When the chamber chorale and concert band take the stage at Minnesota State Community and Technical College on Sunday, April 28 it will be the culmination of a 20-year dream for conductors Teresa Ashworth and Jim Iverson.
The M State chamber chorale, conducted by Ashworth, and the M State concert band, conducted by Iverson, will present a two-part concert at 2 p.m. April 28 in Legacy Hall on the Fergus Falls campus.
The first half of the concert will feature instrumental and vocal selections with an Americana theme. The second half will feature selections from the choral classic “Carmina Burana,” a performance that promises to be “epic.”
“This is something we talked about doing in high school more than 20 years ago,” said Ashworth, who will retire as the M State choral director in May. “Who would have thought this performance collaboration would actually happen?”
More than 100 vocalists and 45 band members will perform 10 selections from “Carmina Burana” (Latin for “Songs from Bavaria”), a collection of 24 ancient poems written by monks, beggars, poets and vagabonds that were set to music by composer Carl Orff in 1936. The score for the M State performance was rented from London, since it’s uncommon for the work to be performed by choir accompanied by a wind band rather than an orchestra.
The Americana portion of the concert will feature the chamber chorale performing selection including a Moses Hogan spiritual, “Goodnight Moon” by Eric Whitacre, the hoe-down “Cindy” by Mack Wilberg featuring four-hand piano by Sylvia Nygaard and Sandra Thigman, and Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus’ beautiful “The Road Home.”
The concert band performance will feature “American Overture” and an Aaron Copeland medley that includes “Fanfare for the Common Man.”
Tickets for adults are $9 in advance and $11 at the door, and student tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Tickets are available at the M State box office by calling 218-736-1600, online at mstatetickets.com or at the door.