The Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town presents Carmina Burana, created by German composer Carl Orff in the mid-1930s.
Carmina Burana is a secular music piece based on 24 poems selected from a medieval collection of texts by the same name. The composition has been used in many adverts and movies.
The selection covers a wide range of topics such as the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the return of spring, and the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling, and lust.
The poems, which the composition is based on, are satirical and were written as a form of protest by student clergymen, disillusioned with the increasing contradictions within the church at that time.
The program also includes instrumental works for pianos and percussion ensemble.
Conductor: Richard Haigh
Soprano: Elizabeth Catharina
Tenor: Willem Bester
Bass: Conroy Scott
Pianos: Francois du Toit and Sandra Kettle-Loubser
Percussion ensemble: Fold-em Percussion Ensemble, led by Frank Mallows
Venue: City Hall, Darling Street, Cape Town
Cost: R210 to R250