The talented musicians at Ballard High have outdone themselves with a two-night extravaganza of winter music on Dec. 9 and 10.
Both nights featured a finale of seven movements of Carmina Burana performed by combined Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Choir, Advanced Women's Chorale, Percussion and Wind Ensemble.
It was truly an epic performance. Carmina Burana is one of the greatest choral/orchestral works of the 21st century and is quite an undertaking at the high school level.
The enormous opening movement, O Fortuna, mirrors the last movement and is easily the most recognizable. This piece is about excess and the music reflects that in the range of voices, the number of instruments, and a boldness that leaves one with a sense that the composer, Carl Orff, pulled out all his tricks in one piece.
Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony, says, “From a conductor's point of view, Carmina is an absolute blast — so many people, so many textures, so much variety.”