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Carmina Burana

Performing Arts
Legacy Hall
Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 at 2:00 PM (CT)

M State Chamber Chorale, Concert Band combine

for 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 Man.”

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 or at the door.

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