Chorus pro Musica Celebrates "Spring, Love and the Tavern" This Sunday, June 6

Presenting a Boston performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and Domenic Argento's I Hate and I Love at Boston'sJordan Hall
Baritone Andrew Garland
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June 3, 2010 - PRLog -- Chorus pro Musica, led by Music Director Betsy Burleigh, brings its 61st season to a dramatic close with Carl Orff's sensational Carmina Burana and Dominick Argento’s I Hate and I Love (Odi et amo) on Sunday, June 6 at 3 pm in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston. The performance features Mary Wilson, soprano, Andrew Garland, baritone, and Rockland Osgood, tenor, as well as Youth pro Musica, Robert Barney, Artistic Director. The performance utilizes the arrangement of Carmina Burana for two pianos and percussion that was authorized by Carl Orff.
Concert tickets for the June 6 performance are $27, $42 and $57 (which includes a $2 restoration fee for Jordan Hall), with 10% discounts available on selected seats for groups, students, seniors and WGBH members.  Reserved seats may be selected and tickets purchased now at, or by phone (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) at 800-658-4CPM (800-658-4276).  Tickets will also be available at the Jordan Hall Box Office [55 Gainsborough Street, Boston] as of Monday, May 17.  Students with I.D.s will be able to purchase “rush” tickets for $15 on the day of the concert at the box office.  For wheelchair-accessible seats, call 617-267-7442.
Carmina Burana, one of the most popular of all twentieth-century musical works, was composed between 1935–1936 to medieval texts that were found in 1803 in the Benedictine monastery of Benediktbeuern, Bavaria. Those poems and songs, in Latin, German and French, celebrate spring, love, and the tavern in an exuberant and satirical style. Shortly after the premiere by the Frankfurt Opera in 1937, Carl Orff wrote to his publisher, "Everything I have written to date, and which you have, unfortunately, printed, can be destroyed. With Carmina Burana, my collected works begin.”
I Hate and I Love, composed for the Dale Warland Singers in 1982, is a setting for chorus and percussion of six Latin poems by Gaius Catullus that express the depth of Catullus's passion for Clodia and the agony of his constant vacillation between the extremes of love and hate towards her. The poems form a cycle, suggesting that the love/hate cycle continues endlessly, like the endless turning of the wheel of Fortune in Carmina Burana.  Domick Argento is considered to be America's leading composer of lyric opera. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 for his song cycle From the Diary of Virginia Woolf, which was premiered by Dame Janet Baker. Born in Pennsylvania in 1927, he earned degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music before joining the University of Minnesota in 1958. He continues an active composition career in Minneapolis.
Soprano Mary Wilson is an exciting young artist with a national career singing chamber music, oratorio and operatic repertoire, including a performance of Carmina Burana with the Detroit Symphony for Leonard Slatkin’s inaugural performance as Music Director. A 1999 National Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she created the role of the Controller in the North American premiere performances of Jonathan Dove’s Flight at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. a role which she later brought to the Boston Lyric Opera. This season she is featured with Boston Baroque in Handel’s Amadigi di Gaula.  Last year she joined Boston Baroque in their debut appearance at the International Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, singing to critical acclaim in Handel’s Gloria for soprano and orchestra, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and J.S. Bach’s Magnificat.  This season she is featured with Boston Baroque in Handel’s Amadigi di Gaula and Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610.
Baritone Andrew Garland is known for engaging performances in opera and in recital. This season he performs as Dancairo in Carmen with Boston Lyric Opera, Don Giovanni with Opera New Jersey, and Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Knoxville Opera, and makes concert appearances in Carmina Burana with the Quad Cities Symphony and Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem with the Plymouth Philharmonic. He recently made his  recital debut at Carnegie Hall, where he debuted several works by living American composers. He has released two recordings: On the Other Shore, on the Azica label, including folk song settings by Steven Mark Kohn, and A Pocket of Time, on Naxos, including songs by Lee Hoiby.  Garland has also  just won First Place in the prestigious Fritz and Lavinia Jenson Foundation’s Eleventh Annual Voice Competition.
Tenor Rockland Osgood is an acclaimed soloist who has distinguished himself in musical idioms from the Baroque to the contemporary, including opera, oratorio, and concert. Frequently heard in Boston, he has been featured with Chorus pro Musica in Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ, Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, and in Daniel Pinkham's St. Mark Passion.
Chorus pro Musica is a distinguished, independent Boston-based chorus recognized for versatility and excellence in performing traditional, adventurous and seldom-heard works.  The chorus was founded in 1949 by the late Alfred Nash Patterson and quickly built a superb reputation for its professional-level musical standards and innovative programming.  These strengths have led to collaborations with such organizations as the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra as well as with opera companies including the Opera Company of Boston and Commonwealth Opera.
Betsy Burleigh, in her debut season as Music Director, has been Music Director since 2005 of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, a renowned 115-voice chorus founded in 1908 that is the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's chorus of choice. She recently moved to Boston from Cleveland where she was Assistant Director of Choruses for The Cleveland Orchestra and a full professor at Cleveland State University. For five years she served as Chorus Master for Cleveland Opera.
Ms. Burleigh has led the Pittsburgh Symphony, Opera Cleveland, the Akron Symphony, and the Canton Symphony Orchestras. She conducted the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus on an Emmy award-winning benefit concert for the 9/11 Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, and received the Northern Ohio Live Achievement Award for music direction of Viktor Ullman’s opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis with Cleveland Public Theater.  In February 2009 she conducted the Mendelssohn Chamber Chorus on the Library of Congress concert series in Washington, D.C.
She is no stranger to Boston: She was Music Director of The Master Singers from 1985-1991 and Music Director for the Longy Chamber Singers and the Cambridge Madrigal Singers, among other positions. She holds a doctorate in choral conducting from Indiana University and a masters degree from the New England Conservatory of Music.
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