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Choirs from Lenoir-Rhyne to Present Concert

Thu Mar 28 2013

HICKORY, N.C. — The A Cappella Choir of Lenoir-Rhyne University, directed by Paul D. Weber, will present Carl Orff’s famously popular Carmina Burana on Saturday, April 13, 7:30 pm, at the Hickory Arts Center Auditorium (SALT Block).  This concert will feature the work in the two piano-percussion version arranged by the composer.

Pianists are Jeana Neal Borman, collaborative artist at Lenoir-Rhyne and accompanist of the A Cappella Choir, and Freda Herrell, accompanist of the Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus.  Soloists will be drawn from the A Cappella Choir.  Boys from the Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus will sing in two selections.  Admission to the concert is by ticket only:  $15 for general seating and students with proper ID are free.  Tickets may be purchased from members of the A Cappella Choir, at the Mauney Music Building Office, or by calling 828-328-7147.  Tickets will also be available at the door by cash or check only.

First premiered in 1937 in Frankfurt, Germany, Carmina Burana is a musical setting of texts by students and clerics from a 13th century manuscript discovered in a Benedictine monastery in Bavaria.  The libretto features texts of secular nature including songs of love, of spring, of the tavern, and of fortune.  The most familiar of the choruses, “O Fortuna,” has been featured in film and television scores and is heard regularly at sporting events and on band programs.  It serves as a bookend to colorful and, at times, off-color solos and choruses filled with passion and rhythmic vitality.  Five percussionists are needed to render all of the effects that Orff intended.

Opening the concert will be “Love-Song Waltzes (Op. 52)” of Johannes Brahms sung by the College Singers to the four-hand accompaniment of Borman and Herrell.  For more information on the concert, please call 828-828-7149.


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