A news release from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic:
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Presents Carmina Burana
(February 21, 2020) – The Fort Wayne Philharmonic, under the direction of Music Director Andrew Constantine, will present Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Embassy Theatre on Saturday, March 14 starting at 7:30 p.m. With roughly 250 musicians including the Philharmonic, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Chorus, Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus and soloists Toni Marie Palmertree, Patrick Muehleise and Christian Bowers, this will be the largest assemblage this season.
“This concert is going to take the roof off,” said Constantine.
Carmina Burana is a narrative piece of music based on 24 medieval poems from a manuscript of the same name discovered in the early 19th century. The text celebrates the nature of life, the joys of Spring and the delights and perils of gluttony, gambling, drinking and lust. It is by far the composer’s most famous work and remains one of the most popular pieces of 20th century classical repertoire.
“It is a mixture of Latin, middle-German, peculiar French, lots of hidden meanings but some of the most exciting music we ever hear in the concert hall,” said Constantine.
The first half of the program begins with Mussorgsky’s famous tone poem Night on Bald Mountain.
“Everyone has heard Night on Bald Mountain in so many different contexts; on T.V. commercials, in Disney’s Fantasia, in other cartoons, in movies and now people have the opportunity to listen to it in the concert hall,” said Constantine.
Rounding out the first half of the concert, award-winning pianist Ilya Yakushev will perform Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major. Shostakovich, known for intensely serious compositions, wrote the optimistic concerto as a gift to his son, Maxim, who premiered the work at his graduation from the Moscow Conservatory.
Tickets for Carmina Burana start at just $23 and are conveniently available for purchase online at fwphil.org. Purchases can also be made in person at the Philharmonic Box Office located at 4901 Fuller Drive, or over the phone by calling 260-481-0777. The Philharmonic Box Office is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or Saturday on Masterworks and Pops concert days only from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the venue two hours prior for Masterworks and Pops concerts and one hour prior for all other concerts. Full program and series information are available at fwphil.org.
The 2019-2020 Masterworks Series is sponsored by the Paul Yergens and Virginia Yergens Rogers Foundation. Carmina Burana is made possible with the support by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic FRIENDS.
Fort Wayne Philharmonic
Now in its 2019-2020 Season, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s mission is to inspire and foster a lifelong love of symphonic music through performance and education. Music Director Andrew Constantine leads the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. All programming is made possible by the support of community individuals, businesses, corporations and foundations. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic is graciously supported by the following partners: Purdue University. Fort Wayne, The National Endowment for the Arts, Indiana Arts Commission, Arts Campus Fort Wayne and Arts United. For additional information, call 260.481.0777 or visit fwphil.org.