Few works of musical artistry propel us to such heights of emotional enlightenment as Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. (Except maybe Mackelmore’s Thrift Shop. We love 99¢ bargains!)
But back to Carmina Burana, the epic 1930s classical orchestration of a collection of poems and dramatic texts from the 11th to 13th centuries. There’s something about every note in this work that stirs something deep within us.
Perhaps it’s because of the dramatic chorus chants, those haunting strings and that heart-pounding crescendo of drums in the famous O Fortuna that makes our imagination run wild. It’s not only the perfect soundtrack to any demonic exorcism you might be planning, but also the tune that plays in our head any time we fall to our knees in slow motion, shaking our fists toward the sky because we spilled Bloody Mary on our white pants.
This weekend, the incredible Jaap van Zweden leads the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in this most sensational celebration of life, love, fortune and fate. Joined by the Dallas Symphony Chorus, this is one trip to the Meyerson guaranteed to give you goosebumps.
On your soul.
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Orff’s Carmina Burana, plus Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3
Thursday, May 23-Saturday, May 25
Photo Credit: Dan Sellers
Note: The Saturday, May 25, 2:30 PM performance has no intermission and will feature Orff’s Carmina Burana only.