CARMINA BURANA to Conclude York Symphony Orchestra's 2016-17 Season

The York Symphony Orchestra will present Carmina Burana on Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts in York. The final concert of the 2016-2017 season, A Musical Journey Through Time, will feature the York Symphony Chorus and the Susquehanna Children's Chorale.

This scenic cantata was composed by Carl Orff and is based on 24 poems from the medieval collection Carmina Burana. Orff's work is essentially a tale of the power of Eros, the Greek god of love, and begins and ends with an ode to the goddess of Fortune. The performance is a progression of songs in three sections devoted to springtime, drinking and love.

"Carmina Burana is the perfect culmination to a season filled with energy and emotion," said Lawrence Golan, music director and conductor of the York Symphony Orchestra. "Orff's work has been used in a number of television shows, video games and movies, making it a staple of pop culture and a piece audience members are sure to recognize."

The final performance of the 2016-2017 season will feature an array of guest vocalists who will create a truly memorable evening for all as their melodies unite onstage. Joining the York Symphony Orchestra for Carmina Burana is the York Symphony Chorus directed by chorusmaster Dr. Kathleen Shannon, the Susquehanna Children's Chorale directed by Judith A. Shepler, and guest artists Serena Benedetti, soprano; Blake Friedman, tenor; and Marcus DeLoach, baritone.

"Carmina Burana will delight audiences as we bring together a grand collaboration of musicians of all ages," said Golan. "This piece, which represents a bridge between the ancient and modern worlds, is the perfect culmination of our year-long Musical Journey Through Time."

The York Symphony Orchestra will present Carmina Burana Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts in York. Single tickets starting at $9 for adults and $5 for students are available online at and by calling 717-846-1111.

Made up of talented professional musicians from the Greater York area and beyond, the York Symphony Orchestra has been engaging audiences with outstanding orchestral music for more than 80 years. Performing at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, the York Symphony Orchestra presents an eclectic mix of classical pieces combined with contemporary arrangements. The 2016-2017 season is sponsored by M&T Bank, the Classical Series is sponsored by W. Dale Brougher Foundation, and the Pops Series is sponsored by PeoplesBank. Glatfelter Insurance Company is the concert sponsor and WGAL is the official media partner for Carmina Burana. The York Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to music education, offering programs to engage youth and adults. For more information on the York Symphony Orchestra, visit or find us on Facebook.

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