Chamber Chorale, Concert Band combine
performance that’s a long-time dream for their conductors
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – When the Chamber Chorale and Concert
Band take the stage at Minnesota State Community and Technical College on
Sunday, April 28, it’ll be the culmination of a 20-year dream for conductors
Teresa Ashworth and Jim Iverson.
The M State Chamber Chorale, conducted by Ashworth, and the
M State Concert Band, conducted by Iverson, will present a two-part concert at
2 p.m. April 28 in Legacy Hall on the Fergus Falls campus.
The first half of the concert will feature instrumental and
vocal selections with an Americana theme. The second half will feature
selections from the choral classic “Carmina Burana,” a performance that the
pair promises will be “epic.”
“This is something we
talked about doing in high school more than 20 years ago,” said Ashworth, who
is retiring as the M State choral director in May. “Who would have thought this
performance collaboration would actually happen?”
Ashworth and Iverson, director of the M State Concert Band,
first taught together 30 years ago in the Fergus Falls public schools. Ashworth
joined M State 22 years ago, and they began collaborating again two years ago
when Iverson joined the college music faculty.
More than 100 vocalists and 45 band members will perform 10
selections from “Carmina Burana” (Latin for Songs from Bavaria), a collection
of 24 ancient poems written by monks, beggars, poets and vagabonds that were
set to music by composer Carl Orff in 1936. The score for the M State
performance was rented from Europe, since it’s uncommon for the work to be
performed by choir accompanied by a wind band rather than an orchestra.
The Americana portion of the concert will feature the
Chamber Chorale performing five numbers including a Moses Hogan spiritual,
“Goodnight Moon” by Eric Whitacre, the hoe-down “Cindy” by Mack Wilberg
featuring four-hand piano by Sylvia Nygaard and Sandra Thigman, and Minnesota
composer Stephen Paulus’ beautiful “The Road Home.”
The Concert Band performance will feature “American
Overture” and an Aaron Copeland medley that includes “Fanfare for the Common
Tickets for adults are $9 in advance and $11 at the door,
and student tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Tickets are available
at the M State Box Office by calling 218.736.1600, online at mstatetickets.com
or at the door.