The Heidelberg University-Community Chorus and the University of Findlay Concert Chorale are to present "Carmina Burana" at 3 p.m. Sunday in Findlay High School's R.L. Heminger Auditorium.
The ensembles are to repeat the concert at 7 p.m. Monday at Columbian High School.
Paul Mayhew of Heidelberg and Michael Anders of UF are to share conducting duties of the 150-voice choir. The concert also is to feature a 21-voice choir from Seneca East High School, directed by Heidelberg alumnus and Seneca East music teacher Lynn Huenemann.
Professional soloists for the performance include soprano Carol Dusdieker, voice professor at Heidelberg, tenor Tim Sarsany and baritone Lance Ashmore. Accompanists are Kelly Lewis and Sharon Vaas (piano) and percussionists Michael Malloy, Brent Deskin, Matt Timman, Jose Duarte and Craig Schutz.
"Carmina Burana" was composed originally for three soloists, a large mixed chorus, a children's chorus and a large orchestra. But in 1956, Carl Orff commissioned his student, Wilhelm Killmayer, to arrange a version specifically for educational use. This version uses the same vocal forces as the original but with the accompaniment reduced to two pianos and five percussionists.
The "O Fortuna" movement from "Carmina Burana" has become one of the most recognized themes in western music and has been featured in numerous movies, television programs and commercials.
"Carmina Burana" originally was completed by Orff in 1936 and was premiered a year later in Frankfurt, Germany. The text consists of 23 13th-century poems from a collection found in the Benedictine Monastery at Beuern in the Bavarian Alps.
Orff arranged the poems into three parts, each dealing with springtime, activities on the tavern and the court of love. Running throughout the work are references to Fortune, the goddess of fate.
A prologue, addressed to "Fortune, Empress of the World," also appears as the closing number.
For the Findlay performance, admission is free but tickets are required. Call (419) 434-5335 to reserve your tickets.
There is no admission charge for the Tiffin performance, but an offering is to be taken.
Call Heidelberg's music school at (419) 448-2073 for additional information.