Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.
Vance Brand Civic Auditorium
600 E. Mountain View Ave. - Longmont
Robert Olson - Conductor
Thanks to its’ use in countless scary movies, Carmina Burana is singularly the most popular work for chorus and orchestra in existence! And why shouldn’t it be? Orff used over twenty popular songs, some of them baudy, some sensual, from drinking songs to a pig singing while he is being roasted alive, and arranged them for 3 soloists, chorus and orchestra. The result is a highly colorful, rollicking work that is bookended by what must be THE most “evil” sounding song in all of movie compositions. It’s a work I’ve conducted many times as conductor of the Kansas City Ballet, for it is also a powerful and popular ballet. We are thrilled to present this with the Longmont Chorale, and welcoming back “Longmont’s favorite soprano”, Kara Guggenmos to our stage.
Of special note is the opening piece, the Passcaglia by Webern. This is a very unusual work for the LSO, and if you know the music of Webern you might be thinking “hmm … I think I’ll show up ten minutes late!” He is famous for his use of the 12 tone scale and writing extremely condensed, difficult-to-comprehend pieces. But this was his very first composition and it is interesting to hear Webern before he became atonal (meaning having no tonality). This piece was also suggested by one of our patrons so I am particularly delighted in presenting it here.
A passacaglia is ‘fun’ to follow because the composer repeats the same theme over and over, usually in the bass voice but It can be anywhere, while changing its aesthetic each time it’s repeated. So one time it might be “heavy and sad”, the next time light and “happy”. If you have a minute, you might want to search for the piece on YouTube and try to locate the passacaglia theme … you’ll enjoy a live performance all that more.
Robert Olson, LSO Artistic Director