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Boise Philharmonic's Carmina Burana

Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, at The Morrison Center

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Do you enjoy springtime? Does something about the magic of the Earth reborn draw you to seek company and merriment with spirits? We all know how quickly the intoxication of warm weather can lead to amore. These spring themes are all key to the heart of Carmina Burana.

Carl Orff composed Carmina Burana in the 1930s after he read the Carmina Burana manuscripts, a collection of medieval poems from the 12th century that were uncovered in Bavaria, Germany, in 1803. These poems inspired Orff to create a legendary composition for instruments and choir. The opening movement, "O Fortuna," is widely used in mass media and easily recognizable. This weekend, Boise Philharmonic's brass quintet, Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale, Opera Idaho Childrens' Chorus and the College of Idaho Chorus will take on Orff's stirring classic.

Composer Eric Ewazen's Shadowcatcher will open the show. Shadowcatcher was inspired by photography of Native Americans in the early 1900s, and on Friday, April 14, artist Ward Hooper will paint live during the show. Pre-recorded video of artists Geoffrey Krueger and Christine Raymond will be projected during Saturday night's performance. The art will be auctioned after each evening's performance.

"The idea of the program was to create more than a concert, to create a happening. Both works are inspired by other art forms, and both works are written on a grand scale," said Robert Franz, musical director at Boise Philharmonic.

Each performance will have an optional pre-show lecture so you can learn more of the fascinating history behind the music.

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