria. As an accompanist, Woodring has worked with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Los Angeles Opera Company, among other well-known ensembles. Locally, he has worked with Opera San Luis Obispo, Festival Mozaic, Central Coast Children’s Choir, San Luis Obispo Master Chorale, Tolosa Strings and several musical theater organizations. He is music director for Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church and the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church. 

Arrivée has worked with a variety of ensembles as a conductor, pianist, harpsichordist and clarinetist. He is the director of the Cal Poly Symphony, teaches theory and musicianship, and coaches chamber ensembles. For seven years, he served as the associate conductor of Festival Mozaic. He is co-director, with Scott Glysson, of Cal Poly’s annual Bach Week, which brings together faculty, students and guest artists to perform the vocal and instrumental works of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries. Before moving to the Central Coast, Arrivée served as the assistant conductor of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, and he taught music theory at Northwestern University. 

The recital is open to the public. Admission is $5 at the door. Parking is free in the Grand Avenue Parking Structure (Lot 130). For more information on parking on campus, visit Cal Poly’s Transportation and Parking Services website

The recital is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department and College of Liberal Arts. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406 or visit its calendar website.
Katherine Arthur, sopranoPaul Woodring, pianoDavid Arrivée


Contact: Michele Abba

September 6, 2018

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