Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana by Carl Orff

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Knox-Metropolitan United Church

Tickets:  $30 Adult,  $15 Student,   $5 children

Available from RPC members, The Paper Umbrella on 13th Avenue, or at www.reginaphilharmonic.com

One of the most powerful and popular choral works of the 20th century is Carmina Burana by German composer Carl Orff.  You’ve likely heard the dramatic opening and closing movement, O Fortuna, in television commercials, movie soundtracks and video games. Orff set to music about two dozen secular poems from around the 13th century. The poems are in three sections – Spring, In the Tavern, Court of Love – and they extol the joys of spring, the joys of carousing and the joys of love. The theme of fate and the vagaries of fortune runs throughout the text.

Orff was intrigued by the energy of rhythm, and short, simple melodies. You will feel the fierce excitement of the music through the score he composed  for a large chorus, two pianos, and percussion. The RPC is pleased to perform with Halcyon Chamber Choir and Cantate Youth Choir, as well as four soloists from Regina, April Polasek (soprano), Aaron Balkaran (tenor), Chad Stanton (baritone) and Michael Hawkes (bass).  Our more than 150 voices will thrill you with a musical spectacle that celebrates the human spirit.

April Polasek, Soprano, was born and raised in Regina. April discovered her love of singing in high school where she was a member of the Dr. Martin LeBoldus High School choirs, including chamber choir and vocal jazz groups. She has also sung in the SMEA Honour Choir and the University of Regina Chamber Singers. April has been a member of the Halcyon Chamber Choir since 2008, and has often been featured as a soloist.  She has also enjoyed taking part in many performances involving both the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Regina Philharmonic Chorus. Carmina Burana is one of April’s favourite choral works, and she is thrilled to be tonight’s soprano soloist.

Chad Stanton, Tenor, was born and raised in Regina.  Chad was a member of the Sheldon-Williams Collegiate Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz groups from 2008 to 2012; he also performed the role of the Beast in Beauty and the Beast and the role of Danny Zuko in Grease. Chad has been a member of the Halcyon Chamber Choir since 2010 and he has often been featured as a soloist.  Other concert highlights include solos with Per Sonatori Baroque Ensemble, as well as being a featured soloist in the Regina Philharmonic Chorus’ performance of Mozart’s Solemn Vespers in 2016. Chad is delighted to be a part of the Regina Philharmonic Chorus in this performance of Carmina Burana, and wishes all the best to his fellow musicians.

Michael Hawkes, Bass, is very excited to be performing again with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus having performed previously with the RPC in Mozart’s Solemn Vespers. Michael has sung in the Conservatory Children’s choir, the Campbell Collegiate choirs, the Kokopelli Choir (in Edmonton) and in the University of Regina Chamber Singers. He is also a 15-year member of Regina’s Halcyon Chamber Choir.  Michael recently had the opportunity to work with renowned American composer Eric Whitacre as part of an auditioned choir with singers from around the world, in a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  Michael would like to thank his family and friends for their loving support over the years.

The Halcyon Chamber Choir is known for their exquisite choral sound, their dramatic presentations, and their sheer energy on-stage. Their repertoire ranges from a cappella folk songs to Broadway show tunes, from traditional classics to contemporary showstoppers. Whatever the style, their performances will entertain and thrill you! Halcyon always welcomes singers to join them and be a part of the Halcyon magic! Hart Godden, Artistic Director

Every week young people from Regina and the surrounding area join together as members of the Cantate Youth Choir program to pursue their shared love of singing. The program is open to young people who love to sing a wide variety of music of many different styles. In our tenth year of operation, the program includes two treble choirs- Apprentice Grades 2-7 and Senior Grades 6-12. In spring 2018 the Senior Choir won the Franklin E. McKeown Memorial Award and the Vilda McKeown Memorial Cup and Community Choral Award for outstanding performance at the Regina Music Festival. Singers interested in being a part of the Cantate Youth Choir for 2019-20 are invited to contact director, Deborah Nelson at deb3454@hotmail.com www.cantatechoir.ca