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The Original Carmina Burana: Unplugged & Organic
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Carmina Burana

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8PM at First English Lutheran Church, 3001 Whitis Avenue
Free street parking and in the small lot behind the church.
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Sunday, April 27, 2014, 3PM at First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive
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General Admission: $25; $20 seniors 60+; $5 students with valid ID (at the door only)
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Astrophysicist and host of the television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Neil deGrasse Tyson, recently mentioned the 13th-century manuscript Carmina Burana during Episode 5, Hiding in the Light! What he didn’t say about the manuscript is that it contains unabashedly joyful and passionate songs about love, spring, mythology, love, dancing, drinking, love, flirting, philosophy, and…love!

Carmina Burana Wheel of Fortune Though Carmina Burana was given wide name recognition in 1937 by the composer Carl Orff, who wrote new music for some of the medieval texts, the original version deserves just as much attention. With images of the cycle of the seasons and melodies which were often based on the most popular tunes and dances from Western Europe at the time, the songs of Carmina Burana reflect the lives of the Bavarian monks and students in the 12th and 13th centuries who collected, arranged, and composed the pieces in this famous anthology. The poems, at once sensual and refined, satirical and sincere, offer a fascinating glimpse into life in the late Middle Ages. There are songs of love and flirtation, verses in praise of good food and good wine, diatribes against gossip and jealousy, odes to mythical heroes—all of these and much more are found in this extraordinary compilation of songs, dances, and chants.

The music is as varied as the texts, with melodies that are memorable and hummable. There are melodies clearly influenced by chant or by popular tunes or by dances—sometimes all within the same song. Some of the music from Carmina Burana is among the most popular of TEMP’s medieval repertoire: Veris dulcis in tempore, sung by women, is both haunting and joyful in its exultation of springtime and the importance of love; Olim sudor Herculis relates some of the more heroic of Hercules’s battles, including the one he lost when he fell in love. Sic mea fata canendo solor is an exultant ode from a young man as he thinks about his love and describes his feelings in delicious detail! (Did we mention that this concert is rated PG-13?)

Special Guest Artist and TEMP Performers

TEMP will feature some of its favorite soloists, including Stephanie Prewitt, Jenifer Thyssen, Cayla Cardiff, Jenny Houghton, Meredith Ruduski, Brett Barnes, Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, David Lopez, Paul D’Arcy, and Daniel Johnson. Our special guest, Mary Springfels (Medieval fiddle), heads up the Medieval orchestra with its enchanting timbres and delightful combinations, featuring medieval fiddles or vielles, lutes, early harp, hurdy-gurdy, psaltery, recorder, and more, performed by Elaine Barber, Scott Horton, John Walters, Bruce Colson, Susan Richter, and Cayla Cardiff.

Download the Carmina Burana program notes to read in advance of the performances!

Join us for this rousing climax to TEMP’s 2013-2014 concert season!

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