Cal Poly Choirs to Present Sixth Annual “Holiday Kaleidoscope” on December 2 – Cal Poly News

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Choirs, which include Cantabile, Chamber Choir, PolyPhonics and University Singers, will perform the sixth annual “Holiday Kaleidoscope” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 in the Performing Arts Center Christopher Cohan Center.

This year, the Cal Poly Choirs will be joined by the Cabrillo High School Madrigal Singers, led by Cal Poly alumnus Jennifer Peterson (Music, ’95); and the Cadence Choir of the Central Coast Youth Chorus, led by Cal Poly music majors Danna Dumandan and Katelyn Caron.

Cal Poly Director of Choral Activities Scott Glysson created the concert in 2017 to showcase and celebrate Central Coast choral traditions and collaborations. The four university choirs and the two guest ensembles will each perform a short selection from the repertoire, then unite for larger works.

A student orchestra of 20 musicians will accompany the choirs on several pieces and during the Christmas carols. The evening will include other fun features, such as the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Philip J. Williams, recounting “It was the night before Christmas.”

The Cal Poly Chamber Choir will perform Johannes Brahms’ choral masterpiece “Es ist Das Heil” from “Zwei Motetten” and a setting of “El Niño de la Madre” by Cal Poly teacher Antonio G. Barata.

Cal Poly’s Cantabile will perform part of the program he plans to perform at New York’s famed Lincoln Center in March. His set will include music by Sarah Quartel, Jacob Narverud and an arrangement of the Puerto Rican Christmas carol “Ábreme la Puerta”.

The University Singers will perform a variety of arrangements of familiar English and Hebrew melodies.

PolyPhonics will close the program with English, Latin, Spanish and Swedish songs, including a beautiful setting by Kevin Memley of the text “O magnum mysterium”, a modern work by Steven Hansen, entitled “Vinterskymning” and “La Navidad del Señor”. by South American Baroque composer Juan de Araujo, who will be accompanied by Cal Poly professor emeritus Craig H. Russell on guitar.

Cal Poly University organist Paul Woodring will accompany the choirs on piano and organ.

Tickets are $15 and $20 for the public and $10 for students. Event parking is sponsored by PAC. Tickets are available at Cal Poly ticket office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday to 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, visit the Music Department website website calendaremail [email protected] or call 805-756-2406.


The Cal Poly Choirs perform in 2019.

November 2, 2022
Contact: Michele Abba
805-756-2406; [email protected]

Comments are closed.