<June 2019>

Carmina Burana

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Thursday, March 12, 2020 – 7:30 PM
Friday, March 13, 2020 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 14, 2020 – 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 15, 2020 – 3:00 PM

Concert Description

“Everything I have written to date, and which you have, unfortunately, printed, can be destroyed,” declared composer Carl Orff to his publisher following the successful premiere of Carmina Burana. Orff based Carmina on 24 poems — but a far cry from love sonnets, these verses deal in lust, gambling, drinking, and the fickle hand of fate (“O Fortuna!”). Orff sought to impart to his audiences a sense of “oneness with the universe,” reminding us that the same Wheel of Fortune which makes men kings can also knock that crown away.

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Leonard Slatkin, conductor  Bio

Internationally renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin began his tenure as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2008. In addition, Maestro Slatkin is the Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon, a position he has held since 2011. He is highly regarded for his historic leadership of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra from 1979 to 1996 and his tenure as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to 2008. He has also served as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and held Principal Guest Conductor positions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

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Lauren Snouffer, soprano   
Taylor Stayton, tenor   
Norman Garrett, baritone   
UMS Choral Union, chorus   


VARIOUS Yet Another Set of Variations (on a Theme of Paganini)  
ORFF Carmina Burana