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May 23, 2014 11:43 AM by Dan Shadwell, KSBY News

Local Spotlight: Cal Poly Ancient Music Ensemble

There's nothing quite like hearing ancient music in an ancient building to raise the hair on the back of your neck

Friday night, Cal Poly's Early Music Ensemble presents, "The Fabulous French," a program that will fill the Old Mission Church in San Luis Obispo with works from the French baroque period, including a requiem mass written more than 300 years ago by Jean Gilles.

If some of it sounds haunting, that may be because "Messe des Morts" had its first public performance at Gilles' own funeral in 1705.

But the choir will also perform some of his music written for more up-beat occasions, including parties.

"The French during this period of time, they danced. They danced a lot of different things. A lot of music. A lot of dance forms were brought together during this period and you hear that in this music," says Tom Davies, Choral Music Studies Director at Cal Poly.

Tickets are $14 for the general public, $12 for seniors, and $9 for students.

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