“O Fortune, Empress Of The Word” – so begins one of the most beloved of all choral masterworks, (and a rollicking good time too) of Carmina Burana. Carl Orff has given us a snapshot of late Medieval and early Renaissance life and love-and especially love. This work was once considered so bawdy that the first commercial recordings dared not print translations into English of the original poems! By now, we’ve come to smile at the amorous adventures of young students, the bibulous excursions of very secular monks and the power of nature to drive men and women wild in the springtime. To begin, Leonard Bernstein’s piano concerto in everything but name, his second symphony, takes as its inspiration a very different poem, one of the classics of mid-twentieth century soul searching. As only Bernstein can, introspection is only part of a concerto that is filled with jazz and the energy of America in the late 1940s and 50s.

Carmina Burana

05/13/2016, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

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“O Fortune, Empress Of The Word”  So begins one of the most beloved of all choral masterworks (and a rollicking good time, too) of Carmina Burana. Carl Orff has given us a snapshot of late Medieval and early Renaissance life and love. This work was once considered so bawdy that the first commercial recordings dared not print translations into English of the original poems! By now, we’ve come to smile at the amorous adventures of young students, the bibulous excursions of very secular monks and the power of nature to drive men and women wild in the springtime. To begin, Leonard Bernstein’s piano concerto in everything but name, his second symphony, takes as its inspiration a very different poem, one of the classics of mid-20th century soul searching. As only Bernstein can, introspection is only part of a concerto that is filled with jazz and the energy of America in the late 1940s and 50s. 

Bernstein Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety
Orff Carmina Burana

Larry Rachleff Conductor  |  Kirill Gerstein Piano  |  Andriana Chuchman Soprano  |  Donald George Tenor
Hugh Russell Baritone  |  Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus Pearl Shangkuan, Director  |
Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus Sean Ivory, Director

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Tickets start at $18  |  Students $5

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Upbeat FREE PreConcert Presentations  |  7 pm, DeVos Recital Hall 

GRS Music Advisor Larry Rachleff and Lawrence Herzberg, GR Symphony violinist, will provide program insight for the evening. 
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Series Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. Richard and Helen DeVos  |  Guest Artists Sponsored by Edith I. Blodgett Guest Artist Fund
This concert is presented in collaboration with the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival
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