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Talberg Leads Choir to Carnegie Hall

CSULB’s 37-member Chamber Choir performs in Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, April 24, under the baton of Music’s director of choral, vocal and opera studies, Jonathan Talberg.

Also on stage will be Long Beach’s Camerata Singers, the Nordhoff High School Chamber Choir and four community choruses from the New York-New Jersey area.
“Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the cost per student will be only $400 for five nights in New York City,” said Talberg.

“Not only will the Chamber Choir perform at Carnegie Hall, but they will participate in New York’s Riverside Church,” he added. “This is a fitting successor to previous venues in which the choir has performed, including the Gehry-designed Disney Concert Hall, the Orange County Performing Arts Center and Descanso Gardens. We get out as much as any other CSULB group, including sports. I think we work very hard to maintain our image as the top music school in the California State University system. CSULB is the institution to send top students.”

The road to Carnegie Hall, a first for any CSULB musical group, comes as part of a regular series.

“Every April, Carnegie Hall sends out invitations to choirs from across the country to take part in performances,” he said. “Many groups are invited to perform each night of April under one conductor, and, this year, I have been invited to be one of those conductors.”
The Carnegie visit is a tribute to the commitment of CSULB music majors, Talberg believes.

“The average music major spends an average of 22 hours a week in classes. Choir is five hours a week for one unit. Opera is seven hours a week for one unit. The average CSULB singer performs between 12 and 15 hours a week,” he said. “What we’re trying to do with performances like this one at the Carnegie is to replicate the life of a professional musician as much as possible. There is constant preparation of new works as well as performances, tours and recording sessions.”