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The Richmond Ballet collaborates with the Richmond Symphony & Chorus for "Carmina Burana"

Maggie Small and Ira White in Carmina Burana
Sarah Ferguson
Maggie Small and Ira White in Carmina Burana

Two of Richmond's most prominent arts organizations are co-presenting the iconic "Carmina Burana" this weekend in the Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Energy Center. After an exciting performance at Wolf Trap in northern Virginia a few weeks ago, the Richmond Ballet and Richmond Symphony return to Richmond with John Butler’s powerful Carmina Burana (music by Carl Orff) and Ma Cong’s exhilarating Thrive (music by Oliver Davis). The performance will feature nearly 200 performers, as dancers and symphony musicians will be joined by members of the Richmond Symphony Chorus and The City Choir of Washington, all led by Richmond Ballet Resident Conductor Erin Freeman.

I caught up with the symphony's Executive Director Lacey Huszcza to discuss this collaboration, and Richmond Ballet Artistic Associate Lauren Fagone about her role in staging Carmina Burana.

Performances run from September 22-24, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7pm and Sunday afternoon at 2pm.

Yours in good music,
Mike Goldberg
Classical Host, VPM Music