200 singing ‘Carmina Burana’ at SMC April 15

Southwestern Michigan College’s spring choral concert April 15 features a major collaborative performance of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” excerpts.

This intergenerational collaboration consists of more than 200 musicians from six separate ensembles, including: Southwestern Michigan College Concert Choir, Citadel Symphony Chorus and Dogwood Chorale conducted by David Carew; St. Joseph High School Concert Choir and Chorale directed by Beth Gray-Roll; and St. Joseph Chamber Orchestra and Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra conducted by Burke Lokey.

Admission to the 7:30 p.m. concert in the theatre of the Dale A. Lyons Building on SMC’s Dowagiac campus is free. Donations will be accepted.

This wildly popular masterwork brings a unique fusion of 20th Century orchestration with medieval secular texts depicting the delights and misfortunes of the human experience in several languages, including Medieval Latin, German and French.

The first of three performances takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in the John and Dede Howard Auditorium at St. Joseph High School. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted.

After the show at SMC, there will be a performance at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 8, in the Howard Performing Arts Center on Andrews University’s campus in Berrien Springs. Tickets cost $5/$3 for students and seniors.

The work will be performed in its entirety with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, May 7, at 8 p.m. at the Morris Performing Arts Center under the direction of Tsung Yeh as part of his final concert as music director.

Visit southbendsymphony.com for additional information or to order tickets for the May 7 performance.

For more information contact Carew, SMC director of choral activities, at (269) 782-1226 or dcarew@swmich.edu.

Southwestern Michigan College is a public, residential and commuter, community college, founded in 1964. The college averages in the top 10 percent nationally for student academic success based upon the National Community College Benchmark Project. Southwestern Michigan College strives to be the college of first choice, to provide the programs and services to meet the needs of students, and to serve our community. The college is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges.

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