The Philadelphia finishes their residency on Monday |

The Philadelphia finishes their residency on Monday

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

VAIL ” The last concert by The Philadelphia Orchestra is set for Monday. Lead by colorful conductor Rossen Milanov, and joined by the talented New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Colorado Children’s Chorale, the orchestra will perform Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.”

The program for the evening consists solely of “Carmina Burana.” The work is a set of 24 pieces based on a collection of Medieval poems. The selections of poems cover a wide range of topics that are as relevant now as they were in the 13th century: fortune and wealth, the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and lust. Although “Carmina Burana” was intended as a staged work involving dance, choreography, visual design and other stage action, the piece is now usually performed in concert halls as a cantata.

After Carmina’s greatly successful premiere in Frankfurt, Germany in 1937 the Nazi bureaucracy was at first nervous about the erotic tone of some of the poems, but eventually embraced it and it became the most famous piece of music composed in Nazi Germany. Alex Ross of the New Yorker writes: “(Although Orff had collaborated with the Nazis) the music itself commits no sins by being and remaining popular. That ‘Carmina Burana’ has appeared in hundreds of films and television commercials is proof that it contains no diabolical message, indeed that it contains no message whatsoever.”

Joining the Philadelphia Orchestra will be the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Chorus, a group making its third appearance with the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. The Colorado Children’s Chorale will be performing for the second year at the Festival. The Colorado Children’s Chorale annually trains 400 children age seven and 14 and has performed for such dignitaries as The Dalai Lama, President Bill Clinton and at locations such as the White House and London’s Royal Albert Hall.

This concert will be the sixth and final concert of the 2008 residency for The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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What: The Philadelphia Orchestra performs ‘Carmina Burana’ along with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Colorado Children’s Chorale

Where: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater

When: Monday, 6 p.m.

Cost: $23 – $84.

More information: Call 970-827-5700 or visit

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