The David L. Strickler Concert Series for 2014 will be held on Friday, Feburary 21 at 7:30 in Goodrich Chapel, with Carl Orff's Carmina Burana as the featured work. The Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, Albion College Concert Choir and Choral Union, Battle Creek Community Chorus, Battle Creek Boychoir, Girls Chorus and Young Men's Ensemble will all be collaborating on this performance. Also featured will be Michigan Educators Male Ensemble, a new ensemble comprised of music teachers from around the state, performing folk song arrangements as well as participating in Carmina Burana.
The concert will be conducted by Anne Harrigan, Music Director of the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra. Soloists for Carmina Burana will be Diane Penning, soprano; Gerald Blanchard, baritone, and Mark Wells, tenor. The concert is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the wider Albion community.
"Carmina has always been very popular with audiences," says Clayton Parr, Director of Choral Activities at Albion, "because even though the texts are medieval, they embody everyday emotions that people can identify with: joy, sadness, fate, disappointment, love, lust . . . then of course, the music's power is in its directness. Orff uses simple forms, repetition, and mostly conventional harmonies to drive his message home. That has always put it near the top among classical pieces that are considered most accessible."