Cal Poly Choirs Preview New Season on Oct. 26 with ‘Cry Out!’

Members of Cal Poly Choirs perform in 2018 at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Choirs will present a season preview concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church.

Titled “Cry Out,” the concert celebrates the choral tradition of passionate and powerful singing, said Scott Glysson, director of choral activities. Choral music is full of bold exclamations of faith, love, fear, hope and a wide variety of human emotions.  

All four Cal Poly choral groups will perform: PolyPhonics, University Singers, the Women’s Chorus and Chamber Choir. These groups, as well as several soloists, will give the audience a taste of what is to come for the numerous 2019-20 choral concerts. 

PolyPhonics, the university’s premier choir, will perform John Mackey’s “Rumor of a Secret King,” an exciting and rhythmically complex work commissioned for the Eric Whitacre Singers in 2017. A beautiful setting of the William Blake poem “The Lamb” by Kim André Arnesen — a popular modern Norwegian composer — will also be performed.

The Women’s Chorus will begin its second year since being formed with selections from the famous “Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten. The group is comprised of 45 highly skilled and experienced choral singers.

The Chamber Choir — the nucleus of the annual Cal Poly Bach Week — will perform a selection from J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, which is the grand finale piece for Bach Week in January. The University Singers will perform a delightful lesser-known “Magnificat” setting by J.S. Bach’s son, C.P.E. Bach.

Several vocal solos will highlight the diversity and skill of the department’s vocal performance majors.

Paul Woodring is the accompanist for the choirs. Glysson conducts the choirs. Glysson conducted in New York at Carnegie Hall in May and in Nairobi, Kenya, in July and has upcoming conducting engagements in France, Bulgaria and Poland.

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 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849). Tickets will also be sold at the door the night of the concert.

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.

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In Photo at the top, members of Cal Poly Choirs perform in 2018 at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

September 27, 2019

Contact: Michele Abba

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