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Ars Musica presents Carmina Burana | Saturday, November 23

Location: New Jersey, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
Ars Musica Chorale | A Community of Choral Excellence
Dusty Francis, Music Director
Ars Musica Presents Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Saturday, November 23, 2013, 8pm at West Side Presbyterian Church, Ridgewood, NJ
Ars Musica's forty-eighth concert season opens Saturday, November 23, with Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Soaring melodies and driving rhythms propel the irreverent medieval poetry of Orff’s magnum opus. Delighting audiences since its premiere in 1937, Carmina Burana marked a turning point in Orff's career. Despite a significant compositional output, Orff later declared, “My collected works begin with the Carmina Burana.”
Joined by soloists Elizabeth Smith, David Kellett, and Daniel Klein, the chorus will be led by Music Director Dusty Francis in his debut performance with Ars Musica. Accompanying and enlivening the vocalists will be six percussionists and two pianists, including Ars Musica's resident pianist, Susan LaFever.
As a complement to Orff's thrilling masterwork, the lilting Neue Liebeslieder of Brahms opens the program. Romantic expressions of love characterize these fifteen waltzes, which set passionate texts by Daumer and Goethe.
A free Preconcert Lecture begins at 7 pm. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door; 12 years and younger are free. Visit or call (551) 226-9305 to order.
Ars Musica Chorale, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Funding for Ars Musica's regular concert season has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historical Affairs.
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