A tale of two "Carminas"

03/25/2014 1:03 PM

03/26/2014 11:40 AM

Re "'Carmina Burana' times two for Sacramento" (Living Here, March 25): Carl Orff wrote one "Carmina Burana," and he intended it to be a combination of orchestral music, song and dance. It is just as much a song as it is a dance. Why must we have to choose between the two? Why can't our local choral and dance companies cooperate to present a single production of this work the way it was intended?

Instead of cooperating, our ballet company has piled on with a last-minute performance of their version, when the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra had already scheduled the work months in advance.

Such a move shows contempt for the other arts groups of Sacramento. We are not New York City. Our audience for this type of work is somewhat limited. What do our arts groups gain by dividing their audience?

-- Wayne R. Anderson, Sacramento

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