University Choral Society to perform Messiah, Carmina Burana


BOWLING GREEN, O. –The College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University will hold open auditions for the 2012-13 season of the University Choral Society. Highlights of the season will include performances of Handel’s “Messiah” and Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.

The ensemble will perform  “Messiah” with soloists and the symphony on Dec. 1 and 2 as part of the symphony’s regular season at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle. On Feb. 8 and 9, the University Choral Society, along with other BGSU choruses and soloists, will return to Toledo to perform the ever-popular “Carmina Burana” with the Toledo Symphony. As part of the annual Helen McMaster Endowed Professorship for Vocal and Choral Studies, the chorus will work with Swedish composer Sven-David Sandström and perform excerpts from his 2009 setting of “Messiah” on April 2.

On April 13, the chorus will again sing “Carmina Burana,” this time with the Lima Symphony Orchestra in Lima’s Crouse Performance Hall, and on April 21 the group will join the Bowling Green Philharmonia on campus for a performance of Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs.”  

Mark Munson, now in his 23rd year on the BGSU faculty, serves as the director of the chorus. During his tenure at BGSU he has led the Collegiate Chorale, A Cappella Choir and University Women’s Chorus. He is director of the Lima Symphony Orchestra Chorus and is founder and director of the local vocal ensemble OPUS 181. During the 2005-06 school year, Munson lived in Sweden where he conducted and taught choral music. He is a past president of the Ohio Choral Directors Association.

The chorus rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 until 9:30 at the College of Musical Arts, with the first rehearsal scheduled for Aug. 28. For more information, and/or to schedule an audition, call the college at 419-372-2181.

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(Posted August 08, 2012 )