SSU Chorus to perform ‘Carmina’ Burana’ on May 5
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The Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus and Chamber Singers will perform Carl Orff’s "Carmina Burana" on May 5 at 4 p.m. in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. Jenny Bent, Director of Choral Services, will conduct the combined voices of the SSU choruses and Maria Carrillo High School Women’s Choir.

Vocal soloists will include Jennifer Thuman, Michael Morales, Ted Smith and Rodrigo Castillo – all students or alumni of the SSU choral/vocal program – with pianists Richard Riccardi and Yvonne Wormer and the SSU Percussion Ensemble.

Ever since the Latin words “Oh fortuna!” were first intoned in 1937, "Carmina Burana" has thrilled audiences the world over. It is one of the few choral compositions that draw from non-religious sources. Its 24 songs, organized into three sections, expound on topics of mass appeal including love, lust, drinking, nature’s beauty – in short, the human condition. 

The surprise is that the texts were written in the 11th and 12th centuries. Tickets range from $10-$15 and are available at www.sonoma.edu/music/performances/. Call 664-2353 weekdays between 2-5 p.m. 

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