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Carmina Burana Comes to Flemington April 23

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Lawrence Kursar Credits: courtesy photo
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FLEMINGTON, NJ - The opening movement O Fortuna, from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, will be familiar to movie and television viewers alike, as it has been used numerous times in sound tracks as well as commercials.
 
On Saturday, April 23, the Hunterdon Symphony and Hunterdon Choral Union will perform the complete work. The performance will be under the direction of conductor Lawrence Kursar and will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Hunterdon Central High School on Route 31 here.
 
 
Orff wrote the composition in 1936, using text from a collection of Latin and Old German writings from the 11th through the 13th centuries. The subject matter deals with love, lust, the pleasures of drinking and the heightened moods evoked by springtime. The collection of 254 poems and dramatic texts was discovered in 1803 in a Benedictine monastery in Bavaria. Orff happened upon the manuscript in 1934 and selected 24 poems for his scenic cantata.
 
The chorus and orchestra will be joined by soprano Amy Suznovich, tenor John Villemaire, and baritone John-Andrew Fernandez.

 
Suznovich has performed with various opera companies and groups in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including the Newtown Chamber Orchestra, New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, George Street Playhouse, and Baroque Orchestra of NJ. She is the 2014 recipient of the Deborah Maher Award from The Opera Project.
 
Villemaire recently made his debut at Carnegie Hall with New York Lyric Opera Theatre. He has also appeared with The Opera Project, Opera New Jersey, Opera Columbus, and Bronx Opera. He is the two-time recipient of the Lynne Cushman Award and a Finalist in the New York Lyric Opera Theatre Competition.
 
Fernandez has appeared on opera and concert stages across the country and Europe. Recent engagements include the role of Damaso in Noli Me Tangere at the Kennedy Center in Washington, and excerpts from Die tote Stadt with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
 
Tickets prices are $20 general, $10 for seniors and students. Advance sales are available through the group’s web site, www.hunterdonmusicalarts.org, or the following local merchants (cash or check only): Califon Book Shop, Clinton Book Shop, Teaberry’s Tea Room in Flemington, Minette’s Candies or The Book Garden in Frenchtown. Tickets will also be available at the door on the evening of the concert.
 
For more information or to request an accommodation for a disability, visit hunterdonmusicalarts.org or call 908-995-7977.
 

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