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UNC Choirs to Perform Carmina Burana at Carnegie Hall

UNC choir members performing on stage

April 20, 2023

Pre-performance scheduled with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra on April 29 at the Union Colony Civic Center 

UNC Choirs will travel to New York City for a residency at Carnegie Hall next month. From May 10 to May 14, over 80 UNC choir students, around 60 UNC choir alumni, several Colorado friends of UNC choirs, a professional orchestra and a guest children's choir will rehearse for a collaborative culminating performance of Carl Orff's iconic work Carmina Burana. 

This will be the Carnegie Hall performance debut for UNC Choirs and the conducting debut for UNC Director of Choral Activities Jill Burgett. Orff’s hour-long masterwork requires not only this choir of more than 150 singers and soloists, but also a large orchestra and a children’s choir, which is why the choirs will partner with the New England Symphonic Ensemble and ChildrenSong of New Jersey during their time in New York City. 

Burgett explains, “The students and I are very excited about this opportunity; preparing and performing major works such as Carmina is nothing short of life-changing for our students. This is further enhanced by the wonderful opportunity to bring this work to Carnegie Hall.” 

This exciting experience is made possible thanks to the generosity of alumni and donors who have contributed nearly $140,000 to the College of Performing and Visual Arts Student Travel Experience fund to ensure that each student’s fees, travel, and lodging expenses are paid for.

In preparation for their trip, the choirs will perform Carmina Burana with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, April 29, 7 p.m., at Greeley’s Union Colony Civic Center. Tickets can be purchased online

UNC's College of Performing and Visual Arts provides a comprehensive arts education that prepares students to be flexible, innovative, and well-rounded emerging professional artists, arts educators, and scholars. As a cultural hub of UNC, the college celebrates creativity with the university, local community, surrounding region and wider arts world. For more information, visit arts.unco.edu

—written by Sara Schuhardt

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