Deborah P Kolodji (dkolodji) wrote,
Deborah P Kolodji

O Fortuna

This summer I was a glutton. I usually make it to the Hollywood Bowl once a summer - this summer I made it four times, the last being tonight. I also managed to hear Orff's Carmina Burana twice in the last four months - in June up at UC Davis and tonight at the Hollywood Bowl, complete with choreographed fireworks. (It was very cool because I know the piece well and I'd gently slap my knee when it was time for each gong strike at the final "O Fortuna" part and the fireworks would shoot up on cue)

The baritone, Hugh Russell, sang his parts with such personality. He sang as a drunkard during the drinking toasts and had the most wonderful lecherous look on his face when he was singing all the real bawdy parts. (Obviously I was watching his face on the screen, I can't afford the box seats by the stage. Besides, you can see the fireworks better up there!). Leonard Slatkin was the conductor tonight.

In other news more closely related to poetry (although Carmina Burana is essentially a collection of medieval poems), the late summer issue of Amaze is now online and if you're in Los Angeles and now doing anything on Saturday, why not attend the Asian Heritage Festival at the Queen Mary where my haiku group is having a workshop and haiku display? At 6:00 pm there is a poetry reading with Amy Uyematsu and an open mic.
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