Presented by Oratorio Society of New York
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 | 8 PM
Oratorio Society of New York
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Carmina Burana is a theatrical choral work, beginning and ending with the wheel of fate in “O Fortuna.” Drawing on 24 medieval poems, Orff takes the audience on a journey through meadows in springtime, into the tavern, and finally to the Court of Love. In his Chichester Psalms, Bernstein juxtaposes tranquility and despair, and ends with a prayer for peace—all in a musical style reminiscent of West Side Story. Merging ancient words and modern music, this concert of 20th century works gives voice to that century.