Tampa Bay Times Masterworks:
Carmina Burana

Michael Francis, conductor
Madison Leonard, soprano
John Kaneklides, tenor
Michael Nyby, baritone
The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay
Doreen Rao, visiting artistic director
Lumina Youth Choirs
Deah McReynolds, director

Tippett: Ritual Dances from The Midsummer Marriage
Orff: Carmina Burana

Don’t know it? Oh, yes, you do. The iconic Carmina Burana, under the baton of Michael Francis, sets the tone for an epic 50th anniversary season. Carl Orff’s masterpiece has taken on a life of its own, from the Super Bowl to political spoofs to The Simpsons, but nothing takes away from the raw power of hearing the entire work live with The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. Carmina Burana  is based on a medieval collection of 13th-century poems, with themes ranging from religious ecstasy to lust to drunken debauchery, in a combination of Latin, German and French. Also on the program is Ritual Dances from the opera The Midsummer Marriage by Michael Tippett. This piece is not performed as often, but its ritual nature and exploration of escapism make it a good fit with Carmina Burana.


Friday, October 6, 2017 at 8:00pm – Tampa, Straz Center (STRAZ)

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)

Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 7:30pm – Clearwater, Ruth Eckerd Hall (REH)