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Carmina Burana 

When: Thu., May 31, 7 p.m., Fri., June 1, 8 p.m. and Sat., June 2, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $39-$109
Looking back on the Nashville Symphony’s 2011-12 season, it’s safe to say this Classical Series has been one of their finest. From the iconic works of Chopin and Tchaikovsky to landmark debuts by Bela Fleck and Terry Riley, this has proven to be one hell of a year for NSO. Unfortunately, even the best seasons must come to a close, but that won’t stop the symphony from bringing out one last heavy-hitter. Previously performed as Nashville Ballet’s 2010-11-season cap, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is coming to the Schermerhorn for three nights, once again serving as the ideal finale. Although widely recognized for the harsh and thunderous “O Fortuna,” this iconic opera is a highly accessible work that has something to offer for all patrons, whether a first-time listener or seasoned veteran. The program’s accompanying pieces include Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music and Lowell Liebermann’s Symphony No. 3, Op. 113, a piece inspired by the 2010 flooding in Nashville. Swing by this weekend and hear NSO wrap up its historic season with an equally unforgettable performance.
— Matt Fox

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