Cal Poly Pomona Music Department Presents Wide Range of Events

Cal Poly Pomona Music Department Presents Wide Range of Events
Several concerts this quarter will highlight talented Cal Poly Pomona students.
The Cal Poly Pomona Sax Quartet will play a free show May 20.
The Cal Poly Pomona Guitar Ensemble will perform June 6.

This spring, the Cal Poly Pomona Music department will stage more than 20 performances by special guest artists, students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Of particular note is a performance and master class by world-renowned pianist Victor Rosenbaum. In addition, the department will host the Spring 2008 Guitar Festival, which includes concerts April 18, April 25, May 2, June 6, and a guitar educators panel discussion on May 12.

Tickets can be purchased at or through the Music Publicity Office, Building 24, Room 142. For more information, contact music publicist Teresa Kelly at (909) 869-3554 or


(Held in the Music Recital Hall at 8 p.m. unless noted. Tickets are $7.)

Friday, April 18 The Los Angeles Strings will stage a concert that will open the Spring 2008 Guitar Festival. The group features Jack Sanders on guitar, Mark Menzies on violin, and Jason Yoshida on the baroque guitar and theorbo.

Friday, April 25 – The Los Angeles Electric 8, a group of eight guitarists who integrate the electric guitar with classical musical, will perform at Cal Poly Pomona. The group includes John Paul Trotter, Marc Nimoy, Chelsea Green, Felix Salazar, Ben Harbert, Phillip Graulty, Brandon Mayer and Andy Nathan.

Friday, May 2 – Kessner & Yates features flutist Daniel Kessner and guitarist Peter Yates. Kessner is a Queen Marie-Jose International Composition Prize winner. Yates is a Cal Poly Pomona assistant professor.

Tuesday, May 6 – A piano recital performed by world-renowned musician Victor Rosenbaum will feature works by Brahms, Schubert, Mozart and Chopin. Tickets are $12 general admission, $7 students. Rosenbaum will also provide a free master class on May 5 from noon to 2 p.m.  

Monday, May 12 – Guitar in the Schools: Voices of Experience is a special National Association for Music Educators discussion panel for current guitar teachers to discuss the building of guitar programs in schools at 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Friday, May 16- Pianist Jim McKinney will stage a concert. McKinney has performed with the likes of Stevie Wonder and Rachell Ferrell. Admission is free.

Saturday, May 17 & 24 – “Radio Rodia” by Peter Yates is a solo puppet opera about creative impulses, compost, building codes and reincarnation at the Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center (300 W. Second St. in Pomona) at 7 p.m. Admission is free.


(Held in the Music Recital Hall at 8 p.m. unless noted. Tickets are $7.)

Thursday, May 15 – The third annual Songwriter Showcase will spotlight original songs performed by student-musicians. It is directed by Arthur Winer. Tickets are $10.

Monday, May 19 – The Cal Poly Pomona MIDI Ensemble will put on a delightful performance of electrical instruments under the direction of Lori Huff.

Wednesday, May 21 – The Cal Poly Pomona Concert Band directed by Buddy Clements.

Thursday, May 22 – The University Concert Choir and Kellogg Chamber Singers  a mixed choral ensemble that performs music ranging from contemporary classics to jazz arrangements   will stage a concert. The show will be directed by Nike St. Clair and Iris S. Levine, featuring Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez, Romancero Gitano by Castelnuovo-Tedesco and guest artist Huayucaltia.

Tuesday, May 27 – The Kellogg Soul Music Ensemble is an evening of soul and rhythm and blues music directed by Mark Chubb.

Thursday, May 29 – The Cal Poly Pomona Brass Ensemble directed by Gary Tole.

Tuesday, June 3 – The Cal Poly Pomona Jazz Combo and Jazz Band features an evening of soothing melodies and cool beats under the direction of Zac Matthews and David Kopplin respectively.

Wednesday, June 4 – The Cal Poly Pomona String Ensemble will perform. Alan Mautner directs.

Friday, June 6 – The Cal Poly Pomona Guitar Ensemble features student solo and ensemble works directed by Peter Yates.


Thursday, April 24 – The Spring Showcase Music Hour directed by Peter Yates in the Music Recital Hall.

Thursday, May 15 – The Spring Showcase Music Hour II directed by Nadia Shpachenko in the Music Recital Hall.

Tuesday, May 20 – The Cal Poly Pomona Sax Quartet in the University Theater Breezeway.

Tuesday, May 27 – The Cal Poly Pomona Salsa Ensemble directed by Gustavo Gil at the Music Recital Hall Landing.

Thursday, May 29 – The Kellogg Percussion Ensemble directed by Bill Schlitt in the Music Recital Hall.

Tuesday, June 3 – The Cal Poly Pomona Trumpet Ensemble directed by David Grasmick and The Cal Poly Pomona Woodwind Quintet directed by Linda Silva at the University Theater Breezeway.