International Series 2 : Carmina Burana
Saturday 1 September 2018, 7:30 pm
Dunedin Town Hall
Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is based on 24 poems from a collection of old German texts found at Benediktbeuern Monastery. The subject matter, however, is less than holy; one item is actually a drinking song. The work’s first and last movements are the very well-known “O Fortuna”.
The soloists are some of New Zealand’s and Australia’s finest singers, and they will be joined by City Choir Dunedin, Southern Youth Choir and other singers from Dunedin’s many youth choirs.
Conductor Marc Taddei is known for his charismatic and inspirational conducting, and he has been Orchestra Wellington’s Music Director since 2007.
Bizet’s two charming L’Arlésienne Suites consist of music selected from his incidental music for a play. Lyrical and spirited by turns, the melodies are rooted in Provençal folk songs and dances, yet have all the colour and drama associated with the composer of Carmen.
Bizet: L’Arlésienne (extracts)
Orff: Carmina Burana
Marc Taddei Conductor
Natasha Wilson Soprano
Henry Choo Tenor
James Clayton Baritone
City Choir Dunedin
Southern Youth Choir