‘Carmina Burana’ to be performed by School of Theatre and Dance

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Courtesy NIU School of Theatre and Dance

The School of Theatre and Dance will be performing “Carmina Burana,” a cantata first composed in 1935 by Carl Orff for its Fall Dance Concert, starting Nov. 17.

By Eddie Drinkwine, Senior News Reporter

DeKALB – The School of Theatre and Dance will be performing “Carmina Burana,” a cantata first composed in 1935 by Carl Orff for its Fall Dance Concert.

The first performance will start at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Stevens Building on campus. More performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on both Nov. 17 and 18 and at 2:00 p.m. on Nov. 19 and 20.

Paula Frasz, a professor of dance at NIU, will be directing the performance. Frasz first choreographed “Carmina Burana” in April 1977.

“Carmina Burana” is 75 minutes long and has no intermission. The cantata is based on a medieval collection of 24 poems by the same name. The performance has a song for each of the 24 poems.

At 1 p.m. before the performance on Nov. 20, a reception will be held in the Stevens Building in honor of Melanie Parks. Parks has worked for NIU for 30 years as a costume designer for the NIU School of Theatre and Dance and as the associate dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts until 2018.

NIU students can attend the performance free of cost; tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $9 for non-NIU students.

For more information about NIU’s performance of “Carmina Burana”, visit the event calendar or the College of Visual and Performing Arts website.