The Cal Poly Pomona music department is reviving a past event to raise money for its future.
The “Friday Night Live” Faculty & Staff Jamboree on Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall is a light-hearted take on late night talk shows, and features performances from music faculty and staff. Proceeds from the night will go towards the All-Steinway School Initiative.
The ensemble cast will be led by Kim Guenette as host Kimmy Fallon; Dave Cahueque as master of ceremony Dave McMahon; and Dave Kopplin as Kwestlieb, band leader of “The Old Roots.” Other music department faculty and staff will also join in on the performances.
Two of the performances are original compositions by music faculty. Ana Maria Maldonado will debut “The Dew On My Windshield,” a challenging solo cello piece composed by department colleague Jenny Amaya. David Kopplin will also perform a self-written piece called “Conversion Blues.”
The last jamboree was held in 2007.
“It is a fun night where faculty and staff collaborate and have a fun time performing for students, colleagues and friends,” says Teresa Kelly, music department publicist and the event’s producer. “We realized that most of our current students had never seen a jamboree and our newer faculty had not had the chance to participate in one. Participating in the jamboree provides faculty and staff another opportunity to support this wonderful initiative.”
The All-Steinway Initiative has succeeded in raising funds to purchase all 29 pianos for the music department. Proceeds from the “Friday Night Live” event will go to create an endowment to maintain the pianos.
Tickets for the event are $15 general admission and $10 for students. Tickets are available at the music department box office in Building 24 Monday through Friday from noon to 1 p.m. and an hour before the event, or online at csupomona.tix.com.
For more information on the university’s All-Steinway Initiative, visit www.cpp.edu/steinway.