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John Salmon Piano Recital of Classical and Jazz Compositions to be Held at Cal Poly March 8

John Salmon, music professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will give a piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus.

Salmon will perform repertoire by the three B’s: Bach, Beethoven and Brubeck, then conclude with Salmon’s own jazz duet versions of works by Bach. Salmon will be joined for the duets by Cal Poly Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller.

Salmon has distinguished himself on four continents as both a classical and jazz artist. He has recorded four compact discs of Dave Brubeck’s classical piano music on the Phoenix, Naxos and Albany labels. Brubeck dedicated two compositions to Salmon: “The Salmon Strikes” and “Bach Again.” Salmon’s CD of piano pieces by Nikolai Kapustin is also on the Naxos label, and a CD of his own jazz compositions, “Salmon Is a Jumpin’,” was released by Albany Records.

As a guest lecturer, Salmon has presented on a wide array of topics including “Beethoven’s Shadow” at the Juilliard School, “September 1828: Schubert’s Last Three Piano Sonatas” at the Boston Conservatory and “Adding Notes to Classical Scores” in Morelia, Mexico.

Salmon has published a book, “The Piano Sonatas of Carl Loewe,” as well as musical publications including “Add On Bach,” “Jazz Up the Inventions,” “Jazz Up the Sinfonias” and “Jazz Standards.”

Admission to the recital is $5 at the door.

The recital is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department and the Tevis Fund for Visiting Artists. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406 or visit its calendar website.