The Rolling Stones are in the midst of their 50th Anniversary Tour, and as they roll into Southern California for their Friday, May 3, performance at the Staples Center, they’ll be joined on stage for the iconic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” by 26 members of the Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir.
Jonathan Talberg, CSULB’s director of choral, vocal and opera studies, is preparing the choir and will conduct them on stage with the Stones.
“If I had a dollar for every time I’ve said, ‘You can't always get what you want’ to students over my 20-year teaching career, I'd be a rich man,” Talberg said. “Now, amazingly, we get to sing it with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the boys. 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. It’s too bad we can’t go to the after party; we have to sing the 'Mozart Requiem' the next day.”
Talberg noted that management for the Rolling Stones contacted USC’s director of choral studies, Jo-Michael Scheibe (also a CSULB alumnus), to ask for help putting together two choirs for the group’s Southern California performances. Scheibe’s group is doing the Orange County performance, and he recommended CSULB choir to do the shows at the Staples Center.
This isn’t the first non-traditional appearance the Chamber Choir has made this year. In March, the choir joined composer Eric Whitacre on the stage along with two other Southern California area choirs to perform with singers from more than 30 other countries via Skype. The performance was part of one of the extremely popular TED Talks, and the two YouTube videos of Whitacre’s talk and the combined live and internet choir performance have received more than 380,000 views.
The CSULB Chamber Choir will be offering more traditional choral fare on Saturday, May 4, beginning at 8 p.m. the Gerald Daniel Recital Hall as the group joins the Cole Conservatory Orchestra and combined choirs for a performance of Mozart’s “Requiem.” The performance is part of the Celebrating Music concert in the Carpenter Center.
For tickets and information regarding the CSULB concerts, call 562/985-7000 or visit the CSULB Cole Conservatory website.