- $19 for one ticket to Masterworks Chorale: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff (up to $26.62 value)
- Where: Hillsdale High School Main Theater
- Section: general admission
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- Saturday, March 22, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, March 23, at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.<p>
Masterworks Chorale: Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
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.<p>
To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the Masterworks Chorale ensemble pulls out the stops in their performance of Orff’s saga. In addition to their sizable stable of vocal talent, the Chorale has enlisted the aid of pianist Dan Glover, the Chamber Singers of Hillsdale High School, the Ragazzi Boys Chorus, and the Valley Concert Chorale to portray Carmina Burana in all of its beauty and bombast. A full orchestra brings additional drama to the event, and the Sarah Bush Dance Project adds visual spectacle.<p>
Masterworks Chorale is more than a community chorus. It’s a community magnet that attracts some of the Bay Area’s brightest, non-aluminum vocal talents, and its pull has only grown stronger since its founding in 1964. The group is known for its seasons of choral literature from the Baroque period to today, performed with the polish that takes singers to Carnegie Hall—which, incidentally, the chorus has performed at more than once. It’s all thanks to a core unit of up to 100 singers, joined by top symphonic and operatic talents brought in from the region’s lush virtuoso forests. When they’re not representing the community at home with collaborators such as the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, and San Jose Symphony, they’re serving as musical ambassadors abroad, lending their dulcet tones to Europe and the People’s Republic of China.