CalPoly Humboldt Presents an Evening of music featuring the Guitar Ensemble and friends

The Cal Poly Humboldt School of Dance, Music, and Theatre presents a
great evening of music featuring the Guitar Ensemble and friends on
Friday, April 15th at 8:00 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall. The concert
includes a variety of musical styles and ensembles, including a guitar
octet playing an arrangement of Monteverdi’s “Orfeo,” a banjo trio
performing old-time clawhammer banjo, performance poetry with guitar and
marimba, and the much anticipated return of the school’s newest
ensemble, Mariachi de Humboldt.

Concert tickets are $10 General, $5 Child, and FREE for Cal Poly
Humboldt students with ID and may be purchased at the door or in advance
at From the “All Events” drop down menu select
“School of Dance, Music, and Theatre” and select your event. Proof of
COVID vaccination and booster is still required for all guests on
campus. At press time, the wearing of facemasks is not mandatory, but it
is strongly encouraged. If attending the concert in person is not an
option, a free Livestream can be viewed at

The “Orfeo Suite,” arranged for five guitars by Swiss composer and
guitarist Jürg Kindle, is a recent setting of one of the first operas
ever written, “Orfeo,” by Italian Renaissance composer Claudio
Monteverdi. Another work for classical guitar on the program is “Air” by
Baroque composer George Friderick Handel. “Rain Song” is a beautiful
21st century composition for solo guitar by the award winning composer
Marc Anthony Cruz, who is also a professor of guitar at Texas State
University, San Marcos. “Fiesta” is a latin funk composition by Spanish
singer-songwriter and producer Juan Carlos Calderón.

New to this concert is The Botany Banjo Boys, two Cal Poly Humboldt
students who have been studying clawhammer banjo while majoring in
botany.  Charlie Deible and Grayson Prater will be joined on the banjo
by faculty guitar teacher Jennifer Trowbridge, playing old-time music
like “Old Joe Clark,” “Stony Point,” and “Peach Bottom Creek.” And
performing on nylon-string guitars, jazz guitar duo Nick De Anda and
Chris Antolin-Wilczek share their version of Stevie Wonder’s hit “Isn’t
She Lovely.”

“Love songs, love songs, and more love songs!” exclaims Cal Poly
Humboldt guitar teacher Jennifer Trowbridge as she describes the
repertoire for this semester’s Mariachi de Humboldt, which she
co-directs with Norberto Angón. “The ensemble has grown to 18 members,
and we have four singers, two women and two men, in addition to the
standard ensemble including guitarrón (a Mexican six-stringed bass
guitar), vihuelas (five-stringed Renaissance-era guitars tuned like
lutes), guitarras, trompetas, violines, and a saxofón alto. The
performers include music majors as well as students majoring in
Kinesiology, Wildlife, Psychology, Computer Science, and Environmental
Resources. Performing traditional Mexican music is a source of pride for
the ensemble members, many of whom have roots in Mexico.”

The repertoire for Mariachi de Humboldt includes the traditional
“Arboles de la Barranca,” Fernando Z. Maldonado’s “Hermoso Cariño,” the
Latin Grammy Hall of Fame award winning “El Rey” by José Alfredo
Jiménez, pianist and composer Consuelo Velázquez’s well-known standard
“Besame Mucho,” and “Se Va Muriendo Mi Alma” by Mexican singer,
composer, and producer Marco Antonio Solís.

Date: Friday, April 15, 2022

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Location: Fulkerson Recital Hall, Cal Poly Humboldt, Arcata CA 95521

Price:  $10 General, $5 Child, and FREE for Cal Poly Humboldt students
with ID

Ticket Purchase:

Free Livestream link:

Contact: Cal Poly Humboldt School of Dance, Music, and Theatre,
707-826-3566, [email protected]

Photo #1 caption: Cal Poly Humboldt Guitar Ensemble

Photo #2 caption: Mariachi de Humboldt

Photo attribution: Photo courtesy A.B. Navarro


Apr 15 2022


8:00 pm - 10:00 pm