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National Symphony Orchestra: Carmina Burana

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - Saturday, October 5, 2019

National Symphony Orchestra New to the NSO

“O Fortuna!” Carmina Burana’s towering first movement rolls in like thunder, announcing a celebration of spring, the humor of life in the tavern, and the joys and sorrows of love. Although the words were written by medieval monks, Orff’s outrageous cantata is an unstoppable force brimming with decadent debauchery. Under the baton of Maestro Gianandrea Noseda, the Orchestra is joined by two choruses and three remarkable singers for a symphonic experience sacred and profane.

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About

Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
Amy Owens, soprano
Santiago Ballerini, tenor
Elliot Madore, baritone
The Choral Arts Society of Washington; Scott Tucker, Artistic Director
Children's Chorus of Washington; Margaret Nomura Clark, Artistic Director
J. Higdon: blue cathedral
Poulenc: Litanies à la Vierge Noire
Orff: Carmina Burana

“O Fortuna!” Carmina Burana’s towering first movement rolls in like thunder, announcing a celebration of spring, the humor of life in the tavern, and the joys and sorrows of love. Although the words were written by medieval monks, Orff’s outrageous cantata is an unstoppable force brimming with decadent debauchery. Under the baton of Maestro Gianandrea Noseda, the Orchestra is joined by two choruses and three remarkable singers for a symphonic experience sacred and profane.

Performance Timing: Part One - 25 min.; Intermission - 18 min.; Part Two - 60 min.

ForeWords
Beginning at 7 p.m. before the Oct. 4 & 5 performances
Before your concert, join us in the Justice Forum at the REACH for fascinating stories behind the music led by WETA’s Rich Kleinfeldt! Each ForeWords lasts 30 minutes and is free and open to the public. Look for even more of these offerings throughout the season.

AfterWords
Immediately following the Oct. 3 performance
Stay after the performance for an insightful discussion with some of the exciting guest artists and NSO musicians featured on the night’s program, moderated by NSO Director of Artistic Planning Nigel Boon. You may even have an opportunity to ask a question! Look for even more of these offerings throughout the season; each AfterWords is free with your concert ticket.