Sacred & Profane: Carmina Burana

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On April 22 and 23, 2017 we are excited to join the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra in a presentation of Carl Orff’s enduringly popular Carmina Burana. The opening section, Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi, is immediately recognizable, its intense, insistent choral line and ominously percussive symphonic support having become the go-to background music in countless television commercials and movie trailers since first being introduced to mainstream media in the movie Excalibur in 1981. The text, based on poems from the 11th to 13th centuries found in the Benedictine monastery of Benediktbeuern, Bavaria “include the freshness of medieval love lyrics, exuberance of the drinking song, the zest of the sinner’s ‘confessions’, the wild humor of the hymns to gambling and gluttony, the stoic litany to Lady Luck (‘Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi’) which Orff chose to open and close his score.”[Classical Net]

Soloists are Soprano Jessica Robins Milanese and Baritone Paul Karaitis, both in demand for their interpretations of the challenging and dramatic solo roles in Carmina Burana.

Jessica Milanese  is critically acclaimed for the depth and sparkle she brings to her performances on the concert and opera stage. Most recently Ms. Milanese performed the roles of Miss Wordsworth, Albert Herring, and Soeur Constance, Dialogues des Carmelites, with Vashon Opera. Ms. Milanese has performed with many of the region’s leading arts organizations such as Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Opera, Tacoma Symphony and Orchestra Seattle. On the opera stage, some of Ms. Milanese favorite roles performed are Susanna, (The Marriage of Figaro), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Héro (Béatrice et Bénédict) , Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Norina (Don Pasquale), Marie (Daughter of the Regiment), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel). This spring Ms. Milanese will keep busy by performing the role of Cinderella in Seattle Opera’s production of Cinderella in Spain, she will debut the role of Lucia with Vashon Opera’s upcoming production of Lucia di Lammermoor and continue her teaching as a faculty member at Pacific Lutheran University.

Paul Karaitis is a versatile singer with international solo credits in oratorio, opera, the concert stage, and in the recording studio.  He is in demand as a performer in works such as Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s B-Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Haydn’s Creation and Seasons, Verdi’s Manzoni Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and Orff’s Carmina Burana.  He has had numerous appearances with the Seattle Opera and performed with the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Carmina Burana since its premiere production in 1993 and in debuts at the Kennedy Center and at the International Arts Festival in Melbourne, Australia.  He has also appeared as a guest soloist in other works with PNB including the premiere and revivals of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, to Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins.
His performance credits include organizations such as the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Eugene Ballet, the Victoria (B.C.) Symphony, the Northwest Boys Choir, Seattle Opera Association, Portland Opera, Ballet Idaho, and the Pittsburgh (PA) Ballet.  He has recorded several commercially-available CDs as soloist with the Seattle Choral Company.
He is also active in the recording studio, singing for recent projects as varied as the popular video games Halo II and Halo III, Ancient Empires III, Peggle, and several in the Star Wars series, background music used in numerous film trailers and TV shows such as Alias and Stargate SG-1, to feature films including Exorcist:  The Beginning, The Celestine Prophecy, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Hellboy I, Master & Commander, Ghost Rider I, The Forbidden Kingdom, and the recent Mirror, Mirror with music by eight time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken.
He is one of a select few with multiple performance credits singing all male solos (tenor and baritone) in Carmina Burana.

In addition to the featured work, the program will include Beethoven’s Hallelujah from the Mt. of Olives, Haydn’s Awake the Harp from the Creation, Mozart’s Lacrimosa from the Requiem, and Brahms’ How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place from the German Requiem.

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The 2016-2017 Season: 45 Years of Choral Music on Bainbridge

 

The upcoming season marks the 45th anniversary of the Bainbridge Chorale and we’re celebrating by bringing you two exciting concerts.

 

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December brought our holiday concert, Sights, Songs and Sounds of the Season, showcasing new takes on familiar songs of the season as well as premiere performances of several new works, including Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, a setting of an ancient Eucharistic chant dating back to at least 275 AD. The text, set to a French medieval folk melody, asks us to silently contemplate the miracle of the descent of Christ to earth to vanquish evil. Other repertoire included the tender Sweeter Still by acclaimed contemporary composer Eric Barnum and Nicholas Myers’ exquisite The Winter’s Night performed by the Chamber Ensemble.  We shared the stage with the Olympic Girls’ Choir as they brought us some holiday magic of their own.

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On April 22 and 23 we are excited to join the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra in a presentation of Carl Orff’s enduringly popular Carmina Burana. The  opening section, O Fortuna, is immediately recognizable, its loud, insistent choral singers and ominously percussive symphonic support having become the go-to background music in countless television commercials and movie trailers since first being introduced to mainstream media in the movie Excalibur in 1981. The text, based on poems from the 11th to 13th centuries found in the Benedictine monastery of Benediktbeuern, Bavaria “include the freshness of medieval love lyrics, exuberance of the drinking song, the zest of the sinner’s ‘confessions’, the wild humor of the hymns to gambling and gluttony, the stoic litany to Lady Luck (‘Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi’) which Orff chose to open and close his score.”[Classical Net]

The Olympic Girls’ Choir: sharing a passion for singing

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In September 2016 the Olympic Girls’ Choir entered its third year under the baton of Artistic Director Laura Milleson. Serving girls ages eight to fifteen residing on Bainbridge Island and in the Kitsap area, OGC provides a transformative experience through high-quality, diverse choral music education which emphasizes teamwork, encourages self-discipline, and fosters a deep commitment to artistic excellence. Along with music theory, sight reading, vocal technique and ensemble singing, the girls learn to be musicians in the context of a choir community. Repertoire is varied, ranging from traditional choral literature to current favorites, with each session culminating in a concert. As well, singers will perform in the adult Chorale holiday concerts.
The girls’ choir is comprised of two ensembles, Encora (non-auditioned, Meet-the-Director appointment required), for girls aged eight and up, and Cantabile (auditioned) for girls 10 and up.
This seasonl we are delighted to welcome Patrick Dalrymple as accompanist for the ensembles. Patrick is also a new member of the Bainbridge Chorale and teaches choir classes at Woodward Middle School and Bainbridge High School.

Auditions and Meet-the-Director appointments for the Spring 2017 session will be held on Tuesday afternoon, January 10, in Classroom 1 at Rolling Bay Hall. Please contact us to schedule an audition.
Please email info@bainbridgechorale.org or call 206-780-2467 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

 

Auditions for the 2016-2017 season

Rehearsing for the 2013 GSCC Seattle Sings event
Photo courtesy Juris Zommers

Auditions for the Spring 2017 are now closed. Auditions for the 2017-18 season will be held in August and early September, exact dates and times TBA at

Woodward Middle School
9125 Sportsman Club Rd NE
Bainbridge Island 98110

For information about the audition process and membership in the Chorale, or to apply for an audition, appointment, go to the Audition page, e-mail info@bainbridgechorale.org, or call 206-780-2467.

Thanks

Many thanks to our sponsors who support our productions, operations and outreach activities:

Rotary of Bainbridge Island, Town & Country Market, Bainbridge Community Foundation, One Call for All, and The Resort at Port Ludlow

Rotary Club of Bainbridge IslandTown & Country Market

Bainbridge Community Foundation

One Call for All

The Resort at Port Ludlow