CARMINA BURANA2 (OR SQUARED)
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