Our Fall Concert

Featuring Barbara Spencer, cello
and Keeth CrowHawk, percussion
Sunday, November 5, 2017
3:00 p.m.
San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church
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$25 in advance – $30 at the door

$10 students
online at: brownpapertickets.com
or call 805.391.SONG

woman in colorful hijab


We sing music from distant lands:

rich and alluring melodies,

mysterious, deeply moving and colorful,

each song unique to the lives and dreams of the composers and the poets.

Songs from Distant Lands is inspired by exotic locales including India, the Middle East, the Balkans, the Baltic and Tibet. The rich poetry and culture of these faraway places come alive in settings by a variety of international composers. From Behind the Caravan: Songs of Hâfez is the centerpiece of the program and features cello and Persian style percussion. Minnesota composer Abbie Betinis evokes the mythical sense of the 14th century poetry with her arresting setting of these four lyric Persian poems by Hâfez.

Barbara Spencer photoBARBARA SPENCER, cellist, has studied with Leonard Rose, Lucien LaPorte and Gabor Rejto. She was principal cellist for Music Academy of the West, Long Beach Symphony, Las Vegas Symphony and Chamber Orchestra and Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra. She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, California Chamber Orchestra and San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival. She is a freelance musician for motion picture and television studios in Los Angeles. In 1995 she came to the Central Coast to begin developing Windrose Farm with her husband. In addition to teaching cello privately and at Cal Poly, Spencer is a member of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Orchestra Novo and Symphony of the Vines.


Keeth CrowHawk wearing white shirt playing drum in front of pyramid in EgyptKEETH CROWHAWK, percussion, started to play the drumset at age 18 and soon after, co-founded several punk rock bands in New Jersey. In 1995, after moving to California, he was introduced to the genres of West African, Afro-Cuban, and Middle Eastern drumming as well as community drum circles. His studies and some notable performances include: worked with the CEO of the REMO Drum company on Recreational Facilitated Drum Circles research and development; studied in Egypt with Master Percussionist Khamis Henkesh; performed at Live Oak Music Festival with Inga Swearingen, led the percussion section of the Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble for most of their first 8 years and was part of their performance tour to Carnegie Hall in 2014. Keeth currently performs with local Belly Dance troupes as percussionist and folkloric dancer, as well as a co-founder of the percussion trio “r_3” and a member of the Chad Land Band. Both groups are working on the release of their first CDs. Please visit www.keethcrowhawk.com for more information.