Big Drums, No Baton, and a Roasting Swan: The Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra Tackles the Carmina Burana

Jun 22, 2015

The Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra had their final performance of the 2015 concert season in May. They performed the Carmina Burana—a piece straight from the “Top 10” hits list of classical music. But there’s more to it than meets the ear.

From huge percussion sounds and double grand pianos to a soloist channeling his inner roasting swan, Carmina Burana is a blast through and through. But it also has a fascinating and complicated history. It was written over 700 years ago by defrocked monks to make fun of the religious establishment and German composer Carl Orff made it famous in the 20th century by putting those lyrics to new music. Josh Swartz was there for the week leading up to the performance… You can find out more info : Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra Website and the Cape Cod Conservatory Website

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