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Pianist W. Terrence Spiller to Perform Benefit Recital Jan. 11 at Cal Poly

Pianist and Cal Poly Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will give a benefit recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, in the Spanos Theatre on campus.

The first half of Spiller’s program will feature works by three distinctly different composers: J.S. Bach, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel and Béla Bartók. The first work is one of Bach’s most popular suites, the “English Suite in G Minor,” BWV 808. The second work is the poetic “Notturno,” by Mendelssohn-Hensel, Felix Mendelssohn’s brilliant and prodigiously talented sister. The first half will close with Bartók’s early 20th-century work, “15 Hungarian Peasant Songs.”

The second half explores works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, all of which have a connection to his close friend, the great Viennese violinist Fritz Kreisler. The first work is the monumental “Variations on a Theme of Corelli.” Dedicated to Kreisler, this work’s theme is the iconic tune, “La Folia.” The recital closes with transcriptions by Rachmaninoff of two short character pieces by Kreisler: “Liebesfreud” (“Love’s Sorrow”) and “Liebeslied” (“Love’s Joy”).

Tickets are $14 for the public and $9 for students. Proceeds will benefit the Cal Poly Music Department Scholarship Fund. Event parking is sponsored by the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. on Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849).

A 10 percent discount is given to patrons who buy season tickets to four Music Department events through the Cal Poly Ticket Office; a 15 percent discount is given on tickets to five or more events.

The concert is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department and College of Liberal Arts. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406 or visit its calendar website.