Season ends with spectacular by N.C. Symphony and Master Chorale

May 14, 2012 by  

The North Carolina Symphony ended its 2011-2012 season in Raleigh, North Carolina with two spectacular 20th century choral works. The Symphony is most likely using poster printing and flyer printing to make both local and visiting audiences aware of this magnificent performance so that they will be persuaded to purchase tickets for next year’s series of concerts.

Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” opened the concert and is a 25-minute piece which adds a sometimes irreverent playfulness to the Latin Mass text. Conductor Grant Llewellyn led the orchestra in a rather intense performance. Reviewers found the men’s chorus to be on the bold side and the women’s chorus to be more ethereal in nature.

Featured in the concert was the opening section of “Carmina Burana”; an hour-long cantata by Carl Orf. This piece is familiar to many as it is frequently used to underscore the awe-inspiring and the mystical in television, films, and commercials. It is a challenging piece for many choruses, requiring them to make quick shifts in sudden syncopation, spit out words at a furious pace, and make hairpin turns in dynamics.

Several soloists also performed daunting pieces. Barry Banks, a regular of the Metropolitan Opera, became the favorite of the audience with his tenor able to reach the high notes of the Roasted Swan section. Jason McKinney, a baritone, was able to display his acting skills as a dreamy lover while singing warm and subtle melodies and Heather Buck, a soprano, displayed her singing abilities in reaching the exposed high notes in sensuous filigree assigned to her.