UALR Choirs and Community Orchestra to Celebrate Milestones with Carl Orff’s "Carmina Burana"

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Community Chorus, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and Women’s Chorus will present Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in a joint concert on Saturday, March 21 at 8 p.m.  The concert will take place at Second Presbyterian Church, located at 600 Pleasant Valley Drive in west Little Rock.  Dr. Bevan Keating will conduct the combined choirs and a mixed orchestra comprised of professional symphonic musicians and members of the UALR Community Orchestra.

In addition, the concert will feature appearances by the Mount Saint Mary’s Girls Choir, directed by Kim Abbott, and the Parkview High School Choir, directed by Carolyn Foreman.  In total, more than 150 singers and orchestral players from the Greater Little Rock area will participate in the production.

The event brings together members of the UALR Community Orchestra and the UALR Community Chorus for their first joint effort.  Dr. Victor Ellsworth, chair of UALR’s Music Department and founder of the UALR Community Orchestra, said, “This concert culminates my twelve years as chair and realizes one of my most important goals for the Music Department: to integrate itself with the community.”  Ellsworth, who started the community orchestra eleven years ago, will retire from UALR at the end of June.

This performance also marks the fifth anniversary of the debut of the UALR Community Chorus.  Founded by Keating in 2004, the chorus includes nearly 90 singers drawn from UALR students, faculty, and staff, and communities in central Arkansas.  The non-auditioned choir is open to singers at all levels of musical ability who wish to participate in choral masterpieces accompanied by professional musicians.  “This organization offers a wonderful opportunity to be involved in a large singing group, to sing great works that are only possible with a chorus of our size,” said UALR Community Chorus president Tracy Johnson.

Tickets for Carmina Burana are $15 for general admission.  To reserve tickets, call the UALR Music Department box office at (501) 569-8993, or visit the UALR Music Department office in Room 151 of the Fine Arts Building on campus.  UALR faculty, students, and staff are admitted free of charge, but must present their UALR identification at the Music Department office during normal business hours when reserving tickets.  For a map of the UALR campus, visit http://ualr.edu/www/features/map/

For more information about UALR’s choral ensembles, visit http://ualr.edu/music/voice.

For more information about the UALR Community Orchestra, visit http://ualr.edu/music/index.php/home/ensembles/community-orchestra/.

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