From the very first beat of the timpani, Carl Orff's ”Carmina Burana” conveys a sense of the dramatic.
Driven by percussive vocal lines that are accented by the orchestra, the score creates a musical setting for medieval stories of love, luck and debauchery.
With the help of the Eugene Concert Choir, Oregon Festival Choirs and Oregon Mozart Players, the Eugene Ballet Company will present ”Carmina Burana” in its full glory at the Hult Center's Silva Concert Hall in Eugene, Nov. 11-12.
Born in Munich in 1895, Orff was interested in every element of theater, according to K. Marie Stolba in ”The Development of Western Music.” A noted music educator, Orff established the Guntherschule in Munich in 1924. The curriculum combined music, dance and gymnastics.
Used in several film and television soundtracks, ”Carmina Burana” is Orff's most famous work. The composition is based on a collection of 200 medieval Latin, French and German poems discovered in a 13th-century manuscript at a Benedictine monastery in Germany. The music is divided into four parts: ”Fortune, Empress of the World,” ”Spring,” ”In the Tavern” and ”The Court of Love.”
The Eugene performance will feature choreography by Toni Pimble, artistic director of the Eugene Ballet Company since 1978. Pimble's ”Still Falls the Rain” is also on the program. Inspired by an interview on NPR's ”Fresh Air,” the dance recounts events taking place in Afghanistan.
Tickets range from $20 to $47 (plus service charges) depending on seat location. For tickets, contact the Hult Center box office at 800-735-2900 or visit www.hultcenter.org