Classical music boosts listeners' brain functions and energy levels, which is why every child should ingest a well-rounded harpsichord each morning. Treat your noggin to a mellifluous meal with this GrouponLive deal to see BU Symphony Orchestra & Symphonic Chorus present Carmina Burana at Symphony Hall. For $30, you get two tickets for best-available seating on Monday, November 19, at 8 p.m. (up to a $50 value). Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
When Carmina Burana first debuted in 1937 in Frankfurt, its composer, Carl Orff, declared that his previous works could be destroyed. Based on a medieval collection of 24 poems, the dramatic composition continues to stir audiences today with its 25 movements, five sections, and unification of powerful voices. The piece begins with one of its most well-known movements, O Fortuna, a powerfully theatrical cantata featuring lyrics that soar and undulate against a rolling and bursting backdrop of brass and woodwinds. The piece seems to evoke darkness and oppression from the very opening notes, and as such it’s been fittingly used to highlight the most dramatic moments in everything from the film Excalibur to a Gatorade commercial.
In 1954, renowned composer Leopold Stokowski led the east coast premiere with BU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus. On November 19, The Boston Children’s Chorus will accompany soprano Lynn Eustis, tenor Christopher MacRae, and baritone James Demler as they tackle the famed composition. To round out the event, the Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus basks in the limelight during their performances of Varèse’s Hyperprism and Grainger’s The Warriors, the latter being the Boston premiere of the celebrated 1916 composition.