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Cal Poly Chamber Choir Concert: Works in the Requiem Tradition

Saturday, May 11, 2019
8 p.m., Mission San Luis Obispo

The 24-member Cal Poly Chamber Choir will present a concert of two requiems.

The concert will open with the spectacular and rarely performed “Musikalische Exequien” (“Funeral Music”) by Heinrich Schütz. Composed in 1636, the piece is a three-movement monument of the early Baroque Period. Through various scriptural passages and choral texts, the work was composed for the funeral service of Prince Heinrich II “Posthumous” von Reuss, a friend and benefactor of Schütz. “Listeners will be treated to a variety of choral textures in this hauntingly beautiful work,” said Scott Glysson, Cal Poly director of choral activities.

“The requiem mass, or funeral mass, of the Roman Catholic Church has been a text set to music since the 15th century,” he added. “As the genre has grown and evolved through the years, composers have used this model to branch out and incorporate other texts into works intended to remember or honor those who have passed on.”

The second half of the concert will feature John Rutter’s “Requiem.” Completed in 1985, it’s one of Rutter’s most well-known works. It combines elements from the traditional Latin text of the requiem service with modern English. The performance will feature a seven-piece chamber orchestra of Cal Poly students and professional musicians, including music faculty member Samuel Shalhoub, lute.

Paul Woodring is the accompanist for the choirs and will play organ for the concert.

Glysson, the concert’s conductor, will travel to New York with 34 Cal Poly students — including five from the Chamber Choir — to perform at Carnegie Hall on May 25 as part of MidAmerica Productions’ 36th concert season. The Cal Poly Choir members and the Vancouver Bach Choir of British Columbia will collaborate on performances of Joseph Haydn’s “Te Deum (for Empress Marie Therese)” and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Sparrow Mass,” (Missa brevis in C major). Glysson will conduct the Haydn piece.

Tickets ($14 general, $9 students)

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Cal Poly Choirs Spring Concert: For the Beauty of the Earth

Sunday, June 2, 2019
3 p.m., Harold J. Miossi Hall, Performing Arts Center

The Cal Poly Choirs will come together to present a concert titled “For the Beauty of the Earth.”

The concert will consist of works about — and inspired by — the natural world.

The first half will feature the Chamber Choir and University Singers.

It will include works by Charles Stanford, Claudio Monteverdi, Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Johann Sebastian Bach, Imant Raminsh and others. Cellist Elizabeth Tseng, a biological sciences major, will be featured on Bach’s “Dona Nobis Pacem” and Raminsh’s “In the Night We Shall Go In.” The University Singers will perform Tchaikovsky’s “A Golden Cloud Slept,” a rarely performed work that uses natural world objects as metaphors for human relationships.  

The remainder of the concert will feature the Advanced Women’s Chorus and PolyPhonics.

The two choirs will perform works by Stephen Chatman, Eric Barnum, Béla Bartók and even The Beatles. Chatman’s “An Elizabethan Spring” uses 17th-century texts that depict aspects of springtime. Cal Poly voice teacher Amy Goymerac will be the soprano soloist on “Les sirènes” (“The Mermaids”), a 1911 work by French composer Lily Boulanger.

The concert is the capstone of a very busy spring quarter for Cal Poly’s choral program.

In March, PolyPhonics toured the Bay Area, which included a performance at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, and another on May 26 when the choir sang the national anthem at the San Francisco Giants-Oakland A’s game at Oracle Park. On May 25, 34 students representing all of Cal Poly’s choirs performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Director of Choral Activities Scott Glysson will conduct the June concert. The choirs will be accompanied by Paul Woodring, staff accompanist and university organist.

Jacalyn Kreitzer
Jacalyn Kreitzer will retire at the end of spring 2019.
More information is posted in the Music Department's
latest newsletter.

There will be a post-concert retirement reception honoring Jacalyn Kreitzer in the PAC’s Grand Lobby. Kreitzer has taught voice at Cal Poly for nearly 25 years. A renowned opera singer, she founded the Student Opera Theatre program and directed 15 of its productions. She received the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Lecturer award in 2002, and in 2015 she was honored for outstanding achievement in the performing arts by ARTS Obispo.

Tickets ($12 and $14 general, $9 and $12 students)

 

 

 

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