Columbus Indiana Philharmonia Bring Words Of “Rogue Monks” To Life

Conductor David Bowden sums up Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with one word, “massive.”

Event Information

"Carmina Burana" by Carl Orff

Conducted by David Bowden, performed by the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, featuring The Philharmonic Chorus and the Columbus Indiana Children's Choir


Erne Auditorium, Columbus North High School

March 27th, 2010

Columbus Indiana Philharmonic

The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic’s Artistic Director and Conductor David Bowden sums up Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with one word: “massive.”

Highlights From The Interview

“It’s huge!” Bowden exclaims. “The orchestra is very large, with lots of brass, extra percussion and two pianos. The adult chorus is large, and even the children’s chorus has to be big to balance the demands of the score. Those demands extend to the soprano, tenor and baritone soloists as well.”

Bowden goes on: “I’m very excited about our soloists for this performance. They combine great artistry with power and an ability to communicate the sense of the text even though the words are mostly in medieval Latin.”

About The Music

“Those texts for Carmina Burana were written by what I call ‘rogue monks’ and students. These were people who were rather critical of their lot in life and not very happy about it. About fifty minutes before the concerts, at 6:40 we usually have a session to talk about the upcoming concert and for this one I’ll be focusing on the texts. I think that underlying the whole piece is a sense from Orff of what he thought was crucial and what he thought was trivial.”


George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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