Sonomento: Carmina Burana and Farewell to Craig Fields

Date: Sat Jan 13 2024

2 Hours - Archived Performance

Room: Antonello Hall

Location: Minneapolis

Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
SATURDAY, January 13, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Antonello Hall, Downtown Campus
501 S. Second Street, Minneapolis 55401

Join us to celebrate SONOMENTO’s musical director, Craig Fields, who after eighteen years conducts MacPhail’s premiere adult choral ensemble for the last time in a spirited performance of Orff’s Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana is a monumental work normally performed by gigantic orchestral forces, and large choirs. It will be a bit different this time. Maestro Fields is preparing fifty daring SONOMENTO singers and soloists who will take the stage in Antonello Hall to present a more intimate, compact version with two grand pianos and an entire percussion ensemble. This seminal dramatic oratorio will set your senses on fire with its rhythmic intensity as it extols and derides the serendipitous nature of fate, the glories of first love, the excesses of lust, drinking, and gambling … and spring’s sensual re-awakening.


Pianists: Drs. Charles Kemper and Bryon Wilson.

Vocal Soloists: Michael Balzotti, Logan Barat, Rachel Farhi, Heather Ford, Steve Hodulik, Michelle Hoffman, Naomi Karstadt, Miranda Kettlewell, Rebecca Luttio, Ronald Romero, Nathan Romportl and Lauren Thrift.

About Carmina Burana

Carl Orff’s classic masterwork, Carmina Burana, is one of the most popular and most often quoted choral works of the twentieth century. It’s dramatic opening and closing movements have been heard in countless movie soundtracks, television shows and commercials. The oratorio is based on the secular and profane poems from the golliards of the 12th and 13th centuries, a renegade group of disaffected young intellectuals, all educated clerics from the universities of France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and England, who gave up the calling to religious life. They, instead, protested the repressive dogma of the Catholic Church and the growing contradictions within the church hierarchy. Their politically derisive songs and poetry were critical of the church establishment at carnivals, such as the Feast of Fools, and on church festival holidays.

This is Sonomento

Sonomento performs at Patrick Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland
Sonomento performs at Patric Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland.
Sonomento performs at Patric Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland.
Sonomento performs at Eisteddford Music Festival, Llangollen, Wales
Sonomento performs at the Eisteddfod Music Festival, Llangollen, Wales.
Sonomento performs at the Eisteddfod Music Festival, Llangollen, Wales.
Members of Sonomento rehearse for a performance.
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