Benefit Concert Spotlights Original Music Written by Students

Benefit Concert Spotlights Original Music Written by Students
Students will perform original songs at the 4th Songwriter Showcase.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Music Recital Hall.

Join the Music Department on Thursday, Feb. 26, for an evening of original songs written and performed by Cal Poly Pomona students. Directed by Professor Arthur Winer, the 4th Songwriter Showcase features more than a dozen singer/songwriters who will be accompanied by a band and back-up singers.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. Proceeds from the show benefit scholarships for the Music Industry Studies students. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the event, online at or at the Music Publicity Office, Building 24, Room 142.

For most students, the songs are highly personal and are based on real events and conversations. Junior Kelia Iha will sing and play guitar for her song “It's Not Fair,” which she wrote after experiencing a difficult break-up. Civil Engineering and Music Performance double major Drew Krause says his song, “Empty on My Own,” is a deeply spiritual song that expresses his need for God.

Other performers are: Kayhan Ahmadi, Candice Brown, Anna Carbonel, Eric Pham, Wayne Ingram, Kateri Lirio, Matt Matsumoto, Nicholas Ventura, Jess Navarette, Luke Bennett, David Pugo and Sherinda Bryant. The Polyphonics — Craig Tsurumoto on bass and Jeanette Lawler on drums — are the main band behind the songwriters.

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