On Sat. April 25, Select Singers performed a section of the Carmina Burana at the Garde Theatre in New London. Carmina Burana is a collection of songs based on 24 medieval poems. Select took on the part of the children in the story-like performance.
What makes this performance different than many other Ledyard performances is the preparation and the prestige. Although choral director Russel Hammond prepared the chorus, they performed under the direction of a different conductor.
“I’m preparing them for another person,” Hammond said. “[I’m] trying to guess what he’s going to want.” Therefore, he prepared the singers for different tempos and other variations so they’d be flexible.
“We had to prepare to be unprepared, if that makes any sense,” junior Molly Barnett said. “We had to be ready to change anything the maestro wanted us to.”
The second difference that set this apart from other Ledyard performances is that the singing group was taking part in an event outside of the school that holds a great deal of esteem and prestige.
“It was a paid event with a highly renowned orchestra,” sophomore Olivia Triplett said. “It was like a real world type thing that transcended high school level performance and allowed us to feel how professional performances are like.”
Ledyard has participated in this event four years previously, and hopefully the school will play a role again in the future.
Alex Houdeshell, Staff Writer
Alex Houdeshell is a staff writer for the 2014-2015 Colonel. She is the Design Editor of Ledyard’s “Horizons” Yearbook, plays JV soccer, runs distance in indoor and outdoor track, and is President of Operation Smile.