I went to an outstanding performance of Carmina Burana at Seattle Symphony on Thursday night. Carmina Burana is a very popular choral performance; I’ll bet all of you know at least the opening bars.
Friend and regular reader Frances let us know in the Comments section that she’s met Carl Orff, the composer — I’m envious! Based solely on the music, I imagine him to be a fascinating person.
The chorale part is sung in Latin, and I was intrigued to see an entire high school Latin class from a local private secondary school — about half dressed up for the performance and the other half dressed as if they were about to clean the garage — in attendance. Who knew kids still study Latin? My college room mate Carolyn was a Latin major, but that was 50 years ago. I thought Latin study had gone out of style. Apparently not.
There are some real downsides to living in Seattle, like traffic and the cost of living. The huge upsides are the cultural and foodie scene. I love being here.