CARMINA BURANA by Carl Orff – In celebration of Solaris’ Fifth Anniversary Season 2017-18
Orff’s exciting and popular work CARMINA BURANA, Cantiones Profanae caps off Solaris’ Fifth Anniversary Season with a bang! Carmina Burana, written in 1935-36, was quickly accepted as a staple of classical repertoire. Based on irreverent, even risqué, medieval German/Latin texts, the opening “O Fortuna” will be immediately familiar to diverse generations of listeners. Celebrate with Solaris led by Artistic Director Dr. Dawn Willis in this performance with two pianos and no fewer than 15 different percussion instruments. Solaris’ Collaborative Accompanist Susan Summerfield, and Assistant Conductor Frank Whitcomb are the keyboardists. The percussion players will be led by D. Thomas Toner, principal percussionist of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and Chair of the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Vermont. Solaris members Mark Madison, baritone, Claire Hungerford, soprano, and David Tetrault, tenor, are the soloists.