Carmina burana

2017 May 19, Friday, 19.00
Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, Vilnius
VERA TALERKO (soprano)
KAUNAS STATE CHOIR (Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Petras Bingelis)
Carmina burana

HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS – Piece No.10 for choir and orchestra from the cycle Laments
JOAQUÍN RODRIGO – Concierto de Aranjuez (arr. for harp and orchestra)
CARL ORFF – Stage cantata Carmina burana

The National Philharmonic Society closes its 76th season with an impressive symphonic music concert featuring the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Modestas Pitrėnas, Kaunas State Choir and a team of outstanding soloists – charismatic French harpist Xavier de Maistre and three Lithuanian singers: Vera Talerko (soprano), Algirdas Bagdonavičius (countertenor) and Vytautas Juozapaitis (baritone).

The concert programme offers a true feast for the audience: Joaquín Rodrigo’s fiery Concierto de Aranjuez (originally written for classical guitar the Concerto will be performed on harp; arranged by tonight’s soloist). The Choir and Orchestra will present the artistic portrait of the temperamental Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos with his most popular symphonic piece from the cycle Laments (better known by its Portuguese title Chôros). As story goes, in the original version the composer employed poems by poet Catulo da Paixão Cearense but the poet’s family sued the composer for copyright infringement and Villa-Lobos was obliged to take the poetic text out. In its place he simply put vocalisation of letter ‘a’. However, nowadays the composition is most often performed with the poetic text. 

The concert will crown with Carl Orff’s world-famous scenic cantata Carmina Burana. Orff picked 24 texts from several-hundred poems constituting the 13th-century manuscripts, which were discovered in a monastery at the foot of the Bavarian Alps. The composer selected the texts dealing with nature and love as well as drinking and satire, and subtitled the opus cantiones profanae (secular songs).

Ticket prices
10 Eur

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