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Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

The Beach Cafe

Friday-Saturday, September 15-16 at 8pm           
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10

Join us for our wonderful Coffee House Cabaret, where our students shine in all types of music. From Musical Theatre to Jazz, from Opera to Rock ’n’ Roll, you never know what you’ll get at the Beach Café.

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Guest Artist Recital

Arthur Greene, Piano

Tuesday, September 19 at 8pm     
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Free Admission

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New Music Ensemble

Wednesday, September 20 at 8pm
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

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Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony Orchestra

Friday, September 22 at 8pm         
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Tickets: $15/$10

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Woodwind Chamber Music

Wednesday, September 27 at 8pm
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Free Admission

Woodwind Chamber concerts feature students performing diverse, colorful, and challenging works for winds.

Carpenter Performing Arts Center Cabaret Series

Michael Kaeshammer

Wednesday-Thursday, September 27-28 at 7pm 
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Tickets may be purchased with or without dinner

Combining elements of jazz, blues, boogie-woogie and more, Kaeshammer has earned a loyal international following as a vocalist and piano virtuoso—an eloquent, seductive and engaging performer! Dinner menu includes Grilled Tri Tip with Cabernet Plum Sauce and Scalloped Potatoes.

Carpenter Performing Arts Center Sunday Afternoon Concert Series

Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Sunday, October 1 at 2pm  
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Ticket prices vary

The Spanish Harlem Orchestra is on a mission to keep the musical legacy of salsa dura alive and well. After 15 years together, the SHO is the tightest salsa band working today! These 13 world-class musicians and vocalists bring an authentic, musically precise, fresh and exciting take on the music. The two-time Grammy Award winners have had each of their four releases nominated for a Grammy!

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

Thursday, October 5 at 8pm           
Carpenter Center                   
Tickets: $10/$7


The Wind Symphony, under the direction of John Carnahan, and the Symphonic Band, under the direction of Jermie Arnold, perform new and traditional works for wind band.

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Faculty Artist Series

Rob Frear, Trumpet

Sunday, October 8 at 4pm  
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

Carpenter Performing Arts Center Arts for Life

Bob Cole Conservatory Showcase Concert

Thursday, October 12 at 8pm         
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Free Admission

Experience an evening of performances by the finest students at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. Curated by Bob Cole Conservatory faculty, this showcase highlights the individual talents of their leading classical and jazz students. This performance is generously made possible by an anonymous donor.

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Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony Orchestra

Friday, October 13 at 8pm  
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Tickets: $15/$10

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Concert Jazz Orchestra/Studio Jazz Band

Sunday, October 15 at 4pm
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

"Jazz at the Beach" presents the award-winning Concert Jazz Band and Studio Jazz Band.

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Guest Artist Series

Dr. Hyunsoon Wang, Piano

Thursday, October 19 at 8pm         
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

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University Choir and Bob Cole Chamber Choir

Saturday, October 21 at 8pm          
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7


This concert features two of the finest collegiate choral ensembles in the nation. The Bob Cole Chamber Choir is a two-time International champion, having won in Wales in 2016 and in Austria in 2017.

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Faculty Artist Series

Mark Uranker, Harpsichord

Sunday, October 22 at 4pm
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

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3-Minute Wonders with XXXX Ensemble

Monday, October 23 at 8pm
Gerald Danield Recital Hall   
Free Admission

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University Woodwind Quintet/Conservatory Brass Quintet

Wednesday, October 25 at 8pm     
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7


The University Quintets are the top wind and brass ensembles in the Cole Conservatory. They perform masterworks from the quintet literature.

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Concert Band: Spooktacular

Thursday, October 26 at 7pm         
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7


An evening of Halloween themed concert music. Concert Band is open to all students in the university. This ensemble plays music for band with joy and exuberance. This is a family-friendly concert – all children under 13 in costume are admitted for free.

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Faculty Artist Series

James Barrera, Saxophone

Friday, October 27 at 8pm
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall
Tickets: $10/$7

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Fall Choral Concert – Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus, 49er Choir

Saturday, October 28 at 8pm          
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7


Barbershop to Renaissance madrigals, contemporary a cappella to beloved spirituals – there’s something for everyone when our choirs come together for a  “prism concert”—one hour and fifteen minutes of great music in all sorts of styles. 

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Jazz Lab Band and Cornerpocket

Sunday, October 29 at 4pm
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

The Jazz Lab band is directed by the recipient of the Beau and Jo France Graduate Jazz Studies Scholarship. Cornerpocket is a new vocal jazz ensemble within the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music.

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New Music Ensemble

Wednesday, November 1 at 8pm   
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Free Admission

The New Music Ensemble is dedicated to performing works from the 20th and 21st centuries. The repertoire is varied across a broad spectrum of genres and aesthetics.

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Brass Ensemble

Thursday, November 2 at 8pm       
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/free

Hear antiphonal music form the Baroque era, standard brass repertoire, and new works from 20th and 21st Centuries performed by the Conservatory’s leading brass students.

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Faculty Artist Series

John Barcellona, Flute

Friday, November 3 at 8pm
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

John Barcellona's performances are among the most popular events at the conservatory. Expect costumes, stories, guest artists, and grand entertainment by an extraordinary flutist.

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Opera Masterpieces

Saturday, November 4 at 8pm; Sunday, November 5 at 4pm    
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

The vocalists of the CSULB Opera Institute perform in our annual fall performance of favorite arias and ensembles from the operatic repertoire.

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Saxophone Ensemble

Monday, November 6 at 8pm         
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

The CSULB Saxophone Ensemble performs traditional and new works for 4-24 saxophones.

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World Percussion Concert

Tuesday, November 7 at 8pm        
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

The CSULB Steel Drum Orchestra is one of the top pan bands in the west.

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University String Chamber

Wednesday, November 8 at 8pm   
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

String trios, quartets, and quintets will perform some of the masterworks of chamber music.

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Jazz Combo Night

Thursday, November 9 at 7pm       
CSULB Nugget Grill

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

University String Quartet

Thursday, November 9 at 8pm       
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

The University Quartet is the premier string ensemble in the Cole Conservatory. They perform masterworks from the String Quartet literature.

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Concert Jazz Orchestra/Studio Jazz Band

Sunday, November 12 at 4pm        
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

"Jazz at the Beach" presents the award-winning Concert Jazz Band and Studio Jazz Band.

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Vocal Jazz with Pacific Standard Time, Jazz and Tonic

Saturday, November 11 at 4&8pm
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

The award-winning Pacific Standard Time is one of the most renowned vocal jazz ensembles in the United States. This show – featuring Pacific Standard Time along with Jazz and Tonic – typically sells out, so you are encouraged to buy tickets in advance.

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Collegium Musicum

Monday, November 13 at 8pm       
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

Collegium Music, directed by LA Philharmonic cellist David Garrett, performs music from the Baroque and early Classical eras.

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Woodwind Chamber Music

Wednesday, November 15 at 8pm 
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

Woodwind trios, quartets, and quintets will perform some of the masterworks of chamber music.

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Jazz Combo Night

Thursday, November 16 at 7pm     
CSULB Nugget Grill

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Cole Conservatory Percussion Ensembles

Thursday, November 16 at 8pm     
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Cole Conservatory Symphony Orchestra

Friday, November 17 at 8pm          
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Tickets: $15/$10

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Opera Scenes

Saturday, November 18 at 8pm      
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

In our second fall Opera offering, our younger singers present an evening of favorite operatic arias and ensembles.

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Piano Showcase

Sunday, November 19 at 4pm        
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

Featuring outstanding Cole Conservatory pianists in solo performances of mostly classics by the great composers from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.

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Piano Plus!

Monday, November 27 at 8pm       
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

A collaborative concert featuring Cole Conservatory pianists in instrumental duos, chamber ensemble, and piano duets/duos.

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Laptop Ensemble

Wednesday, November 29 at 8pm 
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

The Laptop Ensemble will perform original works by student and faculty composers using laptops as primary instruments.

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Piano con Brio!

Thursday, November 30 at 8pm     
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Caribbean Holiday Celebration

Friday, December 1 at 8pm 
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall   
Tickets: $15/$10/$5 for children under 10

This annual celebration features your favorite holiday music combined with selections of seasonal tunes from the Caribbean, along with classical music arrangements. Make it a tradition and ring in the holiday season with the CSULB Steel Drum Orchestra.

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Winter Festival Concert

Saturday, December 2 at 4&8 pm
Sunday, December 3 at 4pm
First Congregational Church 

More than 200 singers ring in the holidays with favorite carols, songs, and classical works in Long Beach's greatest Winter extravaganza. Set in the historic sanctuary of First Congregational Church of Long Beach, this traditional concert has thrilled audiences for three decades!  Enjoy the majesty of the great Moeller organ, handbells, vocal jazz, and, the combined voices of all 5 CSULB choirs.  

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Beach Orchestra

Monday, December 4 at 8pm          
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

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Concert Band and Guest: LBCC Symphonic Band

Wednesday, December 6 at 8pm   
Gerald Daniel Recital Hall     
Tickets: $10/$7

Concert Band is open to all students in the university. This ensemble plays music for band with joy and exuberance.