2016-2017 Season

FALL CONCERT: "Rachmaninoff and Dvořák"

Sunday, December 4, 3 p.m.
Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center

Photo of Terry SpillerThe Cal Poly Symphony welcomes back pianist W. Terrence Spiller in a performance of the first piano concerto of Sergei Rachmaninoff, a composer whose name is rightly synonymous with the genre. On the same program, the orchestra will perform Dvořák’s lyrical and irrepressibly sunny Symphony no. 8.


Dvořák - Symphony no. 8 in G major
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto no. 1 in F-sharp minor

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WINTER CONCERT: "Student Soloists / Music from the Movies"

Sunday, March 5, 3 p.m.
Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center

Photo of Joe HisaishiEvery year, the Symphony holds auditions for student soloists of 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.

The orchestra will also perform music from animated movies, including Joe Hisaishi’s music from the Studio Ghibli films “Spirited Away” and “My Neighbor Totoro” as well as "Fantasia" and "Fantasia 2000."


Devienne - Concerto No. 8, mvt. 1 (Kelsey Beisecker, flute)
Corey Hable - "Der Schwan" (Gabby Crolla, mezzo-soprano)
Mozart - "Padre, germani, addio!" (Sam Foulk, soprano)
Rimsky-Korsakov - Trombone Concerto, mvt. 1 (Kent Giese, trombone)
Vivaldi - Concerto in C Major, mvt. 3 (Taylor O'Hanlon, Jordan Adams, trumpet)
Bloch - Suite Hebraique, mvt. 1 (Marisa Romo, viola)
Hisaishi - "Merry Go Round of Life" from Howl's Moving Castle
Hisaishi - "One Summer's Day" from Spirited Away
Hisaishi - Main Theme from My Neighbor Totoro
Stravinsky - Berceuse and Finale from The Firebird (Noah Scanlon, conductor)
Bach/Stokowski - Tocatta and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565

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SPRING CONCERT: "Symphonie fantastique"

Saturday, June 10, 8 p.m.
Harman Hall, Performing Arts Center

Photo of BerliozOn an evening in September, 1827, the young composer Hector Berlioz attended a performance of “Hamlet” at the Paris Odéon and saw the actress Harriet Smithson for the first time. It was an evening that changed his life. The instant and passionate love she sparked in Berlioz did not lead at first to the relationship he pursued, but did inspire him to write what the great annotator Michael Steinberg has called “the most remarkable First Symphony ever written.”

Join us for this most autobiographical of symphonies in visceral performance and witness the composer’s dreams, the vision of his beloved across a crowded dance hall, his lonely musings, and finally his hallucinogenic vision of his own execution and the grotesque celebration that follows.


Dukas - Fanfare to precede La Péri
Strauss, R. - Serenade in Eb Major, op. 7
Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique, op. 14

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