Youth Orchestras of San Antonio’s “Carmina Burana,” with a cast of hundreds

Posted on: May 15, 2015

“The logistics of simply rehearsing ‘Carmina Burana,’ Carl Orff’s massive work for chorus and symphony, are pretty daunting,” writes Deborah Martin in Sunday’s (5/10) San Antonio Express-News (Texas). “ ‘We need a room where we can have two grand pianos, where we can move all the percussion and have 200 singers behind a 110-piece orchestra,’ said Troy Peters, music director for Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, which will perform the piece May 17 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts…. The performance … will bring together the young musicians of the YOSA Philharmonic, the San Antonio Choral Society, the University of the Incarnate Word Cardinal Chorale and the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio…. ‘One of the big things for YOSA … is … to take on new levels of collaboration, new levels of ambition,’ [Peters] said…. Gabriela Barrera, an 18-year-old senior at Clark High School who has been with YOSA for five years and is one of seven YOSA percussionists featured on the piece, will be playing the timpani…. She was particularly delighted when Peters started a recent rehearsal with the words, ‘Timpanis, don’t hold back.’ ‘I get to play loud,’ she said with a grin.”

Posted May 15, 2015