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NMSU music professor to perform in last Las Cruces performance

New Mexico State University music professor and director of the Dona Ana Lyric Opera Jon Linford will perform in his last NMSU Choirs production, "Carmina Burana," at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 22-23, in the Music Center Recital Hall.


has accepted an offer to teach at Brigham Young University in Rexburg, Idaho.

"We will never find a better baritone for 'Carmina' than Jon in the world. It will be a fitting farewell for him and a sad day for us," said director Jerry Alt.

Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" has been a crowd pleaser since its premiere in 1937. The text was taken from a collection of songs and poems from 14th century Bavaria, but the music was composed by Orff. Secular in nature, the poems extol fate, love and joyous abandon. They are written in High German and old French, often mixed together.

According to Linford, "the music is so elemental and powerful, yet beautiful in a primitive way. The baritone solos in the work require much vocal athleticism. I always have to go into training before a performance so that I am really in peak condition because the work really demands it."

Linford will join Thea Cordova, soprano, and Prentice Loftin, tenor, the Dona Ana Youth Choir, local instrumentalists and the rousing 100-member NMSU Choir for the production.

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

For tickets or reservations, contact the NMSU Choirs Office at (505) 646-1993.