Carmina Burana will feature 150 singers from The Charleston Symphony Chorus, 60 plus musicians from The Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and three guest vocalists, alongside 28 dancers from Nashville Ballet. Based on a collection of poems written by clergy and theology students in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, Carmina Burana examines love, fortune and the cycle of life.
The ballet is set to the iconic music of German composer Carl Orff written in the 1930s. The opening piece, O Fortuna, has made its mark as one of the most recognizable pieces of music in the world. “The music is magnificent on its own, but when paired with dance it creates an almostspiritual experience. The ballet explores humanity’s highs and lows, and ultimately the role that sheer fortune plays in our lives. The music mimics the theme of the entire work—it circles back to end where it all begins.” - Paul Vasterling, Artistic Director and CEO.
Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director & CEO, Paul Vasterling.
Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Beginning with its first 30-person orchestra in 1819, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra continues to perform major concert series, including Masterworks, Pops and Chamber Orchestra, offering audiences rich diverse performances.
Founded in 2014, Ballet Evolution is Charleston’s professional ballet company dedicated to the collaboration of arts in the Charleston community through original ballet performances integrating live music and arts education. Ballet Evolution will open the program with original works inspired by poetry and spoken word, featuring accompaniment courtesy of Chamber Music Charleston.