Join us for a One Night Only Exclusive Engagement of Michael Smuin’s Carmina Burana!
For the first time in its entirety, Smuin Ballet will be performing Michael Smuin’s sensational work to Carl Orff’s evocative score with University of California’s Alumni Chorus!
Saturday, April 11th 7:30pm
Berkeley Community Theater
1930 Allston Way
While most people may recognize, “O Fortuna,” many are unfamiliar with the work’s beginnings. Its origins date back to a manuscript of poems, stories, and satire written in 1230. The topics within the original pages vary widely. There are love, gaming, and drinking songs as well as songs of morals and satire. Additionally there are theater pieces that comment on spirituality. In total, there are over 250 poems and dramatic texts in the original manuscript.
In 1936, Carl Orff, a composer from Germany, selected twenty-four poems to set to music. His work’s full title is, “Carmina Burana: Cantiones profanæ cantoribus et choris cantandæ comitantibus instrumentis atque imaginibus magicis,” a Latin title, which translates to “Songs of Beuern: Secular songs for singers and choruses to be sung together with instruments and magic images.” While the title has since been shortened, Orff would certainly feel that his artistic intentions were being fairly represented by the exciting showcase of talent that will be this performance. Read more here
* Description written by Kevin James