The L.A. Pierce College Philharmonic choir bestowed an evening of gracious music for an appreciative audience on Saturday, April 10. Conducted by Terry Danne, the show displayed a venerable talent for interpreting popular works of Bizet, Mozart and Puccini for the first act. Perhaps the most renowned selection was the theme from Carmen.
Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, the featured presentation, is a collection of medieval poems set to music released to critical acclaim in 1937. Orff’s intent was to breathe life into the songs and poems into musical theatre so that the masses could share an awe-inspiring experience. Most notably is O Fortuna – instantly recognized from the movie Excalibur and countless commercials. What was so fascinating is that although the songs were sung in both German and Italian, the poetic nature of the lyrics allowed no conflict of the two languages. Each song blended together seamlessly.
Soprano Amber Peters’ glorious voice was evident in Stetit Puella as well as Puccini’s Un bel di from Madame Butterfly (first act). Pianists Joseph Taylor and Pricilla Lawrence provided luscious melodies along with a potent rhythm section. The choir achieved a harmonic balance that strengthened each song with a slight flair for the dramatic.
This was a delightful production.