For Immediate Release | October 11, 2018
Contact: Jane Viste
The Larimer Chorale presentation of Carmina Burana with ballet and children’s chorus promises to be “one incredible night!”
Members of the Larimer Chorale are charged with excitement as they move into their 7th week of rehearsal for Carmina Burana, the popular and beloved choral masterpiece by Carl Orff. The Chorale will be performing the scenic cantata for its 42nd season opener on Saturday, October 20, at 7:30 at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins.
Along with the 130 voices of the chorus and three guest soloists, the performance will feature the Canyon Concert Ballet and the Centennial Children’s Chorus. The local collaboration will give audiences the rare opportunity of experiencing the work as Orff had intended, a dazzling presentation of music and movement in telling stories on subjects ranging from drinking, gambling, changes in fortune, gluttony, lust, love, nature and the inevitable cycle of life that brings rebirth each year.
From the opening bars, many in the audience will recognize “O Fortuna,” music that continues to be used often in popular culture venues – films, athletic competitions, advertising, social media. But it will be few in the audience who will have ever seen the piece performed combining music, poetry and dance together to create a total effect as this performance will do.
The powerful, mesmerizing and rhythmic work is based on secular - and carnal – 13th Century poetry and texts, in which ancient Latin mixes with Middle High German and Old Provençal French.
Artistic director Michael Todd Krueger chose the three featured soloists based not only on their vocal talents, but also for their ability to engage the audience in Carmina’s varied stories through both song and drama.
Tenor Joseph Gaines comes to sing with the Chorale with widereaching experience as a tenor soloist for opera companies across the US, including those based in New York, Pittsburgh, Denver, Sante Fe, Utah, San Diego, Philadelphia and Central City. Gaines will sing the melancholy part of a suffering swan about to be roasted in a local tavern as he reminisces about life before this moment in the aria Once I Swam in Lakes, a memorable scene for many Carmina fans.
Soprano Amy Maples is a Tennessee native who found her way to Colorado where she is regularly featured in opera companies across the state including Opera Colorado, Loveland Opera Theater, Boulder Opera among others. She is also a respected concert soloist, performing with orchestras including the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Kentucky, and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. She will delight the Carmina audience as her soprano voice tells joyful stories of love, often accompanied by the children’s chorus, in The Halls of Love.
Baritone Steven Taylor is Dean of the School of Music at Colorado Christian University, a graduate of the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver and has served on the voice faculty of the University of Northern Colorado. He is widely known throughout the Rocky Mountain region for his expressive singing and his dramatic interpretations, which will be well on display throughout the entire Carmina performance.
Also featured will be the talented dancers from Fort Collins’s Canyon Concert Ballet who will interpret (and enhance!) the poems and stories into movement under the direction of the Company’s artistic director and choreographer, Alicia Laumann. The Chorale and the dancers will be accompanied by Alice Crawford and Paul Falk on two grand pianos, with percussion provided by the University of Northern Colorado Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Mike Truesdell. The voices of the Centennial Children's Chorus, Sheri McKelfresh, artistic director, will complete this regional collaboration of performing arts groups.
The Chorale will also be singing three inspired motets by Johannes Brahms, Fest- und Gedenksprüche Op 109 (Festival and Commemoration Sentences). “Our chorus has never been better, and the quality of the singing is simply outstanding,” said Krueger. “Presenting this particular program to our Fort Collins audience is such an exciting way to bring in our new season. Our audience is in for one incredible night!”
Past performances of Carmina Burana have sold out quickly, so get your tickets now, either in person at the Lincoln Center Box Office or on-line at www.lctix.com.
About the Larimer Chorale:
The Larimer Chorale is one of the largest and most accomplished avocational choral ensembles in the Rocky Mountain Region. We are an auditioned, adult choir that was created by our community, for our community. Through our concerts, events, and outreach activities, we actively demonstrate that singing is a lifelong endeavor that brings fulfillment and enrichment to singers and audiences alike. We sing for the joy it brings to us and to our audiences and out of a deep dedication to music and our community. To learn more about the Larimer Chorale, visit www.larimerchorale.org. We appreciate all donations, big and small, and thank our community sponsors for their continued support - City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, AARP, Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, First Western Trust, Kiwanis Club of Fort Collins, Kenneth & Myra Monfort Charitable Foundation, Inc. and Ten Thousand Villages. The Larimer Chorale’s 2018-2019 concert season is supported in part by a grant from the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund.