Cal Poly Wind Bands Concert to Feature Saxophone Soloist on June 9

Laura M. Kramer, a Cal Poly lecturer, to Perform on ‘Möbius Trip’

Photo of Laura KramerSAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Spring Band Concert will feature the 50-member Wind Ensemble and 55-member Wind Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9, in Harold J. Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

The concert — the third in the bands’ season series — is titled “Color of Sound.”

The Cal Poly Wind Orchestra will open the program with Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque” (“Light and Gold”) followed by works from the expanded wind band repertoire, including Alex Shapiro’s “Tight Squeeze,” Gustav Holst’s “Second Suite in F” and Steven Bryant’s “Bloom.”

Guest saxophone soloist Laura M. Kramer will perform on James Stephenson’s “Möbius Trip,” with the Wind Ensemble, which was part of the national consortium that commissioned the work. “The composer makes a play on the term Möbius strip, as the piece does take the soloist on a journey that wraps around to return to where they started — almost!” said Christopher J. Woodruff, director of bands. The Möbius strip, also called the twisted cylinder, is a one-sided nonorientable surface, like the universal symbol for recycling, which is found printed on the backs of aluminum cans and plastic bottles.

The program will conclude with David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 4, which was inspired in part by the composer’s fascination with President Abraham Lincoln —for this piece in particular, his funeral train.

Kramer, who teaches saxophone and theory at Cal Poly, is a founding member of the Los Angeles-based Noir Quartet. She has performed her original saxophone works at various national concerts, including for CSU Fullerton’s annual New Music Festival, North American Saxophone Alliance conferences, What’s Next? ensemble concerts, and the Midwest Composers Symposium. She performed on Presidio Brass’ “Rhapsody in Brass” album.

As a composer, her works have been commissioned by several artists and ensembles. She recently composed music for the short film “Reveries,” directed by Jacob Ball. Kramer also teaches at the California State Summer School for the Arts.

Woodruff will conduct the concert.

Tickets to the concert are $12 or $14 for the public, and $9 or $12 for students. Event parking is sponsored by the PAC. Tickets are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849).

The concert is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406 or visit its calendar website.

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Contact: Michele Abba

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