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May 8, 1996 | by Renee Lucas Wayne, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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February 17, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
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)
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November 13, 1987 | By TOM DI NARDO, Daily News Classical Music Writer
The Choral Arts Society and full orchestra under conductor Sean Deibler performs Carl Orff's earthy cantata, "Carmina Burana," at the Academy of Music Sunday at 7:30 p.m. This excellent ensemble usually offers major yet rare choral works that deserve more frequent hearings, but this time aims the varied skills of its choristers at this more familiar, undeniably powerful work. "Carmina Burana" is a unique blend of hedonistic drama and hypnotic rhythms, a work with a completely unique signature.
NEWS
April 15, 1990 | By Will Thompson, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2007 | By Ellen Dunkel FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
August 6, 1986 | By Deborah Lawson, Special to The Inquirer
Audiences love John Butler's lusty ballet, Carmina Burana, and its throbbing, pseudo-antique score by Carl Orff. Many critics find it vulgar. It's as speciously medieval as the images on modern Tarot cards. But it has been a seat-filler for many dance companies since Butler created it for the New York City Opera in 1959. One reason is a blatant sexuality that confirms the old chestnut that dance is the vertical expression of a horizontal idea. In a triumphant performance by the Pennsylvania Ballet and a 100-voice choir at the Mann Music Center last night, torrents of wild paganism and pounding movement were tempered by moments of tenderness.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2010 | By Ellen Dunkel FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2008 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
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.
NEWS
March 30, 2004 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
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)
NEWS
March 6, 2007 | By Ellen Dunkel FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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February 17, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2010 | By Ellen Dunkel FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2008 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2007 | By Ellen Dunkel FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
March 6, 2007 | By Ellen Dunkel FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
March 30, 2004 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2001 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
'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.
NEWS
May 8, 1996 | by Renee Lucas Wayne, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 15, 1990 | By Will Thompson, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 13, 1987 | By TOM DI NARDO, Daily News Classical Music Writer
The Choral Arts Society and full orchestra under conductor Sean Deibler performs Carl Orff's earthy cantata, "Carmina Burana," at the Academy of Music Sunday at 7:30 p.m. This excellent ensemble usually offers major yet rare choral works that deserve more frequent hearings, but this time aims the varied skills of its choristers at this more familiar, undeniably powerful work. "Carmina Burana" is a unique blend of hedonistic drama and hypnotic rhythms, a work with a completely unique signature.
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