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NMSU Choirs to present final performance of the season

The New Mexico State University Choirs will present Carl Orff's masterpiece "Carmina Burana" for the final performance of the season at 8 p.m. April 23 and 24 in the Music Center Recital Hall.



The NMSU Choirs will present Carl Orff's masterpiece "Carmina Burana" at 8 p.m. April 23-24 in the Music Center Recital Hall. (Courtesy photo)


"The single most requested piece of music that I get is 'Carmina Burana,'" said director Jerry Ann Alt. "It is our pleasure to be able to gather the significant performing forces to bring this exciting music to our Las Cruces audience."

This production, featuring the 100-voice choir, will also include a group of local musicians and the Dona Ana Youth Choir.

Ken Van Winkle, director of bands at NMSU, organized and will direct NMSU's Symphonic Winds. Stephanie Schweigart organized the string section, consisting of area musicians. NMSU assistant music professor Laura Spitzer will join local pianist Barbara Toth for a two-piano part.

Soloists for "Carmina Burana" include NMSU alumnus Thea Cordova, soprano; music professor Jon Linford, baritone; and El Paso's Prentice Loftin, tenor.

Premiering in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1937, "Carmina Burana" was an instant success and became one of the most popular works of the 20th century. The cantata sparkles with resounding choruses, highly dramatic orchestration and solos.

"Carmina Burana" is based on secular songs and poems from the 13th century and has become so popular in America that parts of the cantata are frequently used in movies, television and advertising.

Tickets are $10, $12 and $15 for the public and $3 for students.

For more information or tickets, contact the Choir Office at (505) 646-1993.