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Cal Poly Symphony Fall Concert: Music from the New World

Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017
3 p.m. Harman Hall
, Performing Arts Center

The Cal Poly Symphony explores two works that draw on America’s diverse musical traditions. The orchestra welcomes Jeff Midkiff, a nationally active soloist and composer, to perform his own Concerto for Mandolin and Orchestra, “From the Blue Ridge.” The concerto showcases bluegrass and jazz music, which Midkiff has played extensively, as well as the orchestra, which he knows intimately as an orchestral clarinetist.

The orchestra will also perform Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World.” The piece, written in America, draws on music Dvořák considered uniquely American: everything from African-American spirituals and Native American music to music from Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show and folk songs.

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Cal Poly Symphony Winter Concert: Student Soloist Showcase

Friday, March 16, 2018
8 p.m. Harman Hall
, Performing Arts Center

Every year the symphony holds a solo competition for student musicians from any major. The prize is a performance with the symphony! Come hear this year’s winners and celebrate musical talent from across the university.

The orchestra also welcomes the Stockdale High School Symphony Orchestra as its guest ensemble. The group will perform two works and play side-by-side with Cal Poly’s string section in Vaughan-Williams’ lush “Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis.”

The Cal Poly Symphony will conclude the concert with Rimsky-Korsakov’s colorful “Capriccio Espagnol.”

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

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Cal Poly Symphony Spring Concert with the Cal Poly Choirs

Sunday, June 3, 2018
3 p.m. Harman Hall
, Performing Arts Center

The Cal Poly Symphony joins forces with the Cal Poly Choirs to perform Maurice Duruflé’s “Requiem.”

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

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