CCM’s Concert Orchestra, Chorale, UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, and Cincinnati Children’s Choir are pooling their resources for a performance of Carl Orff’s recognizable, rhythmic and authoritarian magnum opus Carmina Burana. Paired with choral works by Gerald Finzi and Ralph Vaughan Williams, this special concert event will be presented twice: at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, in Corbett Auditorium on the University of Cincinnati campus.
Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana celebrates the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the return of spring and the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and lust. Completed in 1936, it has since become a standard of the orchestral-choral repertoire and an audience favorite for programming. The use of the opening and closing movement, “O Fortuna,” in various films, television shows and commercials has catapulted Carmina Burana into being one of the most recognizable works of the 20th century.
Assistant Professor of Ensembles and Conducting Brett Scott sees it as a natural cornerstone of the concert. “The highlight, of course, is Carmina Burana, which is a wonderful standard of the repertoire. The singers love to sing it and the audience loves to hear it.” Assistant Professor of Conducting Annunziata Tomaro will conduct Carmina Burana.
The remainder of the concert contrasts from Carmina Burana drastically. Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music was originally written for 16 solo singers as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first performance of famed British conductor Sir Henry Wood. Since its premiere in 1938, it has typically been performed by a full chorus. However, Brett Scott sees a unique opportunity to perform Serenade to Music the way it was intended. “We have such a wealth of talented solo singers,” he explains. “The original score actually has lists of who is to sing what line with the original soloists marked. We’re recreating that performance using 16 singers from graduate and undergraduate studies with the orchestra.” Scott will conduct both Serenade to Music and Gerald Finzi’s Requiem da camera.
Requiem da camera completes this choral and orchestral combination concert. Although it is one of Finzi’s earlier pieces, he attempted to rework sections of it later in life, and unfortunately, it was left incomplete upon Finzi’s death in 1956. Finzi scholars took up his unfinished work after his death, resulting in the first complete performance of Requiem da camera in 1990. The lush work utilizes chamber orchestra, chorus and baritone solo and is a fine example of Finzi’s brilliant a capella writing. The infrequent performance of the work leaves it yet to be discovered to many lovers of choral music. Scott clarifies that this is precisely the reason he wanted to perform it. In fact, says Scott, “I believe this is a regional premiere.”
- 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21
- 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22
Corbett Auditorium, College-Conservatory of Music
University of Cincinnati
Tickets & Parking Information
Tickets to Carmina Burana are $12 each for general admission, $5 for non-UC students and free for UC students with valid ID. Parking is available in the CCM Garage (at the base of Corry Boulevard off of Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus.
For complete ticket and parking information, visit ccm.uc.edu or call the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183.
CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation