Tarleton choral program, Civic Chorale to present ‘Carmina Burana’

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STEPHENVILLE (April 9, 2015) — Members of the Tarleton State University choral program and percussion ensemble will join the Cross Timbers Civic Chorale for a massive production of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

The spring masterwork concert, presented by Tarleton’s Department of Fine Arts, will feature 60 university students and 30 members of the Cross Timbers Civic Chorale under the direction of Tarleton choir director Dr. Troy Robertson. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 18, inside the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Tickets are $5 or free with a valid Tarleton ID.

“Our students are excited to be taking on a musical challenge of this scale and quality,” said Dr. Gary Westbrook, Tarleton’s Director of Athletic Bands and conductor of the Percussion Ensemble. “We look forward to this opportunity to share the stage with the choirs as well as our talented faculty members, Dr. Heather Hawk and Dr. Iwao Asakura.”

Carmina Burana is a powerful work with dramatic climaxes offset by intense lows. Composed by Orff in 1935 and 1936, Carmina Burana is based on 24 poems found in the medieval collection, Carmina Burana. The translation of the full Latin title means “Secular songs for singers and choruses to be sung together with instruments and magic images.”

The opening and last movements are called Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi (Fortune, Empress of the World) and begin with the well-known O Fortuna, which provides the bookends for a series of songs about drinking, dancing, eating, carousing and making love.

According to music critic Michael Steinberg, Carmina Burana is “one of the few box office certainties in 20th-century music.”

Orff’s singular masterwork has been performed countless times and featured in motion pictures, said Robertson. “It is a rollicking, strange and wonderful work that ranges from the sublime to the profrane.”

For a complete schedule of upcoming events presented by the Department of Fine Arts, visit www.tarleton.edu/finearts.

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