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18 march 2024
The Philadelphia Orchestra presents Carl Orff’s Carmina burana

Raunchy lyrics and choral shouts of primeval joy rang out through Verizon Hall this weekend, as the Philadelphia Orchestra and three feisty choral groups offered a no-holds-barred performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina burana. Conductor Fabio Luisi and a stage full of genius proved just the right mix for this eagerly anticipated production.

16 march 2024
A wacky piano with a curved keyboard made its debut at the Kimmel. But how did it sound?

Carmina burana seemed like an oaf next to the Mozart (even spaced by intermission), but the performance was near ideal. Among its strengths: the impressive high notes of soprano Audrey Luna; the appropriately creepy characterization of the Swan by tenor Sunnyboy Dladla; the immediacy of the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia; and the sweet polish of a children’s choir drawn from the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Philadelphia Girls Choir.

16 march 2024
Naughty and nice: Orff and Mozart at the Philadelphia Orchestra

Carmina Burana is a choral showcase at heart, and the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia was in top shape, with especially fine contributions from the lower-voiced males.

05 february 2024
Janelle Monáe, William Shatner to perform at Hoosier Cosmic Celebration at IU Bloomington

Shatner’s spoken-word performance will be a collaboration with students and faculty from the Jacobs School of Music. It will include new original music written for the occasion by faculty member Dominick DiOrio, performed by student musicians from NOTUS, the Jacobs School’s internationally renowned contemporary vocal ensemble.

21 december 2023
'The Hill' Was Alive

Artistic director Dominick DiOrio led the symphonic-size Mendelssohn Chorus in a broadly varied program of Christmas music that spanned the centuries and covered a generous bounty of emotions.

10 december 2023
The Philadelphia Orchestra presents the Glorious Sound of Christmas, Dec. 14-16

"There's something really special about putting together the sound of the human voice and the sort of grandeur of the Philadelphia Orchestra," says Dominick DiOrio, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia.

31 october 2023
Aiming for center mass: Singing into the message with Resonance Ensemble

From the opening statement of Dominick DiOrio’s You Do Not Walk Alone I was transported to sonic memories of the Midwest American Lutheran choral tradition and my jaw slackened and shoulders dropped. I submit this as a compliment to composer and performers and programming. But the beautiful text and embracing music can speak to anyone, to any time.

13 october 2023
Mendelssohn Chorus opens 150th season with a prayer for peace

For its 150th season, the classical choral ensemble will perform a program of anti-war, anti-violence music.

10 october 2023
Commissioning choral works that explore the Filipino national identity and cultural experience

Raoul Carlo F. Angangco received the Presser Award in 2021-22 from Indiana University. His project focused on commissioning four US-based Filipino composers to create choral works that explored the formation of a Filipino national identity.

04 october 2023
Heard and unheard: Oregon choirs reclaiming and rediscovering new and old music

You can also take many of these works home with you by purchasing their very first album, LISTEN–that title taken from Melissa Dunphy’s work of the same name performed by Resonance in February 2019. You can pre-order your copy at this link. Dominick DiOrio’s beautiful You Do Not Walk Alone is on the concert program and included in the album.

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