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February

University Jazz Bands' Just Jazz Concert, February 19

Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at
 8 p.m., Cal Poly Music Department presents the University Jazz Bands' Winter Jazz Concert in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. The University Jazz Bands present concerts in Spanos Theatre and Harman Hall at the Performing Arts Center that showcase traditional, contemporary, and cutting-edge jazz as performed by the best jazz musicians at Cal Poly. More on Just Jazz

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble Winter Concert, February 20

Cal Poly Music Department presents the Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble’s Winter Concert on Saturday, Feb. 20, at
 8 p.m., in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. The program includes classic and contemporary music and dance. Focusing on the Eastern Mediterranean and extending to historically interconnected cultures of the larger region, the concert will feature instrumental and vocal repertoire both composed and improvised. Tracing from the Middle Ages to the present, the selections include some of the oldest continuously performed art music in the world and the most popular pieces in the repertoire. Critically acclaimed guest artists enhance the performance with their expertise, and beautifully costumed dancers put the songs and music into exciting and graceful motion. More on the show

Cal Poly Student Instrumental Recital, February 25

On Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, at 11 a.m., the Music Department presents a free Student Instrumental Recital in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. More on the recital

Cal Poly Choirs’ Winter Concert: 'America … America,' February 27

On Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at 8 p.m., the Music Department presents the Cal Poly Choirs’ Winter Concert: “America … America” in Harman Hall of Performing Arts Center. An American extravaganza will feature music from an array of American traditions, from barbershop and musical theater to spirituals and American classical. Cal Poly’s PolyPhonics, the University Singers and student soloists will be accompanied by Susan Azaret Davies and Paul Woodring. More on America

March

California Wind Band Festival, March 2-5

The American Bandmasters Association 82nd annual National Conference will take place at Cal Poly. This joint endeavor with the Japanese Bandmasters Association will include concerts by well-known, high-quality performing ensembles from the U.S. and Japan, as well a performance by the Cal Poly Wind Ensemble. Some 450 distinguished members of the American Bandmasters Association are expected to attend. The schedule is:
-- Wednesday, March 2, Cal Poly Wind Ensemble and the Kansai College Band Federation (Osaka, Japan);
-- Thursday, March 3, Shizuoka Concert Liberte (Shizuoka, Japan) and CSU Long Beach Wind Symphony;
-- Friday, March 4, U.S. Army Field Band (Washington, D.C.); and on
-- Saturday, March 5, Cal Poly Wind Orchestra and Cal Poly Pomona Wind Ensemble. All concerts will take place at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. More on the concerts

Cal Poly Student Instrumental Recital, March 3

On Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 11 a.m., the Cal Poly Music Department will present a free Student Instrumental Recital in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. More on the recital

Cal Poly Symphony Winter Concert: 'Soloist Showcase,' March 6

Cal Poly Music Department presents the Cal Poly Symphony’s Winter Concert: “Soloist Showcase” on Sunday, March 6 at
 3 p.m. the in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Cal Poly Symphony holds an annual solo competition for student musicians from any major on campus. The prize is a performance with the symphony! Come hear this year’s winners, and celebrate musical talent from across the university. The symphony will also perform Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2. More on the show

Cal Poly Student Vocal Recital, March 8

Tuesday, March 8, at
 7:30 p.m., the Cal Poly Music Department presents a free Student Vocal Recital in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. More on the recital

April

Cal Poly Open House Concert, April 15

Cal Poly Music Department presents an Open House Concert
 on Friday, April 15, at 
8 p.m., in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. After an exciting day at Cal Poly’s Open House, come and enjoy an evening of live entertainment by three of the Music Department’s finest instrumental ensembles: University Jazz Band, Symphony and Wind Ensemble. More on the Open House concert

Cal Poly All-State Festival Concert, April 17

On Sunday, April 17 at
 2:30 p.m., the Music Department presents the Cal Poly All-State Festival Concert in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. This annual concert will feature California’s finest high school musicians, chosen by audition to participate. Come and enjoy an afternoon of music-making as these young professionals display skills far beyond their years. Mike Galisatus, Festival Jazz Band director; Eric Wilson, Festival Wind Orchestra director. More on the show

May

University Jazz Bands' Jazz Night Concert, May 14

Saturday night, May 14 at 
8 o'clock, Cal Poly Music Department presents the University Jazz Bands' Fall Jazz Concert in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. The University Jazz Bands present concerts in Spanos Theatre and Harman Hall at the PAC that showcase traditional, contemporary and cutting-edge jazz as performed by the best jazz musicians at Cal Poly.
More on Jazz Night

Cal Poly Polyrhythmics Percussion Ensemble Recital, May 17

On Tuesday, May 17 at
 7:30 p.m., the Music Department presents a Percussion Ensemble Recital in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. More on the recital

Cal Poly's 'An Evening of Woodwind and String Chamber Music,' May 20

Cal Poly Music Department presents “An Evening of Woodwind and String Chamber Music” on Friday, May 20 at
 7:30 p.m. The free recital will take place at the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St., San Luis Obispo. More on the show

Cal Poly Student Piano Recital, May 24

Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m., the Cal Poly Music Department presents a free Student Piano Recital in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. More on the recital

Cal Poly Student Instrumental Recital, May 26

On Thursday, May 26 at 11 a.m., the Cal Poly Music Department presents a free Student Instrumental Recital in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. More on the event

'All That Brass!' May 26

Cal Poly Music Department presents a free recital titled “All That Brass!” on Thursday, May 26 at
 7:30 p.m. in the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St., San Luis Obispo. More on 'All That Brass!'

Cal Poly Early Music Ensemble: 'American Baroque,' May 27

Friday, May 27, 2016, at 
8 p.m., the Music Department presents the Early Music Ensemble’s “American Baroque.” Music Professor Craig H. Russell will join the Cal Poly Early Music Ensemble to present music composed by musicians living in the Americas, from Alta California to South America, in the 17th and 18th centuries. More on 'American Baroque'

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble Spring Concert, May 28

On Saturday night, May 28, at
 8 o'clock., Cal Poly Music Department presents the Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble’s Fall Concert in the Spanos Theatre on campus. The program will consist of classic and contemporary music and dance. Focusing on the Eastern Mediterranean and extending to historically interconnected cultures of the larger region, the concert will feature instrumental and vocal repertoire both composed and improvised. Tracing from the Middle Ages to the present, the selections include some of the oldest continuously performed art music in the world and the most popular pieces in the repertoire. Critically acclaimed guest artists enhance the performance with their expertise, and beautifully costumed dancers put the songs and music into exciting and graceful motion.
More on the Arab Music Ensemble

Cal Poly’s RSVP XXI: 'Evangeline,' May 31

Cal Poly Music Department presents RSVP XXI: "Evangeline" on Tuesday May 31 at 
8 p.m. in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. This marks the 21st season of this diverse transmedia series celebrating electroacoustic diversity and compositional risk. For the first time in its production history, RSVP will raise a full-length contemporary ballet. Inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's great poem, "Evangeline," the music and dance tell a timeless story of profound love tested to the point of heroic virtue. Wadsworth's romantic impression of the Acadian Deportation is revised in light of more recent historical resources and a layer of new, timely meaning and questions. A second performance will be held Thursday, June 2. More on RSVP XXI

June

Cal Poly’s RSVP XXI: 'Evangeline,' June 2

On Thursday June 2 at
 8 p.m, the Music Department presents RSVP XXI: "Evangeline" in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. This marks the 21st season of this diverse transmedia series celebrating electroacoustic diversity and compositional risk. For the first time in its production history, RSVP will raise a full-length contemporary ballet. Inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's great poem, "Evangeline," the music and dance tell a timeless story of profound love tested to the point of heroic virtue. Wadsworth's romantic impression of the Acadian Deportation is revised in light of more recent historical resources and a layer of new, timely meaning and questions. A second performance will be held Thursday, June 2. More on RSVP XXI

Cal Poly Student Instrumental Recital, June 2

On Thursday, June 2 at 11 a.m., Cal Poly Music Department will present a free Student Instrumental Recital in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. More on the recital

Cal Poly Student Vocal Recital, June 3

Friday, June 3 at
 7:30 p.m., the Music Department will present a free Student Vocal Recital in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. More on the Vocal Recital

Cal Poly Symphony and Choirs Concert, June 4

Cal Poly Music Department presents the Cal Poly Symphony and Choir’s Spring Concert on Saturday night, June 4 at 
8 o'clock in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. The The concert will feature the world premiere of a new composition for choir and orchestra by Cal Poly music Professor Meredith Brammeier. In addition, the groups will perform Fauré’s "Requiem."
More on the concert

Cal Poly Wind Bands' Spring Concert: ‘Anniversary Celebration,’ June 5

On Sunday, June 5 at
 3 p.m., the Music Department presents the Wind Bands' Spring Concert in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. The Cal Poly wind bands' spring concert is a celebration of three anniversaries:
-- 20 years of performances in the Performing Arts Center;
-- 50-year collaboration with band director emeritus William Johnson; and
-- 100 years since the founding of the Cal Poly band program in 1916.
In addition to works for wind band that pay tribute to the long history and progression of Cal Poly bands through the years, the concert will end with a special ensemble made up of Cal Poly alumni and current students performing together. More on the 'Anniversary Celebration'


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