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A Grand Finale

The SDSU School of Music and Dance celebrates the final performance of its 75th anniversary year.
The SDSU School of Music and Dance's final performance is Tuesday, May 8 at the Don Powell Theatre.
The SDSU School of Music and Dance's final performance is Tuesday, May 8 at the Don Powell Theatre.

The San Diego State University School of Music and Dance marks the end of its 75th Anniversary celebration with a grand finale performance of one of Western music’s most iconic works — Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” at 7 p.m., May 8, at the Don Powell Theatre.

About "Carmina Burana"

Known for its energy and visceral power, “Carmina Burana” is a memorable piece of 20th century music that remains one of the most popular in the classical music repertoire.  Excerpts from the piece have been used in movie trailers, television commercials and in popular films ranging from Excalibur and Hunt For Red October, to The Doors. 

The premiere performance of “Carmina Burana” was 75 years ago in 1937, the same year as the inception of the SDSU School of Music & Dance.

“'Carmina Burana' brims with universally popular themes and rhythms depicting images of love, lust, the joy of spring, the fickleness of fortune, the pleasures and perils of drinking, gambling and gluttony," muses Conductor Matthew Rowe.  “'Carmina' is immense, it’s intimate, it's full of extremes and a wonderful musical party where everyone can let their hair down."

SDSU’s expansive concert will feature a 160-voice choir and 130-piece orchestra of students and esteemed alumni uniting under the direction of Matthew Rowe, director of university orchestras and Patrick Walters, director of choirs. A special presentation of “Finale to Kalinnikov’s Symphony No. 1” performed by the SDSU Wind Ensemble will open the festivities.

Tickets and more information

Tickets to “Carmina Burana” are $10 for students and seniors and $15 general admission and can be purchased online at sdsu.edu/musicdancetix.

For more information visit the SDSU School of Music and Dance website.

 

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