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A trio of choruses present 'Carmina Burana' at NVC

A trio of choruses present 'Carmina Burana' at NVC

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The Napa Valley College Chorale, Bel Canto, and the Napa Valley Children’s Chorus will perform Carl Orff’s choral and instrumental masterpiece “Carmina Burana” on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m. under the direction of Ted von Pohle.

The fall concert is in the Performing Arts Center at Napa Valley College.

“Carmina Burana” is a collection of songs incorporating themes of love, fate and revelry with a mixture of tender lyrical melodies and driving primal percussive rhythms —everything from the sacred to the profane.

“This is a musical collaboration featuring many elements”, says von Pohle. “Three choirs, including children, soprano, tenor and bass soloists, two pianos and a full battery of percussionists. It’s really a thrilling, and often sublime, musical feast.”

Considered by Orff to be his crowning achievement, Carmina Burana, subtitled a “scenic cantata” is a setting of 25 poems and student songs of medieval Latin and Low German. Featured performers will be college instructors Mark Osten on piano, Brian Simpson leading the percussion and Yoo Ri Braucksick, soprano soloist.

In addition to “Carmina Burana,” there will performances by the Napa Children’s Chorus, under the direction of Kim Markovich. Markovich, a native Napan, teaches kindergarten-fifth grade music and mindfulness at Blue Oak School, where she is a founding faculty member.

Rounding out the concert will be a performance by Bel Canto, also under the direction of von Pohle. Though new to the Chorale, von Pohle is familiar with the college having taught musicianship, theory, voice, and music appreciation in the past, as well as performing in both concert and theater productions. In addition to his work as a teacher, conductor, and adjudicator, von Pohle is a vocalist, pianist, organist, and theater performer throughout the North Bay and Bay Area.

Tickets are $15 for adults, and $5 for students, seniors and the military. For tickets and information, visit

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