University Choral Society seeks members

BOWLING GREEN, O.––Fall semester open auditions for the University Choral Society will be held in mid-August, the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts has announced.

The University Choral Society provides opportunities for community and University singers to come together to sing great choral music with orchestra. The ensemble performs frequently with the Bowling Green Philharmonia and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.

This fall the choral society, which is directed by Mark Munson, will focus on preparing for a performance of one of the most exciting choral-orchestral works of the 20th century, Carl Orff's “Carmina Burana.”   A scenic cantata composed between 1935 and 1936, it is based on 24 of the poems found in the medieval collection of the same name. The poems cover a wide range of secular topics, including the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, and the joy of the return of spring.  

Scored for large choir, three vocal soloists and full symphony orchestra, the work will be performed with the Toledo Symphony, under the baton of Chelsea Tipton II, on Feb. 1-3, 2008, in the Peristyle at the Toledo Museum of Art.

In addition to preparing for the performances of “Carmina Burana,” the group will perform at a community Thanksgiving celebration on Nov. 18 and on the University's annual Holiday Choral Concert on Dec. 2.

Rehearsals will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings beginning Aug. 28.

Auditions for new and returning members will be heard from 6-10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14; from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 18, and from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

Those auditioning are invited to bring a prepared solo. An accompanist will be provided.

For more information and to schedule an audition, call the College of Musical Arts at 419-372-2186.

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(Posted August 07, 2007 )