Cal Poly Wind Bands Concert to Feature Percussionist John Astaire on Feb. 26

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Winter Wind Bands Concert will feature the Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

The concert — the second in the bands’ season series — is titled “Afterimage.” Director of Bands Christopher J. Woodruff said, “Like a flash of light against our retina, life events can leave impressions. Music is way we can share those impressions with others and extend those moments across time. The program will explore this idea through works expressing joy and wonder.”

Guest percussion soloist John Astaire will perform Mutsuhito Ogino’s “Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble.” Astaire, who teaches percussion at Cal Poly, is an active orchestral performer and session artist. He works with area orchestras Opera San Luis Obispo, Orchestra Novo, San Luis Obispo Symphony and Symphony of the Vines.

Other works from the Wind Ensemble include Music Professor Antonio G. Barata’s “Winds of Change” and Joan Tower’s “Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 5.” The group will conclude its set with Julie Giroux’s “La Mezquita de Córdoba.”

 The Wind Ensemble will perform these and other works for the 2022 College Band Directors National Association Western/Northwestern Division Conference to be hosted March 16-20 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. The ensemble is one of only eight selected to participate.
At the Feb. 26 concert, the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra will perform music by William Schuman, plus works from the expanded wind band repertoire, including Charles Ives’ “Old Home Days” and Frank Ticheli’s “Vesuvius.”
The Cal Poly Chamber Winds and Percussion will perform Joni Greene’s “The Persistence of Memory.” The piece was completed in 2020 for a consortium of band programs, including Cal Poly.
Woodruff and Associate Director of Bands Nicholas P. Waldron will conduct the concert.

Tickets are $15 and 20 for the public and $10 for students. Event parking is sponsored by the Performing Arts Center. 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, visit the Music Department’s calendar website, email or call 805-756-2406.

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Percussion soloist John Astaire


Feb. 2, 2022
Contact: Michele Abba



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