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Cal Poly Choirs’ 2017-18 Season Kicks Off on Oct. 28 with ‘Reflections on Life and Love’

Scott Glysson Begins Tenure as New Director of Choral Activities

Cal Poly’s 2017-18 choral ensembles will be introduced in a concert featuring various styles — from Renaissance polyphony to 21st-century works — at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

PolyPhonics and the University Singers will present the fall concert, “Reflections on Life and Love,” which will be the inaugural concert of Scott Glysson, Cal Poly’s new director of choral activities.

The University Singers will open the program incorporating works from various cultures including the Eastern European folk song “Niska Banja” and an English madrigal by John Farmer. The choir will perform two beautiful settings of beloved poems including the Stroope setting of “The Pasture” by Robert Frost and the Clausen setting of “O My Loves Like a Red, Red Rose” by Robert Burns.

PolyPhonics, the university’s premier choir, will perform Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs” along with a string quartet comprised of Cal Poly students and local professionals. Keeping with the theme of famous poets, a beautiful setting of the poem “Ask Me No More” by Alfred Lord Tennyson will also be performed.

The two choirs will join forces for a rousing piece to conclude the program.

Paul Woodring is the accompanist for both choirs.

Glysson served as director of choral activities at West Liberty University in Wheeling, West Virginia. He has also held the position of assistant director of the internationally recognized Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, director of music at Floris United Methodist Church, artistic director and founder of the Floris Concert Series, assistant conductor of the Reston Chorale and teaching positions at several high schools in the Washington, D.C., area.

As the conductor of university, high school and community ensembles, he has performed both nationally and internationally. Recent engagements include the Mozart Requiem with the Pazadrzhik Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria, and the Dan Forrest Requiem with members of the Royal Academy of Music in Dublin, Ireland. Under his leadership as the artistic director of the Tucson Masterworks Chorale, the group’s excellence was recognized through an invitation to perform in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fischer Hall in March 2014. As a graduate student, Glysson was honored as one of eight finalists from across the country to compete in the National Choral Conducting Competition sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association.

Tickets are $14 for the public and $9 for students. Tickets are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. on Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call SLO-4TIX (756-4849).

A 10 percent discount is given to patrons who buy season tickets to four Music Department events through the Cal Poly Ticket Office; a 15 percent discount is given on tickets to five or more events.

The concert is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406 or visit its calendar website.