|Queens College Choral Society to Perform the Celebrated Cantata Carmina Burana at its 79th Annual Winter Concert December 14|
--O Fortuna, a Selection from the Cantata, Has Been Popularized In Contemporary Culture in Such Movies as The Messenger, The Doors, The Hunt For Red October, Glory, and Excalibur--
FLUSHING, NY, November 19, 2019—The Queens College Choral Society (QCCS) will perform Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana on Saturday, December 14, at 8 pm in Colden Auditorium. Based on medieval texts, this cantata is one of the most popular choral works of all time, celebrating the joys, sorrows, and unbridled passions of life with entertaining abandon. Its opening chorus, “O Fortuna,” has permeated popular culture as background music for such movies as The Messenger, The Doors, The Hunt For Red October, Glory, and Excalibur.
This performance will feature the chamber version for two pianos and percussion, with pianists Max Midroit and Sarang Kim; percussion students from the Aaron Copland School of Music; and professional soloists Stefanie Izzo, soprano, Sungwon Jin, tenor, and Sidney Outlaw, baritone. James John, professor of conducting at the Aaron Copland School of Music and music director of the QCCS, will conduct.
The choral society is a “singing organization of and for the public, and the students and staff of Queens College.” With singers who range from members of the high school outreach program to individuals who have performed with the group for more than 40 years, the QCCS is a treasure in the borough. The society typically offers two concerts per year (in December and May) devoted to great choral masterpieces—such as Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis—with orchestral accompaniment. The QCCS has also premiered multiple works, including pieces composed by Queens College Music Department faculty.
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