Choral Society Brings the Heat with ‘Carmina Burana’

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Soprano Chelsea Shepard will perform with the Choral Society of the Hamptons. Courtesy photo

First came fireworks for the eyes, and now come fireworks for the ears.

The Choral Society of the Hamptons will kick off summer with “one of the most explosive, colorful displays of choral music ever” — Carl Orff’s epic masterpiece “Carmina Burana” — during two performances on Saturday, July 7, at 5 and 7 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, located at 2429 Montauk Highway.

Led by music director and conductor Mark Mangini, the chorus will be joined by three soloists — soprano Chelsea Shephard, tenor Alex Guerrero and baritone Dominic Inferrera — five percussionists, a Pierson School choir and two award-winning pianists, Konstantin Soukhovetski and Matthew Maimone.

“Since its triumphant premiere in 1937, Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ (Songs of Beuren) has become one of the most popular works in the choral repertory — a fast-moving, some say wild, celebration of wine, women and song with the words that medieval students destined for monkhood used as a kind of profane last hurrah on their way to a life of the sacred,” the press release said. “The chorus will lead the audience through these rhythmic evocations of fortune’s fickleness, the ephemeral nature of life, and the joy of the return of spring. Be prepared to be swept away by what Maestro Mangini calls ‘a real trip.’”

Advance tickets are $30 and $10 for children, or $35 and $15 at the door. Preferred seats are $75. For more information, call (631) 204-9402 or visit choralsocietyofthehamptons.org.

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