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Spring 2019 Events

Winter Session I

(online only)

More info at the CSULB Winter Sessions website.

  • December 20, 2018—January 18, 2019

Winter Session II

(on campus & online)

More info at the CSULB Winter Sessions website.

  • January 2, 2019—January 18, 2019

Bob Cole Honors Festival

The Bob Cole Honors Festival provides a unique opportunity for High School students from grades 10-12 to interact and collaborate with guest solo artists, composers, and conductors. Festival participants will receive section coaching and masterclasses from the invited artists and other festival faculty.

More information at the Honors Festival page.

  • January 4-6, 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Campus closed.

  • Monday, January 21, 2019

First Day of Spring Semester Classes

  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Pacific Standard Time
Folsom Jazz Festival Farewell Concert

Christine Guter, director

  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Faculty Artist Recital

Darrin Thaves, flute

  • Saturday, February 2, 2019
  • 7:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Guest Artist Recital

Annelle Gregory, violin

  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

The Beach Café

CSULB Student ACDA Chapter, producer

Join us for our wonderful Coffee House Cabaret, where our students shine in all types of music. From Musical Theatre to Jazz, from Opera to Rock ’n’ Roll, you never know what you’ll get at the Beach Café. Dessert and coffee are provided by the generosity of the Long Beach Starbucks stores.

  • Friday, February 8, 2019
    Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10 Friday / Saturday

The Music Guild

The Music Guild is one of the oldest, continuous classical music performers west of the Mississippi. Featuring world-renowned ensembles, including the best new ensembles in Los Angeles and Orange County, The Music Guild is the first nonprofit chamber music organization to both produce concerts for and provide instruments to inner-city grammar schools and Los Angeles area Charter Schools.

More information about the Guild and its mission: themusicguild.org

  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets call (310) 558-3500

Composers’ Guild Presents: Snapshots

with the Argus String Quartet

The award-winning Argus String Quartet, previously in residence at Yale University and currently serving as Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Juilliard School, visits CSULB to premiere miniatures by seven CSULB student composers.

  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Musical Masterpieces
of the Baroque Era

Faculty Baroque Trio: John Barcellona, David Garrett, & Mark Uranker

Experience this rare opportunity to hear three of our acclaimed faculty artists play musical masterpieces from the Baroque era on period instruments.

  • Friday, February 15, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Chamber Choir: Rivers of Light

Matthew Lyon Hazzard, conductor

Join us in a free concert open to the public as the Bob Cole Chamber Choir explores music of life, loss, and light. Featuring Matthew Lyon Hazzard as guest conductor.

  • Sunday, February 17, 2019
  • 4:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

New Music Ensemble

Alan Shockley, director

Join the New Music Ensemble for a concert of recent experimental works.

  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Guest Artist Masterclass

Jeongwon Ham, piano

Dr. Ham has won numerous piano competitions, including the Bartók/Kabalevsky International Piano Competition, Epinal International Piano Competition, Paul Hindemith Piano Competition, Artur Schnabel Piano Competition, and the Simone Belsky Piano Competition.

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  • 3:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Guest Artist Recital

Jeongwon Ham, piano

Pianist Jeongwon Ham presents a solo recital program featuring Beethoven’s Eroica Variations and the four Chopin ballades.

The German newspaper Franfurter Rundschau writes, "Jeongwon Ham possessed astonishing and effortless technique. She plays not only with incredible warmth, but also with great power."

  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Guest Artist Recital

Ken Aiso, violin with Valeria Morgovskaya, piano

Ken Aiso, violin with Valeria Morgovskaya, accompanist, will perform Beethoven’s Sonatas, Op. 30, (No. 6, 7, and 8).

Mr. Aiso has been serving as faculty at Loyola Marymount and La Sierra Universites, and performs with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Ms. Morgovskaya is currently staff accompanist at Loyola Marymount University and UCLA, and has been engaged in that capacity at USC, CSULB, The Colburn School, Montecito International Music Festival, Academy of the West, and Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts.

Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony

Neil Varon, guest conductor
An Arts for Life Event

The Bob Cole Conservatory is honored to welcome acclaimed conductor and international artist Neil Varon in this Arts For Life event. This concert will include Seyfried’s Double concerto for two violins, featuring soloists Igor Veligan and our very own Moni Simeonov.

  • Mozart: Overture from Abduction from the Seraglio, K. 384
  • Sheridan Seyfried: Double concerto for two violins (2017)
    [Moni Simeonov and Igor Veligan, violin]
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 4

Faculty Artist Recital

Chizuko Asada and Samuel Grodin, piano

Collaborative pianist Samuel Grodin and BCCM Keyboard Faculty Artist Chizuko Asada will perform works written for two pianos, including movements from Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Rachmanioff’s Fantasia-Tableaux, in addition to works by Mozart and Brahms.

  • Saturday, March 2, 2019
  • 4:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Concert Jazz Orchestra & Studio Jazz Band
with Andy Martin, trombone

Jeff Jarvis, director

The third campus performance of the 2018-2019 academic season will feature the Concert Jazz Orchestra and Studio Jazz Band sharing the stage with legendary trombonist Andy Martin. Andy is busy in the studio scene in Southern California and is widely known as a leading trombone soloist. He is also an alumnus of Millikan High School and the CSULB jazz studies program.

In addition to the Tom Kubis charts Andy is performing, you’ll be treated to the versatility of our jazz ensembles when you hear contemporary and classic big band repertoire by such writers as Gene Thorne, Bob Mintzer, Eric Richards, and more. These two ensembles are full of fine soloists, so you are in a Sunday afternoon of good jazz when we welcome you to an exciting "Jazz at the Beach" performance here at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music.

The Music Guild

Fiato String Quartet
w/Jessie Shulman, mezzo-soprano and Micah Yui, piano

The Music Guild is one of the oldest, continuous classical music performers west of the Mississippi. Featuring world-renowned ensembles, including the best new ensembles in Los Angeles and Orange County, The Music Guild is the first nonprofit chamber music organization to both produce concerts for and provide instruments to inner-city grammar schools and Los Angeles area Charter Schools.

More information about the Guild and its mission: themusicguild.org

  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets call (310) 558-3500

Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

John Carnahan and Jermie Arnold, conductors
An Arts for Life Event

The Bob Cole Conservatory Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band are among the premier wind groups in California. This evening’s concert will showcase wind repertoire considered to be among the standard literature for the genre.

In memory of Dr. Carolyn Bremer, the Symphonic Band will perform Early Light, one of Carolyn’s finest works for winds. We hope you will enjoy the varied colors, textures and sounds created by these two accomplished ensembles.

Chamber Choir: Of Love and Protest
University Choir: Nevertheless, She Persisted

Joshua Palkki, conductor

Join us for a double bill choral concert! University Choir will present Nevertheless, She Persisted—selections they will be performing as a featured ensemble at the California Choral Directors Association State Conference in San José. This set features music of women composers and arrangers including Felicia Sandler, Shireen Abu-Khader, Andrea Clearfield, and Andrea Ramsey.

Chamber Choir will present Of Love and Protest—a set of pieces celebrating love and protest featuring the new composition This is How You Love by married couple composing duo Jocelyn Hagen and Timothy C. Takach.

World Percussion Concert***Cancelled

Eric Hartwell, director

This concert features traditional percussion music from non-Western cultures. Ensembles include Steel Drums, the West African Drum and Dance Ensemble, Afro-Brazilian and Afro- Cuban Ensembles.

  • Friday, March 8, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall

Faculty Artist Recital:
The Orpheus Duo

Althea Waites and Mark Uranker, piano

The Orpheus Duo performs (r)Evolving Doors written by our beloved late mentor, Carolyn Bremer. Stravinsky’s stunning Concerto for Two Solo Pianos (1935) and Taylor Bredberg’s Pavane and Tarantella round out the program.

  • Sunday, March 10, 2019
  • 4:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Bel Canto & Forty-Niner Chorus

Matthew Lyon Hazzard and Brian Dokko, conductors

"Lagnuages of Love"—this program includes the music of romance, praise, comfort and devotion through works by Mozart, Eric Whitacre, Offenbach, David Childs and others.

  • Monday, March 11, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Faculty Composers Concert

Alan Shockley, coordinator

Recent works from CSULB faculty composers. Program featuring new works by Rychard Cooper, Adriana Verdié, Alexander Elliott Miller, and Alan Shockley.

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Concert Band

Robert Martin and Tyler Kimball, conductors

The Concert Band welcomes special guest Lakewood High School Band, Melissa Palmer—music director.

Program includes: Celebration—Randall Standridge, River of Life—Steven Reineke, Earth Song—Frank Ticheli, Fanfare for the Third Planet—Richard Saucedo, Landscapes—Rossano Glante, With Quiet Courage—Larry Daehn, Cajun Folk Songs—Ticheli, Chorale and Alleluia—Howard Hanson, The Witch and the Saint—Steven Reineke and Son of a Gambolier—Charles Ives.

  • Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • 7:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Woodwind Chamber Music

Helen Goode-Castro, director

The program includes duets, trios, quartets and more performing works by Bozza, Poulenc, Pierné, Rossini, Villa-Lobos and others. In addition, the University Wind Quintet will perform Valerie Coleman’s Tzigane.

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony

Johannes Müller Stosch, conductor
An Arts for Life Event

  • Von Suppe: Poet and Peasant Overture
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 "Little Russian"
  • Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder
    Courtney Marsh-Ankerfelt, mezzo-soprano
    (Winner of the 18/19 voice concerto competition)
  • Copland: Clarinet Concerto
    Ryan Cortes, clarinet
    (Winner of the 18/19 instrumental concerto competition)

BCCM Percussion Ensembles

Ted Atkatz, director

The BCCM Percussion Ensembles perform music by Joe Tompkins, David Skidmore and Mark Ford. The concert also features a performance of John Cage’s Third Construction. Attendance is free for students.

César Chávez Day

Campus closed.

  • Monday, April 1, 2019

Pacific Standard Time
Monterey Jazz Festival Farewell Concert

Christine Guter, director

  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019
  • 7:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Guest Artist Masterclass

Jane Magrath, piano

Renowned piano pedagogue, editor of classical anthologies, author of the widely used book The Pianist’s Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature, and recipient of the MTNA Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Jane Magrath from University of Oklahoma presents a masterclass featuring piano performance students from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music.

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • 3:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Saxophone Ensemble

Jay Mason, director

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Jazz Combo Night #1

Jimmy Emerzian, director

Every semester we host two combo nights at the Nugget Grill & Pub on the upper campus. Three combos are featured at each combo night and the event is always very popular. The smaller jazz groups allow improvisers to stretch out more than in big band settings. Typically the programs feature student arrangements and compositions, as well as their unique renditions of historically relevant small group material.

  • Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • 7:00pm
  • Nugget Grill & Pub
  • Tickets FREE

String Chamber Music

Joon Sung Jun, director

New Music Ensemble

Alan Shockley, director

Join the New Music Ensemble for an exciting program of recent music, including two world premieres of works commissioned by the NME: Robin Cox’s Defiance and an as-yet-untitled work by CSULB alumnus composer George Wheeler.

  • Friday, April 12, 2019
  • 6:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

The Opera Institute Presents:
Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites

David Anglin, director

Sung in French with English subtitles. More info.

Multi-Piano Extravaganza

Shun-Lin Chou, director

Join us for an afternoon of musical celebration featuring the entire Bob Cole Conservatory piano faculty, joined by award-winning alumni and students performing memorable classics to benefit the Keyboard Studies program. Reception to follow.

Brass Ensemble and Chamber Music

Rob Frear, director

Percussion Chamber feat. The University Percussion Group

Ted Atkatz, director

The Music Guild

Avalon String Quartet

The Music Guild is one of the oldest, continuous classical music performers west of the Mississippi. Featuring world-renowned ensembles, including the best new ensembles in Los Angeles and Orange County, The Music Guild is the first nonprofit chamber music organization to both produce concerts for and provide instruments to inner-city grammar schools and Los Angeles area Charter Schools.

More information about the Guild and its mission: themusicguild.org

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets call (310) 558-3500

Conservatory Brass Quintet

Rob Frear, director

University String Quartet

Moni Simeonov, director

Piano Showcase

Shun-Lin Chou, director

Featuring outstanding CSULB pianists in solo performances of mostly classics by the great composers from eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.

  • Saturday, April 20, 2019
  • 4:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Composers’ Guild

Alan Shockley, director

This concert features performances of original works by CSULB Student Composers.

  • Monday, April 22, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Collegium Musicum

David Garrett, director

The Collegium Musicum explores instrumental and vocal music from the Middle Ages through the nineteenth century and, as a chamber orchestra, focuses on appropriate performance styles for older music in the twenty-first century.

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Guest Artist Recital: Aperture Duo

Adrianne Pope, violin & Linnea Powell, viola

  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Jazz Combo Night #2

Jimmy Emerzian, director

Every semester we host two combo nights at the Nugget Grill & Pub on the upper campus. Three combos are featured at each combo night and the event is always very popular. The smaller jazz groups allow improvisers to stretch out more than in big band settings. Typically the programs feature student arrangements and compositions, as well as their unique renditions of historically relevant small group material.

  • Thursday, April 25, 2019
  • 7:00pm
  • Nugget Grill & Pub
  • Tickets FREE

University Wind Quintet

  • Thursday, April 25, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

John Alexander and the Bob Cole Chamber Choir

John Alexander, conductor

The award-winning Bob Cole Chamber Choir is excited to collaborate with renowned conductor John Alexander. Alexander is the Artistic Director Emeritus of Pacific Chorale, having served as Artistic Director and Conductor from 1972 to 2017; he also held faculty positions at CSU-Northridge and CSU-Fullerton.

Caribbean Extravaganza***Cancelled

Dave Gerhart, director

  • Friday, April 26, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall

Piano con Brio!

Althea Waites and Shun-Lin Chou, directors

A collaborative concert presented by select students from the Piano Accompanying, Piano Ensemble, and the Piano Chamber Music classes. This varied concert features classic repertoire from classical to modern eras.

  • Saturday, April 27, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

University Choir, Bel Canto, and Forty-Niner Chorus: Hope For Resolution

Joshua Palkki, Matthew Lyon Hazzard, and Brian Dokko, conductors 

Join us as three of our CSULB choral ensembles present a powerful program of music on themes of unity and reconciliation, featuring music from Palestrina to modern composers Libby Larsen, Gwen McLeod Hall, and Dominic DiOrio. The three choirs will combine to perform the concert’s namesake, a choral work by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory dedicated to Nelson Mandela (the first publicly elected black president of South Africa) and his predecessor F. W. de Klerk.

Concert Jazz Orchestra & Studio Jazz Band

Jeff Jarvis, director

  • Sunday, April 28, 2019
  • 4:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Faculty Artist Recital

David Garrett, viola and friends

  • Sunday, April 28, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Concert Band

Robert Martin and Tyler Kimball, conductors

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • 7:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Laptop Ensemble

Martin Herman, director

The Laptop Ensemble features a collection of composer/performer/sound artists who explore and explode the boundaries between contemporary sound art, computer music and interactive technologies. The ensemble brings together performers, composers, and artists across disciplines in experimental sound practices and cross-disciplinary projects and concerts.

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

John Carnahan and Jermie Arnold, conductors

Piano Plus!

Craig Richey, director

A chamber concert featuring mostly duos from the classical repertoire performed by Bob Cole Conservatory piano students in collaboration with instrumentalists and vocalists.

Celebrating Music

Johannes Müller Stosch, conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 2, C minor "Resurrection"
[with Courtney Ankerfelt—mezzo-soprano, Saane Halaholo—soprano, and combined CSULB choirs]

  • Saturday, May 4, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Carpenter Performing Arts Center
  • Tickets $15/10

Jazz Lab Band & Corner Pocket

Jeff Jarvis and Jonny Arenas, directors

Beach Orchestra

Erin Hobbs Reichert, conductor

Pacific Standard Time & Jazz And Tonic

Christine Guter and Cynthia Dicken, director

Join us for an exciting evening of music hosted by our award-winning, internationally acclaimed vocal jazz program!

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019
  • 4:00pm/8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7 4:00pm / 8:00pm

The Music Guild

Piano Trio Celeste

The Music Guild is one of the oldest, continuous classical music performers west of the Mississippi. Featuring world-renowned ensembles, including the best new ensembles in Los Angeles and Orange County, The Music Guild is the first nonprofit chamber music organization to both produce concerts for and provide instruments to inner-city grammar schools and Los Angeles area Charter Schools.

More information about the Guild and its mission: themusicguild.org

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Tickets call (310) 558-3500

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