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Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, performed by the Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County!

Conductor and Artistic Director Michael Holmes leads the Chorale, two pianists, and percussionists, joined by the Carroll County Children’s Chorus, directed by Jenna Daly.

Orff’s classic, Carmina Burana, is best known for its explosive opening movement “O Fortuna,” featured in movies and television advertisements. Carmina simply means “songs.” Burana means “of Beuern,” a monastery in Bavaria. But far from being a collection of hymns, the text, possibly over 1000 years old, ranges
from satire to political and religious commentary, from the plight of star-crossed lovers to a celebration of the coming of spring. Orff came across the 1847 edition of the 250 plus poems. After selecting twenty-four and composing the music, Orff premiered the work at the Frankfurt Opera House in 1937. The overall theme is the “Wheel of Fortune” in which the fate of both paupers and royalty can change suddenly and lovers find their desires thwarted.

Admission is $15 in advance and $18 at the door for adults 18 and over. All others admitted free.
A fundraiser, consisting of a series of themed raffle baskets, plus a hand-made wooden stool, will be offered at the concert.

The Chorale is in its 45th year and boasts a current membership of over 40 voices. New members are always welcome. If you are interested in singing with the Chorale, please contact Michael Holmes at 571-277-6994, Beckie Karras at beckiekarras@gmail.com or visit their website at masterworksofcc.org.

The Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County, known formerly as the Carroll County Choral Arts Society, was founded in 1977 under the direction of conductor David Kreider. Since its founding, the group has brought the community the works of historical masters such as Mozart, Brahms, Haydn, Handel, and Mendelssohn, as well as many contemporary composers. Masterworks Chorale is dedicated to providing the community with the opportunity to hear music of the highest quality and to participate in making that music. It is a nonprofit organization that depends on the support of the individuals, businesses, institutions, and organizations in the community.


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