O Fortuna

The summer season at The Hollywood Bowl is quickly wrapping up. This past Thursday night was one of the best programs, not only of this year, but ever, in my opinion. The L.A. Philharmonic performed Carl Orff's entire Carmina Burana. Whether you know it or not, you are familiar with O Fortuna that opens and closes the composition. Hearing and seeing the entire piece performed live was amazing. In addition to the orchestra, there was a chorale, a children's chorus, a soprano, tenor, and baritone performing on stage. The invigorating piece culminated with amazing synchronized fireworks. It's too bad it was scheduled on a weeknight, as I wish more people had been there to experience it. Oh well. We only paid $1 for our tickets and we got to move down to $20 seats.

Of course, being the dork that I am, I got "La Vie Boheme" from Rent stuck in my head, as it references Carmina Burana. I wasn't the only one though. I overhead a kindred spirit singing the tune while we waited in line for the shuttle bus.


SJ said...

Great piece of music!

semper crescis
aut descrescis
vita detestabilis

ren said...

so "rent", which is loosely based on "la boheme" references "carmina burana"? that's just confusing.

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