The 24-member Chamber Choir will present a concert of two requiems in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. The concert will open with the spectacular and rarely performed “Musikalische Exequien” (“Funeral Music”) composed by Heinrich Schütz in 1636. “The requiem mass, or funeral mass, of the Roman Catholic Church has been a text set to music since the 15th century,” said Scott Glysson, Cal Poly director of choral activities. “As the genre has grown and evolved through the years, composers have used this model to branch out and incorporate other texts into works intended to remember or honor those who have passed on.”
The second half of the concert will feature John Rutter’s “Requiem.” Completed in 1985, it combines elements from the traditional Latin text with modern English. The performance will feature a seven-piece chamber orchestra of Cal Poly students and professional musicians, including faculty member Samuel Shalhoub, lute, and staff accompanist Paul Woodring, organ. Glysson will travel to New York with 34 Cal Poly students — including five from the Chamber Choir — to perform at Carnegie Hall on May 25 as part of MidAmerica Productions’ 36th concert season. Tickets for the concert are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office.