Bay Chamber Concerts will present the epic masterpiece “Carmina Burana” Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Strom Auditorium of Camden Hills Regional High School, Route 90. Down East singers joins forces with vocal soloists, two pianists and percussion to perform Carl Orff’s famous cantata.

Orff’s monumental 1937 “Carmina Burana” became famous overnight for its melding of Greek tragedy, Italian musical theater and infectious rhythms to produce a stage spectacle of spring merrymaking. Down East Singers joins forces with noted soloists — including MPBN’s Suzanne Nance, tenor Daniel C. Stein and baritone Andrew Garland — and instrumentalists — including pianists Sean Fleming and Jennifer McIvor — in a thrilling salute to the spring season.

Nance is a singer, actor and broadcaster. Recognized for her crystalline soprano voice and ability to sparkle on the stage, she is admired for her versatility, from the concert stage to the operatic arena, in front of the camera or behind the microphone as a producer and host. As a singer, Nance has performed with opera companies and orchestras in the United States and in Europe, most recently in Prague, London, Philadelphia, Chicago and New York and across Maine.

Stein, whose voice has been described as ringing and warm and flexible, made his debut with the Winston-Salem Symphony singing as aria soloist in J.S. Bach’s “The Passion According to St. John” to begin its current season. Stein also has sung recently with the Gwinnett Symphony in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, as well as in an American Songbook concert with Greensboro Opera and Eastern Music Festival.

Garland has been saluted by The New York Times for having a distinctively American presence. Garland is known for his engaging performances, particularly for his interpretations on the recital stage. His recent recital debut at Carnegie Hall, where he debuted several works by living American composers, was highly praised.

Most tickets to “Carmina Burana” are $30; prime seating tickets are $40; and youth tickets for those younger than 19 are only $8. Discounts of up to 30 percent are available for subscribers and groups of eight or more. For more information or to purchase tickets contact, Bay Chamber Concerts at 236-2823, toll free at (888) 707-2770; or online at

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or