John Chernoff is one of the performers taking part in the “The Cal Poly Humboldt Recital Series: Welcome Concert” this weekend. (Submitted)
The Department of Dance, Music, and Theatre at Cal Poly Humboldt will present “The Cal Poly Humboldt Recital Series: Welcome Concert” Saturday at 8 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall in Arcata.
This evening of wide-ranging classical, jazz, and contemporary music features faculty and alumni performing works by Eric Öst, Liam Teague, Russell Peterson, Evelyne Glennie, David Morgan and José L. Elizondo, as well as an original composition by faculty and alumni MJ Fabian.
Tickets are $15 general and $5 for children and Cal Poly Humboldt students with ID. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at centerarts.humboldt.edu, including tickets to a paid livestream ($7). (From the “All Events” drop down menu select “Department of Dance, Music, and Theatre” and select your event.)
The evening’s program begins with a performance of “Fantomen” by Swedish fiddler Öst featuring Cindy Moyer and Karen Davy, violin.
Next, Fabian, solo steel pan, will perform “Love” by Liam Teague.
Teague said of the piece, “(It’s) dedicated to my fiancée, Lorena Nunez. A very short but beautiful piece that highlights the steelpan’s lyricism.”
Gary Lewis, flute, Virginia Ryder, alto saxophone and John Chernoff, piano, follow with “Trio for Flute, Alto Saxophone and Piano” by Russell Peterson.
Moyer, violin, and Fabian, marimba, will then join for the next piece titled, “A Little Prayer.”
“I discovered Evelyn Glennie’s A Little Prayer as I was doing an internet search for music for violin and marimba,” said Moyer. “It’s one of the most beautiful, simple, little pieces ever written. In its original version, it was composed for solo marimba, but it’s been arranged for all sorts of ensembles including junior high school band. MJ Fabian created the arrangement for the concert.”
Moyer and Fabian have performed the piece in concert together in the past but are joined this time by Kyleigh Brine, who will dance as part of the performance.
The program continues with “Travelogue for Piano, Violin and Alto Saxophone—Belo Horizonte,” by Morgan. The piece is a rollicking depiction of the city in Brazil. Performing will be Moyer, violin, Ryder, alto saxophone, and Chernoff, piano.
Next on the program, Humboldt alum and current faculty Fabian, solo vibraphone, performs his original composition, “Serenade.” Fabian performs locally as the principal percussionist of the Eureka Symphony, as well as with the Calypso Band, Percussion Ensemble and University Singers of Cal Poly Humboldt.
Moyer, violin, and Chernoff, piano conclude the evening with a performance of “Danzas Latinoamericanas” composed by Elizondo.
“Danzas Latinoamericanas” (Latin American Dances) is a 10-minute suite in three movements. It was originally commissioned by Mexican cellist Carlos Prieto. It is based on some of the national dances of Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, respectively.