Jazz, that quintessential American musical form, shapes the afternoon: some classic, like Billie Holiday, and some brand new, such as David Rackley’s work for jazz trio and wind ensemble, featuring George Stone on piano. Inga Swearingen, vocal jazz virtuoso, brings a human voice to the wind band jazz.
Our December concert offers works rarely heard at holiday time: some Bach, some Howard Hanson, a new work by David Rackley; and Jingle Them Bells, a fun holiday mash-up by today’s pre-eminent woman band composer, Julie Giroux. Cuesta faculty vocalist Alba Franco-Cancèl delights with O Holy Night, and everybody joins in on the traditional carol sing-along.
The season finale offers a rich variety of era and style, from Beethoven (1809) to Grainger (1920) to Danyew (2018). You’ll enjoy Cal Poly’s Meredith Brammeier’s folksy Stitches in Time, and the virtuoso Rudolf Budginas caps the season with Gershwin’s masterpiece Piano Concerto in F.