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Chamber Choir Gives Rolling Stones What They Need

Rolling Stones concert with CSULB choir

Rolling Stones concert with CSULB choir. Photo by Susan Burrows.

The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” remains one of their concert hits, so when the band needed an ensemble to perform the song’s iconic background chorus with them May 3 at Staples Center, they called on CSULB’s Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir.

“I’ve always wanted to do a rock-n-roll concert with the choirs. I just can’t believe our first one is with one of the greatest bands of all time,” said Jonathan Talberg, director of Choral, Vocal and Opera Studies, who conducted the concert appearance.

“This was such an awesome experience, and the Stones sound better than ever,” commented choir singer Rebecca Hasquet on the number, which received kudos from an appreciative Mick Jagger and the audience.

Meanwhile, for the third consecutive year, DownBeat magazine’s Student Music Awards recognized Pacific Standard Time, directed by Christine Guter, as the nation’s best Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble at the graduate college level. Singer Miko Shudo was honored for Outstanding Performance for Undergraduate Vocal Jazz Soloist, and instrumentalist and composer Brendan Doshi received top prize in the Outstanding Graduate Original Composition–Lead Sheet category for his tune “Vulture.”