Under the direction of Dr. Talberg, a highly-skilled US-American director and renowned university professor, almost 100 singers from three choirs performed Carl Orff’s masterwork in the reduced version for soloists, mixed choir, two pianos and percussion: The California State University Long Beach Chamber Choir supported by singers from the University Choir and the Carolina International Chorale from Chapel Hill, North Carolina (under the direction of Sue Klausmeyer).
Carmina Burana is an exciting and moving cantata based on 24 poems from the 13th century that were discovered in a Bavarian monastery. The poems cover a wide selection of secular topics as familiar to us today as they undoubtedly were in the 13th century: the transient nature of wealth, the fickleness of fortune, the joy of the return of Spring, and the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and sex. The music has a here-and-now quality that captures the attention of modern audiences, it is surging, powerful and sometimes very erotic.
When asked to sum up the work in two phrases, Dr. Talberg said: "Carmina was written by monks who wish they weren't monks or in the words of the 60s, it is all about sex, drugs and rock'n roll".
The concert opened the Roman Summer Musical Festival “E Lucevan le stelle – Musica nel Chiostro” and followed the Incantato Carmina Burana Festival 2008 on the Amalfi Coast where 120 singers performed Carmina Burana with full symphony orchestra on June 27 in the Anfiteatro di Maiori. The event was organized by the New York based Performance Tour Specialists Incantato Tours & Concert Management in cooperation with the Roman Associazione Nova Amadeus and under patronage of the Italian Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali – Dipartimento dello Spettacolo. Artistic Director is Stefano Sovrani who founded the Nova Amadeus Orchestra in 1982 and has since worked with many major artists.
While the percussionists were professional Italian musicians and members of the Nova Amadeus Orchestra, the soloists and pianists come from the United States - like the choristers. The singers executed Carmina beautifully. The three soloists, Tenor Andrew Crane, Baritone Tyler Alessio and Soprano Ashley Seaton excelled. Alessio and Seaton are outstanding voice majors at California State University Long Beach and the two Italian concerts were their international premieres as soloists in a major production. Christopher Luthi and Frank Zachary were the pianists for the Rome concert.
For impressions from the Festival Concert, please view the slide show below.
This is a video recording of the concert opening:
The 2008 Incantato Festival on the Amalfi Coast was organized by New York based Incantato Tours & Concert Management in cooperation with the Azienda Autonoma di Soggiorno e Turismo di Maiori (Grazie mille, to Dr. Giacobbe Ruocco and his team). The event was under the patronage of the American Consulate in Naples and supported by the Regione di Campania and various local organizations.
"The sexiest Carmina Burana ever heard" - Enchanting Incantato Festival Concert on the Amalfi Coast in Maiori on Friday, June 27 at 9 pm
Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" in concert
June 27, Anfiteatro (Marina di Maiori) at 9 pm
"We are singing the sexiest Carmina Burana the Amalfi Coast has ever heard", that's conductor Jonathan Talberg's promise for the upcoming concert event on Friday, June 27, 2008 at 9.00 pm at the Anfiteatro in Maiori (Marina). The entrance is free for the 2008 Incantato Festival opening.
Under the direction of Dr. Talberg, a masterly US-American choir director and renowned university professor, 120 singers from four choirs are performing Carl Orff's masterpiece in full length with soloists, mixed choir, two pianos and symphomic orchestra: The California State University Chamber Choir supported by singers from the CSULB University Choir from Long Beach, The California State University San Bernadino Chamber Singers and The Carolina International Chorale from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Carmina Burana is an extraordinary and moving cantata based on 24 poems from the 13th century that were discovered in a Bavarian monastery. The poems cover a wide range of secular topics as familiar to us today as they undoubtedly were in the 13th century: the transient nature of wealth, the fickleness of fortune, the joy over the return of Spring, and the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and sex. The music has a here-and-now quality that captures the attention of modern audiences, it is surging, powerful and sometimes very erotic. "Perfect for a hot summer night on the amazing Amalfi Coast", exclaims Talberg. Performing Carmina in Italy is a dream come true for the conductor and singers alike. The Maiori Anfiteatro is an ideal setting for this essential artistic experience. When visiting the Amalfi Coast for the very first time last summer, the maestro was particularly moved by the hospitality of the locals and great appreciation for fine arts. "When asked if we would consider performing Carmina in Maiori, there could only be one answer: YES", Talberg recalls. The local commitment and support, both morally and financially, substantiallly helped to realize the project titled "Incantato Festival 2008". The highlight performance of Carmina Burana in Maiori is presented by the New York based Performance Tour Specialists Incantato Tours & Concert Management in cooperation with the Azienda di Soggiorno e Turismo di Maiori and under the patronage of the Regione di Campania. The singers' journey will also be documented by a videographer that was especially appointed to come along.
While the symphonic orchestra is comprised of professional musicians from the Republic of Udmurtia which makes Carmina in Maiori a truly international event, the soloists and pianists come from the United States - like the choristers. Tenor Andrew Crane has already made himself a name for his inspired interpretation of the role. Baritone Tyler Alessio and Soprano Ashley Seaton are outstanding voice majors at California State University Long Beach and the concerts will be their international premiere as soloists in a major production. Christopher Luthi and Joshua Tuburan are the pianists.
The ensemble under the direction of Dr. Andrew Crane arrived in Rome on June 22 after spending a couple of days in Tuscany, the first stop of their 2008 Performance Tour to Italy. Next and final destination is the magnificent Amalfi Coast where the choir will be presenting first a joined concert and then Carmina Burana together with the CSULB Chamber Choir and the Caroline International Chorale as part of the 2008 Incantato Festival.
Their next concert prior to joining the 2008 Incantato "Carmina Burana" Festival on the Amalfi Coast in on Monday, June 23 at Sant' Alessio on the Aventine Hill in Rome at 9 pm. The CSUSB Chamber Singers will also be the featured guest choir for High Mass at the beautiful Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore at 6 pm.
Below is the group's concert schedule.
THE CSUSB CHAMBER SINGERS
Sabato, 21 Giugno alle ore 21
June 21, 9 pm
Lunedi, 23 Giugno alle ore 6
June 23, 6 pm (Messa Cantata/Sung Mass)
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore – Roma
Lunedi, 23 Giugno alle ore 21
June 23, 9 pm
Sant’ Alessio – Roma
Mercoledì 25 Giugno alle ore 21
June 25, 9 pm
Collegiata di Santa Maria a. Mare – Maiori
con il coro della California State University Long Beach
& il Carolina International Chorale (USA)
The Santa Barbara City College Concert Choir ended it's 2008 Performance Tour to Ireland on a high note: The 52 travelers from California were singing and dancing the night away at the Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin as part of their "Shindig" Farewell Dinner organized by Incantato Tours. The Three-Man-Band and Claddagh Irish Dancers were a true hit with the crowd and SBCC was invited to perform as well - not an easy task after a tour of the distillery and a yummy three course meal including some strong Irish coffee which was - for most - accompanied by a few pints for most and also a tasting of the Jameson whiskey.
The truly outstanding band dedicted "Danny Boy" (video also featured below) to director Nathan Kreitzer who was presented with a special gift from Incantato Concert Management as a small token of our appreciation for the opportunity to work with and for SBCC on this exciting tour: a traditional Bodhran. In addition, Nathan received the XXL tour poster (pictured in front of St. Patrick' s Cathedral) which was signed by all participants at the bottom.
Last not least, the dancers invited guests from the audience to show their skills to traditional Irish tunes: SBCC singers Matt, Kenny, Angela and Christina were brave enough to try and had a blast. Email us to firstname.lastname@example.org to see for yourself.
One of many highlights was the world premiere of Michael Eglin's newest composition "Barter" - soon to be available by the Santa Barbara Publishing Company. The 40+ singers received lots of applause from the international audience - Germans, French, Irish, Scots and visitors from various other European countries, even some Australians enjoyed the noon concert at the newly renovated church which offered standing room only - the about 80 seats were taken even before the concert started.
More videos and pictures from the performance will be featured on our blog asap.
This group picture was taken after the concert.
Please visit Incantato Tours & Concert Management on youtube.com/incantatotours for recordings from this and other performances.
Our video clips from this performance come with typical pub background noises, but we hope you enjoy them nevertheless.
Below fetaured is "Dúlamán", for more videos of this and other fine choirs traveling to Europe with Incantato Tours & Concert Management, please visit youtube.com/incantatotours.
If it hadn't been for the European Championship Match of Poland vs. Germany which started only shortly after the performance, the choir would have not been allowed to bid farewell with only one encore. Both the Polish and the Irish Priest at St. Augustine's Church thanks SBCC for perform in their church and for the people in Cork. "Your brought us a most wonderful gift with your music. So many aspects of our lives can be improved through music, it warms the heart, the soul and brings people closer together. Thank you very very much for coming to Cork."
Next stop for the SBCC Choir on their journey with Incantato Tours is the city of Cork. For videoclips from the concert at St. Patrick's Cathedral, visit youtube.com/incantatotours.
The ensemble's first concert is on June 6, 2008 at noon at the beautiful National Cathedral and Collegiate Church of Saint Patrick in Dublin.
For more information on the SBCC 2008 Performance Tour, check back here frequently and also visit the choir-blog at http://irelandsbcc2008.blogspot.com/
For a recording from this and other concerts, visit Incantato on youtube.com/incatatotours.
The slideshow above shows impressions from the Mass along with pictures from the tapas luncheon and guided sightseeing tour which preceeded the finale Canticum concert at the church of San Sebastián at 9 pm.