By Teresa Monaco
In April 2016, the School of Music and Dance produced the largest off-campus, non-athletic event in SDSU history. Over 250 music students played to a sold-out audience in Jacobs Music Center at Copley Symphony Hall, raising $40,000 for music education scholarships. The School of Music and Dance will take the stage once again on April 8, 2018 in a concert unlike any other: SDSU Live!.
“This year’s SDSU Live! is unique because we are adding several new elements,” says Director of Bands Shannon Kitelinger. “The biggest addition is a collaboration with the Dance area of our school. The Wind Symphony will perform Jim Bonney’s work, Threnody, with original choreography by the SDSU dance faculty and students, and we will creatively use Jacobs Music Center by featuring musicians throughout the space, surrounding the audience for an exciting auditory experience.”
“We’re excited to continue our proud tradition of collaboration in this year’s SDSU Live! event,” says Michael Gerdes, Director of Orchestras. “The SDSU Symphony Orchestra and Choirs will combine to present Chichester Psalms in its only concert performance in San Diego during the Centenary Celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s life and legacy, and the professional musicians of the Great Wall Quartet will join the Orchestra to perform Spohr’s Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra.” The Great Wall Quartet includes members of the San Diego Symphony, the Munich Philharmonic, the Berlin Radio Symphony, and SDSU faculty.
Other ensembles performing at SDSU Live! include the powerful Marching Aztecs, the SDSU Jazz Ensemble, SDSU Community Music School, and the MFA Musical Theatre program, one of only three such programs in the nation.
“This is a special concert for us because it highlights our music education program, and all benefits will go toward a music education endowment for future students at SDSU,” says Kitelinger. “Many of the performers in our ensembles are music education majors, and we are proud of the high level of artistry at which they perform.”
65% of music educators in San Diego County coming from SDSU, impacting the musical of thousands of K-12 students. Music Education enrollment at SDSU has increased over 30% in Fall 2017. Additionally, the program has a 100% success rate in placing new teachers.
SDSU Live! at Jacobs Music Center brings SDSU’s stellar arts programming off campus and out into the community. Lots of surprises are in store—visit the website for more information. Tickets will be available through the San Diego Symphony box office in January 2018.
The content within this article has been edited by Lizbeth Persons.News List