The Toledo Symphony Performs Carmina Burana

Posted Jan 23rd, 2008 by Julie Heigel  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Toledo.com


The thunderous opening chords of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana throw open the doors to another world. The Toledo Symphony will present “Carmina Burana,” a magnificent musical work, at 8 p.m. on February 1 and 2 at The Peristyle. Resident Conductor Chelsea Tipton, II, leads the Toledo Symphony, the choruses of Bowling Green State University and Bowsher High School, and three illustrious vocal soloists. A matinee performance will take place on Sunday, February 3 at 3:00 p.m. at The Peristyle.

“Carmina Burana”, based on poems written by Johann Andreas in a 13th century German manuscript, is one large musical work that features a collection of songs about wine, women and love. Orff described Carmina Burana as an epic celebration of the human spirit as he weaves together the racy sensuality of the medieval poems with unrelenting rhythms and majestic, noble melodies. Though the music was denounced as degenerate and overly erotic, it has since become arguably the most popular symphonic piece written in the twentieth century. Many of the tunes in this piece will be recognized by the audience since they are used regularly in commercials and by the film industry. O Fortuna, the opening and closing number of Carmina Burana, has been featured in innumerable movie trailers and soundtracks including Excalibur, The Doors, Natural Born Killers, and South Park. Recent advertising campaigns that feature Carmina Burana include Capital One credit cards, Old Spice, Gatorade, and numerous beverage companies, including Guinness, Molson, and Carlton Draught.

Also on the program is Dvorak’s Carnival Overture and Hartmann’s Concerto funèbre which features Principal Second Violinist Merwin Siu in his Classics Series debut. Disgusted by the Munich Agreement and the resulting annexation of Czechoslovakia by the Nazis, Karl Amadeus Hartmann produced his Concerto funèbre, a heartfelt expression of support for the Czech people and a scathing, brutal indictment of the Nazi occupation. This work seamlessly unites the political and the personal.

A pre-concert lecture with Chelsea Tipton, II will be held at 7 p.m. onstage at the Peristyle on Friday and Saturday evening. 101.5 The River’s KC Palmer will host the matinee performance.

The Friday and Saturday evening performances are presented by Fifth Third Bank with media sponsor WSPD Newsradio 1370. The Sunday Matinee is sponsored by Mercy Health Partners with media sponsor 101.5 The River with youth support from Dorothy MacKenzie Price.

Concert Tickets: $24 to $51. For tickets, call 419-246-8000, toll-free 800-348-1253 or visit www.toledosymphony.com. Student Rush tickets available at the door on performance nights.

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