Xavier Concert Choir to Perform Carmina Burana with Cincinnati Ballet

April 14, 2008

Plunge into a world of fiery passion, irreverence and dark humor set by international choreographer Mauricio Wainrot to the pulsing rhythms of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, featuring Xavier University’s Concert Choir. First on the program is George Balanchine’s Serenade, a “moon-lit” ballet set to the music of Tchaikovsky.


Performances will be at Procter & Gamble Hall in the Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati on Friday, May 9 at 8:00 pm, Saturday, May 10 at 2:00 and 8:00, and Sunday, May 11 at 2:00 pm. Tickets range from $21.00-$66.00 and can be purchased by calling 513-621-5282 or online at www.cincinnatiballet.com.


Xavier University Concert Choir is an auditioned 55-voice ensemble consisting of music majors and minors from all three colleges at Xavier. The Concert Choir maintains a busy concert schedule, hosting a semiannual high school choral concert. The Choir frequently collaborates with other ensembles in the region. This is their debut with the Cincinnati Ballet.


“The choir and I are excited to be a part of this performance,” says ensemble conductor Tom Merrill. “The music is inspiring and the students are enjoying learning the piece. We are thrilled to perform with the Cincinnati Ballet, the orchestra and Maestro DeLeone.”


Carmina Burana is a cantata composed by Carl Orff between 1935 and 1936. It is based on 24 of the poems found in a medieval collection. Its full Latin title is Carmina Burana: Cantiones profanae cantoribus et choris cantandae comitantibus instrumentis atque imaginibus magicis ("Songs of Beuern: Secular songs for singers and choruses to be sung together with instruments and magic images.") Carmina Burana is part of a musical triptych. The best-known movement is "O Fortuna" that opens and closes the piece.