FD Choral Society to present ‘Carmina Burana’

Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” will be the theme during the Fort Dodge Choral Society’s upcoming concert on Feb. 25.

“A Great Present: Carmina Burana” will begin at 3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 211 S. Ninth St. Admission is by season membership or $10 at the door. Students are admitted for free.

“Since this is our 50th anniversary season, we wanted to do something that would be a big party of music,” said Bruce Perry, the society’s conductor. “This is just one piece of music that is an hour long.”

“Carmina Burana” is performed with guest soloists, two pianos and percussion. The famous opening movement has been featured as an Olympic theme and in countless commercials.

“This will be a sonic spectacular when the audience hears the percussion, piano, and soloists all together,” Perry said. “People will be able to close their eyes and envision a bunch of different scenes as the music keeps playing.”

The two soloists to be featured will be soprano Aliese Hoesel and baritone Kellen Schrimper.

Hoesel, a Fort Dodge native, sings in the Minnesota Opera chorus and has appeared frequently in opera, concert and recital settings. In the summer of 2013, Hoesel made her debut as Flora in “La Traviata” with the Lyric Opera of the North. At the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she earned her master’s in music vocal performance in 2014, she acted as the assistant director for the production of Haydn’s “The World of the Moon,” and was seen onstage as Rosalinde in “Die Fledermaus.”

In the opera scenes program, she portrayed the roles of Der Marschallin in “Der Rosenkavalier,” and Rosina in “The Ghost of Versailles.”

At Simpson College in Indianola, Hoesel sang the roles of Second Lady in “The Magic Flute” and Lady Billows in “Albert Herring.” She also covered Alice Ford in “Falstaff” and Countess Almaviva in “The Marriage of Figaro.”Since 2011, she has maintained a private voice studio, teaching a range of musical styles and genres, and freelances regularly as an instructor of theatrical arts for children and young adults.

Schrimper is a senior vocal performance major at Drake University in Des Moines. He has appeared in several productions with both the Drake Musical Theatre and Drake Opera Theatre programs. He has created roles in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “La Traviata,” “Macbeth” (Verdi), “Le Nozze di Figaro,” as well as scenes from “Don Pasquale,” and “Cosi Fan Tutte” while training in Italy. He was recently featured as the baritone soloist for Drake’s performance of Haydn’s “Heiligmesse.”

His journey as a performer and soloist began with the first annual Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards, where he was named the winner of the 2013 Triple Threat Award and was selected to represent Iowa at the NHSMTA’s in New York where he received artistic coaching from Hamilton’s Leslie Odom Jr. for the week of the competition. Following graduation from Drake, he plans to attend graduate school. Ultimately, he aspires to return to New York and sing at the Metropolitan Opera.

Jeanette Hinkelday and Denise Valentine will be the featured pianist for this piece as well.

“This performance promises to be a great present to everyone in the audience, Perry said.