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Friday, April 1, 2011

"Carmina Burana" @ WSU's Chamber Choirs (Ogden: April 6)

Carmina Burana: The Wheel of Fortune Turns - Again

Who: Weber State University Department of Performing Arts
What: WSU Concert and Chamber Choirs with guests: WSU Symphonic Band
When: Wednesday, 6 April 2011 • 7:30 pm
Where: Austad Auditorium, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets: $5 for adults/$4 for students, seniors and those with military ID

Weber State Univesrity Department of Performing Arts presents the WSU Concert and Chamber Choirs with guests, WSU Symphonic Band, in a concert featuring the dramatic Carl Orff work, “Carmina Burana.” The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, in the Austad Auditorium, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts.
The concert will include selections from Randall Thompson’s “Americana,” with texts taken from newspapers from around the late 19th Century, a set of Nocturnes by the Swedish composer Hildor Lundvik, and the premier of a new work by WSU faculty member David Akombo.
The band and choir have combined on “Carmina Burana” before, the last time in 2007. This version of the classic piece was transcribed for band alone by John Krance and was adapted by the WSU band and choral staff for performance in its current form.
This version is set in 13 movements of the orginal 25. Orff derived the inspiration and texts for his score from the anthology of the same name of songs and poems written in medieval Latin, German, and French, by the “goliards,” vagrant scholars, vagagond poets and wandering monks of seven hundred years ago. The original manuscript collection was discovered in a monastery in the Bavarian Alps in 1847. Carl Orff composed the orchestral version in 1936 and it was an instant audience favorite in that era. The band version was set in 1967. The several vocal solos will be sung by members of the choir.
For more information about this concert, contact Dr. Mark Henderson, 626-6448 or mhenderson@weber.edu

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