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Ciera Lamborn and Christopher CampbellCal Poly Symphony Fall Concert: 'Symphony at the Opera'

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
3 p.m. Harman Hall
, Performing Arts Center

The Cal Poly Symphony and soprano Ciera Lamborn and tenor Christopher Campbell will perform what is considered to be some of the greatest opera music ever written at its Fall Concert.

Titled "Symphony at the Opera," the concert will begin with three orchestral works: Wagner's overture to "Die Meistersinger," Rossini's overture to "The Barber of Seville" and Saint-Saëns' "Danse Bacchanale" from "Samson and Dalilah."

Both guest artists will perform solo arias from Puccini operas. Lamborn will sing "Vissi d'arte" from "Tosca," and Campbell will sing one of opera's best-known tenor arias: "Nessun dorma!" from "Turandot."

After intermission, the guest artists will perform the first act of Puccini's "La Bohème," from the moment when the two lovers Mimì and Rodolfo meet.

Tickets ($14 and $12 general, $12 and $9 seniors and students)

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Orchesis dancersCal Poly Symphony Winter Concert: 'Student Showcase/Orchesis'

Sunday, March 8, 2015
3 p.m. Harman Hall
, Performing Arts Center

Every year, the Cal Poly Symphony holds auditions for student soloists from any major. The prize for several of them? A performance with the symphony, of course! Come hear this year's winners, and celebrate musical talent from across the university.

Orchesis, Cal Poly's oldest concert dance organization, joins the symphony for a performance of works choreographed by directors Diana Stanton, Christy McNeil and Michelle Walter.

Tickets ($14 and $12 general, $12 and $9 seniors and students)

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Suzanne DuffyCal Poly Symphony Spring Concert featuring Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5

Saturday, June 6, 2015
8 p.m. Harman Hall
, Performing Arts Center

In May 1888, after an exhausting conducting tour in Western Europe, Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky felt played out. As he recuperated in Frolovskoye, a beautiful little town in the Russian countryside, he wrote to his patron Nadezhda von Meck "I am dreadfully anxious to prove not only to others, but also to myself, that I am not yet played out as a composer."

A few months later, his fifth symphony was complete, and he had proven to himself, and to the world, that he was capable of crafting a monumental work that is as emotionally powerful as it is musically unified. Played out indeed!

Our final concert features faculty flutist Suzanne Duffy. Currently principal flute for Symphony of the Vines and second flute/piccolo for Opera Santa Barbara, she has performed with Opera San Luis Obispo, the Palm Beach Opera, Santa Barbara Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, and the New World and Indianapolis symphonies, among others.

  • Charles Griffes' "Poem for Flute and Orchestra," with faculty soloist Suzanne Duffy
  • Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64


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