Harvard Summer Chorus: Carl Orff, Carmina Burana
Sunday, August 5, 3:00pm
Peterborough Town House
1 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH 03458
Reception to follow
Harvard Summer Chorus
Andrew Clark, Margaret Weckworth, conductors
Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs
Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Program: “Carmina Burana”
Arion and the Dolphi
Arion and the Dolphin features countertenor Douglas Dodson in the title role (Arion).
Kette Muschler, soprano
Christian Figueroa, tenor
David Tinervia, baritone
This season, the Harvard Summer Chorus explores Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, one of world’s most popular and ubiquitous choral works. Based on a collection of thirteenth-century poems, Carmina Burana sets universal human themes — the fickleness of fate, the cycle of seasons, love and life — to soaring music for grand chorus. The “O Fortuna” movement is instantly recognizable from dramatic soundtracks and sporting events.
Conceived as a companion piece for Carmina Burana, Jonathan Dove’s Arion and the Dolphin receives its North American premiere in these performances. The composer writes: “Arion is a young poet from Corinth who wins first prize in a singing contest in Sicily. During his voyage home, the sailors plot to kill him and keep his prize-money. Arion begs to sing one last song, and they allow him. His song draws dolphins to the ship. As soon as he finishes his song, he jumps overboard and is rescued by one of the dolphins who carries him to safety. The dolphin ends among the stars, as the constellation Delphinus.” Jonathan Dove’s vibrant and lyrical music brings this ancient myth to life with an eloquent libretto written by Robert Graves. The performance will feature the GRAMMY-nominated Boston Modern Orchestra Project alongside professional vocal soloists.
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