Over 200 artists will join the stage at Alexandria’s Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, including three nationally acclaimed soloists, soprano Penelope Shumate, baritone Jeffrey Snider and tenor J. Raymond Meyers. The Orchestra, Red River Chorale and NSU will perform.
Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is one of the few pieces of twentieth-century classical music that has found its place in popular culture - the introductory chorus “O Fortuna” has been used from The Simpsons to a recent commercial for Hershey’s spread. The entire hour-long piece for large orchestra, chorus and three vocal soloists, is a rollicking celebration of the hedonistic pleasures of life – nature, drinking and physical love.
Composed in 1936, Orff chose to set several poems from the 1200s that are full of satire and mockery of the strict moral code of the Medieval period. English translations of the German and Latin texts will be projected above the stage in the theatre.
The concert is Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center (3rd and Lee Street) in downtown Alexandria.
Call the Symphony office at 318-442-9709, ext. 2 or visit rapidessymphony.org for tickets.