Cal Poly Choirs to Present ‘For the Beauty of the Earth’ Concert on June 2

The combined Cal Poly Choirs perform during the 2018 Spring Concert on campus.
Post-Concert Retirement Reception Will Honor Longtime Faculty Vocal Teacher Jacalyn Kreitzer, Who is Retiring

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Choirs will come together to present a concert titled “For the Beauty of the Earth,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 2, in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

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.

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 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.

Photo information: Choirs.jpg — The combined Cal Poly Choirs perform during the 2018 Spring Concert on campus.

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Contact: Michele Abba

May 2, 2019

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