O Fortuna!-Carmina burana

Cristian Macelaru - Conductor

Olga Pudova - Soprano

Nicholas Phan - Tenor

Stephen Powell - Baritone

Philadelphia Symphonic Choir - Mixed chorus

The American Boychoir - Boys choir

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Beethoven - Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

INTERMISSION -

Orff - Carmina burana

Thursday, December 8, 2016

8:00 pm Verizon Hall

“O Fortune! Like the moon ever-changing,” the massive choir bellows amidst the opening clash of cymbals and banging of drums, but ever-constant is the enduring popularity of Carmina burana, Orff’s heart-pounding and tantalizing tale of drinking and debauchery. It was a hit from the start. Whether you know it from the movies or TV commercials, rappers or Philadelphia’s own Mummers, nothing can quite prepare you for The Philadelphia Orchestra’s live and lusty delivery, vigorously led in these performances by the Orchestra’s own Cristian Macelaru, whose career has quickly taken on international proportions. Beethoven was having his own showdown with fortune when he composed his Second Symphony. He might justifiably have manifested despair in the early stages of hearing loss, but instead wrote one of his most ebullient and life-affirming works.

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