The Fairmont State University Department of Music presented for its Spring Gala the cantata “Carmina Burana,” on Saturday, April 26. Performance included the Fairmont State Collegiate Singers, Community Chorus and Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Valarie Huffman. Also featured - the Chanticleer Children’s Chorus of West Virginia. The professional soloists for the concert were Mandy Spivak, tenor Alec Carlson and baritone Paul Kreider.
“Carmina Burana” was composed in 1935-1936 by the German composer Carl Orff (1895-1982). The texts were selected from a collection of medieval poetry that was written mostly in Latin and Middle High German. The subjects include love, the coming of spring, laments for the fickleness of fate and bawdy drinking songs. The piece premiered in Frankfurt in 1937, and it was an immediate success. It has since become one of the most frequently performed pieces in the classical repertoire. Orff originally composed the work for choir and orchestra, but the Fairmont State ensembles performed a version adapted for choir and wind ensemble.