Carmina Burana

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Power and passion converge with this majestic dance and choral masterpiece!



A hugely popular and insatiably indulgent celebration of life and love. Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is a pulsating choral work that provides an incredible landscape for choreographed spectacle. Most have experienced Carmina Burana in choral presentation, but few have seen it as it was originally imagined.


CARMINA BURANA (world premiere)
Choreography: Adam Hougland
Music: Carl Orff
Music performed by Kansas City Symphony and Kansas City Symphony Chorus
Featured soloists: Tenor, Daniel Hansen; Baritone, Armando Contreras; and Soprano, Sarah Tannehill Anderson. 

Choreography: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Music: Purcell, Albinoni, Lambert & Vivaldi
Featured soloist: Sarah Tannehill Anderson

Choreography: Helen Pickett
Music: Philip Glass & Thomas Montgomery Newman

Running time: 2 hours, 20 minutes with two intermissions.

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The Kansas City Symphony Chorus, led by Grammy® Award-winning Chorus Director Charles Bruffy, is a 160-voice ensemble that continues its long tradition of excellence serving as “the choral voice of the Kansas City Symphony.”

The Symphony Chorus has been offering quality choral music to the greater Kansas City metropolitan area since the early 1960s, first as the Mendelssohn Choir and then as the Civic Chorus. After the creation of the Kansas City Symphony, the Symphony Chorus assumed its current name and role in 1988. Before the appointment of Chorus Director Charles Bruffy in 2008, the Symphony Chorus worked under the direction of choral conductors Eph Ehly and Arnold Epley.

The Symphony Chorus has represented Kansas City in five concert tours, including performances in New York City, Boston, the Berkshires, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Mexico where it performed with the Mexico City Symphony. The Symphony Chorus women recorded Holst’s The Planets with the Kansas City Symphony in January 2015 for an album released by Reference Recordings on October 11, 2019. The Chorus performed with the Symphony at the 2019 American Choral Directors Association National Convention. The Chorus also represented the Symphony this fall by singing the national anthem at a Royals game.

The Kansas City Symphony Chorus musicians are all volunteers from the region’s extensive musical community selected through rigorous auditions. Members have rich backgrounds in both music education and performance, and are engaged as soloists and conductors in schools, churches and venues throughout the region.

Daniel Hansen, Tenor
Daniel Hansen is originally from San Jose, California. Currently, he currently resides in Lawrence, Kansas and is about to start his second year at the University of Kansas working toward an M.M. in Vocal Performance, studying under Dr. Genaro Mendez. Mr. Hansen received a B.A. in Music and M.A. in Education from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri and studied voice under the wing of Dr. Thomas Hueber. He performed in the premier ensemble, Cantoria, and toured internationally in Hungary, Austria, and Germany under the direction of Dr. Mark Jennings. Mr. Hansen is starting his second year a member of the Kansas City Chorale and this past season was featured as tenor soloist for Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields. Previous engagements include Te Deum, Kantorei KC, Ancora Chorale, Schola Cantorum at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in KC, and most recently tenor section leader at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, Kansas. Mr. Hansen continues to perform in various ensembles and numerous events throughout the KC Metro area both as soloist and chorus member.

Armando Contreras, Baritone
Mexican American baritone Armando Contreras, Encouragement Award District Winner of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, was recently a Young Artist with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City (LOKC) and Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera. In the 2018/2019 season, Mr. Contreras sang the leading baritone role, Filippo, in the US premiere of Rossini’s La gazzetta with Pacific Opera Project. He also portrayed the role of the Imperial Commissioner in LOKC’s Madama Butterfly, Nardo in La finta giardinera and Dr. Falke in Fledermaus with University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Recent engagements in the 2017/2018 include Le Dancaïre in Carmen with Central City Opera, the Herald in Rigoletto and Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia with LOKC, Peter in Hänsel und Gretel and L’horloge comtoise/Le chat in L’enfant et les sortilèges with UMKC. He also covered the role of Doug Hansen in Joby Talbot’s Everest in the Lyric Opera of Kansas City premiere. He received the Top Prize after completion of the Central City Young Artist Program. Other accolades include 2016 winner of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Concerto competition, 2016 winner of the Celestial Opera Young Artist Award, 2016 winner of the Brena Hazzard Vocal Competition and 2016 winner of the Mu Phi Epsilon Music Competition. Mr. Contreras has received degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and University of Missouri-Kansas City. He currently studies with Curtis Institute of Music faculty member, Vinson Cole.

Sarah Tannehill Anderson, Soprano
Sarah Tannehill Anderson is a versatile musician, excelling as a singer of opera, oratorio, choral music, contemporary works, and art song. She is also an instructor, and the founder of RAISE YOUR VOICE, KC, a program that offers learning and singing opportunities for adult women. As an opera singer, Ms. Anderson performed at companies including Opera Company of Philadelphia, Boston Lyric, Opera Omaha, Fort Worth Opera, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Her work with the Kansas City Lyric Opera was in 2005, when she filled in for an ailing soprano, singing the role of Ophelia in Hamlet from the orchestra pit, with only a few hours’ notice. Ms. Anderson now mostly performs concert work in her beloved town, Kansas City. She is a member of the Bach Aria Soloists, Lyric Arts Trio, and has her own “happy hour” music series, THE SOCIETY OF SONG. Other collaborations include the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, New Ear Ensemble, KC Baroque Consortium, Heartland Men’s Chorus, William Baker Singers, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Midwest Chamber Ensemble, and previous work with the Kansas City Ballet. As a featured soloist and choral singer, Ms. Anderson’s album work is quickly growing. Recordings include the Kansas City Chorale’s Life and Breath, and Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil, both winning Grammy Awards, as well as the Irish album, Artifacts: The Music of Michael McGlynn. She has also premiered and recorded several commissioned works by local composers such as Anthony Maglione, Forrest Pierce, Jean Belmont Ford, Ingrid Stolzel, and Bonnie McLarty. Her newest recording, Vieux Amis – Nouveaux Costumes, with the Midwest Chamber Ensemble, was just released this summer.

Learn how music, special effects and costumes all make magic on stage by attending a pre-curtain talk, the Belger Footnote Series, hosted by Artistic Director Devon Carney.

Dancers, choreographers, musicians, and special guests offer audience members an insider’s view on the story line, choreography, history, costumes, and music prior to each repertory performance. These informal discussions are free for all ticket holders. They are held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts one hour prior to curtain for Kansas City Ballet repertory shows.

Carmina Burana Pre-Curtain Talks
Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 13, 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 20, 1:00 p.m.

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