Flutist Suzanne Duffy to Perform at March 8 Cal Poly Wind Bands Concert

Music Professor Antonio G. Barata’s Composition to Premiere

Suzanne Duffy
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Winter Wind Bands Concert will feature the 50-member Wind Ensemble and 55-member Wind Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8, in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

The concert — the second in the bands’ season series — is titled “Winds of Change.” Music Professor Antonio G. Barata has composed a work with the same name that will be premiered by the Cal Poly Wind Ensemble. 

“The composition’s title is a triple-entendre, pointing at once to my life changes, the work’s composition for wind instruments and percussion instruments, and its formal structure,” Barata said.

Guest flute soloist Suzanne Duffy will perform Stephen Bulla’s “Rhapsody for Flute” with the Wind Ensemble. Duffy, who teaches flute at Cal Poly, is an active orchestral and chamber music performer. She plays principal flute for Opera San Luis Obispo, Symphony of the Vines and Orchestra Novo. She maintains flute studios in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara.

The group will conclude its set with Frank Ticheli’s “Blue Shades.”

The Wind Ensemble will perform these works and others for the 2020 College Band Directors National Association Western/Northwestern Division Conference to be hosted March 18-21 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. The ensemble is one of only eight selected to participate.

At the March 8 concert, the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra will perform music by John Philip Sousa, plus works from the expanded wind band repertoire, including Aaron Perrine’s “Tears of St. Lawrence” and Steven Bryant’s “The Machine Awakes.”

The Cal Poly Chamber Winds will complete Robert Kurka’s “Good Soldier Schweik Suite,” the first part of which the group performed at the Bandfest concert in November. 

Director of Bands Christopher J. Woodruff and Associate Director of Bands Nicholas P. Waldron will conduct the concert.

Tickets 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 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.

- Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center: maps.calpoly.edu/place/bldg-006-0/
- Cal Poly Ticket Office: tickets.calpoly.edu
- Calendar website: music.calpoly.edu/calendar

Antonio Barata
Antonio Barata

Contact: Michele Abba
805-756-2406; mabba@calpoly.edu

February 10, 2020

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