Ah, Carmina Burana!  Who would’ve thought that Bainbridge Island would have the talent and capability (if not the space) to perform this spectacular, powerful, and complex opus by Carl Orff!  

But we do!  BI Symphony Orchestra and Bainbridge Chorale will perform Carmina Burana and four well known works of choral sacred music on April 22 and 23 at the High School Gym — and in this podcast you’ll hear BI Symphony Orchestra conductor, Wes Schulz, and Bainbridge Chorale Conductor, Michael Austin Miller talk about the music, the lyrics and the challenges of performing this very popular music.

In their fun and informative conversation with BCB host Channie Peters, we learn about the poetic texts that form the origin of the sometimes romantic, sometimes raunchy, sometimes melancholic lyrics for Orff’s masterpiece, the work for which he is best known.  Michael and Wes explain where and when the texts were found and how they are used.

We’ll also hear about the challenges of combining so many musicians and singers on one makeshift “stage” and how they rehearse for this grand undertaking, and we’ll learn about the other beautiful choral pieces that will be performed.  

More information and tickets can be found at bainbridgeperformingarts.org and bainbridgechorale.org.

Credits: BCB host: Channie Peters; BCB audio editor and social media publisher: Diane Walker.