April 3, 2011
Last night in Richmond’s Civic Hall, the Earlham Choirs and Symphony Orchestra, augmented with the Richmond Chorale, some soloists, some community members and some Ball State musicians, did a simply stunning performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. (The Orchestra also played Copland’s Appalachian Spring.) Congratulations all around, especially to Forrest Tobey and Bill Culverhouse (who led the rehearsals and the performance), to Earlham students who prepared well and rose to the occasion, and to our many colleagues in the faculty and in the community who joined with them. It was a memorable evening!
Civic Hall provides a wonderful venue for such performances, but rehearsing for such a grand occasion is another matter. Earlham simply lacks adequate space for rehearsals. Here’s a picture of a rehearsal, all the musicians stuffed into the Orchard Room. We made do, but Earlham needs a new arts facility. We’re determined to build one as soon as we raise the funds.