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.
Oh this too good,
Tho' some is rude,
The "lyrics" are ingenious...
My mind I bet
These words will set
To Saturday's Carmina
D S S O,
We love you so
Saucy codpieces and aAaAaAaaaall