Carmina Burana: Festival of Fate
Friday, June 8, 2018 - Sunday, June 10, 2018
Belding Theater at The Bushnell
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 3pm
Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Orff Carmina Burana
Carolyn Kuan conductor
Hartford Chorale Richard Coffey, music director
Connecticut Children’s Chorus Meredith Neumann, director
Lisa Williamson soprano
David Guzman tenor
Tyler Duncan baritone
Become part of the spectacle of excess when the HSO, with the Hartford Chorale, presents this dramatic interpretation of Orff’s Carmina Burana. Experience the revelry and drama as we take over the theater with a celebration of the pleasures of drink, nature, love, lust, wealth, gluttony and gambling. But beware – the wheel of fortune deals out triumph and disaster at random, so heed its warning about the power of luck and fate! The concert opens with Barber’s lush and textured Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a tender depiction of Knoxville, Tennessee, set to excerpts from James Agee’s 1938 nostalgic prose poem by the same name.
Ticket holders are invited to attend a free Festival of Fate two hours prior to each performance and during intermission! The revelry will include performers from the renowned Sea Tea Improv, a prize wheel, a fortune teller, a Tarot card reader, a photo booth, and our own specialty drink – Luck’s Lemonade! Grand Prize Sponsor is Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Please join us for a pre-concert talk led by Carolyn Kuan one hour prior to to the concert.
The return of Casey’s Classics
Recommended recordings for your listening pleasure!
Coleman Casey, HSO’s dear friend, Director Emeritus and beloved in-house audiophile, offers his recording recommendations of selections featured in our upcoming Masterworks Concert:
Samuel Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915 is one of this still underrated composer’s greatest works, and the first recording of it, although in mono and somewhat restricted sound, is still the greatest, featuring Eleanor Steber with William Strickland conducting (SONY). The sense of longing intimacy in the music is unforgettable.
Carl Orff’s exuberant Carmina Burana continues to enchant audiences, and the most exciting and unique performance with fabulous sound, belongs to Andre Previn conducting the
London Symphony Orchestra (EMI/WARNER).