Apocalyptic drumbeats and blazing brass are quickly followed by the hushed, pulsing chants of a choir as Carl Orff’s darkly seductive masterpiece begins. The opening notes of Carmina Burana, performed live by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus on Saturday, are an instantly recognizable and menacing soundtrack. You’ve heard its ominous minor chords in commercials for shaving cream, on episodes of The Simpsons, sampled by Nas and Puff Daddy, covered by Ozzy Osbourne and in the background of political attack ads. But there’s nothing like hearing the brute force of an enormous orchestra and choir bring Carmina Burana to life inside the massive cavern of the Meyerson Symphony Hall. The Latin text, which some say was written by excommunicated Catholic monks, is an ode to the powers of lust, fate, love and booze. Coming off a successful European tour, Carmina Burana is also an appropriately dramatic finale to Jaap van Zweden and the DSO’s 2012/2013 season. The orchestra will give its final performances of the season at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets range from $21 to $161 and can be purchased at dallassymphony.com.
Sat., May 25, 2013