This year’s winter concerts at Cal Poly will feature speeches from Abraham Lincoln, scores from classic movies and traditional Middle Eastern instruments.
The trio of concerts, featuring student performers, begins Sunday with the Cal Poly Choirs and Arab Music Ensemble’s winter concert. It continues with the Cal Poly Wind Bands’ concert March 5 and the Cal Poly Symphony’s concert March 6.
Here’s a rundown of each:
Cal Poly Choirs and Arab Music Ensemble
Two choirs — the Poly- Phonics and the University Singers—will perform music from South America, the English Channel Islands, South Africa, Samoa and Singapore. They will also join the Arab Music Ensemble in a classic suite of Arab art music. Meanwhile, the 35-member Arab Music Ensemble will perform traditional and contemporary music and dance from the Eastern Mediterranean and the larger Middle East. Their show will be accompanied by internationally acclaimed dancer L’Emir Hassan Harfouche.
The 48-member Poly- Phonics typically performs pieces ranging in style and period. The University Singers is a mixed ensemble of 60 vocalists, whose repertoire primarily includes works for larger ensembles. The Arab Music Ensemble, which performs music from the Ottoman Empire to present day, uses traditional instruments such as the qanun, nay, tabla and riqq.
Cal Poly Wind Bands
The 55-member Wind Ensemble and the 70-member Wind Orchestra will perform “Music for the Moment,” featuring songs written to commemorate a person, place or event in history, from the American Civil War to the Czech freedom movement of the late 1960s. The program will include Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” — a work featuring excerpts from Abraham Lincoln’s speeches — performed by the Wind Orchestra and narrated by Josh Machamer, associate chair of the theatre and dance department. The Wind Ensemble will perform “Music from Prague, 1968,” inspired by the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.
Director of bands Andrew McMahan and associate director of bands Christopher Woodruff will conduct the concert. Both the ensembles have per-
formed throughout the world, including Tokyo, New Zealand, Australia and Germany.
Cal Poly Symphony
In a show highlighting student soloists who won the music department’s solo competition, the symphony will include music from the best movies of the past century. Instrumentalists Jake Wise and Maritza Spieller will perform showpieces from the French repertoire, while vocalists Theresa Riforgiate and Patricia Rosas will perform pieces by Bach and Strauss.
The Cal Poly Symphony, composed of students pursuing a variety of majors on campus, performs works from the Baroque to contemporary periods. Music department faculty member David Arrivee will conduct.
The performance will include an audience quiz revealing details about the repertoire.
Reach Patrick S. Pemberton at 781-7903.