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De­spite com­plaints about its sim­plic­ity and bom­bast, com­poser Carl Orff’s sem­i­nal ora­to­rio Carmina Bu­rana re­mains one of clas­si­cal mu­sic’s most pop­u­lar choral works — in large part be­cause of the bom­bast.

Next spring you can ex­pe­ri­ence two ver­sions and judge for your­self.

Sky­light Mu­sic Theatre presents Wil­helm Kill­mayer’s “re­duced or­ches­tra­tion” of Orff’s work March 15–31 in the in­ti­mate con­fines of the Broad­way Theatre Cen­ter’s Cabot Theatre.

Mil­wau­kee Opera Theatre, Dance­works Per­for­mance Co. and the Chant Claire Cham­ber Choir join in Orff’s un­flinch­ing look at the plea­sures and per­ils of the hu­man con­di­tion.

Carmina Bu­rana re­turns June 21–23, when the Mil­wau­kee Sym­phony Orches­tra, un­der the di­rec­tion of Mae­stro Francesco Leece-Chong, un­leashes the full-blown orches­tral treat­ment in the Mar­cus Cen­ter’s Uih­lein Hall.

The Mil­wau­kee Sym­phony Cho­rus also joins the fun, with com­poser John Adams’ Doc­tor Atomic Sym­phony round­ing out the pro­gram.

— Mike Muck­ian

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