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Moravian College to present Carmina Burana – April 22

The work will be presented by the Moravian Choir, Women’s Chorus, dancers, and orchestra.

Bethlehem, Pa., April 19, 2007—Moravian College will present Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana on Sunday, April 22 at 4 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall located at the Hurd Center for Music and Art.  The work will be presented by the Moravian Choir, members of the Moravian College Women’s Chorus, dancers, and orchestra. The Moravian Choir will be directed by Dr. Paula Ring Zerkle, associate professor in the music department.  The Moravian College Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Eduardo Azzati, artist/lecturer in the music department, will sing the parts usually sung by a boys’ choir (“ragazzi”). Choreographer, Mary Anne Hoffman, artistic director of the Moravian College Dancers, will dance with Reina Faith, Rebecca Moore ’06, and Shawna Serpe during the program.

Carmina Burana was composed by Carl Orff between 1935 and 1936, and is based on 24 of the poems found in the medieval collection Carmina Burana.  The full Latin title translates to Songs of Beuern: Secular songs for singers and choruses to be sung together with instruments and magic images. It premiered in Germany in 1937, and was not performed outside Germany until WW II. The work was intended to include movement as well as music. Modern versions are performed as concert versions, and the famous first movement, O Fortuna, has been used frequently in popular movies and commercials.

General admission is $15; and $10 for seniors, students, and children. Foy Concert Hall is located on the Hurd campus at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Historic Bethlehem. For additional information please call (610-861-1650) or visit the website

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.