CSULB Choir sings on an international level

Shane Newell, Assistant City Editor

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The Cal State Long Beach Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir made history on Friday, singing live alongside a virtual choir at TED2013 and giving a performance full of international appeal.

A group of 100 singers from Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Fullerton and Riverside Community College were joined via Skype by vocalists from 32 different countries, according to Jonathan Talberg, conductor for University and Chamber Choirs at CSULB.

“The audience was spellbound, awestruck and wildly enthusiastic,” Talberg said, praising the more than 30 CSULB members in the performance.

The group sang at Grammy-winning composer Eric Whitacre’s final speech of TED2013, performing Whitacre’s piece “Cloudburst. ” The performance was adapted to take into account the small delay that virtual choir members faced.

According to Talberg, Whitacre called the choir the “finest college group” that he had ever seen at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center.

“We [even] had lunch with Elon Musk and Cameron Diaz after [TED],” Talberg said.

According to its website, TED is the acronym for Technology, Entertainment and Design. The annual conferences, lasting four days each, host more than 50 different speakers across a vast range of fields.

Other speakers at the Long Beach event, which ran from Feb. 25 to Friday, included Bono, philosopher Peter Singer, former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, and legal activist Larry Lessig, alongside designers, entrepreneurs, scientists, architects, environmentalists and many more.

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