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Bemidji Choir concert features familiar selections

BEMIDJI - The Bemidji Choir, under the direction of Bradley Logan and the Wind Ensemble with Erika Svanoe, will perform a joint concert Sunday.

It will feature selections from "Carmina Burana," Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" and two student compositions by Aaron Shinabargar and Hank Fiskevold.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. in the Main Theater of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

Tickets, which will be sold at the door, are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. Students with valid IDs are admitted for free.

In 1936, German composer Carl Orff completed the epic symphonic work "Carmina Burana." Orff based his work upon 24 poems of love and spring selected from the more than 200 pieces of text and poems written by the Goliards, clergy and their students in the 12th century.

Primarily written as satire of the Catholic Church, the pieces tell of morals and mockery, drinking and gaming, two longer spiritual pieces and love songs. The collection was discovered in a Bavarian Benedictine monastery in 1803 and is now housed in the Bavarian State Library in Munich, Germany.

"Carmina Burana" remains one of the most popular pieces of music ever written and the opening and closing movement, "O Fortuna," is familiar to because it is heard in films, dance and advertising, making it an "epic" song in popular culture.

Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" is one of his most recognizable classical pieces, supposedly inspired by a 1942 speech by then-vice president for Franklin Roosevelt, Henry H. Wallace, "Century of the Common Man." The piece was later added to a larger work in Copland's Third Symphony but the majesty of this rather short piece was not lost to the imagination of the uncommon man, the professional athlete. It was used for the CBS Sports Spectacular, the Canadian television series "Titans" and the National Hockey League to name a few of the organizations that recognized the grandeur of the piece. It has been used for solemn occasions like the funeral for the late Ronald Brown, commerce secretary under President Clinton, at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. "Fanfare" was also the wake-up music for the shuttle crew STS-126 for mission pilot Eric A. Boe.