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UNESCO Invitation

University Singers to Tour Northern Italy June 23-29

At the invitation of the UNESCO, Cal State Fullerton’s University Singers will be performing in Pisa, Italy, June 27, as part of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’s annual summer concert series.

The performance inside Chiesa San Paulo a Ripa d’Arno, a Romanesque church in Tuscany, is the centerpiece of a three-concert tour of northern Italy that will take the 33-member group to Rome, Florence and Venice, as well as Pisa, June 23-29.

The invitation from UNESCO came “after they heard concert recordings of the University Singers,” said Robert Istad, conductor and assistant professor of music, who characterized the student choral group as “the best, I think, I’ve ever conducted in my life.” 

The June 27 concert “will be attended by numerous dignitaries and is a highly desirable performance opportunity for any choral ensemble, professional or collegiate,” said Istad.

A special bon voyage concert is scheduled for Saturday, June 19, in the Meng Concert Hall of the university’s Clayes Performing Arts Center. The 8 p.m. concert is almost sold out. Any remaining tickets may be available at the door that evening. For more information, call the CSUF Choral Office at 657-278-5345.

The singers are scheduled to depart from LAX June 21 and arrive in Rome the next day. All three of their concerts will be performed in churches — “the very best venues acoustically, as well as aesthetically,” said Christa Tumlinson, tour manager for ACFEA Tour Consultants, which made the arrangements.

The first concert is scheduled for June 24 in Rome at the Chiesa Santa Maria della Scala, a 17th century church in the heart of Trastevere. The final concert of the tour is June 29 at the Chiesa Santa Maria del Miracoli, a 15th century church in Venice.

“The highlight of the program is a setting of the Catholic mass with each movement contributed by a different composer,” said Istad.

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