Guest Artists

Clifton Swanson

Clifton SwansonMusic Department Professor Emeritus Clifton Swanson began teaching at Cal Poly in 1967 with an emphasis on music appreciation and music history. He soon assumed responsibility for Cal Poly’s orchestra and became active as a conductor with the Cal Poly Chamber Orchestra and San Luis Obispo Symphony. In 1971 he co-founded the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival (now Festival Mozaic). He was elected Music Department chair in 1983, and served in that role almost continuously until his retirement in 2004. 

Swanson has received numerous awards, including the university’s President’s Award for Contributions to the Arts of San Luis Obispo County, the Outstanding Liberal Arts Professor by College of Engineering Students (1994), and the College of Liberal Arts’ Outstanding Service Award for 2002-03. He served as director of Cal Poly’s London Study Program many times between 1986 and 2006.

Before coming to Cal Poly, Swanson graduated from Pomona College and earned his master’s degree in music literature from the University of Texas with additional study at UCLA. His attendance at the Aston Magna Academy focusing on the works of J.S. Bach in 1985 led to the “Mozart Akademie” as part of the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival which inspired the Cal Poly's Bach Week Akademie.

One of Swanson’s great pleasures has been his association with the inspiration, conception, design and support of the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center on the Cal Poly campus. He participated in the original design committee, served for nine years on the board of directors of the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center, and served a term as president of the board.

Swanson is an active double bass player and never turns down an opportunity to play the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.


Mensa Sonora California

The members of Mensa Sonora California have played together in many different combinations and formations over the years in the Bay Area, at Stanford University, at the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, and elsewhere. Its members regularly appear in such groups as Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, StringCircle, and Archetti Baroque Strings, a Bay Area ensemble dedicated to the concerto repertoire of the 18th century. Their passion is primarily for the music of the 17th and early 18th centuries, the "Wild West" of western music.

On Friday evening of Bach Week, they will present “Bach and His Students,” a chamber concert in Mission San Luis Obispo.

 

Charles Sherman

Charles Sherman, harpsichord, is recognized as one of the leading harpsichord soloists and continuo players in the country, and has been called a "fluent virtuoso" by the Los Angeles Times. Since 1997, he has been a member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Musica Pacifica. Previously, as a member of the Aulos Ensemble in New York, he toured regularly throughout North America and overseas and recorded extensively. He has also performed with such acclaimed ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, American Baroque, Musica Angelica, Handel and Haydn Society, Emmanuel Music, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble and Concert Royal, and at well-known music festivals, including in Marlboro and Saratoga, the New England Bach Festival, early music festivals in Boston and Berkeley, and Aston Magna. Sherman holds degrees in history and musicology from the University of Chicago and in harpsichord performance from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Albert Fuller. His recordings appear on the Dorian, Musical Heritage Society, Koch International, Reference Recordings and BMG labels.

Charles Sherman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Wilson

David Wilson, baroque violin, plays regularly with Ensemble Vermillian and Magnificat, and he is a founding member of Archetti, the Galax Quartet, and other ensembles. He has taught baroque violin at Indiana University, where he earned the Doctor of Music degree in early music, and he holds degrees in violin from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He teaches violin and chamber music and directs the orchestra at the San Francisco Early Music Society’s annual Baroque Workshop. His interests outside of music include cosmology, zymurgy, and science fiction. In recent years he has performed and recorded classical music of India and the Ottoman Empire with Lux Musica (East Meets West Music and Golden Horn Records), contemporary music with the Galax Quartet (Innova Recordings), and 18th-century concerti with Archetti (Centaur Records). He is the author of “Georg Muffat on Performance Practice,” published by Indiana University Press.

David Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony Martin

Anthony Martin teaches at Stanford University where he directs the Stanford Baroque Soloists. He plays and has made recordings with numerous early music groups, including Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the New Esterházy Quartet, and Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century in Amsterdam.

Anthony Martin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Dornenburg

John Dornenburg teaches the viola da gamba at Stanford University, and is co-director of the University Baroque Ensemble at UC Berkeley. He has made many recordings of solo and chamber music for viola da gamba, and often performs with Sex Chordae Consort of Viols, Music’s Re-creation, Archetti, and Magnificat.

John Dornenburg