Janis McKay
Janis McKay
Bassoonist • Educator • Author
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Las Vegas Philharmonic: Carmina Burana

  • The Smith Center 361 Symphony Park Avenue Las Vegas, NV, 89106 United States (map)

STORYTELLING THROUGH DYNAMIC MUSIC FOR ORCHESTRA and choir complemented by dance comes to the fore in this vivid program beginning with Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, written by German composer Paul Hindemith in America in 1943 with the virtuosity of American symphony orchestras in mind. The second half of the evening welcomes the Las Vegas Master Singers, our Chorus-In-Residence, as well as the UNLV Concert Singers and Chamber Chorale to the stage for Carl Orff’s towering and beloved cantata Carmina Burana. Members of the UNLV Department of Dance will perform original choreography. The piece, composed in the early 20th Century and based on 24 poems from the original medieval collection of the same name, explores a wide range of topics, as familiar in the 13th Century as they are today: the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the return of Spring, and the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and lust.

Ticketing and further information can be found at www.LVPhil.org.

  • HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber
  • ORFF Carmina Burana