Dance and Music Collaborate on Orff’s Carmina Burana

Posted: February 17, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

On Sunday, Feb. 20, George Mason University stages Carl Orff’s masterpiece, Carmina Burana. Although most often presented in a concert setting, Carmina Burana was intended by Orff to include dance. This version involves George Mason’s Concert Choruses, Chamber Orchestra, and Division of Dance, along with the Fairfax County Public Schools’ Honors Chorus, in a unique staging of the production.

Carl Orff was born in Munich in 1895. When Carmina Burana was first staged in 1937, it was an instant success. The text of the choral work is based on verses from a collection of medieval poems that celebrate the carnal pleasures of love; the music is described as accessible yet filled with dramatic power and rhythmic vitality.

This cooperative effort marks the first time the Department of Music and the Division of Dance have worked together in this way to stage a production, and both faculty and students look forward to more alliances in the future.

Carmina Burana is presented at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $7 for students and seniors. For more information, call the Department of Music at x31380.

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