Posted at 3:26 AM on March 3, 2010
by Ward Jacobson
Filed under: Programs
The last couple of days replete with sunshine and warmer temperatures have made the promise of spring all the more legit. Stay up late tonight (12:05am, Thursday) for another blast of spring - our weekly Euro-Classic comes from Luxembourg (where, appropriately, it was also supposed to be sunny and around 40-degrees all this week!). In a performance recorded live a year ago, the Luxembourgh Philharmonic Orchestra plays Claude Debussy's Spring Symphonic Suite (Printemps) - a work where, for the first time, the term impressionism was applied.
The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra presents Carl Orff's masterpiece "Carmina Burana" this Saturday at the DECC. I'll be there to host a pre-concert lecture "Behind the Music" at 7:00.
Love, lust, the joys of drinking and the madness of Spring are all in 'Carmina' and Orff catches the mood right from the top with his pulsating "O Fortuna."
O Fortuna has appeared in just about every conceivable commercial, movie, talk-show, professional sport, you name it.
Here's a partial list:
1. The soundtrack for the 1981 film "Excalibur."
2. The 2008 Milwaukee Brewers games as the home-team went up to bat.
3, Fox's Sean Hannity show.
4. In several commercials where one political party makes fun of another (was it the Democrats or the Republicans?)
5. Sung every year at graduation ceremonies at the University of Oslo.
Oh, and here's a parody of "O Fortuna" in case you also can't quite make out the words.