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Give to me the life I love, let the lave go by me! Give the jolly heav’n above, and the byway nigh me!

Oh, hello there, readers. I was just singing about the life of a traveling vagabond. I clearly know a lot about that.

Don’t mind me, I’m just excited about the Cal Poly Choir’s Winter Concert, which is to highlight “Songs of Travel.” Yes, this Saturday, Feb. 22, with tickets of $12 and $14 for the public and $9 and $12 for
senior citizens and students, you can enjoy the various Cal Poly Choirs as they offer an armchair globetrotting experience all from the comfort of the Performing Arts Center and its fancy inner light fixture.

Cal Poly professors Meredith Brammeier and Craig H. Russell enlist PolyPhonics to perform works of theirs, with Brammeier’s piece, “Psalm 150,” in fact receiving its world premier that evening! University Singers’ repertoire includes selections from Argentina, Columbia, the Philippines, Japan, Kenya, and Korea, but if that isn’t enough to satisfy your inner Carmen Sandiego, the Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble is featured as a guest artist.

Their works will include “1001 Nights” a suite by the Rahbani Brothers, with not only instrumental and vocal solos but, in fact, dancing as well! Another guest artist of the evening is the locally based Canzona Women’s Ensemble, co-directed by Jill Anderson and Cricket Handler. Even when sampling musical tastes from around this earth of ours, it’s nice to sometimes be reminded that even here in San Luis Obispo there’s a lot of musical talent.

Polyphonics and the Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble are presenting the same program they’ll be performing this March at the one and only Carnegie Hall in New York City for the World Projects 2014 New York Choral Festival. Go out and support these talented students to encourage them on their path to a wonderful musical experience!

You can grab your tickets by phone at SLO-4TIX (756-4849) or at the Performing Arts Center ticket office itself between noon and 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Speaking of music trips to New York, I’m aware that in the various Central Coast student bodies all manner of neat projects, trips, clubs, and events are occurring. Next week I’ll follow up on an article from last year about a student group that as of now is officially a club, and I’d like to hear other such stories! If you’d like to alert your fellow students to the cool things you’re getting up to, don’t forget to send them in.

Intern Chris White-Sanborn has traveled across the land, searching far and wide. Chastise him for making yet another Pokemon reference at

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