Solaris Vocal Ensemble ends season with ‘Carmina Burana’ at St. Mike’s

Dawn O. Willis will lead the 26-member Solaris Vocal Ensemble in the final concert of its fifth anniversary season with a performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the McCarthy Arts Center at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester.

Orff’s popular masterpiece is not often heard in performance by a chamber choir.

Featured soloists are soprano Claire Hungerford, baritone Mark Madison and tenor David J. Tetrault.

The dual-piano version features Susan Summerfield and assistant director Frank Whitcomb.

D. Thomas Toner, University of Vermont professor of music and principal percussionist of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, will lead a full percussion section of UVM students.

Carmina Burana premiered in 1937 and is based on 24 poems from the irreverent, risqué, medieval German/Latin texts. The opening, “O Fortuna,” will be familiar to many listeners, used as it is as a soundtrack to many genres of popular culture.

Information and general seating tickets: solarisensemble.org.

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