Ying Fang and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra take on Carmina Burana | 02.17-18.24, Stifel Theatre

Photo of soprano Ying Fang by Dario Acosta

7:30pm (02.17.24) and 3:00pm (02.18.24) | 1400 Market St. | All ages | $30 – $151

Based on a collection of 13th century poems and folk songs, Carmina Burana is a classical cantata that has the unusual status of having being both banned and celebrated by the Nazis—celebrated due to its representation of Germanic folk history, and banned for the risqué lyrics. Quite a history. Its author, Carl Orff, released Carmina as part of three collections of songs and poetry. It is the words of the people and the music of the courts in one piece.

Orff’s most popular work by far, the representation of the common folk music with soaring classical music has kept its place among the most popular pieces of its time, with a place in commercials and modern films and television.

St. Louis will be enjoying Carmina Burana performed by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at Stifel Theatre this February 17th at 7:30pm and 18th at 3:00pm. Conductor Stéphane Denève will lead the performance, which features Chinese-born soprano Ying Fang, South African tenor Sunnyboy Dladla, and American baritone Thomas Lehman, who is currently based out of Germany. The concert will also include performances of Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten, Lera Auerbach’s Icarus, and “Liebestod” from Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit slso.org. | Melissa Cynova

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