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Art Alert: Over 200 artists to perform Carmina Burana in Alexandria, Cairo

Carl Orff's classic cantata will be conducted by Hisham Gabr and joined by the renowned soloists from France

Ahram Online , Monday 1 Feb 2016
Carmina Burana
(Photo: fragment from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana promotional material)
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The famed classic cantata by Carl Orff wil be performed at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina on 5 February and at the American University in Cairo's Ewart Hall on 6 February.

Conducted by Hisham Gabr, the event will see the participation of over 200 artists, including the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) Chamber Orchestra, the BA Youth Orchestra alonside the BA Choir, and BA Children Choir, joined by the Heaven Harp Choir. The choir master is Rodica Ocheseanu.

The evenings will be also joined by three French renowned soloists, soprano Marilyn Clément, tenor Bertrand Dazin, and baritone Richard Rittelmann.

Carmina Burana is the second major choral work performed by the Bibiotheca Alexandrina's artists in the span of one year. In April 2015, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's famed Requiem mass was performed at the Biblitoheca Alexandrina followed by a concert at the All Saints' Cathedral in Cairo.

Based on medieval Latin poems, Carmina Burana is probably the most frequently performed secular choral work of the 20th century. Its opening and closing theme has been used in countless films and commercials. Its first movement, O Fortuna, with its iconic loud chorus and intense percussion was used in films including Glory (1989), The Doors (1991) and Jackass (2002).

Programme:
5 February at 7 pm
Great Hall, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, El-Shatby, Alexandria
For Alexandria concert, tickets can be purchased at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

6 February at 8pm
Ewart Hall, The American University in Cairo, Tahrir Square Downtown Cairo
For Cairo concert, free entry

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