2:00PM Sunday, 19 May, 2019 NZST  at  Nelson College, 67 Waimea Rd, Nelson
Nelson Civic Choir & Nelson Symphony Orchestra present Carmina Burana

Nelson Civic Choir & Nelson Symphony Orchestra present their first ever joint venture concert to bring you Carl Orff's iconic and glorious Carmina Burana, together with Ralph Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, and Antiphon from 'Five Mystical Songs'!

This historic concert marks the first time our long-established community choir and regional orchestra have collaborated fully to bring you a high-quality concert to add to Nelson's rich cultural repertoire.

The choir and orchestra, with distinguished vocal soloists and instrumentalists, will perform under the baton of Nigel E. Weeks on Sunday May 19th at 2 pm.

Orff described Carmina Burana as a 'scenic cantata'. It is powerful and evocative, and uses a very large orchestra, making the great traditional hall at Nelson College a fitting venue for this concert.

The text of Carmina Burana is a selection from a large collection of secular poems of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, mostly in vernacular Latin. They were intended for entertainment, and focus on fate and fortune, and earthly delights such as drinking, gambling, dancing and lovemaking.

Carmina Burana begins and ends with a powerful hymn to the goddess Fortuna, the Empress of the World, seen as a monstrous whirling wheel carrying its victims first to the heights, then dashing them to the ground. In between come three main sections ending with the opening chorus (popularised by well-known TV commercials and films), unifying the whole work, and also acting as a pertinent reminder that our lives are ever subject to the vagaries of Fortune.