Cal Poly Symphony Opens Season with ‘Teamwork’ on Dec. 6

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Symphony celebrates the many kinds of teamwork that are uniquely possible at Cal Poly in its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in Miossi Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

The program will begin with music from the album “Charlie Parker with Strings,” performed by guest saxophonist Dave Becker.

“Performing with a top-rate soloist like Dave is a very rewarding kind of teamwork, and this music is a rare treat,” said Music Professor David Arrivée, who will conduct the performance. “This seminal album has excellent arrangements for orchestral strings in the context of great jazz, and it’s not often we get to play in this style.” 

The newly formed Cal Poly Chamber Orchestra will also take the stage to perform the first movement of Leoš Janáček’s “Idyll for String Orchestra.” This ensemble performs without a conductor and is founded on the unique musical teamwork that chamber music provides.

The first of two works that explore the story of Romeo and Juliet will conclude the first half of the performance. The full orchestra will present music from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet, “Romeo and Juliet,” with large screen projections crafted by student teams from Cal Poly’s Art and Design Department, under the guidance of Sky Bergman.

After intermission, the orchestra will join forces with a student team from Cal Poly’s Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies major to present video game music with visual projections on the interior of Miossi Hall. This immersive experience will include the works “Tetris Theme,” “Advent Rising – Muse” and “Final Fantasy – Liberi Fatali.”

The concert will conclude with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story,” a 20th century re-telling of the Romeo and Juliet story. “I love pairing such different representations of the Romeo and Juliet story,” Arrivée said. “Prokofiev and Bernstein, both writing in the same century, include such contrasting musical language, and Bernstein brings back the jazz element we start the concert with. Plus, this last piece, without soloists or visual projections, will give the orchestra a chance to focus on the teamwork that is always central to our performances: supporting each other every moment through music.”

Tickets are $12 and $14 for the public, and $9 and $12 for students. Event parking is sponsored by the PAC. Tickets are available 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 Music Department offers a 10 percent discount to patrons who buy season tickets to four of its events through the Cal Poly Ticket Office; a 15 percent discount is given on tickets to five or more events.

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

November 6, 2019

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