Get ready for a BIG sound. The combined choirs of seven New England Colleges (nearly 200 singers) will perform the best movements of the famed, boisterous work, Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff, an instantly recognizable work frequently heard in film and television to accent climactic moods. These accomplished choirs will each perform pieces from their own repertoire before joining with the Salem State University Percussion Ensemble to perform the larger work. Hear this tremendous collaboration at the Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association’s Intercollegiate Choral Festival on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wax Auditorium of the Wax Academic Center at Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly, MA. General Admission, $10. Free to EC ID Holders; Free reception to follow.
“The festival is going to be so dynamic and exciting,” said Kaitlin Donovan, senior at Plymouth State University from Wakefield, MA. Donovan is a music education major and an intern for the festival. “I think everyone is going to love working together.”
The annual festival emphasizes collaboration among the elite choirs of smaller institutions whose members may not otherwise get the experience of singing large works with instrumental ensembles. This year’s ensembles hail from Curry College, Endicott College, Gordon College, Plymouth State University, Salem State University, The University of Massachusetts Boston and The University of Massachusetts Lowell. Students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Salem (Massachusetts) High School will also participate.
“Our choir [the Endicott Singers] has participated in this event twice before and raved about the joyful sound that comes from so many young voices joining together. It’s euphoric,” said Becca Kenneally, co-director of the festival and Chair of Performing Arts at Endicott College.
“The connection the students make with each other through the day seems evident in their performance,” added co-chair David Giessow of The University of Massachusetts Boston.
Hosted by Endicott College and the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, the concert is the culmination of months of work separately and a full day of rehearsing together with conductors, accompanists and music educators. The performance conductor, Dr. William Cutter, is the choral director of M.I.T. and assistant director of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.