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O  Mustangs, darkness strokes the road ahead, and beckons forth the monomythic bout. Here are your Finals. The trials and tribulations of your semester have brought with them knowledge and experience, and as the coiled hydra in the shadows rises, its scales and talons shifting and scraping about, calm your mind, summoning from that space the will and the memory to aid you in your fight.

And, oh boy, is it going to be an epic fight! Not only just because you have worked hard and that effort will show in your final test, allowing happy exit from this semester and well-deserved pride, but because the Cal Poly Symphony and Choirs have been booked to perform the soundtrack for the battle.

Saturday, June 7, at 8 p.m. in Cal Poly’s Performing Arts Center, Music of Destiny, a concert by the Cal Poly Symphony and Choirs, shall be unleashed. The stars cross in the horizon as Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet overture-fantasy unfolds. While the famous love theme of the work has been referenced comically in a great many things, from commercials to cartoons (often for the sake of laugh at some character falling in love), the work on the whole is robust, brimming with the strife between Capulet and Montague.

John Williams, film composer extraordinaire, is responsible for a great many motifs you would likely recognize anywhere you heard them, with works spanning Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Jaws, Indiana Jones, and a great many others. In this Cal Poly Spring Concert, his Star Wars suite for orchestra as well as “Battle of the Heroes” from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith acoustify through the PAC. Wait, is “acoustify” a real word? No? Well, it sounded space-like, so I’m keeping it.

Anywho, the rousing, familiar brass of John Williams’ writing will be sure to please fans of any sort, or even those unfamiliar with the popular galaxy far, far away. Finally, where would any collection of Music of Destiny be without a “Song of Destiny”? That’s a translation of “Schicksalslied,” a piece by Brahms (though when I performed it once the score read “Song of Fate,” but who’s nitpicking?). The piece is soothing, sweet, reflective, despairing, angry ... and probably a few other things too. General admission to the concert is either $12 or $14 depending on where you choose to sit, senior and student prices are $9 and $12. The Cal Poly Symphony and Choirs are conducted by David Arrivée and Thomas Davies, respectively—who, to my immense pleasure, are depicted in lightsaber combat on the poster for this event.


Intern Chris White-Sanborn has battled plenty of ferocious colds in his day, and he has the scars to prove it. Best of luck in finals. Send your collegiate news to

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