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Northern Arts & Culture: The Marquette Choral Society presents Carmina Burana and 50 years of singing

Marquette Choral Society

A conversation with Dr. Erin Colwitz about the Marquette Choral Society

UPDATE Wednesday, 4/27/22: The Marquette Choral Society performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana is rescheduled for Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 3:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased here.

UPDATE Friday, 4/22/22: The Marquette Choral Society's performance of Carmina Burana has been postponed due to an outbreak of Covid. We will update event information as it is received.


The Marquette Choral Society is back, with a live performance of a powerhouse piece: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.

The choral society will perform the music of Orff in Kaufman Auditorium, as a part of their fiftieth-year celebration. Led by Dr. Erin Colwitz, audiences can experience the thrilling sound of Carmina, which contains the famous O Fortuna movement. The cantata was written by Carl Orff and was first performed in June of 1937. The work was inspired by the medieval poem and symbol Rota Fortunae (Wheel of Fortune) and carries themes of spring renewal, luck, and love, and generally speaks to various passions of life.

The Rota Fortunae which appears in the Carmina Burana.
The Rota Fortunae which appears in the Carmina Burana.

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Dr. Colwitz about the process of preparing this epic work, and discuss how its themes relate to our modern lives:

A conversation with Dr. Erin Colwitz

The Marquette Choral Society's performances of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana take place April 23rd and 24th at Kaufman Auditorium.

Along with these performances, the Marquette Choral Society is also celebrating fifty years of choral music with a gala event. The celebration takes place Wednesday, April 20th from 6 - 10 pm in the Northern Center Ballroom on the campus of NMU.

For tickets to the Carmina Burana performances and the gala, visit https://nmu.universitytickets.com.

Kurt lives in Marquette with his family and can’t imagine living anywhere else. He loves music, games, running, being near water, and a fine cold brew coffee.
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