Jonathan Griffith on Carmina Burana
The music of Carmina Burana was written by Carl Orff based on poems from the 11-13th century. Themes in the poems are relatable throughout the decades, such as the fickleness of fortune or feeling lazy and wasting a day in the tavern.
The music is dynamic and has been used across film, television and advertising. It's instantly recognisable.
Jonathan Griffith will be conducting the upcoming performances of Carmina Burana that take place between 4-6 October in Switzerland and France.
We spoke to acclaimed conductor and co-founder of Distinguished Concerts International New York, Jonathan Griffith about the nature of directing such dynamic piece as well as the challenges in multiple choirs and orchestras coming together...
The Ensemble Jean-Philippe Rameau, the Chorus of Saubraz, the Children's choir of the Pays de Gex and the Choir Educatus of Krakow accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra of Geneva, perform in three prestigious locations:
- 4 Oct - The Esplanade du Lac, Divonne-les-Bains (FR)
- 5 Oct - The Auditorium Stravinski, Montreux (CH)
- 6 Oct - Victoria Hall, Geneva (CH)
Carl Orff's work Carmina Burana will be preceded by "Victoria" - a short work of Wojciech Kilar.
The concerts are under the directon of the American conductor Jonathan Griffith, who has already directed the Ensemble Jean-Philippe Rameau twice in the Carnegie Hall of New York.