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We are rapidly approaching the end of both Cuesta College and Cal Poly’s spring sessions. Hope you’re all doing the best you can to stay afloat! Don’t let yourself get too distracted before it’s too late! And yet, as they say, it isn’t over until the business major sings, so don’t deny yourself the opportunity to make what are essentially certain students’ finals a drag. Come along and enjoy some choral singing by your fellow college-goers!

On Friday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m., you can experience Cuesta College’s vocal groups—Mixed Choir, Chamber Singers, Encore, and Voce—as they celebrate the campus’ rich music program. It’s an evening of both classical music and jazz, and the talented students and conductors ensure great entertainment. Of particular note for this column, I think, is a special piece the Chamber Singers will be performing titled “Mr. Smott and the Tiny Red Ball,” written by one of Cuesta’s very own, Paul Burkle. I won’t go into detail of what it’s like, but I will say it’s awesome. There will be at least one other student conductor during the evening, and of course all of the singers have been working very, very hard, so please attend and support them. The Cuesta Spring Choral Concert will be at the Cuesta CPAC at 7:30 p.m.; general tickets cost $12, and students and seniors may buy them for $7. In addition, you no longer have to wait in the box office line if you don’t wish to do so; visit to purchase your tickets online!

Then, on Sunday, the Cuesta Master Chorale and Cal Poly choirs will join forces to bring you Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, a significant mass of choral and orchestral triumph. The event, which takes place at 8 p.m. at the Cal Poly PAC, will be conducted by Thomas Davies. It features a 140-member chorus and four soloists. I’ll warn you now that Master Chorale events usually aren’t cheap, but there are student tickets available that are very affordable. Tickets range from $10 to $32.

Cal Poly’s Early Music Ensemble will also be holding a concert the following Friday (May 24) at 8 p.m. at the San Luis Obispo Mission. The concert, titled “Mission Milestones,” honors the 300th anniversary of the birth of Father Junipero Serra, and includes processionals, masses, a harp, and a baroque guitar. Tickets for the commemorative event cost $12 for general audiences, $9 for seniors and students.

Intern Chris White-Sanborn reminds you to turn off your cell phone during the show. Send your collegiate news to him at, but some other time.

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