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3 groups opening seasons together


For the first time in the organizations’ histories, the Fort Wayne Ballet, the Heartland Festival Chorus & Orchestra and the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir are teaming up to kick off their respective seasons, it was announced Thursday.

“Carmina Burana” will show at 8 p.m. Sept. 21 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.

The musical features 24 medieval poems set to musical composition and is rated PG. The rating is because the show features a “nice microcosm of life, life at its best and life at its worst,” says Robert Nance, artistic director and conductor for Heartland. The monks who wrote the carminas, or “hymns,” were kind of like Friar Tuck in Robin Hood, he says – slovenly, and they liked to drink a lot.

The show is divided into three sections, says Karen Gibbons-Brown, artistic and executive director of the Fort Wayne Ballet: young love, tainted love (which is where the PG rating comes in) and courtly, or mature, love.

The music for “Carmina Burana” will be familiar to audiences, Nance says, because of the music’s use in various advertisements and media.

“Anyone who wants to come to this performance will know every piece of music,” he says.