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Monday, November 10, 2008

Carmina Burana

I'm a random concertgoer at best. It's usually a matter of a friend with an extra ticket. So it was for last Friday's remarkable performance of Carl Orff's cantata, Carmina Burana. I wouldn't have the musical vocabulary to describe such a work - but the rave review (at the link) does it well. You can see the setup in the photo: three vocal soloists in front, facing the audience; behind them, the conductor and the NJ Symphony Orchestra, and in the rear, the chorus, consisting of the combined voices of the Moscow Conservatory Chorus and the Montclair State University Chorale. 266 performers in total. What an undertaking it must have been to coordinate this!

My friend and I were both fighting the sniffles. She went for a cup of chamomile tea at intermission; I sucked maniacally on Cold-Eeze. I was OK until I got home, but spent the next forty-eight hours flat on my back.

Back among the living now, still savoring the memories of that exhilarating experience.

3 Comments:

Blogger Lynn said...

How nice that you got out to the concert...hope you are feeling all well again.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Natalia said...

I *love* Carmina Burana! Glad you could stick it out for the entire concert!

6:22 AM  
Blogger sukipoet said...

I love love love Carmina Burana and am so envious of your concert going opportunity.

6:28 PM  

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