North Country Chorus welcomes St. Johnsbury Academy Hilltones and St. Johnsbury School Chorus as collaborators in its annual Spring Concert. The program features Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, and will be performed in three venues: on Friday 1 May, 7:30 pm, at First Congregational Church, Littleton, NH; on Saturday 2 May, 7:30 pm, at Bradford Congregational Church, Bradford, VT; and on Sunday 3 May, 3:00 pm, at South Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, VT.

Julie Drown, a favorite of North Country audiences, will sing the soprano solos. Other featured soloists will be baritone Gary Moreau and tenor Phil Brown. Accompaniment for Carmina Burana will be provided by pianists Vivian Spates and Mark Violette, as well as percussionists Rick Erwin, Ben Longo, Rory Donnelly, and Kaci Cochran, and flutists Jeffrey Fullerton and Libby Hillhouse. The entire ensemble will perform under the leadership of NCC Musical Director Alan Rowe.

Carmina Burana is characterized by its rhythmic energy and has been popular with audiences since its first performance in 1936. The text comes from a large collection of secular poems of the 12th and 13th centuries preserved at the Bavarian monastery of Benediktbeuren. The poems cover a wide range of human experience: the fickleness of luck and wealth, the joy of the return of spring, and the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and lust.

Several other short works will be performed by the St. Johnsbury School Chorus, under the direction of Nicole Bradford, and by the Academy's Hilltones, directed by Alan Rowe.

Tickets are available in advance from Catamount Arts (catamountarts.org), which has reduced its service fees: adults $11, students $5.50 (including fees). Admission at the door will be adults $12, students $5.

For more information about the chorus, visit its website at northcountrychorus.org.

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