Green Bay Symphony season finale Sunday

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Choristers from Green Bay, Ripon and Fond du Lac and three soloists will join the Civic Symphony of Green Bay in the orchestra’s season finale at the Meyer Theatre in downtown Green Bay.

With Seong-Kyung Graham conducting, they will perform “Carmina Burana,” by Carl Orff, on Sunday, April 6. A trumpet fanfare by high school and college musicians from Green Bay West and East, Pulaski, BayPort and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will open the program at 3 p.m.

Singers from the Green Bay area who will perform in the mixed choir include members of the Civic Symphony Chorus, directed by Kent Paulsen; Green Bay Choral Artists, directed by Randy Meder; and the St. Norbert College Women’s Chorus, directed by Sarah Parks. They will be joined by the Ripon College Choral Union, the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac Chorus and the Fond du Lac Chamber Singers. Graham directs the Ripon chorus and Cara Davis the two ensembles from Fond du Lac. Members of the Boy Choir and Girl Choir of Green Bay will perform as a children’s choir. Directors of the groups, respectively, are Susan McAllister and Elissa Lucas.

The soloists are Yi-Lan Niu, soprano: John Plier, tenor; and Kent Paulsen, baritone. Niu is an assistant professor and Paulsen an instructor of music at St. Norbert College. Plier maintains a private voice studio in Green Bay.

“Carmina Burana,” a secular cantata composed in 1935 and 1936, remains one of the most popular choral works of the 20th century. It is based on 24 poems from a 13th century manuscript discovered in 1803 in a Benedictine abbey in Bavaria.

According to tradition, the poems originated as the works of minstrels, vagrant students and defrocked clerics “better known for their rioting, gambling and intemperance than their scholarship.”

Concert tickets may be purchased online at gbcivic or by mail, enclosing a check and completed order form which is on the website. Patrons with questions may call (920) 432-4676; Ticket prices are $17 adult, $12 senior, $7 student, and $40 family of four. Tickets will also be on sale at the door before the concert.