August 20, 2014
The Brenham Chorale is once again putting out a clarion call for new members as it prepares to partner with the Blinn College Choral Union for Oct. 26 and 27 performances of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.”
Written in 1936, “Carmina Burana” sets music to 24 of the 11th- and 12th-century poems and dramatic texts written in Medieval Latin, Middle High German and Old French. The song “O Fortuna” from the movement “Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi” can be found in dozens of popular films and television shows and has been covered by Ozzy Ozbourne, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Evanescence.
Performances will take place at the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center (map) on the Blinn – Brenham campus, and will feature pianists Dr. Linda Patterson and Erich L. Knapp, percussionists Dr. Sarah Burke and Todd Quinlan, soprano Annamarie Zmolek, tenor Chris Hoffman and bass Dan Bircher. The Brenham Children’s Chorus, directed by Pam Young, will also perform. The concert will be conducted by Dr. Joel Plaag, Blinn choir director.
On Dec. 8, the Brenham Chorale and Blinn Choral Union will present the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah” for the second consecutive year at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
Any adult with a passion for singing is encouraged to join the Chorale, which has brought music to Brenham since 1974 and recently performed Mozart’s “Requiem” at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Chorale does not hold auditions, and singers of all experience levels are welcome. For more information, call 979-830-4239 or come to the first rehearsal Monday, Aug. 25, from 6:30-9 p.m. at the C.F. Schmidt Building on the Blinn-Brenham campus.
The Choral Union is part of the College’s Division of Visual & Performing Arts, which offers programs in architecture, arts, applied music, ensemble, lecture, drama and communication studies.