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SNC Concert Choir to perform ‘Carmina Burana’

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The SNC Concert Choir brings high-quality musical productions to the community.

The Sierra Nevada College Choir is slated to perform "Carmina Burana," an iconic work, on Thursday and Saturday, April 6 and 8, at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd., Incline Village.

Tickets are available at The Potlatch, Handmade at the Lake and Tthe SNC Bookstore in Incline, and at The Store in Tahoe City. Choir members also have tickets for sale. Tickets are $15 pre-sale, $20 at the door, and free for kids 12 and under and for SNC folks.

"Carmina Burana" is powerful and amazing music. Donna Axton, SNC's music program director, will conduct the concerts. Soloists will include Brad Perry, Marty Gollery, Heather Shook, Elizabeth Rutherford, Miho Ogawa and Karen Colbert.

"Carmina Burana" may not be an everyday term to you, yet you have likely heard the music from it in many places.

"O Fortuna" from Carmina is featured in many movies, including "Lord of the Rings," "Excalibur" and "The Hunt for Red October." It is the most played classical music of the past 75 years.

The SNC Concert Choir will be accompanied by an eight-piece orchestra, and the North Tahoe Children's Choir will also contribute their young voices to the performance.

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"Carmina Burana" is based on 254 poems from 11th-13th century Europe that were discovered in 1803 in a Benedictine Monastery in Bavaria.

Though they were written by monks, they have some worldly subjects. They describe the changeable nature of fortune, the mysteries of romantic love, the joys of the return of spring, and the pleasures and dangers of the Tavern.

In 1935, Carl Orff chose 24 of these poems and set them to very exciting music. Orff often focuses on driving rhythms and repetitive musical motives. In this work, he features the chorus extensively — especially in the stirring "O Fortuna," which begins and ends the song cycle.

In its 31st year, the SNC Concert Choir is composed of members from Tahoe's North Shore, Truckee and at Sierra Nevada College. Axton musical director and conductor. For more information, call Axton at 775-881-7586.