Carmina Burana? Its origin is as fantastic as its music: Orff was inspired by the poems of the Goliards, a group of mendicant clerics in Medieval times who drank, swore, profaned their flesh and used the arts to satirize the Mother Church. (C'mon — that's practically the template for black metal.) Orff's propulsive and shifting rhythms infuse Carmina Burana with an earthy force that suits the carnal life of the Archpoet, the near-mythical Goliard who penned the most enduring poems. Peter Oundjian conducts the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in a mid-afternoon performance of this perennial favorite as part of the Exploding Colors program at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at Powell Symphony Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1700 or www.slso.org). Tickets are $20 to $110, and additional performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (May 8 through 10).
May 8-11, 2008