Carmina Burana! Wind Symphony, Choral Union, University Chorale, State Singers

Venue: Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center 

Kevin L. Sedatole, conductor

Torke/Kirk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bright Blue Music (conducted by Daniel Kirk)

Orff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carmina Burana


Written by three German medieval poets, Carmina Burana is a collection of 228 secular poems discovered in 1803 in a Bavarian monastery. Carl Orff used 24 of the poems to compose this stunning cantata, which was premiered in 1937. Originally written for orchestra and choir, it is considered one of the most popular pieces of music ever composed. Included in the composition is the famous ‘O Fortuna’ used in many commercials and movies. The work, which has been transcribed for wind ensemble, is divided into three parts: Spring, In the Tavern and In the Court of Love. Each one features a colorful collection of songs, written mostly in Latin, but also medieval German and French.

Carmina Burana soloists
Recipient of an Encouragement Award from the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council – Michigan District auditions, soprano Catherine Goode enjoys performing both on and off the operatic stage. A native of Friendswood, Texas, Ms. Goode completed bachelor’s degrees in vocal performance and music education from the University of Houston, where she studied with soprano Cynthia Clayton. Ms. Goode currently is pursuing a Master of Music degree in vocal performance at Michigan State University, studying with Melanie Helton. At MSU she recently performed as Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, and as Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. She was an Emerging Artist at Seagle Music Colony for the 2016 season and will return for the 2017 season, where she will sing the role of Königin der Nacht in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte

Tenor Isaac Frishman is already making a name for himself with quick-witted stage antics and a voice described as “shining” by the Bay Area Reporter, “riveting” (Mercury News), and praised for his “graceful vigor” (San Francisco Chronicle). While at San Francisco Opera, he also performed the role of The Prince in Susa’s controversial fairytale opera, Transformations, and covered the role of Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. This season’s roles included a debut with Winter Opera Theater St. Louis, where he sang Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and a role debut of Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore with Michigan State University. Upcoming engagements include the tenor solo from Orff’s Carmina Burana, an apprenticeship with Des Moines Metro Opera followed by his residency with Kentucky Opera with role debuts including Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. Mr. Frishman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a master’s degree in vocal performance from Michigan State University. He is a student of tenor Richard Fracker.

Baritone Brian Major has been praised for his “velvet voice” and “commanding stage presence.” Recently, he debuted with Opera Saratoga as Giorgio in Il Postino that lead to rave reviews. His performance of the title role Don Giovanni with Opera in the Heights was called “sexy and despicable, full-bodied and broad.” Major was seen as Germont in La traviata with Opera Company of Middlebury and performed an all French Opera concert with Maestro Michel Plasson in Montpellier, France. As a studio artist with Sarasota Opera he covered Amonasro in Aida and George Milton in Of Mice and Men. Other opera credits include Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Escamillo in Carmen, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, 1st Nazarene in Salome, and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte. An accomplished recitalist and concert artist, Major has been baritone soloist in Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, and Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs. He has performed with The Siena Chamber Orchestra in Italy, Sun Valley Opera in Idaho and Des Moines Symphony Orchestra in Iowa. Major has won numerous awards and honors including first prize Opera Ebony Vocal Competition, third prize Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, second prize Opera at San Nicola Vocal Competition, first prize Harlem Opera Theater Vocal Competition, firstst prize Atlanta Music Club Vocal Competition and Encouragement Prize Palm Beach Atlantic Vocal Competition. He holds a master’s degree and performance certificate from Boston University and is a graduate of Morehouse College.

Tickets available from College of Music box office, (517) 353-5340, online, or at the door.

$10 for adults, $8 for seniors, free for students.

Generously sponsored by Michael and Angela Hoover, Mosquito Squad of Greater Lansing

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