France Tour: Symphony and Choirs

From June 20-30, 2020, the Cal Poly Choirs and Symphony will join forces to perform in some of the most famous locations in Paris and throughout France: L'église de la Madeleine, the church of famous composers Camille Saint-Saëns and Gabriel Fauré; Bayeux Cathedral; the Normandy American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach; and more. Two works by American composers will be featured. Director of Choral Activities Scott Glysson will conduct a new work by Stacey Gibbs that was commissioned by the Cal Poly groups. Gibbs is best known for his exciting and modern arrangements of gospel and African American spirituals. Cal Poly Symphony Director David Arrivée will conduct "i thank You God for most this amazing day,” a lyrical setting of one of e.e. cummings’ well-known poems by Dan Forrest. The groups will combine for shorter works, notably several motets by Saint-Saëns, in the same locations where they were first performed almost 100 years ago.

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