OXFORD, Miss. – The Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts will host the University of Mississippi Chorus and an orchestra composed of students, faculty and members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra as they perform works from Carl Orff’s renowned “Carmina Burana” on Nov. 14.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance range from $19 to $25 and are available at both the UM Box Office in the Student Union and online at http://olemissboxoffice.com/.
The music of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” is well-known to many concertgoers, most notably the first movement, “O Fortuna,” which can be easily recognized as a staple in many of the commercials and movie soundtracks, including “The Omen.”
“In the recent past, the Ole Miss Choir performed standard works based on sacred texts such as the 2013 performance of Verdi’s ‘Requiem,’ so I thought it would be educational and great fun to perform Orff’s secular ‘Carmina Burana,'” said Don Trott, UM director of choral activities. “We try to give our students at Ole Miss an opportunity to perform a wide variety of repertoire, including large works that utilize full chorus, large orchestra and soloists.”
The UM Chorus includes some 160 singers, all members of the university’s Men’s Glee and Women’s Glee vocal groups.
Soloists for the concert include UM faculty members Nancy Maria Balach, on soprano, and Bradley Robinson, baritone tenor, as well as tenor Brady Bramlett, a graduate student and former Ole Miss Rebels pitcher.
Accompanying the choir is the Oxford Intermediate School Choir, directed by Carol Trott, and the Lafayette Middle School Concert Choir, directed by Hannah Gadd. Together they comprise the youth choir known as Ragazzi.
The performance will be divided into three sections, titled “Springtime,” “In the Tavern” and “The Court of Love.”
“The Ford Center is happy to be able to present such an important work and support the UM Choirs with this production,” says Kate Meacham, Ford Center marketing director. “I think that our patrons will enjoy this performance very much.”