WIND BANDS SPRING CONCERT
Cal Poly Wind Bands Performed Anniversary Concert June 5
Cal Poly students, faculty and alumni joined forces to present a special anniversary concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5, in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.
The concert was a celebration of three anniversaries: 20 years of concerts in the Performing Arts Center; 50 years collaborating with music Professor Emeritus William V. Johnson, director of bands; and 100 years since the Cal Poly band program began.
In addition to works for wind band that pay tribute to the progression of the Cal Poly bands through the years, the concert ended with a special ensemble consisting of Cal Poly alumni from the 1950s to 2015.
The Wind Orchestra, conducted by Christopher J. Woodruff, performed “Arcana” by Kevin Houben, “De Profundis” by Jonathan Newman and “English Dances” by Malcolm Arnold. Senior music major Leah Anderson was featured as a guest tuba soloist for Roy Newsome’s “Bass in the Ballroom.”
The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Andrew McMahan, began with the world premiere performance of “Centennial Jubilee,” a work written by Johnson especially for the 100-year anniversary of the Cal Poly bands program. The group also performed John Mackey’s “Wine-Dark Sea: Symphony for Band,” a three-movement tour-de-force written in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas in 2014.
The concert ended with a special performance by a wind band comprised of Cal Poly alumni from the past 45 years. The group performed three selections: “Transcendent Journey” by Rossano Galante, conducted by Woodruff; “Regina coeli laetare” (“Queen of Heaven Rejoice”) from “Cavalleria rusticana” (“Rustic Chivalry”) by Pietro Mascagni, arranged and conducted by Johnson; and “Danzón No. 2” by Arturo Márquez, conducted by McMahan.