Carl Orff Carmina Burana for two pianos and percussion
Johannes Brahms Neue Liebeslieder Walzer for chorus and four-hands piano
Featuring Tucson Chamber Artists Chorus and Chamber Players in partnership with Tucson Desert Song Festival
With special guest artists Hugh Russell, baritone, Hye Jung Lee, soprano, and Edwin Vega, tenor
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Carmina Burana has been described the most popular classical music, as ‘O Fortuna’ has appeared in many films and performed by both pop and classical musicians worldwide.
Most music lovers are familiar with the orchestral version of Carl Orff’s profane cantata Carmina Burana, but few are familiar with the version prepared by Orff’s disciple Wilhelm Killmayer in 1956 and authorized by Orff himself 20 years after the original composition, to allow smaller ensembles the opportunity to perform the piece. This version features two pianos, percussion and choir.
Orff’s classic deals with mortality and fate, nature, drinking, and tender, explicit, and highly sensual love. It’s no wonder the authors of the original text, the Goliards, were a group of defrocked monks and minstrels known for their rioting, gambling and intemperance! Don’t miss this rarely peformed and equally exhilarating version of Orff’s timeless masterpiece!
This concert is being done in partnership with the Tucson Desert Song Festival, a three-week international music extravaganza pairing Tucson’s leading musical organizations with international musicians.
A preconcert program will accompany all performances 45 minutes prior to the start of the concert.