SCF Choirs, Symphony Orchestra to Present Carl Orff's “Carmina Burana”

(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 11, 2015) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s (SCF) Choirs and Symphony Orchestra will present Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W.

One of the monumental works of the 20th century, “Carmina Burana” features earth-shaking visceral choruses, thundering percussion and blazing brass. Combined, they pack a massive punch to make the work one of the most exhilarating experiences for performer and audience alike.

Orff’s 1936 setting of 24 medieval poems from a 12th-century collection, “Carmina Burana” is a tour de force for chorus and orchestra. Many parts of “Carmina Burana” are very familiar because they have been featured in commercials and movies. Orff was enamored with the medieval poetry and chose the texts to reflect the bawdy, irreverent and satirical dramatic texts, which were discovered in 1803 in a Benedictine monastery in Bavaria.

Joining the SCF Choirs, Alumni Choir and Symphony Orchestra for this performance will be soprano Whitney Reshard Johnson and baritone Jefferson Taylor, both of whom are SCF Music Program graduates who have gone on to earn advanced music degrees. Also featured will be tenor soloist Adam Bielamowicz, who performs professionally. The Children's Chorus will be comprised of students from the SCF Collegiate School under the direction of Student Conductor Benjamin Tilford.

“Carmina Burana” will be conducted by Robyn Bell, SCF director of instrumental studies, with vocal direction by Melodie Dickerson, SCF director of choral and vocal studies.

The concert is part of the “Sundays at Neel” series, which benefits the State College of Florida Foundation. Admission is $30; $15 for students and SCF employees.

The series is sponsored by the Bradenton Herald and Hilton Garden Inn.

The Neel Performing Arts Center is Building 11 East, off 60th Avenue West between 26th and 34th streets, accessible from parking lot I. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Neel Performing Arts Center box office at 941-752-5252. A complete list of music events is available at Maps and directions are online at

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