Cal Poly to Present Faculty Bass Recital on Jan. 17

Ken Hustad
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Music Department faculty member and string bassist Ken Hustad will present a recital with guest performers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45).Hustad will perform the first movement from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007; and the two Bourrée movements from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009.

Guest artists will join Hustad for the other works on the program. 

Pianist Paul Woodring, an accompanist at Cal Poly, and Hustad will perform two compositions by Giovanni Bottesini: Double Bass Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp Minor and “Elegia.” Saxophonist Ron McCarley and guitarist Adam Levine will play jazz trio works with Hustad by Oscar Pettiford, one of the fathers of jazz bass, as well as other jazz bass giants.

Hustad worked on the Central Coast as a freelance musician and bass instructor for more than 30 years, playing orchestral and chamber music as well as jazz, rock, blues and country, and working in theater and recording. He is co-principal bass for the San Luis Obispo Symphony, and he also plays in Orchestra Novo, the Santa Maria Philharmonic, Symphony of the Vines chamber orchestra, Opera San Luis Obispo and the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale. He teaches bass at Cal Poly and Cuesta College, and coaches bass for the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony and the Orchestra Novo Summer String Workshop.

Woodring is the Music Department’s staff accompanist and the university organist at Cal Poly. He has worked with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the 360-member (Mormon) Tabernacle Choir and LA Opera among other well-known ensembles. Locally, he has worked with Opera San Luis Obispo, Festival Mozaic, Central Coast Youth Chorus, San Luis Obispo Master Chorale, Tolosa Strings and several musical theater organizations.

McCarley is the director of jazz studies at Cuesta College. In addition to studio work, he appears as a featured artist and plays throughout Central and Southern California. He has performed or recorded with Diane Schuur, an American jazz singer and pianist, The Manhattan Transfer, the jazz vocal group formed 50 years ago, and Motown’s The Temptations.

Levine, in addition to playing guitar, composes music for television and film. He has taught at the Aspen Music School, the National Guitar Workshop in San Francisco, and in Los Angeles at the Musicians Institute and the Grove School of Music.

Admission to the recital is $5 at the door. The event is sponsored by Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts and Music Department. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406. 

Contact: Michele Abba

December 18, 2019

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