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Music

Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana

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Tues., April 29, 8 p.m.
Wed., April 30, 8 p.m.

Maumelle Performing Arts Center
on the campus of Maumelle High School
100 Victory Lane, Maumelle, AR 72113

Tickets: $20 general admission

Purchase tickets from cast members or participating organizations, visit the UALR Music Dept. Box Office, or call (501) 569-8993

The UALR Community Chorus presents an innovative interpretation of Carl Orff’s 20th-century masterpiece Carmina Burana, in collaboration with Arkansas Festival Ballet, the choir of Second Presbyterian Church of Little Rock, and choirs from five local high schools, including J.A. Fair, Little Rock Central, Maumelle, Mount St. Mary Academy, and Parkview.

This staged extravaganza features 200 singers, professional orchestral accompaniment, and choreography developed exclusively for the 2014 production by Arkansas Festival Ballet choreographer Rebecca Stalcup.  Dr. Bevan Keating, associate professor of music at UALR, conducts the orchestra and combined choirs.

Touching on themes of love and loss, victory and despair, and suffering and ecstasy, Orff’s powerful music is a perennial favorite at symphony houses and stages around the world. The opening and closing movement, Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi, permeates popular culture as background music for numerous movies, advertisements, and video games.

Artistic director Bevan Keating and producer Bruce Rentz dramatize this music through the stories of three couples as they progress through the triumphs and defeats dealt to them by the goddess Fortune’s whims. Each couple is personified by two singers and two dancers who bring their own unique spin to Orff’s words and music.

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Updated 4.6.2014