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Music department to present Orff's 'Carmina Burana'

In medieval Europe, as the legend goes, a group of monks, overcome by the blossoming spring, secretly wrote a series of sensual, love-themed poems.

The monks, unfortunately, were defrocked for their writings, but several centuries later, around 1935, German composer Carl Orff stumbled across a collection of their verses. He decided to set them to music, resulting in Orffs Carmina Burana - one of the most celebrated choral pieces in all the world.
In medieval Europe, as the legend goes, a group of monks, overcome by the blossoming spring, secretly wrote a series of sensual, love-themed poems.

The monks, unfortunately, were defrocked for their writings, but several centuries later, around 1935, German composer Carl Orff stumbled across a collection of their verses. He decided to set them to music, resulting in Orff's “Carmina Burana” - one of the most celebrated choral pieces in all the world.

On April 26, Clarksville area residents will get the opportunity to attend a presentation of the famed scenic cantata as the Austin Peay State University Department of Music puts on one of its most ambitious choral concerts to date.

“What's difficult about it is the stamina it takes,” Karen Kenaston-French, director of choral activities at APSU, said. “All the voice parts are high and they stay high, so you really have to have a lot of energy.”

A record number of students signed up for Kenaston-French's choral class this semester, wanting the opportunity to perform this piece. Since January, 92 of the University's top singers have done nothing but rehearse for this concert.

“It feels very earthy, energetic, very fast. It's probably one of the most popular choral pieces from an audience standpoint, and the fact that they can hear this in Clarksville, in our fantastic Concert Hall, is a great opportunity,” she said. “I think we'll pack the house.”

The performance, presented by the APSU Department of Music and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, begins at 3 p.m., April 26 at the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

Tickets may be purchased in advance through the APSU music office by calling 221-7818. Will call tickets must be picked up by 2:45 p.m. on the day of the concert. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students/seniors and free for APSU students with a valid University I.D.

For more information, contact Kenaston-French at kenastonk@apsu.edu or 931-221-7002. -- Charles Booth