Carmina Burana – Season Opener

Carmina_Banner2_webCarmina Burana
Saturday, Oct. 11, 8 p.m., Maryland Hall
Get tickets HERE.

Live Arts Maryland opens the new season as the first group to perform in the newly renovated Maryland Hall Auditorium.  Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is big, loud, fun and the perfect music to christen the hall.

J. Ernest Green conducts the Annapolis Chorale, Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and four guest soloists.  Carmina Burana is familiar music to many due to its use in film, television and, most recently, in commercials (Hershey’s spread).   But a taste of this amazing piece is definitely not enough.   It’s an amazing sound when the 160 voices of the Annapolis Chorale join forces to sing this piece.



Carmina Burana means Songs from Beuern.  Its lyrics come from a set of 254 poems and dramatic texts mostly from the 11th to 13th century.   They are bawdy, irreverent, and satirical and sung mostly in Medieval Latin, some Middle High German and some with a bit of Old French or Provençal.   Some of the pieces actually mix together Latin with German or French.

The songs were likely written by Goliards, student clergy who loved to poke a little fun at the Church.   Several of the writers’  names are known, Peter of Blois, Walter of Châtillon and an anonymous poet, referred to as the Archpoet.

The Songs of Beuren were discovered 1803 in the Benedictine monastery of Benediktbeuern in Bavaria. Orff set 24 of these songs to music in 1936 and almost immediately became widly popular.  It has been an audience favorite –  and for the Annapolis Chorale one of the most requested works – ever since.

We’re thrilled to have four spectacular soloists joining us for this concert. They are (left to right) soprano Marnie Breckenridge, tenor Justin Berkowitz, baritone Jason Hentrich and baritone David Murray.  Read more about them HERElinks to musical samples


You can hear Marnie sing by clicking here.

Hear Justin and David sing by clicking here.

Bonus tracks!  The Annapolis Chamber Orchestra will inaugurate the new performance hall with Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man on this program!