South Bend Symphonic Choir performs Carmina Burana

carThe South Bend Symphonic Choir will present Carl Orff’s epic Carmina Burana at 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 20. The choir, an ensemble in residence at the school of the arts, will perform under the baton of Marvin V. Curtis, dean of the Raclin School of the Arts.

The South Bend Symphonic Choir will be joined by three vocal soloists, the IU South Bend Dance Company, and a small ensemble of instrumentalists. Soloists will be soprano Jessica McCormack, assistant professor of voice at IU South Bend, tenor Maurio Hines from New York, and baritone Martin Woods of Chicago, Ill. Martin Woods was a participant of the Martina Arroyo Foundation and joined the Lyric Opera of Chicago in the fall of 2008 for its production of Porgy and Bess

Maurio Hines recently performed as “the wind” in the opera A Shipwreck Opera by John B. Hedges, staged by The Long Leaf Opera Company of North Carolina. He has also performed with the East Carolina Opera Theater, the Baltimore Summer Opera, and the Glimmerglass Festival of 2012. Jessica McCormack has sung at Carnegie Hall as part of the Professional Training Workshops series, and as a soloist at the Boston Early Music Festival.  She has also been a featured soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony, Symphony New Brunswick, the Springfield Symphony, and the Bach Society of Dayton. 

Carmina Burana is a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff in 1935-36.  It is based on 24 out of 254 poems found in the medieval collection Carmina Burana. Its full title translates to Songs of Beuern: Secular songs for singers and choruses to be sung together with instruments and magic images. The first and last movements, called “Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi,” start with the very well known “O Fortuna.” First staged in Frankfurt, Germany by the Frankfurt Opera in 1937, Carmina opened to great success. Soon after Orff wrote to his publishers saying, “Everything I have written to date, and which you have, unfortunately, printed, can be destroyed. With Carmina Burana, my collected works begin.”

The Symphonic Choir of South Bend began in 1968 and has performed throughout the area including a performance at Symphony Hall in Chicago with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. Since 2008 they have performed with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra multiple times, and in a performance at The White House during the Christmas season in 2009.

Tickets for the South Bend Symphonic Choir are available for $7-$12 and are free to students and children.  For more information visit or call 574.520.4203.

Carmina Burana by the South Bend Symphonic Choir
7:30 pm Saturday, April 20
Campus Auditorium, Northside Hall
1825 Northside Boulevard, South Bend
Tickets $7-$12 | free to students/children | 574.520.4203