Featuring members of the Arizona Philharmonic Orchestra and the combined choirs of Yavapai College, Canada’s Ballet Victoria presented the dramatic and breathtaking Carmina Burana for two performances in March of 2019.
In a sensational mix of dance and drama, Paul Destrooper, Artistic Director of Ballet Victoria interpreted the themes of the songs: power, corruption, over-indulgence, humor and beauty. Think drinking songs, railing against the fickleness of fate that governs the world, songs of lust, beauty, love, springtime – and a “dying swan” ballerina dealing with the challenges of mastering the white swan choreography.
Carl Orff’s epic choral masterpiece, Carmina Burana is one of the most popular and widely known pieces of music ever written. Orff set to astonishing music twenty-four texts from the manuscript of courtly poetry and dramatic texts collectively known as Carmina Burana, found in 1803 in a monastery in Bavaria. The marimba playing of AZ Phil’s Maria Flurry punctuated the dramatic performance.