Carl Orff's joyous Carmina Burana bursts forth like a boisterous street festival — filled with music, mayhem, and merriment. This modern-day Canterbury Tales comes complete with lusty hymns to springtime, animated drinking songs, and a swan's anguishingly ironic farewell to life (on a barbecue spit!). The program opens with a reconstructed concerto for oboe d'amore by Johann Sebastian Bach, with the Orchestra's solo english horn player, Robert Walters, as soloist.
PLEASE NOTE: With deep regret and on the advice of his physician, Franz Welser-Möst is unable to travel to Cleveland for these concerts, April 11-14, in order to continue ongoing physical therapy for severe back pain. James Feddeck will conduct these performances; the musical program is unchanged.
POP CULTURE NOTE: You may not recognize the title of Carmina Burana, but you know this music. Its opening “O Fortuna” is well known through countless quotations in sports commercials — and now rallies basketball fans for the Cleveland Cavaliers at the opening of every home game.
At a Glance
BACH - Concerto in A major (for oboe d'amore), BWV1055
ORFF - Carmina Burana
This concert is sponsored by KeyBank,
a Cleveland Orchestra Partner in Excellence.
Rebecca Nelson's appearance
with The Cleveland Orchestra is made possible
by a gift to the Orchestra's Guest Artist Fund
from the Margaret R. Griffiths Trust.
Free Concert Preview:
"From Medieval Manuscript to 20th-Century Cantata:
The Story of Carmina Burana"
with David J. Rothenberg,
associate profressor of musicology,
Case Western Reserve University
Concert Hall at Severance Hall
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CAMPUS CENTER GARAGE
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Under 18s Free for Families
"Under 18s Free for Famlies" at Severance Hall
This concert is eligible for Under 18s Free for Families.
Introduced for Blossom Festival concerts in 2011, the “Under 18s Free for Families” program is designed to encourage families to attend and experience concerts together. With strong interest from the public and the funders who make these free tickets possible, this program has been extended from Blossom to include select Cleveland Orchestra concerts at Severance Hall each season.
At Severance Hall, the program offers free tickets (one per regular-priced adult paid admission) to young people ages 7-17 to the Orchestra’s Fridays@7, Friday Morning at 11, and Sunday Afternoon at 3 concerts. The free tickets for Severance Hall concerts eligible for this program must be purchased through the Severance Hall Ticket Office and are not available online.
At Blossom, this program offers free Lawn Tickets (two per regular-priced adult paid admission) to young people to any Blossom Music Festival concert.
The "Under 18s Free" initiative is supported by The Cleveland Orchestra’s Center for Future Audiences and by annual gifts from other generous donors. The Center for Future Audiences was created with a $20 million lead endowment gift from the Maltz Family Foundation to develop new generations of audiences for Cleveland Orchestra concerts in Northeast Ohio.
To date, this program has offered over 30,000 free tickets to Northeast Ohio young people at Blossom and Severance Hall.
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