Clarion University’s Concert Choir will perform Carl Orff’s seminal cantata “Carmina Burana” at 7:30 p.m. May 4 in the Marwick-Boyd Auditorium. The performance is free and open to the public.
In order to prepare for the performance of this challenging work, Clarion University music professor Dr. Hank Alviani has employed the help of Robert Page, director of choral music at Carnegie Mellon University. Page is a two-time Grammy Award-winning conductor, having received the 1968 and 1976 awards for Best Classical Choral Performance for his work with Orff’s “Catulli Carmina” and “Carmina Burana.”
Page worked with the choir members April 24, focusing on dynamic vocal levels and tempo.
“I loved working with (the students).They’re ready to go to the next level,” Page said. “The notes basically are in place. We just need to take that next step.”
“(Page) is a legend, he’s an icon, he’s a consonant artist,” Alviani said. “This is a special privilege for us to have somebody of his stature, experience, insight and talent,” Alviani said.
The May 4 performance will celebrate the 10th anniversary of former Clarion music professor Dr. Milutin Lazich’s final performance as director of choirs. Clarion’s 110-voice chorus will include eight alumni singers, as well as students from Clarion Elementary School, who will perform as the “ragazzi” or children’s choir.
The choral performance will be accompanied by 52-piece orchestra made up of instrumentalists from the local area.
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