Masterworks Chorale and Orchestra Present Carmina Burana
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Although the baritone soloist's voice cracked a couple of times, and the brass section fell a bit short of the extravagant demands of Orff's fortissimo, this was a fine rendition of a popular showpiece. The David Conte offerings that preceded it, though, were atonal and difficult for any but the experienced lieder aficionado to relate to. In fact, only the superb singing by the soprano soloist redeemed the otherwise off-putting first half of the program. But the audience was there for Carmina Burana, and they were not disappointed. One of Masterworks' best of recent seasons, and kudos to the Ragazzi Boys Chorus for their fine contributions.
- Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana
- David Conte’s Invocation and Dance
Invocation and Dance – a text taken from Walt Whitman’s When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d. The poet is mourning the death of Lincoln; yet in the joyful song of the bird, he hears this carol celebrating life in the midst of the pain of death. The opening slow pulse of the timpani creates a sense of hushed expectation. Conte uses word painting to describe death “undulating” round the world. Contrasting dynamics and the imaginative use of percussion intensify the conflicting emotions. Dance is an exuberant expression of joy. Percussive instruments and a four-note melodic motive set the tone with a jazzy rhythm, and cluster chords evoke an atmosphere of celebration. A middle section sets a different mood, as the tenors and basses, followed by the other voices, sing about the approach of death, the “strong deliv’ress.” Then the opening motive and jazz rhythms return and the song concludes with “Dance on, sing praises. For life, joy, love, sing praise!”
_Carmina Burana – An explosion of energy! Orff’s popular oratorio is an homage to humanity. The music, by turns wild and tender, beautiful, and rambunctious, looks at fate, the changing seasons, earthly delights, and mankind’s hopes and dreams. Carmina Burana _is one of the most exciting musical evenings imaginable.
About the Ticket Supplier: Masterworks Chorale SocietyThe Masterworks Chorale is critically recognized as one of Northern California's finest choral ensembles. Founded in 1964 by Music Director Emeritus Galen Marshall, the Chorale performs masterworks of sacred and secular choral literature from the Baroque period to today. Dr. Bryan Baker has been Music Director of the Chorale since 2002.
Each season, the Chorale performs 3 to 4 pairs of concerts featuring instrumental ensembles comprised of the Bay Area's leading professional musicians. In addition, Masterworks is joined by professional vocal soloists whose credits include appearances with leading symphony orchestras and opera companies throughout North America and Europe.
Among the Chorale's guest appearances are performances with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Jose Symphony, the Festival of Masses, and the Cabrillo Festival. Internationally, Masterworks has received critical acclaim during seven European tours, a tour of the People's Republic of China, a performance at Avery Fisher Hall and their 1989 debut at Carnegie Hall, featuring the Verdi Requiem.
The 25th Anniversary of the Chorale featured the World Premier of Alexander C. Post's Sea of Light, commissioned by the choir for the anniversary celebration. Capping their 30th Anniversary season celebration was Masterworks' Central European tour, including performances in Brno, Krakow, Budapest, and Prague, accompanied by the Brno Concert Orchestra and the Budapest Concert Orchestra. A recording of the Prague concert, recorded live on July 8, 1994, at the Rudolfinum's Dvorak Hall was aired on the radio series, The First Art, heard on over 200 stations throughout North America. Featured on the recording is the Beethoven Choral Fantasy with guest accompanist Jon Nakamatsu, who in 1997 won the acclaimed Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. For the 40th Anniversary season finale, Jon Nakamatsu and founder Galen Marshall returned to perform the Beethoven Choral Fantasy again with the Chorale.