Performance Schedule

Carmina Burana

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Sunday, May 7, 3:00 pm

Immanuel Lutheran Church
16515 Luther Way,
Eden Prairie, MN 55346

Asako Hirabayashi - piano * Donald Livingston - piano
Timothy Faatz - tenor * Elias Mokole - baritone * Kristin Morant - soprano
Percussionists from the nationally acclaimed Eden Prairie HS Drum Line


Carmina Burana is widely recognized as one of the most popular works in the classical repertoire. Nothing else in the world is like it!
Movies have included it more than any other musical work. Audiences and musicians love it. It’s raw, nasty, gorgeous, lyrical, and overwhelming. The cast of performers includes singers, drummers, and pianists.

Monks get distracted. Imagine a tavern filled with medieval monks and their students, kvetching about fate and love, drinking, and roaring out rhymes one after another. A 14th century manuscript collected two hundred of these poems, and Carl Orff discovered it in 1935. He chose 24 poems and set them to music that powerfully conveys not just the meaning but also the spirit behind the text. And that spirit is sometimes not so nice!

More than a composer, Carl Orff was a visionary who created a dramatic concept combining music, spoken word, dance, and scenic design. Most frequently today, his Carmina Burana is performed simply by a chorus and instrumental ensemble with no stage movement. That is how Chorus Polaris will perform it in our first year, 2017. In 2018 we will add elements of dance, poetry, and staging. In 2019 we will add an orchestra and scenic design, film, and dramatic lighting.




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