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MSU music groups perform 'Carmina Burana' April 28 and 29 at Hope Lutheran Church

April 18, 2011

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The Montana State University choirs and MSU Symphony Orchestra will present Carl Orff's famed "Carmina Burana" in a spring concert to be held two nights, April 28 and 29, at Hope Lutheran Church. Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

"The forceful 'O fortuna,' heard in both the opening and closing movements, is without question one of the most recognized pieces of choral-orchestral music ever written," said Jon Harney, MSU professor of music who will direct an ensemble that will include 180 student musicians including the MSU Symphony, the MSU Chorale, the University Choir and the MSU Youth Chorale.

"The 25 movements of 'Carmina Burana' express a compelling array of human emotion through an eclectic musical style that includes chant, folk song and pulsating rhythmic passages."

Joining the MSU students will be guest soloists Margaret Kohler, soprano, Kevin Mathews, baritone, and Derek Larson, tenor.

In addition to the cantata, the Montanans will perform Maurice Ravel's "Trois Chansons" and University Chorale will sing the motet "Schaffe in Mir, Gott, Ein Rein Herz" (Create in Me, O God, a Pure Heart) by Johannes Brahms.

Tickets for the concert are $10, $5 for students, and are only available for sale at the door before each concert beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Jon Harney (406) 994-5768,