Masterworks Chorale to perform “Carmina Burana”

April 19 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Indiana State University Masterworks Chorale, under the direction of Scott Buchanan, will present the musical drama, “Carmina Burana,” at 3 p.m. April 22 in Tilson Auditorium.

“Carmina Burana” is the most famous work by the German-born composer, Carl Orff, and remains a staple of the choral repertoire. The work is programmed frequently all over the world, but is almost exclusively performed in the concert hall instead of the theater for which it was originally intended. The piece has continued to be recognizable by the general population through its use in modern media including, radio, television, and film.

“If you pay attention to some of today’s car commercials that you see on TV, there is a good chance that you have heard a portion of this work,” Buchanan, director of Choral Activities, said. “The music in this piece is incredibly stimulating. I have wanted to conduct this work for 15 years, and I am thrilled to be at Indiana State with such highly talented students and faculty.”

The piece draws its title from a collection of rather bawdy 13th Century secular poems by the Goliards of France and Germany. The manuscript containing the poetry was discovered in 1803 in a German abbey. The poetry centers not only on just the pious and moral aspects of medieval life, but also on the darker topics of drinking, gambling, and the profane.

“Not only are these poems interesting and diverse, the musical settings are just as intriguing,” Buchanan said. “The melodies and harmonic contours aren’t necessarily difficult, but the rhythmic intensity -- that’s what really drives the work.”

Sunday’s performance will feature ISU voice faculty members Lisa Lowry, soprano; tenor David Mannell and Indiana University doctoral student Scott Skiba, baritone; as soloists. Also on stage will be the University Symphony and the 6th Grade Chorus from Honey Creek Middle School, prepared by Daniel Tryon.

“I think everyone involved in this project has enjoyed the process of putting this thing together. I really hope this community will come out to hear this great work,” Buchanan added.

Tickets for the concert are $8 for adults and $5 for K-12 students. ISU students will be admitted free of charge with a valid student ID. For more information, call the ISU choral music office at 237-4590.

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Contact: Scott Buchanan, ISU Director of Choral Activities, (812) 237-4590 or mibuchan@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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The Indiana State University Masterworks Chorale, under the direction of Scott Buchanan, will present the musical drama, "Carmina Burana," at 3 p.m. April 22 in Tilson Auditorium.

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