The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra will perform Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" in its next Masterworks concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Raising Cane's River Center Theater for the Performing Arts.
The symphony will join with the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus and the Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School Advanced Treble Choir to present songs that famously celebrate the joys of the tavern and nature in this rollicking tale of love and lust.
Based upon ancient texts found in a Benedictine monastery in Bavaria, "Carmina Burana" is divided into three sections: "Springtime," "In the Tavern" and "The Court of Love." Each section is preceded by and ends with an invocation to "O Fortuna," the inexorable fate that rules both gods and humans in Roman and Greek mythology.
"Aside from the immediate appeal of this music, the genius of it lies in Orff's ability to capture a feeling of medieval times and spirit, but in an updated musical language," says Timothy Muffitt, music director and conductor. "Orff translates the mystery, majesty, intrigue and joy of these ancient scripts and projects them in a way that reaches a modern audience profoundly and powerfully. This works transports the listener to another era."
At 6:30 p.m. Muffitt will be in the hall for "Concert Conversations" to provide more insight into the work. Tickets are $38-$72. Call (225) 383‐0500 or visiting brso.org.