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Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Fall 2015 Events

Fall 2015 Semester

First Day of Classes

  • Monday, August 24, 2015

HOCKET: Los Angeles Piano Duo

Alan Shockley, director

Join HOCKET for an evening of exciting and eclectic repertoire for piano four-hands and toy pianos! This program features newly commissioned works from London, New York, and Los Angeles as well as two of David Lang’s gravity pieces and Tristan Perich’s Duet.

Program:

Sarah Gibson: Aria for toy piano and piano
Tristan Perich: Duet
Aaron Holloway-Nahum: Remember Me? (Part IV) for two toy pianos
David Lang: gravity
Emily Cooley: Phoria
David Lang: after gravity
Alex Weiser: water hollows stone
Thomas Kotcheff: death, hocket, and roll for two toy pianos.

  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony

Johannes Müller-Stosch, conductor

Our opening concert will feature the 2015 Student concerto competition winner Jessica Livermore with the Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony. On the second half a composite symphony made up by movements from three very different composers representing different countries and compositional schools will be featured.

Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 22—Jessica Livermore, violin
Mahler: Bedächtig (mvt. 1) from Symphony No. 4
Rachmaninoff: Adagio from Symphony No. 2, Op. 27
Ginastera: Estancia Suite

  • Friday, September 18, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Carpenter Performing Arts Center
  • Tickets $15/10

Faculty Artist Recital

Dr. Carolyn Bremer, composition

The 2015-16 Bob Cole Faculty Artist Series opens with a recital of works by Carolyn Bremer, Director of the conservatory. Repertoire includes compositions from the last twenty years. It features the Bob Cole Chamber Choir performing The Other Shore, composed in memory of Dr. Michael Carney, former Director of Percussion at CSULB. This compelling work is about how a deep understanding of impermanence can bring peace and healing. Current Director of Percussion, Ted Atkatz, joins the choir performing on vibraphone. A brass quintet, a set of feminist songs for soprano and piano (texts by poet Judy Grahn, internationally known as a poet, writer, and cultural theorist), and a Tibetan singing bowls prequel to The Other Shore round out the concert.

  • Sunday, September 20, 2015
  • 4:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

New Music Ensemble: Big Minimalism

Alan Shockley, director

"Big Minimalism" Join the New Music Ensemble for an evening of monumental Minimalist works from the late ’60s/early ’70s, featuring works by American composers Frederic Rzewski, Philip Glass, and James Tenney. Though this program will center on pieces that are over 40 years old, and ones composed of very simple resources, these works still hold the power to move and even to shock an audience. Joining the usual mixed instrumentation of the ensemble (winds, strings, brass, percussion and keyboards), for this concert the ensemble will also include some of the conservatory’s most talented vocalists.

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

The Beach Café

Jonathan Talberg, director

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.

Composition Studio Recital

Alan Shockley, director

New works by CSULB student composers selected by merit by the composition faculty in the spring for performance, and in many cases world premiere, tonight.

  • Monday, September 28, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Woodwind Chamber

John Barcellona, director

The woodwind chamber music concert will feature works from Haydn to the 21st century. Ensembles from trios to clarinet choir will be represented.

  • Wednesday, September 30, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Liederabend: Art Songs in English

Ivor Gurney: Five Elizabethan Songs—Mason Allred, baritone
Benjamin Britten: A Charm of Lullabies Op. 41—Molly Burnside, mezzo-soprano
Samuel Barber: Hermit Songs Op. 29—Jack Wilkins, tenor
Alan L.Smith: Vignette: Letters from George to Evelyn—Vincentia Deidra Geraldine, soprano
Guk-Hui Han, director

  • Saturday, October 3, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Alumni Artist Recital

Josh Nelson, piano

Jazz pianist, composer, educator, and CSULB Alumnus, Josh Nelson, in concert. More info here.

  • Thursday, October 8, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Guest Artist Recital

Zenith Trio

The Zenith Trio, Clarence Padilla—clarinet, Ashley Sandor Sidon—cello, and Daniel Chow—piano, will perform Beethoven’s Trio, Op. 11, Muczynski’s Fantasy Trio, and Nino Rota’s Trio.

  • Friday, October 9, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Faculty Artist Recital

Darrin Thaves, flute

  • Saturday, October 10, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Concert Jazz Orchestra / Studio Jazz Band

Jeff Jarvis, director

We hope you’ll join us for an eclectic mixture of modern and classic large ensemble jazz music performed by two of our internationally renowned award-winning big bands, the Concert Jazz Orchestra and the Studio Jazz Band. Highlights will include two challenging textural works by Neil Slater, a gorgeous arrangement of Robert Schumann’s Traumerei, CSULB alum Bill Liston’s ballad entitled Braemar, and even the Count Basie classic by Frank Foster, Blues In Hoss Flat. This piece was used for the hilarious Jerry Lewis pantomime in the 1961 movie The Errand Boy—we’ll even show the clip before playing the full chart!

  • Sunday, October 11, 2015
  • 4:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Bob Cole Conservatory Showcase

Experience an evening of performances by the finest students at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. Curated by Bob Cole Conservatory faculty, this Showcase highlights the individual talents of their leading classical and jazz students.

Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

John Carnahan and Jermie Arnold, conductors

  • Thursday, October 15, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Carpenter Performing Arts Center
  • Tickets $10/7

Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony

Johannes Müller-Stosch, conductor

Join us for a very special concert that features faculty cellist, David Garrett and faculty violinists Henry Gronnier and Josephine Moerschel. The program will feature mostly classical staples of the orchestra repertoire.

Haydn: Cello Concerto in C—David Garrett, cello
Delius: Two Aquarelles
Beethoven: Fidelio Overture
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, K.364—Henry Gronnier, violin & Josephine Moerschel, viola

  • Friday, October 16, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Carpenter Performing Arts Center
  • Tickets $15/10

Guest Artist Recital

Blair String Quartet

  • Saturday, October 17, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Faculty Artist Recital

Rob Frear, trumpet and Clara Cheng, piano

Director of Brass Studies and Trumpet player Rob Frear joins Clara Cheng Stosch and the Big City Trumpets in a recital featuring David Gillingham’s Sonata No. 1 for Trumpet, Georges Enescu’s Legend, Fantaisia Brilliante on ’Rule Britannia,’ Manhattan by Philip Sparke, Rychard Cooper’s Still Water for Trumpet and Echo and Nick Lane’s trumpet ensemble masterpiece Triangles: Three Sides for Six Trumpets.

University Woodwind Quintet / Conservatory Brass Quintet

John Barcellona and Rob Frear, directors

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

World Percussion Concert feat. The Steel Drum Orchestra and the West African Percussion Ensemble

Dave Gerhart and Eric Hartwell, directors

University and Chamber Choirs

Jonathan Talberg and Olga Spriggs, directors

The Bob Cole Chamber Choir and CSULB University Choir maintain a significant touring and recording schedule; they have been featured in performances with the Rolling Stones, the Kronos Quartet, virtually all of Southern California’s professional musical organizations and on video and film soundtracks.

  • Saturday, October 24, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Guest Artist Recital

LSU Faculty Wind Quintet: Masterclass and Concert

  • Monday, October 26, 2015
  • 3:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

The Music Guild

Fiato 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, October 27, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets call (310) 558-3500

Faculty Composers Recital

Alan Shockley, director

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Concert Band: Spooktacular

Jermie Arnold, conductor

Fall Choral Concert: Women’s, Men’s and ’49er Choruses

Stacy Oh, Brian Dokko and Regan MacNay, conductors

  • Friday, October 30, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Jazz Lab Band

Jeff Jarvis, director

  • Sunday, November 1, 2015
  • 4:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

New Music Ensemble

Alan Shockley, director

The CSULB New Music Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Alan Shockley presents a program of works from the last few decades, displaying the broad spectrum of contemporary composers active today.

  • Monday, November 2, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Composers’ Guild

Presents Gnarwhallaby in Three Minute Wonders

Members of the CSULB Composers’ Guild present the LA-Area avant-garde quartet, Gnarwhallaby, in an evening of world CSULB premieres.

Gnarwhallaby was formed in 2011 to revive and perform the repertoire composed for the unique instrumentation of clarinet, trombone, cello, and piano. As its starting point, the quartet used the missions and repertoires of the now-defunct avant-garde polish ensemble warsztat muzyczny as well as the later german outfit quartett avance. As the third generation "grandchild" quartet—the first in the United States and the only currently active quartet of its kind in the world—gnarwhallaby continues to expand this largely unknown and fascinating body of repertoire with active composer commissions and original compositions by its members.

  • Wednesday, November 4, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

University Brass Ensemble

Rob Frear, director

Get an early start on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games with Leo Arnaud’s Bugler’s Dream. Then enjoy Anthony Plog’s Concertino with graduate soloists Olivia Aoki—trombone, and Dillon Parker—trumpet. Benjamin Britten’s Mutations from Bach, music by Giovanni Gabrielli and others round out this momentous program of brass favorites.

Faculty Artist Recital

John Barcellona, flute

  • Friday, November 6, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Opera Masterpieces

David Anglin, director

The singers of the Opera Institute are featured in our annual fall performance of favorite arias and ensembles from the operatic repertoire.

Saxophone Ensemble

Jay Mason, director

  • Monday, November 9, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Percussion Chamber featuring the University Percussion Group

Ted Atkatz, director

Combo Night #1

Jeff Jarvis, 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, November 12, 2015
  • 7:00pm
  • Nugget Grill & Pub @ CSULB
  • Tickets FREE

University String Chamber

Joon Sung Jun, director

  • Thursday, November 12, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

University String Quartet

Moni Simeonov, director

  • Friday, November 13, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Guest Artist Recital

Scordatura: Hannah Addario-Berry, cello

  • Saturday, November 14, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Concert Jazz Orchestra / Studio Jazz Band

Jeff Jarvis, director

  • Sunday, November 15, 2015
  • 4:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Guest Artist Recital

Daniel Shapiro, piano

  • Sunday, November 15, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Collegium Musicum

David Garrett, director

The Music Guild

Vashon Virtuosi

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, November 17, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets call (310) 558-3500

Woodwind Chamber Music

John Barcellona, director

Join us for an evening of woodwind chamber music featuring ensembles from duo to clarinet choir.

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Combo Night #2

Jeff Jarvis, 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, November 19, 2015
  • 7:00pm
  • Nugget Grill & Pub @ CSULB
  • Tickets FREE

Percussion Ensemble

Ted Atkatz, director

Pacific Standard Time & Jazz and Tonic

Christine Guter and Loren Battley, directors

Join us for an exciting evening of music, hosted by our award-winning, internationally acclaimed vocal jazz program! The groups will be performing newly commissioned works by Rosana Eckert and Paris Rutherford, as well as pieces by Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Joe Henderson, The New York Voices, Frank Foster, Bobby McFerrin, and many more. You’re sure to enjoy this uplifting, energetic, and joyful performance!

  • Friday, November 20, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony

Johannes Müller-Stosch, conductor

2015 Student competition winner Ioannis Iliadis will play Poulenc’s well-loved Piano Concerto with the Symphony. Argento’s Valentino Dances feature accordion as part of the orchestra. Shostakovich’s powerful Symphony No. 10 will bring the concert to close.

Argento: Valentino Dances
Poulenc: Piano Concerto—Ioannis Iliadis, piano
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10, Op. 93 in E minor

  • Friday, November 20, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Carpenter Performing Arts Center
  • Tickets $15/10

Opera Scenes

Brian Farrell, director

In our second fall Opera offering, the younger singers present an evening of favorite operatic arias and ensembles.

  • Saturday, November 21, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Piano Showcase

Shun-Lin Chou, director

  • Sunday, November 22, 2015
  • 4:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Piano Plus!

Shun-Lin Chou, director

  • Monday, November 30, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Concert Band and Brass Chamber

Jermie Arnold and Rob Frear, conductors

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

John Carnahan and Jermie Arnold, conductors

  • Thursday, December 3, 2015
  • 8:00pm
  • Carpenter Performing Arts Center
  • Tickets $10/7

Laptop Ensemble

Martin Herman, director

The Laptop Ensemble will perform original works by student and faculty composers using laptops as primary instruments.

  • Wednesday, December 2, 2014
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets $10/7

Caribbean Holiday Celebration

Dave Gerhart, director

This annual celebration features your favorite holiday music combined with selections of seasonal tunes from the Caribbean and includes Soca Parang, Reggae, and classical music arrangements. Make it a tradition and ring in the holiday season with the CSULB Steel Drum Orchestra.

Winter Festival Concert

Jonathan Talberg, Olga Spriggs, Christine Guter, Stacy Oh and Regan MacNay, conductors

More than 200 singers ring in the holidays with favorite carols, songs, and classical works in Long Beach’s greatest Winter extravaganza. Set in the historic sanctuary of First Congregational Church of Long Beach, this traditional concert has thrilled audiences for three decades! Enjoy the majesty of the great Möller organ, handbells, vocal jazz, and, of course the combined voices of all seven CSULB choirs!

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