Over 200 musicians come together to perform thrilling masterpiece in Kingwood April 22 and 23
Kingwood, TX. The word epic is sometimes used too freely in this modern world. But in the case of a gargantuan upcoming concert in the Lake Houston area, epic seems to be the perfect word to describe it. The 80-voice Kingwood Chorale and 45-piece professional Chamber Orchestra (KCCO) will join forces with choirs from Lone Star College and Kingwood High School to create a massive ensemble that will perform Carl Orff’s popular masterpiece Carmina Burana. They will be joined by professional soloists, including soprano Katie Cavenaugh-Knauer (a Kingwood High School alum), baritone Mark Diamond, and tenor Jason Watt (Kingwood High School Choir Director).
“Carmina Burana is perhaps the most famous “classical” work of the 20th century, and its main “Fortune” theme is used frequently in movies, commercials, and even by college marching bands for its driving, primitive-sounding theme that captures everyone’s attention,” says KCCO’s artistic director and conductor Dr. Todd Miller. “Our adults and students have had a great time learning this music, and we are excited about performing this to large, enthusiastic crowds.”
The project began over a year ago when Miller approached KHS choir director Jason Watt about collaborating on this big project. Jason enthusiastically agreed, and the concerts will take place in the Kingwood High School auditorium on Saturday, April 22 (7:30 PM) and Sunday, April 23 (3:00PM). Miller, who is also a professor at LSC-Kingwood and conductor of the Concert Choir, will conduct the mass choir and orchestra in this 60 -minute thrilling music that celebrates life, renewal, and springtime.
For more information or to order tickets, go to LHMAS.org. The Lake Houston Musical Arts society is a 501c3 that has supported the musical arts in the Lake Houston area for over 30 years. It has a close partnership with LSC-Kingwood and has raised thousands of dollars in student scholarships.