Masterworks Concert Features Orff's 'Carmina Burana'
The Alma Symphony Orchestra and Alma College Choirs join together to perform Carl Orff’s musical masterpiece “Carmina Burana.”
The annual masterworks concert takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13 and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14 in the Remick Heritage Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under.
Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
All three Alma College choirs, featuring more than 100 singers directed by Will Nichols, will join the approximately 75 orchestra members on stage for the performance.
“’Carmina Burana’ is one of the most exciting blockbusters of the choral/orchestral repertoire,” says Murray Gross, director of the Alma Symphony Orchestra. “It is a work that many people will recognize because so many parts of it have been used in movie sound tracks.”
The text for the cantata, composed in 1936, comes from a medieval collection of secular Latin poems and songs.
“It is a fun, rhythmic, dramatic and powerful piece to perform,” says Gross. “It’s about the human condition — about love, lust and life. When we announced last year that this was the piece we would be performing, both the choir and orchestra members were excited.”
The Alma Choir
Featured soloists include Jason Duika, an Alma College and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music graduate who has sung the title roles of “Yevgeni Onegin” by Tchaikovsky and “Gianni Schicchi” by Puccini. The recipient of numerous honors and scholarships, Duika plans to sing the title role in “The Barber of Seville” at the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado later this summer.
The other featured soloists are Brighton senior Shaina Sanders and Hillsdale senior Evan Hansen.
The program also will include “You Must Remember This,” a piece composed by Gross in 2004. This will mark its first performance under Gross’ direction.
“The idea for this work came from seeing how dementia affects people’s memories,” says Gross. “It is a dreamlike piece about the passing of time and how we remember, or don’t remember.”
Posted: Wed, April 3rd, 2013 at 11:46AM