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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2013
To wrap up its subscription season, the Baltimore Symphony is performing one of those surefire works beloved by orchestra box offices everywhere, Carl Orff's earthy cantata "Carmina Burana. " In a nice move, music director Marin Alsop has balanced this overly familiar item with some relatively out-in-left-field fare -- percussion works by brilliant Baltimore-born Christopher Rouse and a pulsing orchestral showpiece by undervalued Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas. All of this music has in common propulsive, exuberant rhythms, which made for quite a kinetic experience Thursday night at Strathmore.
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March 14, 2014
Editor: Last Saturday evening Sheldon Bair conducted the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra and the choruses from the Deer Creek Chorale, the Harford Choral Society, the Towson University Choral Society, the Towson High School Chamber Choir, the Frederick Children's Chorus, and the Children's Chorus of Annapolis together with soloists Theresa Bickham, Christopher Dudley and Jeffrey Grayson Gates and they reaped the well-deserved reward of a five-minute standing...
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2013
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is trotting out "Carmina Burana" for its next program , excuse enough for Midweek Madness to hoist a few brewskis in the general direction of Carl Orff's indestructible cantata (not that Midweek Madness ever indulges in said beverage).
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2013
Fresh on the heels of performing 'Carmina Burana,' which inspired one of the drollest entries yet in Midweek Madness , if Midweek Madness does say so itself, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is about to play a live soundtrack for screenings of the 1961 film 'West Side Story .' So, naturally, that got Midweek Madness thinking about Sharks, Jets, Maria, Tony, feeling pretty -- and "Somewhere" to find a "Cool" way of having fun with all of...
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By Mike Giuliano | October 25, 2012
Columbia Pro Cantare opens its 36th season with a choral blast when it does Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m., at Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School. It's such a popular piece of classical music that audiences seemingly just can't get enough of it. On the local concert scene, Columbia Pro Cantare performed it most recently in 2008; and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be doing this so-called "scenic cantata" in June 2013. "It really brings people into the concert hall," says Columbia Pro Cantare Music Director Frances Motyca Dawson, adding that recession-hit classical music organizations are "programming things with broad appeal to their audiences.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | December 3, 1994
That stupendous noise you might have heard last night in the environs of Meyerhoff Hall came from a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performance of Carl Orff's boldly hedonistic cantata "Carmina Burana" and the pandemonium in the audience that followed.I had tired of Orff's dormitory classic before the end of my freshman year in college, but even I must admit that this exhilarating performance was mightily impressive on all counts: inspired leadership by conductor Christopher Seaman; superb playing by the BSO; heartbreakingly beautiful singing by the three distinguished soloists; and enthusiastic and eloquent singing by the BSO Chorus and the boy choirs of St. Paul's and St. David's.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 21, 1998
Baltimore Choral Arts Society did so well with its theatrical "Carmina Burana" at the Gordon Center this spring that music director Tom Hall has programmed a similar event next season.It will return to the Owings Mills venue March 23-24 to present Handel's powerful oratorio "Samson," staged by John Lehmeyer of the Peabody Conservatory of Music. The Kimberly Mackin Dance Company will again be featured.The rest of its season includes Haydn's "The Creation" at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (May 22)
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 19, 2000
"Carmina Burana," Carl Orff's marvelously varied setting of racy medieval poems celebrating fortune's fickle role in human affairs, is one of the most demanding works of the entire choral canon. Only superb soloists will do, for Fortuna's path through the tavern, the coming of spring and the intimate chambers of courtly love are marked by virtuosic arias at every turn. Orff's treatment of these Old Latin, German and French texts is extraordinarily colorful, so the orchestra must play with immense style and verve.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 20, 1998
Surge Dance Company plans a gigantic project for its 1998-1999 season: a full-scale production of Carl Orff's theatrical cantata "Carmina Burana" with 30 dancers, a full chorus, soloists and percussion ensemble.The work will be choreographed by Ken Szrzesz, artistic director of Surge, which is the modern dance company in residence at the Carver Center for Arts and Technology. The musical forces will be under the direction of Douglas Byerly.The piece will premiere at First Night Dover in Delaware on Dec. 31 and then will be given Jan. 8-10 at the Carver Center.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 20, 2003
The Annapolis Chorale's 190 singers were joined by three major soloists and the 50-member Annapolis Chamber Orchestra to fill Maryland Hall's stage to capacity Saturday, and when the 50-member Youth Chorus entered later, it spilled down the side stairs into the audience. Their combined sound filled the hall with haunting melodies to form a momentous performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Music director J. Ernest Green had the formidable task of balancing sound levels between the large chorus and orchestra - much more difficult in a live performance than in recording, where balance is controlled in the booth.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2013
To wrap up its subscription season, the Baltimore Symphony is performing one of those surefire works beloved by orchestra box offices everywhere, Carl Orff's earthy cantata "Carmina Burana. " In a nice move, music director Marin Alsop has balanced this overly familiar item with some relatively out-in-left-field fare -- percussion works by brilliant Baltimore-born Christopher Rouse and a pulsing orchestral showpiece by undervalued Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas. All of this music has in common propulsive, exuberant rhythms, which made for quite a kinetic experience Thursday night at Strathmore.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2013
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is trotting out "Carmina Burana" for its next program , excuse enough for Midweek Madness to hoist a few brewskis in the general direction of Carl Orff's indestructible cantata (not that Midweek Madness ever indulges in said beverage).
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By Mike Giuliano | October 25, 2012
Columbia Pro Cantare opens its 36th season with a choral blast when it does Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m., at Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School. It's such a popular piece of classical music that audiences seemingly just can't get enough of it. On the local concert scene, Columbia Pro Cantare performed it most recently in 2008; and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be doing this so-called "scenic cantata" in June 2013. "It really brings people into the concert hall," says Columbia Pro Cantare Music Director Frances Motyca Dawson, adding that recession-hit classical music organizations are "programming things with broad appeal to their audiences.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,Sun Music Critic | February 19, 2008
For an attention-grabbing concert title, how's this: "Lascivious Monks and French Insurgents"? That's the cheeky program in store this weekend from the Washington Symphonic Brass. Composed of top players drawn from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, U.S. military bands and other organizations in the region, the group has been enlivening things in the D.C. area for 15 years. It makes its Baltimore debut on Sunday. Washington Symphonic Brass was co-founded by Milton Stevens, principal trombone of the NSO, and trumpeter Phil Snedecor, who recently joined the BSO. Since the sudden death last summer of Stevens, the ensemble has been without a regular conductor.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,Sun Reporter | May 6, 2007
ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN people cram into three rows of chairs lining the long wall of the rehearsal room at Grace United Methodist Church, for all the world like birds on a wire. But these particular birds have been singing hard for three hours, and their feathers are a bit askew in the heat. A middle-aged man standing on a small, raised stage goes into a half crouch and raises his baton, and members of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society launch into one of the gentler sections of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Sun | May 4, 2007
The Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra capped another stellar season last weekend with Carl Orff's Carmina Burana - the choice of subscribers who voted at the start of the season - featuring four soloists and members of the Annapolis Youth Chorus. The program opened with Ralph Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music, a melodic work set to Shakespeare's words, written for orchestra and vocal soloists plus choir. Chorale members brought their distinctive beautiful sound to this piece. Featured soprano Ashleigh Rabbitt, appearing for the second time this season, filled Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts with a gorgeous sound, made more so when joined by tenor Andre Bierman.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 10, 1998
Carl Orff did not call "Carmina Burana" an opera or a choral symphony or an oratorio or a song cycle. He called it a "scenic cantata" - a clue, says Tom Hall, music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, that he intended it for the theater, not the concert hall.Choral Arts' production of "Carmina" grants the composer's wish. Co-conceived with the Kimberly Mackin Dance Company, the production offers a "Carmina" for the eyes as well as the ears, the senses as well as the spirit.First performed by Choral Arts to a sold-out house in 1995 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, "Carmina" will be revived May 17-20 for four performances at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,Sun Music Critic | January 28, 2007
These days, many classical musicians would consider themselves fortunate to make one or two recordings a year. Marin Alsop has three discs coming out Tuesday alone. Alsop has been one of the most prolific conductors in the recording studio for the past several years, working mainly with the remarkably successful budget label Naxos, which is releasing Tuesday's triple volley. These new releases find the music director designate of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra collaborating with two British ensembles - her other BSO, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, which named her principal conductor in 2002; and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
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March 3, 2005
Eats Ellicott City's Serafino's, long a favorite for pizza and takeout, now offers 220 seats, a bar, a banquet room and welcoming atmosphere. Italian favorites are still the main attraction, though. page 16 Stage Franz Schubert found inspiration in the poetry of Wilhelm Muller, and the result is two song cycles, one of which -- Die schone Mullerin -- will be performed tomorrow at Evergreen House by baritone Randall Scarlata and pianist Jeremy Denk. page 12 Family The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore reopens this weekend with a "Spring Thaw" celebration.
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