The final concert of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra’s 65th season on April 17, 2015, Carmina Burana, featured three Flagstaff choirs performing with the FSO. The rousing performance was an aural spectacle, filling Ardrey Memorial Auditorium with intense and powerful music.
Carmina Burana is Carl Orff’s epic choral-orchestral masterpiece, one of the most iconic works of the 20th-century, and a powerful sensory experience beyond comparison. The concert program also included Cesar Franck’s The Accursed Huntsman.
Guest choirs were Master Chorale of Flagstaff and Shrine of the Ages Choir, Dr. Edith Copley, director, and Flagstaff Youth Chorale, Erica Kragness, director. Guest soloists were Christine Graham, soprano, Randall Umstead, tenor, and Chad Sloan, baritone.
From Charly Spining’s review:
“Since it was first performed in 1936, German composer Carl Orff’s signature work “Carmina Burana” has never failed to elicit a visceral response from audiences, and last Friday evening’s Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra rendition was no exception to the rule, as a capacity crowd rose to its feet in acknowledgement of a triumphant conclusion to the orchestra’s current season. Also at full capacity, the Ardrey Auditorium stage boasted expanded orchestral forces, more than 200 choral singers, and three outstanding soloists in a superb performance that appeared to fully meet the expectations of what appeared to be a sold-out house.”