Student singers join Windham Orchestra and Blanche Moyse Chorale in a celebration of spring

Two performances of 'Carmina Burana' offer audiences a rare musical spectacle

BRATTLEBORO — In a community celebration of spring, the Blanche Moyse Chorale joins the Windham Orchestra and Windham County high-school choirs in two performances of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.

Carmina! A Concinnity of Choral Community Collaboration! will feature student singers from Brattleboro Union High School, Bellows Falls Union High School, Leland & Grey Union High School, and The Putney School.

They will be joined by the Blanche Moyse Chorale and the Windham Orchestra under the baton of Hugh Keelan.

Performances are Friday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m., at Bellows Falls Union High School Auditorium in Westminster, and Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m., at Brattleboro Union High School in Brattleboro. Tickets range from $5 to $50.

“Carmina Burana is a work encompassing rustic serenity, the passions of the senses, cosmic awe, and an unsurpassed aliveness in delivering the experience of being human,” Keelan says. “This production will feature soprano Kate Saik and tenor Cailin Marcel Manson.”

Soloists will include student Sungho Moon, winner of the annual Windham Orchestra Concerto Competition, as well as Simon Herron, who will play a solo for marimba and orchestra composed by his brother, Felix Herron.

The Windham Orchestra has been performing for more than 40 years and is committed to “creating imaginative and participatory futures” for its constituents and communities. The Blanche Moyse Chorale was founded in 1978 by Blanche Moyse as a chamber choir which focused primarily on the Church Cantatas and other choral works of J.S. Bach, and is currently led by Artistic Director Mary Westbrook-Geha.

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