LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE PRESENTS
MATINEE AND EVENING PERFORMANCES OF
CARL ORFF’S SEMINAL CARMINA BURANA FEATURING
NOTED GUEST ARTISTS SOPRANO STACEY TAPPAN,
BARITONE JOSÉ ADÁN PÉREZ AND
LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS
The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon, continues its year-long 50th anniversary season celebration with back-to-back performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana, one of the most popular choral works of the 20th century, featuring the 115-voice chorus, noted guest artists Stacey Tappan, a “mellifluous” soprano (Wall St. Journal), José Adán Pérez, a “glorious baritone” (Bach Track), the ever-polished Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Chorale member Timothy Gonzales, tenor, and a symphonic orchestra on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 2 pm, and Sunday, November 3, 2013, 7 pm, at Disney Hall. Verdi’s lush Te Deum, for double chorus and orchestra with roots in polyphony and Gregorian chant, opens the program.
A staple for the Chorale, Carmina Burana has been performed 16 times by the chorus and conducted by all four of its music directors over the past 50 years. A favorite in popular culture as well, it has been featured in such disparate films as The Last of the Mohicans, Speed and Excalibur and such television shows as Glee, The Simpsons and Survivor. The irreverent and dynamic work, based on a remarkable collection of 13th century writings by medieval poets, defrocked monks, vagabond scholars and minstrels, illuminates the bawdy and sensuous side of mankind. Written in 1936, when Orff was 41, it is perhaps the most recognized choral work of the 20th century. The majority of its movements are for chorus, which provides the musical heart of Carmina Burana and is a testament to Orff’s considerable skill in handling massed voices. Gershon last conducted the piece in 2005.
Tickets for Camina Burana range from $29 – $129. Group rates are available. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org. (Tickets cannot be purchased at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office except on concert days starting 2 hours prior to the performance.) The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.