When a symphony orchestra performs Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” it’s always something of a spectacle. The stage is packed to the brim with a large orchestra including two pianos and celeste, vocal soloists, a chorus and children’s chorus. But Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling’s vision of “Carmina Burana” employing 120 singers, 60 orchestral musicians and 40 dancers takes the work to new proportions.
A highlight of the Christmas season for many is the Bach Society of Saint Louis’ annual Christmas Candlelight Concert. Music Director A. Dennis Sparger will conduct the Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra in this year’s concert on Sunday, December 2 in Powell Hall. Also featured on the program is the Archdiocesan Children’s Choir, led by Horst Buchholz.
Sparger and Bach Society Principal Singer Melissa Payton joined host Steve Potter to discuss this year’s concert and sample three of the scheduled works.