Cal Poly’s Music Department has launched a campaign to raise $31,000 needed to send its 60-member Wind Ensemble to participate in the 2010 Los Angeles International Music Festival next summer.
The Wind Ensemble has been chosen to serve as the festival’s Showcase Ensemble and is scheduled to perform as part of the closing ceremonies in the Disney Concert Hall the evening of June 22, 2010.
In addition to the performance at the Disney Concert Hall on June 22, the ensemble will perform at three other festival concerts in June 2010: the “Spring Concert” to be held June 5, in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center; a “Home Concert” on June 18 in SLO; and a concert in Orange County on June 20. Donations will be accepted at all three performances.
The public can purchase tickets to the 2010 Walt Disney Concert Hall performance for $20. Information for tickets and details of all three concerts will be posted on the Wind Ensemble and Music Department web pages as it becomes available.
Guest soloists scheduled to perform with the Cal Poly Wind Ensemble include pianist W. Terrence Spiller, organist Paul Woodring, and Cal Poly alumnus and percussionist John Astaire. Cal Poly alumna Anna Binneweg, associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and conductor for Chicago’s OperaModa will guest conduct, as will Lawrence Sutherland, the festival’s artistic director. Among the works the group will perform will be a new composition for wind ensemble and organ by Cal Poly professor Meredith Brammeier.
To find more details or make a donation, log on to windorchestra.calpoly.edu. Donations may also be sent directly to the Music Department. Checks should be made payable to Cal Poly. Mail donations to: Music Department, Wind Ensemble, Cal Poly, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0326. General info: 756-2406.