Campus: CSU Long Beach -- June 24, 2002
University Choir from Cal State Long Beach to Perform
Some 33 members of the University Choir at California State University,
Long Beach will perform in the People's Republic of China through July
5 as the group joins other outstanding school choirs invited to sing
halfway around the world.
Under the direction of Music Professor Jonathan Talberg, the choir is
teaming with singers from Chapman University and the San Gabriel Civic
Chorus to perform "Carmina Burana" in Beijing's legendary
abode of emperors, the Forbidden City. The Central Beijing Philharmonic
Orchestra is accompanying them.
The Long Beach musicians will continue their tour by singing African-American
spirituals at the Great Wall of China before visiting Shanghai and Hong
Kong. In all, the 12-day excursion will involve six days of presenting
music and five days of sightseeing for the local travelers.
"This is a wonderful chance for a cultural exchange," noted
Talbert, the director of choral, vocal and opera studies at Cal State
Long Beach. "This is a chance to see a culture that is twice as
old as western culture, and it's an opportunity to make friends with
people half a world away."
The music professor said the 2001-2002 academic year was a "great"
one for the choir. This trip is a reward of sorts, and he and his students
are looking forward to having a great time Talberg, who joined CSULB's
Music Department in the fall of 2000, has a bachelor's degree from Chapman
University. He also has a master's degree from and is a doctoral candidate
at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.