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Weekend Planner: Music 

Smith College Glee Club

Smith College Glee Club

Thoroughly appropriated by pop culture — it’s been heard in countless commercials, TV shows and movies — “O Fortuna,” the opening movement of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” is a wonderfully tempestuous piece of music whose driving three-note theme and lyrics (“O Fortune, like the moon you are changeable, ever waxing and waning...”) set the tone for this sequence of 25 songs based on medieval poems. Making abundant use of orchestral percussion and irresistibly rhythmic in its style (which Igor Stravinsky cruelly labeled “Neo-Neanderthal”), the cantata has assumed a permanent place in the concert repertoire as an audience favorite since its premiere in 1937.

Featuring soloists soprano Karen Smith Emerson, tenor Rockland Osgood and baritone Sumner Thompson, the Smith College and University of Virginia glee clubs perform Saturday at 8 p.m. in Smith’s John M. Greene Hall, 60 Elm St. in Northampton. Tickets at the door: $5 general; $1 students, seniors and children.

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