Community chorus readies for another season of song

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2003

Anyone who likes to sing in the shower or along with their car stereo on their way to work has a chance to put their talents to good use this winter.

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra is accepting community members to join the community chorus that will perform Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" along with the orchestra in April. Rehearsals for the entire chorus start in January and will be in Homer.

Singers in the central Kenai Peninsula can register for a community chorus class at Kenai Peninsula College so they can learn the music and rehearse locally until the January rehearsals begin.

The class meets Monday and Thursday nights Nov. 3 through December at the college. The class can be taken for college credit or for no credit, though some fees apply either way. Registrations for the class will be taken until Nov. 3.

"Carmina Burana" is a 20th century composition in a classical style written by Carl Orff, a German composer and noted music educator. Though challenging, the piece is a good fit for a community group because it uses simple, driving melodies.

The name may not be familiar, but several of the movements are well-known and have been used in various movies and television commercials.

The piece is comprised of 25 movements. The text is based on poems written in Latin, old German and old French that were found in the Benedictine monastery of Beuren. The poems celebrate such earthly delights as wine, women and love.

Anyone in the central peninsula interested in joining the community chorus as they perform "Carmina Burana" can register for the class at KPC. A musical background, music reading skills or previous choral experience is not required.

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, which rehearses in Ninilchik, also is accepting new members. Anyone interested in joining that group can call Maria Allison at 283-3024.

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