2019-2020 Season


Friday, December 6, 7:30 p.m.
Miossi Hall, Performing Arts Center

Photo of Romeo and JulietThis concert celebrates the many kinds of teamwork that are uniquely possible at Cal Poly.

Guest artist Dave Becker, saxophone, will be brought into the team to present music from the Grammy award winning album “Charlie Parker with Strings.”

The symphony orchestra will join forces with a student team from Cal Poly’s Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies major to present video game music with full-building visual projections.

The newly formed Cal Poly Chamber Orchestra will also take the stage to perform — as a team and without a conductor.

Two major works will explore the story of Romeo and Juliet. The full orchestra will present music from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet, “Romeo and Juliet,” with large screen projections crafted by a student team from Cal Poly’s Art and Design Department, under the guidance of Sky Bergman; and, the symphony orchestra will perform Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story,” a 20th-century retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy.


Music from "Charlie Parker with Strings" (Dave Becker, saxophone)
Janacek: Idyll, mvt. 1
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Selections from Suites 1 and 2 (collaboration with ART)
Traditional, arr. Andrew Skeet: Tetris Theme (collaboration with LAES)
Tallarico, arr. Andrew Skeet: Advent Rising – Muse (collaboration with LAES)
Uematsu: Final Fantasy – Liberi Fatali (collaboration with LAES)
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

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WINTER CONCERT: Student Soloist Showcase, Finlandia and The Moldau

Sunday, March 1, 3 p.m.
Miossi Hall, Performing Arts Center

Photo of a Student SoloistEvery year, the symphony orchestra holds auditions for student soloists of any major. The prize for several of them is a performance with the symphony! Come hear this year’s winners and celebrate musical talent from across the university.

The orchestra will also play works by two composers who celebrate their native land in music: Czech composer Bedřich Smetana and Finnish national icon Jean Sibelius.


Saint-Saëns: Romance in F Major, Op. 36 (Marianna Pallas, horn)
Massenet: “Frère! Voyez! … Du gai soleil” from Werther (Molly Gooch, soprano)
Verdi: “Volta la terrea” from Un ballo in maschera (Annemarie Schalde, soprano)
Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso (Timothy Shanks, violin)
Mozart: “Deh vieni non tardar” from Le nozze di Figaro (Jenna Hansen, soprano)
Bock: “If I were a rich man” from Fiddler on the Roof (Joshua Mueller, bass)
Foote: A Night Piece (Talia Phillips-Ortega, flute)
Smetana: Vltava (The Moldau)
Sibelius: Finlandia (Kent Giese, conductor)
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Cal Poly Symphony and Choirs Spring Concert

Miossi Hall, Performing Arts Center

Photo of Symphony and ChoirsThe Cal Poly Choirs and Symphony have commissioned world renowned composer Stacey Gibbs to compose a work for chorus and orchestra, which will have its San Luis Obispo premiere at this concert. The commission, which is a partnership with San Jose State University, is a way to celebrate the music of living American composers. Gibbs is best known for his modern and exciting — yet stylistically appropriate — arrangements of African American spirituals. The choir and symphony will also perform the work while on a performance tour of France in the summer of 2020.


Dan Forrest: "i thank You God for most this amazing day”
Stacey Gibbs: new commission
Debussy: Nocturnes (mvts. 1 and 2)
Works for chamber orchestra
Works for a capella choir

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