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It is Manhattan Island, New York City in 1929. The beating heart of the city is the Edison stock ticker. Bankers and brokers swing their chorus girls to the lively jazz band as their wives raise their children at home. The World Premiere of Geoffrey Gonzalez’s Carmina Burana, based on true events, will transport the audience to a tragic moment in American history. The end of the roaring 20’s and the beginning of the greatest financial crisis of the 20th century. Examining closely a story of how the temptations of the era lead to One losing everything and being collected by the Empress of Fortune.
Carmina Burana was composed in 1936 by German composer Carl Orff and based on twenty-four 13th century poems of medieval monks. The poems cover a wide range of topics, familiar then as they are now – the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and lust. Some parts are sung in Latin and some parts are sung in German. The work was intended as a staged work involving dance, but the piece is usually performed in concert halls as a cantata.
City Ballet’s new production, choreographed by Resident Choreographer Geoff Gonzalez, is a thrilling collaboration between dancers, singers and orchestra, set to Carl Orff’s heart-pounding score, accompanied by more than one hundred voices and by live music under the direction of conductor John Nettles.