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Jun 26, 2011 8:23 PM by Mike Handler (DL)

International Choral Festival brings music from all over the world to Cal Poly

An international choir competition wraps up in San Luis Obispo Sunday night.

Five choir groups took part in this year's California International Choral Festival and Competition at the Performing Arts Center on the Cal Poly campus.

More than 200 groups were invited but because of some VISA problems just five were able to make it. Still, organizers say the variety of music and culture makes this competition unique.

"We end up with a song from Finlandia, which is a wonderful song of peace, world peace, and they sing it together, and everybody cries," said Pat Harris, executive director of the Choral Festival.

Sunday night marked the grand finale and awards ceremony. To help ease some of the financial burden, one donor made it possible for the international choirs to stay and eat for free.

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