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Carmina Burana, by German composer Carl Orff, to be presented by New World School of the Arts’ Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre Ensemble and Concert Choir in collaboration with Southwood Middle School Choir. Gusman Center for the Performing Arts
Thursday, November 29 @ 7:30 PM

(Carmina Burana exerpt) 

a picture of Alfred Gershfeld conducting Carmina Burana at the Gusman Center for the Performing ArtsMIAMI---From the secular and mystical to the worldly and ephemeral, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, a selection from the original manuscript collection of 13th century songs and poems, will resound through Miami’s landmark Gusman Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, November 29, at 7:30 PM as New World School of the Arts presents its first major classical program of the season.
Conducting the evening presentation will be Alfred Gershfeld as more than 180 musicians comprised of the NWSA Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Alfred Gershfeld, along with the NWSA Opera Theater Ensemble, directed by Rodney Miller, the NWSA High School Choir, led by Albert Clark and special guest Southwood Middle School Choir, under the direction of Deborah Mar, come together to interpret the composition.
Sung in Latin, the performance will highlight the talent of three exceptional NWSA soloists – College student Cathy Spitzer as Soprano, faculty member Rodney Miller as Baritone and Nick Perna, Tenor, also a faculty member at NWSA.
Taken from an original manuscript collection of more than 1000 poems and songs, Orff’s 1935-1936 Carmina Burana musical interpretation, arranged for orchestra and chorus, features 24 of the sacred and secular poems set to new music and covers a wide range of topics as relevant to the 21st century as it was in 1200s – the volatility of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life and the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and lust.
Over the years Orff’s composition has been performed by countless ensembles. The best known movement that opens and closes the piece is “O Fortuna”, the first poem in the Schmeller edition. In addition, it has taken center stage in popular culture by appearing in numerous movies, commercials as well as sampled by many bands. Among the most recognizable are Michael Jackson’s for his “Dangerous World Tour”, as music for the 1981 film “Excalibur” and as the Carlton Draught’s “Big Ad” (the barbarian raider advertisements for Capital One credit cards.)
The original manuscript was written in the early 13th century by Bavarian students and clergy and believed to be a satire for the Church. Discovered in the old monastery Benedictbeuern, in the Bavarian Alps, it now sits in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich.
The Gusman Center for the Performing Arts is located at 174 East Flagler Street.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.  For tickets and information, visit, or contact the Music Hotline at 305-237-7855.

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