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Civic Symphony and NSU choirs to present choral masterpiece

​ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony and the Northern State University Concert Choir are joining forces to present one of the greatest choral masterpieces of the 20th century: Carl Orff’s massive Carmina Burana.

The work calls for a large chorus, four soloists and an enormous orchestra. Dr. Timothy Woods, director of the choral program at NSU, recruited a community chorus to buttress the choral forces.

“We will have nearly 200 singers on stage for this special event,” Woods said.

The orchestra consists of over 60 musicians, including seven percussionists and two pianists, according to Dr. Robert Vodnoy, who will conduct the performance.

The concert will be presented on Sunday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Fine Arts Center auditorium.


Four soloists featured
Featured soloists include Dr. Darci Bultema and Dr. Marla Fogderud. Both are sopranos and members of the voice faculty at NSU. Baritone for Carmina Burana will be Dr. Paul Hindemith, who is a vocal instructor at Concordia College. The fourth soloist will be Brandon Sieck, a countertenor who is a vocal and instrumental major at NSU from Onida.
Carmina Burana is one of the most memorable and widely performed cantatas of the 20th century. Orff composed the work in 1936. The work is titled a “scenic cantata” because it can be also performed with dancers. It is the first part of a trilogy that includes Catulli Carmina and Trionfo de Afrodite.
Carmina contains 25 separate movements, divided in three large sections. The famous opening chorus O Fortuna (quoted in countless commercials and movie scores) is followed by eight movements celebrating spring.
The middle section of the cantata is titled In the Tavern and celebrates the joys and perils of food, drink and gambling. The final section is titled Court of Love and celebrates love in all its mystery, tenderness, passion and lust. After an anthem to Helena and Blancheflour (two beauties of antiquity) the opening O fortuna returns with sweeping grandeur and power.
Aria winners to perform
Also featured on the program will be “Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen” from Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Known as the Queen of the Night’s Aria from the Magic Flute, the aria will be sung by Yvonne Freese, who was the vocal winner of the 2014 NSU Concerto/Aria Competition.
Freese was raised in Lanesboro, Minn., and graduated from high school in 2009. The daughter of Jeff and Carolyn Freese, she was attracted to NSU because of its diverse programs.
“It was the only place where I was able to compete in basketball and track and field and still get an education in music,” she said. “The welcoming professors, coaches and community were what sealed the deal!” 

Freese recently performed the role of Cosette in the NSU theater department’s production of Les Misérables. She has been an active participant in many musical theater productions and plans to continue her education to become a college music professor.
The instrumental winner of the competition was Derek VanDenTop. VanDenTop will perform the first movement of Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra by Paul Creston, a mid-20th century Italian American composer. Many of Creston’s works have fallen out of the repertoire, but in the 1950s and 1960s he was one of the most performed American composers. His music blends jazz and classical influences.
VanDenTop is from Canton, S.D., and is pursuing a B.A. in music at NSU. He has participated in the National FFA Band, the University of Georgia Saxophone Workshop, All-State Band, and the Mid-West Music Ambassadors Europe trip. He traveled with the NSU Symphonic Band on its recent trip to China.
After completing his undergraduate degree, he plans to pursue a master’s degree in saxophone performance. VanDenTop’s goal is to be a professional saxophonist and perform as a soloist with the world's great orchestras.
Program, ticket information
The program will open with two works for a cappella chorus, both conducted by Woods. The traditional spiritual The Battle of Jericho arranged by Moses Hogan will open the program, sung by the NSU Concert Choir.  Following that, the NSU Chamber Choir will sing Christus factus est pro nobis obediens by Anton Bruckner. The text is drawn from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, and was a favorite of Bruckner’s. The setting is often incorporated in church services on Palm Sunday or Easter, and is considered one of Bruckner’s most perfect works.
Tickets for this spectacular and varied orchestra concert are $13 for adults and $11 for seniors. Students are admitted free. The box office opens at 5:45 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased in advance at Engel Music in downtown Aberdeen.  Proceeds from ticket sales for this concert support the music scholarship fund. For more information, visit or call 605-626-2497.
Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony
Violin I
Lindsey Fluharty#            Prior Lake, Minn.
Nancy Ohnstad                 Aberdeen
Katarzyna Jedeluk           Chicago, Ill.
Gregg Magera                   Aberdeen
Timothy Woods                Aberdeen
Noelle Stubbe                   Aberdeen
Emily Engelhart                 Aberdeen
Beth Neitzert                     Huron
Hans Peterson                  Huron
Elizabeth Gustafson        Sioux Falls
Violin II
Kira Makeever#                                Aberdeen
Jessie Kolb                          Aberdeen
Alexis Doerr                       Aberdeen
Hyesoo Mok                      Gwacheon City, South Korea
Xin Wang                             Beijing, China
Jungeon Seo                      Incheon, South Korea
Mary Wipf                           Mitchell
Meagan Teply#                 Aberdeen
Jamie Stadel                       Aberdeen
Josh Opp                             Aberdeen
Pat Pickard                          Sioux Falls
Stuart Davidson#             Crocker
Rebecca Fahey                  Spearfish
Taylor Johnson                  Aberdeen
John Wieland                     Aberdeen
Molly Royals                       Rapid City
Ricky Faflak                         Aberdeen
Josh Kimball#                     Aberdeen
John Casey                         Sioux Falls
Erin Wolter                         Frederick
Flute and Piccolo
Steve Zimoski#                 Mobridge
Maris Grewe                      Aberdeen
Sha Li                                     Shanghai, China
Samantha Elbert#            Watertown
Fred Hemke                       Aberdeen
Charlotte Grandpre#      Huron
Brooke Mathey                                Mitchell
Alan LaFave                        Aberdeen
Bassoon and contrabassoon
Anna Dzieweczynski#    Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Michelle Mennis              Wahpeton, N.D.
Leah Walker                       Brookings
Ginny Lewis#                     Aberdeen
Gretchen Sharp                                Groton
Hillary Sward                      Dell Rapids
Matthew Winarski           Sargent
Amanda Wentz#              Bismarck, N.D.
Nick Ries                              Watertown
Matt Makeever                                Aberdeen
Delayna LaBelle#              Sturgis
Christina Renz                   Lennox
Justin Kones                       Aberdeen
Robert Conrad                  Sioux Falls
Geyhoung Joh                   Seoul, South Korea
Sarka Stehnova                 Czech Republic
Ami Umezawa                   Japan
Timpani and Percussion
James “Cam” Abreu        Rapid City
Carrie Pospishil                 Yankton
Luke Bergjord                    Aberdeen
Amanda Korak                  Huron
Derek VanDenTop           Canton
Amanda Wentz                 Bismarck, N.D.
Hillary Sward                      Dell Rapids
Librarian and Graduate Assistant
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Piano Technician
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