AHC Singers to perform with San Luis Chamber Orchestra

Two concerts coming in November.

Probably no piece of the twentieth century has introduced more listeners to the joys of classical music than the mighty Carmina Burana, a 1936 composition for chorus, soloists and orchestra based on medieval poetry drawn from many authors and spanning nearly 200 years.  On Saturday and Sunday, November 2 and 3, the Allan Hancock College Singers directed by Ann Lucas, DMA, and the San Luis Chamber Orchestra directed by Keith Waibel will collaborate in two performances of this spectacular masterpiece by German composer Carl Orff.  Many listeners will no doubt find the opening chorus “O Fortuna” familiar, as it has been used in everything from car commercials to movie scores.

The Allan Hancock College Singers have devoted much energy to a couple of particular challenges in preparing Carmina Burana, according to Lucas.  One is the extreme tessitura, “which is a fancy way of saying the parts are unmercifully high in quite a few places, and the other is the rapidly moving, tongue-twisting text that includes medieval Latin, middle high German and a little old French,” she explained.  The solo vocal parts are equally challenging, and Orff scored them for baritone, soprano and tenor.  Guest soloists are Benito Galindo, baritone; Deanna Delore, soprano; and Peter Benecke, tenor.

The November 2013 performances mark the fourth time the San Luis Chamber Orchestra has collaborated with the Hancock choral group.  Maestro Waibel will conduct the combined forces, which includes a percussion section of unusual size and many opportunities to play at top volume.

The November 2 concert will be presented at Santa Maria’s First Baptist Church, 2970 Santa Maria Way, at 8 p.m.  On November 3, the concert will begin at 3 p.m. at Grace Bible Church, 100 Rodeo Drive, in Arroyo Grande.  All tickets are $10, and there is no reserved seating.  Tickets may be obtained in advance either at the college’s fine arts department (call 922-6966 ext. 3252 or visit building F on the Santa Maria campus) or by contacting Lucas at 922-6966 ext. 3412.  Individual members of both groups will also be selling tickets, and tickets will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Last Modified Dec 10, 2014