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Pacific Symphony presents "Carmina Burana" at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

The Pacific Chorale performs with the Pacific Symphony
The Pacific Chorale performs with the Pacific SymphonyPacific Symphony

The Pacific Symphony presents a special performance of Carl Orff’s masterful oratorio, “Carmina Burana," performed by the Pacific Chorale on June 5th – June 7th at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Weaving together lyrics that date back to the 12th and 13th centuries, “Carmina Burana” features magnificent voices of soprano Cyndia Sieden, tenor Marc Molomot and baritone Michael Kelly. Led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, the Symphony paves the way for Orff’s masterful work by also performing John Williams’ “Exsultate Justi” from the feature film Empire of the Sun, Lukas Foss’ “Elegy for Anne Frank” (written to mark the 60th anniversary of the birth of Anne Frank), Charles Ives’ “The Unanswered Question” and Kathy C. Bowen’s “I Believe in God.” Pacific Chorale, led by Artistic Director John Alexander, lends its voices to enhance the majestic sounds, while Southern California Children’s Chorus represents the voices of children during World War II.

Stage director Eric Einhorn and videographer Paul DiPierro have joined forces to visually enhance the program’s music. Einhorn arranged for children’s artwork from the Holocaust to be projected above the stage, while other segments feature video content of a family’s journey by train as they relive memories of the home they were forced to leave behind. Through art, video and costumes evocative of World War II, as well as the music, the theme of children’s unwavering hope and optimism, and humanity’s persistence to seek faith amid suffering is juxtaposed against the horrors of the Holocaust.

The program takes place in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 5-7, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Investigate Orff’s work further during Sunday Connections’ “Carmina Burana Discovered,” taking place June 8th, at 3:00 p.m. The Saturday performance also features the Symphony’s third “Inside and Out” Plazacast and Community Celebration, a free party on the arts plaza complete with food trucks and performances by community ensembles, starting at 5:00 p.m. Concertgoers are invited to come early, bring a blanket, chair and picnic on the plaza while enjoying the music.

As Orange County’s largest non-profit arts organization, Segerstrom Center for the Arts owns and operates the 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall, the intimate 250-seat Founders Hall; the 2,000-seat Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which also houses the 500-seat Samueli Theater, the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Education Center’s studio performance space and Boeing Education Lab. The Center presents a broad range of programming each season for audiences of all ages from throughout Orange County and beyond. It offers many education programs that reach hundreds of thousands of students of all ages with vital arts-in-education programs, enhancing their studies and enriching their lives well into the future. In addition to the presenting and producing institution Segerstrom Center for the Arts, also embraces the facilities of two independent acclaimed organizations: Tony Award®-winning South Coast Repertory and a site designated as the future home of the Orange County Museum of Art. It is also proud to serve as the artistic home to three of the region’s major performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Pacific Chorale, who contribute greatly to the artistic life of the region with annual seasons at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

For more information on Pacific Symphony & Pacific Chorale’s presentation of “Carmina Burana,” visit www.scfta.org.