Xavier Concert Choir performing Carmina Burana with Cincinnati Ballet

Debut Performances take place May 9-11 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts | May 1, 2008

The Xavier University Concert Choir is appearing in the Cincinnati Ballet's production of Carmina Burana. Performances take place at Procter & Gamble Hall in the Aronoff Center on Friday, May 9, at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 10, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 11,  at 2:00 p.m. Tickets range from $21-$66 and can be purchased by calling 513-621-5282 or online at www.cincinnatiballet.com.

The Concert Choir is an auditioned 55-voice ensemble consisting of music majors and minors from all three of Xavier's colleges. The choir maintains a busy concert schedule, hosting a semiannual high school choral concert, and 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.