“Everything that’s important in life is in this piece. There you go,” says conductor Marin Alsop in a 2006 interview with NPR Music.
Professional soloists and a chamber orchestra with two pianos and a “fleet” of percussion instruments will join Pasadena Master Chorale in presenting Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana on June 7th.
It is said that after the successful opening of Orff’s scenic cantata in Frankfurt by the Frankfurt Opera on June 8, 1937, that Orff declared to his publisher: “Everything I have written to date, and which you have, unfortunately, printed, can be destroyed. With Carmina Burana, my collected works begin.”
Carmina Burana is not only the most frequently performed choral work, it has wormed its way into the general consciousness via Old Spice aftershave commercials, the film Excalibur, and as background music for HBO boxing specials. But if that’s the only snippet you’ve heard, here’s a chance for a bigger taste of Orff’s extravaganza.
Pasadena Master Chorale Presents Carmina Burana
Saturday, June 7th, 7:30 p.m.
First Congregational Church, 464 W. Walnut St., Pasadena
Tickets: $15-$25; purchase here
PasadenaMasterChorale.org or call 626.208.0009
(Image, top right: set design by Helmut Jürgens for a performance of Carmina Burana in Munich in 1959.)
Here is an excerpt with UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, the University Chorus and Alumni Chorus, and the Pacific Boy Choir, with Jeffrey Thomas conducting: