Cal Poly Choirs to Present ‘Holiday Kaleidoscope’ Dec. 2

Collaborative Celebration to Include Local High School Choirs

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Choirs will present the festive “Holiday Kaleidoscope” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

Cal Poly’s PolyPhonics, the University Singers and Early Music Ensemble will be joined on the concert by three local high school choirs: Cabrillo (Lompoc), Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. The groups will perform holiday favorites and new works.

Additional special guests will be featured, including string and brass players, and even some special guest speakers.

Works to be performed include “Magnificat in G Major” by Charles Stanford, a selection from the “All Night Vigil” by Sergei Rachmaninoff, and various arrangements of popular carols and seasonal tunes.

Newer works include “Serenity” for unaccompanied chorus and cello by Ola Gjeilo, “The Rune of Hospitality” for choir and guitar by jazz composer Alf Houkom, and a spiritual setting by Moses Hogan.

Audience members can participate in a carol sing-along, and enjoy fun-spirited “cameo” pieces.

Cal Poly staff member Paul Woodring will accompany the choirs on piano and organ.

Jennifer Peterson conducts the Cabrillo High School choir, Holly Banfield conducts the Morro Bay High School choir, and Colleen Chester conducts the San Luis Obispo High School choir. Scott Glysson is Cal Poly’s new director of choral activities; this will be his premiere holiday concert on campus.

Tickets are $14 and $18 for the public, and $9 and $14 for students. Event parking is sponsored by the PAC. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call SLO-4TIX (756-4849).

The Music Department offers a 10 percent discount to patrons who buy season tickets to four of its 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 the department’s calendar website at

Contact: Michele Abba

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