The Bob Cole Conservatory will continue to hold public performances as we are able. For information about current policies regarding attending a performance during the time of COVID, please read the Performance Attendance FAQ (opens in a new window).
The unique challenges presented this semester may force alterations to or cancellations of events in this calendar, so please check back here frequently—even up to the day of the concert—for the most current information.
Ticket revenue for BCCM events fully supports student learning and scholarships.
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.
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.
Friday, February 10, 2023 Saturday, February 11, 2023
with Lora Bashmakian, soprano Johannes Müller Stosch, conductor
Join the BCCM Symphony and Lora Bashmakian, winner of this year’s Voice Concerto Competition, in an eclectic program of Mozart’s Magic Flute Overture, William Grant Still’s Darker America, Nikos Skalkottas’ Greek Dances, and Reingold Glière’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra. This one-hour long program will be performed without intermission.
Vienna-based fortepiano specialist brings his instrument and expertise to CSULB in a residency that offers an in-depth exploration of this historical primary instrument for Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert. This culmination concert is preceded by three other public events in the Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall, including an introductory lecture-demonstration on the fortepiano.
Renowned Piano Duo Silver-Garburg presents a lecture recital on the music for piano, four-hand by Franz Schubert, followed by a masterclass on this repertoire for BCCM piano performance students. This collaborative event is made possible in part through a generous arrangement with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra.
with Joseph Chang, timpani Johannes Müller Stosch, conductor
The BCCM Orchestra welcomes you back to the stage of the Carpenter Center in an exciting program of Maria von Weber’s Freischütz Overture, Beethoven’s good-humored Symphony No. 8, and Florence Price’s Concert Overture No. 2, featuring three African-American spirituals woven into the orchestral texture. We finish the evening with the brand-new and exciting work by John Psathas: Planet Damnation, featuring our Instrumental Concerto Competition winner Joseph Chang. The one-hour long program will be performed without intermission.
University Choir and Conchord: Spring Choral Concert **NEW DATE, TIME, and LOCATION**
Jonathan Talberg, conductor
This concert, entitled "Aloha Friends! A Community Concert" features music selected for the University Choir’s tour to Hawai’i over Spring Break. In addition to enjoying the surf and sand, the choir will take a trip to the Arizona Memorial, enjoy hula dancing with the Hawai’i Children’s Chorus and sing at the festival to celebrate Prince Kuhio at Honolulu’s Kawaiaha’o Church. Repertoire includes music by beloved American composers, Negro Spirituals, and Hawaiian music.
The Collegium Musicum performs baroque works from England, Italy and Germany. Opening the program is Henry Purcell’s Suite from "Abdelazer," which includes the tune made famous in Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. While the play was a flop, Purcell’s music lives on. Closing the program is Johann Hasse’s Sinfonia in G minor. Hasse’s music doesn’t get much play in these days but in his time, Hasse was a renowned opera composer. The rest of the program features Collegium members stepping out in solo roles in concertos by Vanhal, Bach, and Vivaldi.
Henry Purcell: Suite from "Abdelazer"
Johann Baptist Vanhal: Bass Concerto Brian Slack—bass
Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto No. 3 in D, BWV 1054 Perrine Lee—harpsichord
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in G minor for Two Cellos, RV 531 Jasmin Cruz and Mia Palacios—cello
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in B minor for Four Violins, RV 580 Kiana Alvarez, Namiah Miller, Zoe Oda, and Brian Shih—violin
Johann Adolph Hasse: Sinfonia in G minor, Op. 5, No. 6
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Daniel Recital Hall
Guest Artist Lecture
Stephanie Matthews is a Los Angeles based violinist, contractor and arranger, and the Owner/Creative Director of StringCandy. Most recently, Matthews and the Re-Collective Orchestra collaborated with Hans Zimmer to record the soundtrack for the 2019 remake of The Lion King. She also co-arranged strings on Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift. Additionally, her work has been featured on Saturday Night Live, the Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, late night talk shows, VH1 Storytellers, the BET Awards, BET Honors, as well as on various daytime television shows and music videos.
This event is part of a new College of the Arts lecture series, supported by a generous gift from the Anderson-Malcolm family. More info here.
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. Original works and arrangements for one to five pianos (100 fingers!). Reception to follow.
Andreas Mitisek, conductor and Suzan Hanson, stage director
Join us for an exploration of Janacek’s hymn to the cycle of life through a magic dreamscape, taking us back to a small Czech village in the 1930s: a time when everyday life is on the verge of change. With cunning and persistence, a young woman leads the way to forge a new future.
Friday, April 14, 2023 @ 7:30pm Saturday, April 15, 2023 @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm Sunday, April 16, 2023 @ 2:00pm
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.
The Concert Jazz Orchestra and Studio Jazz Band present their final campus concert of the season. The ensembles are in top form, having recently performed at the California All-State Music Education Conference in Fresno with guest trumpet soloist Wayne Bergeron. Both of our big bands won 1st Place in their respective college divisions at the Western States Jazz Festival, where graduate jazz studies major Joshua Childress was awarded best soloist for the festival.
The concert will feature the music of John Fedchock, Don Schamber, Tom Garling, and Matt Finders. Director of Jazz Studies Jeff Jarvis will conduct a piece he composed that honors one of America’s most celebrated composers, the late Henry Mancini, whose birthday is the same day of our concert. Also, in early May CJO will be back in the recording studio finishing a project that was interrupted by the pandemic. The recording will feature our bands from 2018 and 2023.
with Shun-Lin Chou, piano and the BCCM Chamber Choir Jonathan Talberg and Johannes Müller Stosch, conductors
Our Celebrating Music program features a new work by Jake Runestad: Earth Symphony. Please join the BCCM Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra led by Jonathan Talberg for a campus premiere of this moving work. The first half features the orchestra in Lehar’s Merry Widow Overture and welcomes faculty pianist, Shun-Lin Chou, in Dohnányi’s good-natured “piano concerto” in the form of a theme and variation on a nursery song.