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Primal reasons to hear 'Carmina Burana' by Columbia Pro Cantare

Primal reasons to hear 'Carmina Burana' by Columbia Pro Cantare

German composer Carl Orff's “Carmina Burana” has been an audience favorite ever since it premiered in 1937. Based on a 13th-century Latin poem, this scenic cantata has a primal energy that always hits listeners in a visceral way. Indeed, Columbia Pro Cantare has done it several times over the years.

“It's in the top-five list of pieces that people want to hear,” said Columbia Pro Cantare music director Frances Motyca Dawson, whose group is doing it again on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. at Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School.

“Orff felt that it was important to write music that would be highly accessible to audiences,” Dawson added. “There is an elemental rhythmic drive...

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