Harvard Summer Chorus

Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 26–August 5, 2018
Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Carl Orff: Carmina Burana (1936)
Jonathan Dove: Arion and the Dolphin (2016) (North American première)
With the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Gil Rose, Artistic Director

Friday August 3, 8 p.m., Sanders Theatre (free admission)
Sunday August 5, 3 p.m., Peterborough Town House, Peterborough NH (part of the Monadnock Music Festival)

Rehearsals: Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7 pm-9:30 pm beginning June 20 at Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall

Auditions will take place June 22 to June 25 in Holden Chapel, Harvard Yard. No prepared piece is necessary, and you do not need to sign up for an audition time in advance. All auditions are first come, first served.

Based on a collection of thirteenth-century poems, Carmina Burana sets universal human themes — the fickleness of fate, the cycle of seasons, love and life — to soaring music for grand chorus. Jonathan Dove’s Arion and the Dolphin was conceived as a companion piece for Carmina Burana. The composer writes: “Arion is a young poet from Corinth who wins first prize in a singing contest in Sicily. During his voyage home, the sailors plot to kill him and keep his prize-money. Arion begs to sing one last song, and they allow him. His song draws dolphins to the ship. As soon as he finishes his song, he jumps overboard and is rescued by one of the dolphins who carries him to safety. The dolphin ends among the stars, as the constellation Delphinus.”