Galesburg Community Chorus Performs “Carmina Burana” at Annual Charles J. & Mary Runyon Gibbs Spring Concert


The Galesburg Community Chorus’ annual spring concert, featuring Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, will take place on Saturday, April 27th at 7:30pm at First Presbyterian Church, 101 N. Prairie St, Galesburg, IL. This extensive choral work is one of the most well-loved and exciting scenic oratorios of the 20th century, with powerful music, driving rhythms, and strong characterization of its colorful text. The cost of tickets is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (60+), and free for students. Tickets may either be purchased at the door or on the Chorus’ website at

The work will be performed in its chamber orchestration for two pianos and percussion and will include three soloists, soprano Sarah Kropski from Chicago, countertenor Jake Johansen from Galesburg, and baritone Nicholas Ward from Chicago.

Chorus Director Tim Pahel says “we are so excited to be performing Carmina Burana again! The music is so fun and full of life and energy. And our membership went from 40 to 60 singers this semester because we are doing this work! We know that the concert is going to be thrilling.”

The Chorus’ spring concert each year is named the “Charles J. and Mary Runyon Gibbs Spring Concert” in honor of the Gibbs’ decades of dedication to and involvement with the Chorus. This year the concert is particularly dedicated to Mary Gibbs, who recently passed away. There will be a memorial service for her at 11am on the morning of the concert at First Presbyterian Church.

The Galesburg Community Chorus, directed by Dr. Tim Pahel, is the oldest community music organization in the Galesburg area and is currently celebrating its 78th anniversary. The Chorus rehearses on Mondays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at First Presbyterian Church in Galesburg, 101 N. Prairie St. All are welcome to join, no auditions are necessary, and masks are optional. Dues are $10 a semester, and music fees are $5 a semester. Students are not required to pay dues.

***Courtesy of the Galesburg Community Chorus***

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