The San Luis Obispo Master Chorale is gearing up to present a weekend festival of music and history on November 22-24 in San Luis Obispo. Audiences can expect a powerful and moving performance of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Igor Stravinsky, by over 100 voices accompanied by a full orchestra. Featured soloists at this concert include soprano Alba Franco-Cancel, alto Susan Azaret Davies, tenor Paul Osborne and bass Gabriel Manro.

In addition to the show, two lectures will be held by leading scholars in the life and death of Mozart on the Friday and Saturday prior to the main concert.  These events are free and open to the public, and will feature an interactive, informative take on what we know about this gifted composer.

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On Friday November 22 at 6:00PM, Dr. David Levy, of Wake Forest University, will present Mozart’s Requiem: Myths, Motives, and Movies, held on the Cal Poly campus in the Davidson Music Center, room 218. Attendees will need to purchase a parking pass to park on campus.

On Saturday, November 23 at 7:00PM, Philip Mackowiak, MD of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will present Why Mozart Died So Young: A Physician’s Perspective, at the San Luis Obispo Library Community Room, located at 995 Palm Street in downtown San Luis Obispo.

The main concert is a Sunday matinee, starting at 3:00PM on November 24, and will be held in the magnificent Harold Miossi Hall, Performing Arts Center on the Cal Poly campus. The program will feature a 100-person choir accompanied by a full orchestra, performing Mozart’s Requiem and Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms. Tickets, ranging in price from $10 to $50, can be purchased at or by calling the PAC box office at (805) 756-4849. Parking is included in the ticket for this event.

Formed in 1984, San Luis Obispo Master Chorale (originally known as Cuesta Master Chorale) is an auditioned all-volunteer community choir that specializes in performing masterworks of choral-orchestral literature from every musical period and style, including contemporary works written especially for the chorale, and is led by Artistic Director Dr. Thomas Davies.