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Delightfully Bawdy Carmina Burana

Posted: Friday, April 15, 2016
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The North Shore Community Chorus (NSCC), under the direction of Stephen Goldstein, and the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York, under the direction of Scott Stickley, will be joined by the Nassau Treble Choir, under the direction of Craig Knapp, in a performance of Carl Orff’s passionate choral and orchestral masterpiece: Carmina Burana, on Saturday, April 9, at 8 PM at North Shore High School, Glen Head. Featured soloists are soprano, Michelle Emeric, Choral Director at Hicksville High School; baritone, Chris Dufrenoy, leading actor in theater companies all over Long Island, and international vocal competition finalist, Danny Maimone, a rising young tenor, who has performed in opera and recitals throughout the US and in Lucca, Italy.

Carmina Burana—perhaps the most popular and widely performed orchestral/ choral work in the world—incorporates original medieval Latin, French and German texts that veer from the exquisitely lyrical to hilariously rowdy while, at the same time, lamenting the randomness of fate. The poems were written with a bawdy sense of humor by 12th and 13th century fun-loving, itinerant students and worldly monks, in praise of springtime, gluttony, drinking, gambling, the pleasures of the flesh and, above all: LOVE! Beginning with its opening chorus, “O Fortuna,” right through to the chorus’s finale reprise, Orff’s throbbing, visceral rhythms offer an irresistible tour de force that has delighted audiences for generations.

The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York is committed to fostering a community of talented young musicians from the greater Long Island area, providing them with an opportunity to rehearse and perform orchestral and choral masterworks at the highest possible level with recognized leaders in music education and performance. Founded in the fall of 1993 by John C. McNeur, MYO has grown from one orchestra of fifteen members to seven orchestras, a flute choir, and seven choral ensembles, serving over 950 young musicians between the ages of 8 and 18 throughout the Nassau and Suffolk counties of Long Island.

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