Thursday, May 7, 2009
Who is she?
Many years ago, soon after Amalie and I were married, she said to me, "We're going to hear Carmina Burana". "Great", said I, "who is she?" "No, no,," she chided, "it's a musical production up at the Mountain Winery". And so we did. The Mountain Winery has a small, out-of-doors theater. The day was warm (spelled H O T), and while the production may be orchestral only, or orchestra plus chorus, in this instance, it was orchestra plus chorus plus dance ensemble. A most impressive performance.
"Carmina Burana is a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff between 1935 and 1936. It is based on 24 of the poems found in the medieval collection Carmina Burana. Its full Latin title is Carmina Burana: Cantiones profanae cantoribus et choris cantandae comitantibus instrumentis atque imaginibus magicis ("Songs of Beuern: Secular songs for singers and choruses to be sung together with instruments and magic images.")"
Now a friend and I will hear it a week from Saturday, and I won't have to ask "Who is she?"
This is a production by the Peninsula Symphony, a local group, well known in the area. We are looking forward to it.
A robber breaks into a home and hears a voice say, "Jesus is watching you."
Startled, he asks, "Who said that?"
Again, the voice says, "Jesus is watching you."
The robber turns around to see a parrot. He asks the parrot what his name is. The parrot replies, "Cornelius."
The robber asks, "Who names a parrot 'Cornelius'?"
The parrot replies, "The same person who named that rottweiler behind you Jesus."