Certain musical compositions qualify not only as “masterpieces” but also as “spectacles” when performed by the world’s greatest ensembles. Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, deployed in works of popular culture as diverse as Excalibur and The Simpsons, is among them. The Cleveland Orchestra Miami, in conjunction with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and the Miami Children’s Chorus, will perform Orff’s tour de force March 26-28 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. More than 200 people will be on stage and under the baton of principal guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero.
In translation, the medieval, largely Latin libretto begins, “O Fortune, like the moon you are changeable, ever waxing and waning.” The words are a fitting description of Carmina Burana itself, which soothes the listener with the subtleties of instrumental music and voice and then shakes the rafters.
“It gives me joy to conduct the piece,” Guerrero says. “I’m glad we’re able to bring it to Miami.”
– Kingsley Guy
Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722, arshtcenter.org.