South Burlington Community Chorus

South Burlington residents Gabrielle Meunier, Ann Owen and Susan Paquette at a South Burlington Community Chorus rehearsal, preparing for their upcoming concerts featuring the perennial favorite “Carmina Burana.”

The upcoming joint spring concert of South Burlington Community Chorus and Mad River Chorale will feature the scenic cantata, “Carmina Burana” with MRC’s conductor Mary Jane Austin on the podium, and Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia,” conducted by SBCC director Erik Kroncke.

Concerts will take place Saturday, May 4, 7:30 p.m., in the McCarthy Arts Recital Hall of Saint Michael’s College in Colchester and Sunday, May 5, 4 p.m., in the auditorium of Harwood Union High School in Duxbury.

Featured performers include soprano soloist Mary Bonhag of Marshfield, whose voice has been described in reviews as “extraordinary,” “supple” and “expressive” with “marvelous versatility.” Bel canto tenor Adam Hall’s (of Burlington) performances have been described as having “technical perfection and heartfelt interpretation.” While SBCC Director Kroncke, operatic bass, is described as having “astounding depth and warm timbre.”

Together, SBCC and MRC singers total close to 90. They will be accompanied by two grand pianos played by Alison Cerutti and Samantha Angstman, and the many instruments of five percussionists led by Brian Johnson.

“Carmina Burana” is said to be the most-performed choral work in the world. Singers and audiences enjoy the varied and exciting combination of secular poetry written by 13th century monks and 20th century music by Carl Orff. Thompson’s “Alleluia” setting is one of the most loved versions because of its restrained, almost mystical elegance of expression.

Advance tickets to the Saturday evening concert at Saint Michael’s can be purchased at or at the South Burlington Parks and Recreation office, 575 Dorset Street. For advance tickets to the Sunday afternoon Harwood May 5 concert, visit or call 496-2048. Tickets will also be available at the door for both concerts.

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