By Terri Spilman
The Carmel Symphony Orchestra will conclude its season with another fun and very personal performance featuring Carl Orff’s epic tale of fate, “Carmina Burana,” at 7:30 p.m. on April 12 at the Palladium.
One of the highlights of the show will be the vocals sung by the Anderson University Choral Ensembles directed by Rick Sowers.
“Carmina Burana” is considered the single-biggest audience draw in the classical music repertoire next to Beethoven’s Ninth.
“The opening of Carmina Burana is among the most powerful music ever written,” said Carmel Symphony Orchestra Artistic Director David Bowden.
He refers to the piece as a morality tale based on a collection of poetry writings of monks namely about wine, women and song as they relate to the unwavering nature of fate.
Also on the program is Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos, featuring internationally acclaimed pianist, three-time Sagamore of the Wabash recipient and Indiana Historical Society Living Legend, Charles Webb along with his piano partner, Steven Mann of New York.
“This is a really great balance to Carmina Burana because it has this really humorous, perky, sparking rhythm and melody that has a touch of irony in it,” Bowden said.
And Webb is actually a mentor of Bowden’s from the Indiana University School of Music, which makes his performance with the orchestra even more personal.
“His humanity and grace are the highest,” Bowden said. “He is a really wonderful man and a brilliant musician.”
A rarely performed full four-verse version of the Star Spangled Banner with 200 voices and 110 instruments will kick off the program in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the lyrics as written by Francis Scott Key in 1814. Composer Daniel Powers was commissioned by Bowden to write a festival version of the national anthem that will be recorded with the hopes of becoming a classic at patriotic celebrations across the country
“Carmina Burana” as performed by the Carmel Symphony Orchestra and the Anderson University Choral Ensembles ● 7:30 p.m. April 12 ● The Palladium in Carmel ● Tickets start at $5 ● For more information call 843-3800 or visit www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.org ● Ticket-holders are invited to arrive early at 6:45 p.m. for Music Matters featuring Bowden for a behind-the-scenes discussion of the music of the evening.