For Immediate Release
April 24, 2014
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Brockport Performances of Carmina Burana Combine All the Arts in One Concert
Orff masterpiece features Greece, NY, native Tobias Greenhalgh, who Opera News calls “a thoroughly engaging performer”
Brockport, NY – The College at Brockport’s Department of Theatre and Music Studies will present Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana on Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10, 2014, at 7:30 pm in the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage, 180 Holly Street. Tickets are $16/General, $11/Seniors, Alumni, Faculty and Staff, and $8.50/Students. They are available online at fineartstix.brockport.edu, by phone at (585) 395-2787, or at the Tower Box Office. The two performances will feature three nationally acclaimed soloists, the Brockport Symphony Orchestra, the Brockport College-Community Chorus, the Brockport Xylophone Ensemble, dancers from the College’s Department of Dance, and a dynamic multimedia video display.
Carmina Burana is one of the most popular musical works of the 20th century, crossing over from the concert hall to its use in advertising and popular movies. The oratorio, based on texts from as early as the 11th century, deals with typical themes of springtime — love, lust and other indulgences. As music historians Elizabeth and Joseph Kahn state, “Orff employs a large orchestra to give him a wide palette of timbre and tone color, but he only occasionally uses the entire orchestra at one time, and then for dramatic effect. Although Carmina Burana is often performed in concert, numerous choreographers have tried their hand at staging it for chorus and dancers as the composer had intended. The focus on rhythm makes all of the choral numbers quite danceable, and even the solo arias are easily adaptable to dance.”
The soloists for the Brockport performances are Lisa Lancia, soprano; Nathan Deavers, tenor; and Tobias Greenhalgh, baritone. Lancia is the director of music ministry at St. Helen Church in Gates. She is a graduate of Penn State University, where she studied music education. Deavers studies vocal performance with Brian Clickner, and recently appeared in The College at Brockport’s production of Avenue Q, which was selected to perform at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. In 2012, the Fulton Music Association presented him with the Outstanding Senior Music Award. Greenhalgh received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School. A native of Rochester, Greenhalgh is the 2013 recipient of the Grand Prize for the Metropolitan International Vocal Competition. He is a frequent performer with the New York Festival of Song, and he recently performed in two recitals in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. During the summer of 2011, Greenhalgh traveled to Germany to participate in the International Meistersinger Academy, where he performed numerous concerts broadcast on National Bavarian Radio. Opera News, a publication of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, published the following about Greenhalgh: “so clearly headed for success… agile in his movements and assured in his stage manner, and he sang with polish and unfailing accuracy.”
The various Brockport musical ensembles will be joining forces under the baton of BSO music director Jonathan Allentoff. Hailed as a “musical wunderkind” by the Democrat and Chronicle, Allentoff is an ASCAP composer with works performed across the globe. He is pleased to be collaborating with choral director Brian Clickner and xylophone/percussion director Katie Cadwell. Margaret Moreno, a student in the Department of Dance, has created new choreography for eight dancers, alongside dance coordinator William Evans, visiting guest artist in the department. Producer P. Gibson Ralph, associate professor and chair of the Department of Theatre and Music Studies, has designed multimedia video which will be projected above the performers.
The program will also feature the orchestra performing Artie Shaw’s jazzy “Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra,” featuring clarinet soloist Scott Horsington. Horsington has performed with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, American Wind Symphony Orchestra, and the Hillman Opera Orchestra, and was actively involved in the 2012 Clarinets for Conservation project. He is a lecturer at The College at Brockport and serves as music director of the Brockport Wind Ensemble.
Nancy Washer, a noted music historian and director of Brockport’s Delta College, will present a pre-concert chat featuring period instruments at 6:45pm, prior to both performacnes. She holds a PhD in music history from Louisiana State University. Washer has a number of worldwide publications and conference presentations to her credit, and is an active Viola da Gamba performer in the Rochester area. -end- Photo: Photo credit: Matt Yeoman 1: The Brockport Symphony Orchestra will take part in two concert performances of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana on May 9 and 10, 2014, at 7:30 pm at the Tower Fine Arts Center on the campu
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