October 19, 2015 |
Most members of the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey don't play music for a living. Rather, they live to play music. Thus a physicist, a pharmacist, a data analyst, and a lawyer or two will be among the performers onstage at the amateur ensemble's 25th anniversary concert. "This fills a need in my life," says Neil Aaronson, 35, a violist who lives in Mays Landing and teaches physics at Stockton University. "Playing the viola makes me feel whole. " I met Aaronson and others in the respected 95-member Philharmonic during a rehearsal last week for the anniversary concert.
February 17, 2013 |
Carmina Burana , the Carl Orff cantata that inspires extremes of adoration and revulsion, emerged a changed piece Thursday night. It ascended from its typical semiprofessional performance circumstances to the best this city can offer: the Philadelphia Singers Chorale at its full-tilt best, with the Philadelphia Orchestra in precise form under guest conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. Frühbeck came into this string of Kimmel Center performances (opening Thursday and continuing Saturday)
March 6, 2010 |
Pennsylvania Ballet premiered Matthew Neenan's Carmina Burana at the Academy of Music in March 2007 to great fanfare, then took it to New York's City Center, then packed it away. It hadn't been seen since until Thursday night, when the company brought it back to the Academy on a program with Balanchine's The Four Temperaments. Carmina is a rich piece with a large cast, many (quirky) costume changes, and Carl Orff's rowdy "secular cantata" performed by the Orchestra of the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Philadelphia Singers Chorale.
July 26, 2008 |
Closing nights of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Mann Center season can have a crawling-across-the-finish-line quality, but Thursday's concert wasn't one of them. Though the orchestra has spent weeks on a wearying single-program-per-night treadmill here and in Vail, Carl Orff's Nazi-era, hyper-rhythmic choral-music orgy - Carmina Burana, of course - was a smash. The piece often is, with its mixture of sex-steeped medieval verse and breathless rhythms, but this performance marked a particularly smart consolidation of resources.
March 10, 2007 |
Pennsylvania Ballet unleashed a triumph Thursday night, with its world premiere of a steamy, explosive new Carmina Burana at the Academy of Music. Any worries about replacing John Butler's version - a favorite for four decades - now can be forgotten. The hour-long ballet, choreographed by corps de ballet member and de facto resident choreographer Matthew Neenan, sped along in a revel of eruptive jumps, sexy duets and full, lush ensemble sections. Loosely based on a series of poems about drinking, gambling, fate, life and love, it was danced in an ever-changing variety of skin-tight costumes.
March 6, 2007 |
John Butler's rousing Carmina Burana has been a signature piece for Pennsylvania Ballet for four decades. This week, the company is doing something drastic: replacing it. "I love Butler's Carmina Burana," artistic director Roy Kaiser said. "I grew up with it. I danced it for many years. " And that may have been part of the problem, he said. "For us, anyway, it started to look a little dated. I just didn't think we did it as well as we should have. " So Matthew Neenan, the corps de ballet dancer who in the last decade has become the company's de facto resident choreographer, was chosen to turn Carmina from a modest ballet of four principals and 12 corps dancers to a larger, more lush work for 32 dancers.
March 30, 2004 |
In celebration of its 130th anniversary, the Mendelssohn Club accomplished what is, for many, the impossible: Its Sunday concert at the Kimmel Center gave you reason to respect Carl Orff's annoyingly popular Carmina Burana. These choral settings of ribald poetry by sodden medieval monks have always given audiences reasons to be at least superficially excited. Whether drinking songs or dreamy odes to queens and goddesses, the tunes have the insistent simplicity (though not the charm)
June 17, 2001 |
'O Fortuna! Always do you wax and wane!" So sounds the cry of the masses, exasperated by the fickle goddess who turns winners into losers. And who is fortune's latest victim? The instantly recognizable, hugely popular music with which composer Carl Orff set these words. Carmina Burana, a 1936 choral work based on ribald songs and verses by medieval monks, was not only the German composer's first, greatest and loudest hit; it is also one of the few pieces that choral societies can count on to draw Academy of Music-size crowds.
May 8, 1996 |
PENNSYLVANIA BALLET'S CARMINA BURANA. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. Tonight through May 12, May 17-19; 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Tickets: $15-50. Info: 215-551-7014. It's been lamented by many that as a thing grows older, it loses some of its edge. Fortunately, the naysayers are not always right. It's been 30 years since Pennsylvania Ballet premiered "Carmina Burana," which has since become the company's signature work. Tonight, when it sweeps onto the stage of the Merriam Theater, this anniversary presentation promises to arrive with all its passion, drama and sensuality intact.
April 15, 1990 |
Spring music concerts and programs are beginning to abound in Delaware County, mostly at Swarthmore College and Suburban Music School in Media. Suburban Music School, 201 N. Providence Rd., is a growing nonprofit professional music institution founded in 1982 by Beatrice Wernick. It offers individual and group instructions in all orchestral areas - piano, classical and electric guitar, voice and recorder, theory, voice and instrumental ensembles. It also sponsors an adult amateur community chorus.