Cal Poly Symphony and Choirs to Present Maurice Duruflé’s ‘Requiem’ and other French Masterworks on June 3

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Symphony and Cal Poly Choirs will perform Maurice Duruflé’s “Requiem” and other masterworks by French composers at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.
“The concert will open with a study in orchestral contrast — Camille Saint-Saëns’ energetic and menacing ‘Dance Macabre,’ and Maurice Ravel’s elegant ‘Pavane pour une infante défunte,’” Cal Poly Symphony Conductor David Arrivée said.

The Cal Poly Chamber Choir will follow the orchestral works with several unaccompanied French chansons, most notably the famous “Trois Chanson” by Ravel. The first half of the concert will conclude with Ravel’s “Don Quichotte à Dulcinée,” featuring guest baritone Ryan Bede, who will perform with the orchestra. Bede is on the faculty of the University of Puget Sound.
After intermission, the combined choirs and symphony will perform one of the greatest masterworks of the 20th century: Maurice Duruflé’s “Requiem,” Op. 9. 
“Duruflé’s ‘Requiem’ is an ingenious combination of ancient chant and modern compositional techniques, resulting in one of the most beautiful works of all time,” said Scott Glysson, Cal Poly’s director of choral activities.
Bede will join in the performance with guest mezzo-soprano Dawn Padula, director of vocal studies at the University of Puget Sound.
Tickets to the concert are $12 or $14 for the public, and $9 or $12 for students. Event parking is sponsored by the PAC. Tickets are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849). 
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 at

 Ryan Bede, a faculty member at the University of Puget Sound.Dawn Padula, director of vocal studies at the University of Puget Sound.

Contact: Michele Abba

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