Cal Poly Wind Bands Concert to Feature Percussionist John Astaire on Feb. 26 – Cal Poly News


SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly Winter Wind Bands Concert will feature the Wind Ensemble and Wind Band at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 26 at Miossi Hall in the performing arts center.

The concert – the second in the bands’ season series – is titled “Afterimage”. Groups director Christopher J. Woodruff said, “Like a flash of light against our retinas, life events can leave impressions. Music is a way to share these impressions with others and to prolong these moments in time. The program will explore this idea through works expressing joy and wonder.

Guest percussion soloist John Astaire will perform Mutsuhito Ogino’s “Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble”. Astaire, who teaches percussion at Cal Poly, is an active orchestral performer and session artist. He works with the region’s orchestras Opera San Luis Obispo, Orchestra Novo, San Luis Obispo Symphony and Symphony of the Vines.

Other works by the Wind Ensemble include ‘Winds of Change’ by music teacher Antonio G. Barata and ‘Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 5’ by Joan Tower. The group will conclude its set with “La Mezquita de Córdoba” by Julie Giroux.

The wind ensemble will perform these and other works for the 2022 College Band Directors National Association West/Northwest Division Conference to be held March 16-20 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. . The set is one of only eight selected to participate.

At the February 26 concert, the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra will perform music by William Schuman, as well as works from the expanded wind orchestra repertoire, including Charles Ives’ “Old Home Days” and Frank Ticheli’s “Vesuvius.”

The Cal Poly Chamber Winds and Percussion will perform “The Persistence of Memory” by Joni Greene. The piece was completed in 2020 for a consortium of band programs, including Cal Poly.

Woodruff and Associate Bands Manager Nicholas P. Waldron will conduct the concert.

Tickets are $15 and $20 for the public and $10 for students. Event parking is sponsored by the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are sold at Cal Poly ticket office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849).

The concert is sponsored by Cal Poly’s music department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program. For more information, visit the Music Department Calendar WebsiteE-mail [email protected] or call 805-756-2406.

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Percussion soloist John Astaire

February 2, 2022
Contact: Michele Abba

805-756-2406; [email protected]


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