Omaha Symphony: Carmina Burana
November 15th, 2013
Omaha, NE –Â Fortune favors the bold, especially the bold, well-rehearsed high school singers taking on the colossal â€œCarmina Buranaâ€.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/CARMINA-web.mp3]
This Sunday is the Omaha Symphonyâ€™s annual Choral Collaborative concert, featuring Carl Orffâ€™s â€œCarmina Burana.â€ Joining the Symphony is a chorus of around 500 voices made of area high school students. At first, there was uncertainty about performing this challenging piece. However, conductor Ernest Richardson says he thought the teachers and students could rise to the occasion.
â€œOver time the quality of program continues to grow because the teachers are so great and the students are so compelled to what they do, so, we tried it!” said Richardson. “We talked to the teachers and theyâ€™re all on board, so we have some wonderful schools, amazing teachers, terrific kids singing one of the most powerful, most popular works ever written, so it is cool.â€
Richardson points out that â€œCarmina Buranaâ€ is a great work for both young performers and audiences who may not be familiar with classical music.
â€œThey know this, even if they donâ€™t know the title of the piece, they know this because itâ€™s used in commercials all the time.â€
The music was also used in film scores and video games. Richardson says â€œCarminaâ€ is also popular because of itâ€™s very appealing themes.
â€œAnd they really have to do with love, various aspects of love: unrequited, generally speaking, but sometimes requited. But itâ€™s really about the human condition.â€
Also joining the orchestra and chorus are three soloists. The soprano and the baritone both have major parts, but the tenor only has one solo.
â€œAnd in this case the tenor doesn’t get the girl. In fact, in this case the tenor is a swan, roasting on spit, bemoaning his fate.â€
Richardson points out that, despite the great difficulty, performing this work with students is very rewarding.
â€œAnd I think thatâ€™s the most exciting part, that these high school kids, theyâ€™re not excited about singing, I donâ€™t know, so rock concert or something like that, theyâ€™re excited about singing, in this case, â€˜Carmina Buranaâ€™.â€The Omaha Symphonyâ€™s Choral Collaborative performance of Orffâ€™s â€œCarmina Buranaâ€ is this Sunday, November 17, at 2 PM at the Holland Performing Arts Center. For tickets and more information, you can visit omahasymphony.org.
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