Peninsula Symphony Performs Orff's Carmina Burana
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We are very blessed and fortunate to be living in the Bay Area which has so much to offer besides a beautiful climate. For instance, the Peninsula Symphony and the SJ Symphonic Choir, despite being amateur ensembles, delivered a high quality...continued
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Festival Coronation March
Max Bruch: Concerto in G Minor, No. 1, Op. 26
Tessa Lark, violin
2008 Irving M. Klein International String Competition Winner
Carl Orff: Carmina Burana
San Jose Symphonic Choir, Leroy Kromm, Music Director
Ragazzi Boys Chorus, Joyce Keil, Artistic Director; Laura Gardener, Conductor
When 250 singers and instrumentalists gather on stage for a performance of a powerful masterpiece like Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, you can anticipate an awe-inspiring experience. In continuation of its 60-year dedication to providing “Local and Live” music, the Peninsula Symphony’s May presentation features former San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows soprano Nikki Einfeld and baritone Eugene Brancoveanu; tenor J. Raymond Meyers; San Jose Symphonic Choir, Leroy Kromm, Music Director; and Ragazzi Boys Chorus, Joyce Keil, Artistic Director, Laura Gardener, Conductor. Pieces for the evening are Orff’s Carmina Burana, Tchaikovsky’s Festival Coronation March and Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G Minor.
Orff uses a large and extremely vivid orchestral palette, and some of the most original vocal writing ever conceived, as the texts move from joy to anguish and from humor to bitterness. The poems and music are moralistic, tender, bawdy, and amorous, providing a breathtaking experience for performers and audience. Carmina Burana (1936) is based on a set of provocative 12th century texts discovered in a Bavarian monastery in 1803. Orff selected 24 of the poems (mostly in Latin, but with some Middle High German and Old Provençal) for this supremely colorful musical setting.
Music Director and Conductor, Mitchell Sardou Klein remarks, “This concert promises to be an extraordinary and memorable experience. Orff’s music is pulsating, visceral, and rhapsodic at turns, spanning a vast emotional range.”
We are also proud to present the winner of the 2008 Irving M. Klein International String Competition, a spectacular young violinist named Tessa Lark, performing the glowing and gorgeous Bruch Violin Concerto. “It is always a special joy to present a future star of the musical world at the beginning of what promises to be a major career,” states Klein.
To set the stage for these two masterworks, the orchestra will open the concert with a rousing, but rarely heard work by Tchaikovsky, the triumphant Festival Coronation March, commissioned for Tsar Alexander III.