Cal Poly Choirs’ ‘Traditions’ Concert to Feature Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble on March 15

PolyPhonics, Cal Poly’s premiere choir, will conclude the March 15 program.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — All four of Cal Poly’s choral ensembles will perform at the Cal Poly Choirs’ winter concert, “Traditions,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 15, in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

The Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble will also perform a special guest set at the concert. The Cal Poly groups will perform music of a variety of American traditions, and Kitka will perform arrangements of traditional folk music from Bulgaria and the greater Balkan Peninsula.

The University Singers, Chamber Choir and Women’s Chorus ensembles will begin the program with repertoire in various styles and genres including — but not limited to — arrangements of American folk music and African American spirituals, early and modern American classical music, and an adaptation of a Native American chant. The Women’s Chorus will close the first half of the concert with selections from Vincent Persichetti’s “Winter Cantata” for women’s chorus, flute and marimba, and will feature Cal Poly flute instructor Suzanne Duffy.

The award-winning Bay Area ensemble Kitka will open the second half of the program. Kitka is a professional small ensemble with deep ties to Balkan, Slavic and Caucasian lands. Its members have performed, taught and conducted cultural exchange activities in Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Macedonia, Poland, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine, as well as in communities throughout the U.S., Canada and beyond.

PolyPhonics, Cal Poly’s premiere choir, will conclude the program with repertoire it will perform while on a spring break tour of San Diego from March 20-22. The set will feature the thrilling “Lamentations of Jeremiah” by Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera, and a brand-new composition by Jake Runestad titled “A Silence Haunts Me,” which sets the dramatic text of Beethoven’s “Heiligenstadt Testament” with great drama and effect. A modern setting of a spiritual by Stacey Gibbs, American folk music, and even an arrangement of a Dolly Parton piece featuring Cal Poly voice instructor Amy Goymerac will round out the program.

PolyPhonics, the University Singers and Chamber Choir will be accompanied by Paul Woodring. The choirs are conducted by Director of Choral Activities Scott Glysson.

Tickets 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 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 its calendar website.

Kitka is a Bay Area-based professional small ensemble with deep ties to Balkan, Slavic and Caucasian lands.
Kitka is a Bay Area-based professional small ensemble with deep ties to Balkan, Slavic and Caucasian lands. 

In photo at the top, PolyPhonics, Cal Poly’s premiere choir, will conclude the March 15 program.

Contact: Michele Abba
805-756-2406; mabba@calpoly.edu

February 20, 2020

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