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Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Oakland Symphony Orchestra to perform “Carmina Burana” during final concert of the season

“Carmina Burana” may be the best-known piece of 20th-century classical music. The opening section, “O Fortuna,” enjoys almost universal recognition due to its commercial appeal. However, for music lovers to experience it as composer Carl Orff intended, they need a full orchestra, a large choir and soloists, all assembled in a spacious auditorium. The Oakland Symphony Orchestra, Oakland University’s Orchestra-in-residence, will perform the piece during their final concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16 at Orchestra Hall in Detroit.

For “Carmina Burana,” the orchestra will be joined by the Oakland University Symphony Chorus, Measure for Measure Men’s Choral Society and the Macomb Children's Chorus. Soloists will be Melissa Maloney, soprano; Drake Dantzler, tenor; and Stephen Lancaster, baritone; with Dr. Gregory Cunningham and Dr. Michael Mitchell, conductors. The orchestra will also perform “Symphonic Fantasy on Die Fraue ohne Schatten, TrV 234a,” by Richard Strauss.

Orchestra Hall, in the Max M. Fisher Music Center, is a majestic setting that will provide a fitting backdrop for the event. It is located at 3711 Woodward Ave., between Mack Ave. and Warren Ave. Valet parking is available on Woodward Ave. in front of the Box Office doors. The Orchestra Place Parking Deck is located adjacent to the Fisher Music Center, with access from Parsons St. between Woodward Ave. and Cass Ave. For improved traffic flow into the Parking Deck, enter Parsons St. from Cass Ave. Directions and a map are available here.

Tickets are $20 general admission and $10 for students. They can be purchased in advance without service fees at or by phone at (800) 585-3737. They can also be purchased at the Center for Student Activities Service Window in the Oakland Center or at the Varner Hall Box Office. For additional information, visit call (248) 370-2030.

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Learn more about "Carmina Burana" in this NPR story