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May

Cal Poly’s A Cappella Ensemble That’s the Key to Perform May 6-7

Cal Poly a cappella ensemble That’s the Key will perform its spring concert at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus. That’s the Key has performed at numerous events this academic year, including headlining the Cal Poly ASI’s Valentine’s Day event and Alpha Kappa Psi’s charity ball for clean drinking water around the world. The ensemble also performed at the A Cappella Extravaganza in Napa, Calif., in January. The group includes 14 students from various majors who sing original arrangements of popular music. Admission is $5 at the door. Proceeds benefit the group’s competition and travel fees for next year. The concerts are sponsored by Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts and Music Department. 

Pianist W. Terrence Spiller to Perform Beethoven Sonatas May 13 at Cal Poly

Pianist and Cal Poly Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will begin his survey of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven on at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. This cycle — to be covered in annual spring recitals — starts off with a program of four sonatas: Opus 2 No. 3 in C major, Opus 26 in A-flat major, Opus 14 No.2 in G major, and Opus 81a in E-flat major ("Les adieux"). Tickets are available from the Cal Poly Ticket Office: 756-4849, tickets.calpoly.edu

Cal Poly Pier Open House, May 14

The Center for Coast Marine Sciences program will hold its Spring 2016 Open House Saturday, May 14 from 9am to noon. The event is free to all, but parking is very limited. Attendees of the open house event will be treated to a tour that features interactive displays, microscopes for viewing ultra-small sea creatures, a "discover SCUBA" experience and more. Safety rules require that everyone admitted to the pier wear closed-toe walking shoes (no flip-flops or high heels). You can learn more about the event and about the CCMS program by visiting marine.calpoly.edu or call Pier Facilities Operations Manager Thomas Moylan at 805-756-6058. 

University Jazz Bands' Jazz Night Concert, May 14

Cal Poly’s University Jazz Bands will present their annual Jazz Night Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center. The concert will feature repertoire that the University Jazz Band I will perform on its performance tour of London in June. The band will perform several concerts at some of London’s top jazz clubs, providing a great opportunity for the students to gain international experience performing jazz, said Director of Jazz Studies Paul Rinzler. The University Jazz Band I will perform Duke Ellington’s composition “Caravan,” in a complex arrangement by composer and arranger Michael Abene. The band will also perform the raucous and wild “Moanin’,” a piece recorded by the Charles Mingus Big Band. Mingus, the late bassist and composer, was well known for creating raw, expressive works for jazz bands. In addition to the University Jazz Band I, the the University Jazz Band II and two combos will perform on the concert. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office: 756-4849, tickets.calpoly.edu

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 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 Early Music Ensemble to Present 'Craig Russell, A Musical Tribute!’ May 30

The Cal Poly Early Music Ensemble will present its annual spring concert, this year titled “Craig Russell, A Musical Tribute!” at 2 p.m. Monday, May 30, in Harman Hall of the Christopher Cohan Center's Performing Arts Center. The concert is a celebration of music professor Craig Russell who is retiring in June. It will also feature music from the Americas he edited, including works by António de Salazar, Manuel de Sumaya and Ignacio Jerusalem. Music Professor Thomas Davies will conduct the 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 1

On Wednesday, June 1 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. 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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