MW7 Empress of the World


DECC Symphony Hall Sat, May 4 7:00 PM


Tower Fanfare to the Uncommon Woman

Weill Symphony No.2

Orff Carmina Burana
DSSO Chorus
Lake Superior Youth Chorus
Alice Pierce, soprano
Brian Wallin, tenor 
Mark Billy, baritone


Our season finale opens with Joan Tower’s powerful miniature Fanfare to the Uncommon Woman. Then we present another severely underperformed work: Kurt Weill’s Symphony No.2. Mostly known for his contributions to the American musical theatre (think Three-Penny Opera or Street Scene), Kurt Weill also wrote many purely orchestral works which are simply masterful. His Symphony No.2 is rich in its melodic and harmonic language and simply a pleasure to listen to. We close our season with the indisputable winner of our “Audience-Favorite” poll from last season: Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Joined by vocal soloists, the DSSO Chorus, and the Lake Superior Youth Chorus, the DSSO’s stage will be bursting at the seams as we wrestle with “Fate”, the Empress of the World.