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Bowdoin Chorus to Perform Carmina Burana

Story posted April 15, 1998

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bowdoin College Chorus will perform Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" at its spring concert on Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Morrell Gymnasium, Bowdoin College. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

The chorus will be accompanied by two pianos and five percussionists. Soloists are soprano Anna Edmondson, countertenor Michael Albert and baritone Peter Allen. Pianists are Sean Fleming and Clayton Smith.

The performance will also include dances performed by Bowdoin students and choreographed by Bowdoin sophomore Liisa Van Vliet. Following Orff's original conception, artwork will be projected during the performance.

"Carmina Burana" was premiered by the Frankfurt Opera in 1937. Orff, 41 years old at the time, became famous overnight. The anonymous manuscripts on which Orff based his score were discovered in the monastery of Benediktbeuen in the Bavarian Alps, near Munich, Germany, in 1803. The Carmina Burana manuscript contained more than 200 song texts of the high Middle Ages written in medieval Latin, old French and middle-high German. The texts include eulogies of spring and love, satirical verses and drinking songs.

The Bowdoin Chorus is comprised of approximately 80 singers who are Bowdoin students, faculty and staff, and members of the community. The concert is sponsored by the Bowdoin College Department of Music.

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