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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Monday, March 25, 2013
Blog posting written by: Kimberly Capehart, Documentary Studies and Production ’16, FLEFF Intern, Cherry Hill, NJ
I’ve never been to a film festival.
This news might be surprising to some, especially since I’m currently interning for a film festival, but I am a complete newbie in the festival scene.
But, if there’s one thing I know about film festivals, it’s that they’re about films. Duh, right?
In addition to showing films I’ve learned that festivals, specifically the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, feature a lot of other things. This year’s festival will be bringing in an amazing array of films, guests (like directors, producers, distributors, scholars, etc.), new media artists, and music.
Wait a minute, music at a film festival?
On Tuesday, April 2nd, the Whalen Center for Music will be hosting FLEFF’s Mobilities concert: Carl Orff’s legendary Carmina Burana, performed by musicians from Ithaca and around the world.
Don’t be fooled by the name of the cantata; Carmina Burana is a widely recognized piece of music, and you’ve probably heard it before. The piece’s opening movement, O Fortuna, has been used in hundreds of soundscapes, including scenes in action movies and between plays on Monday Night Football.
The movement can be found on YouTube here, and for Ithaca College students, the cantata can be listened to in its entirety on the Naxos Music Library. I recommend that everyone listen to it at least once before the live performance,
I’ve gotten into the habit of listening to Carmina Burana while I do my homework and, let me tell you, I’ve never felt so empowered while sitting alone in a room.
Each of the movements in Carmina Burana is incredibly varied: not only within the piece, but also in and of itself. Loud, powerful choruses layered with drums and pianos (you read that right, multiple pianos!) follow haunting solos, which, in turn, follow soft instrumentals.
The piece is truly unpredictable and incredibly exciting to listen to – and that’s just through my cheap headphones. I can’t imagine how the piece will sound live.
The free performance will fill up quickly so make sure you get down to the Hockett Recital Hall at the Whalen Center for Music early on April 2nd. Don't miss out on your opportunity to see a very unique performance of this legendary piece. The concert starts at 8:15 pm.
Until then, take a listen to Carmina Burana! How does it make you feel?
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Blog posting written by Chloe Wilson, Television-Radio ’14, FLEFF Intern, Ashland, Massachusetts.
This isn't your typical "wheel of fortune."
One of the major events of FLEFF's programming is the performance of Carmina Burana - a cantata that consists of medieval poetry (written in Latin) set to music composed in the later 1930s. If you haven't heard it, I definitely recommend listening to it - it's a moving set of pieces (you've probably heard parts of it before) that are powerful and beautiful to listen to.
As somebody who has a background in classical music, I always enjoy getting the chance to explore new pieces of music. When I sat down to listen to Carmina Burana, I was surprised with how familiar I already was with some of the music. "O Fortuna!" is probably the most recognizable piece from the cantata.
I loved all of the music, but what I find most interesting about Carmina Burana is the symbolism behind the piece. Carmina Burana is about the Wheel of Fortune - a medieval, philosophical concept that shows the cycle of life as a wheel. At one moment, a person may be at the top. At another, a person may be at the bottom.
This is reflected prominently in the music with how the melodies and volumes change throughout Carmina Burana. I found the cantata to be easy to listen to because of this, and it's a piece that definitely consumes your attention.
You can listen to the full cantata here, and I definitely recommend doing so.
I'm excited for the FLEFF performance because instead of a full chorus, there will be brass instruments - like saxophones and trombones. Have you listened to Carmina Burana yet?