Last Wednesday evening at the Music Recital Hall was a night of rhythm, melody, and harmony, as the Department of Music’s guitar faculty entertained the audience with tunes specialized for the iconic instrument.

Cal Poly Pomona’s guitar and music professors Philip Graulty, Buzz Gravelle and Department Chair Peter Yates were the trio to play alongside guest musicians, Alexandra Grabarchuk and company.

Together, they played a series of chamber guitar tracks that was composed of classical, ambient and opera.

“I’m always excited for the guitar concerts that they put on,” said second-year music industry studies major Xavier Montalbo, who attended the show. “I always love the stuff that Doctor Yates puts on. I always love the fretless guitar that Doctor Gravelle plays.”

Music department faculty strumming away on their guitars. (John Michael Uba | The Poly Post)

The show started off with a quartet performance of “O Quam Speciosa” with Grabarchuk on the vocals and Gravelle, Marsh, and Yates on the acoustic stringed instruments.

The second piece, “Die Trennung (Seperation)”, by 18th century composer C.P.E.

Bach had a solo classical guitar arrangement by guest musician Marsh.

Third year music education major Sean Gibson, attended the show to absorb the guitar playing that his professors contributed at that show.

“I’m a guitarist, so I’m always enthusiastic about these shows,” said Gibson.

“The Muir Symposium” by Yates performed his own song along with Grabarchuk.

The 2018 piece features a duo vocal performance of Yates on the classical guitar and Grabarchuk on the toy piano to present the story of five figures.

The quartet classical guitar rendition of Eister’s “Chasing Light” by Berman, Gravelle, Marsh and Yates consisted of multiple segments throughout the piece that emitted varying feelings of urgency and breaks of tranquility before returning back to calamity of the guitars.

The final piece of the night is entitled “Before Going to Work,” performed by Grabarchuk, Gravelle, Marsh, and Yates.

“I thought that they did a terrific job, I’m very pleased to be associated with this group,” said Eister, who also mentioned the makings of his three pieces performed that night.

The Department of Music hosts a series of shows of different ensembles throughout the quarter.

For more information, check out their Facebook page or website.

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