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Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" has thundered its way into almost everyone's consciousness. Teenagers fall in love with the piece when they hear it in movies, usually in medieval battle scenes. Sabres fans, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra proudly points out, know an excerpt as well, because it's used to herald a power play.

Orff set his music to a group of 13th century German poems. Most of them are in Latin, though some are in a mixture of German, Latin and French. There are love songs, religious songs and drinking songs. With Orff's aggressive rhythms and melodies, the music is never boring.

The BPO and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus tackle "Carmina Burana" this weekend in Kleinhans Music Hall. Music Director JoAnn Falletta conducts.

And Falletta has chosen an intriguing piece to offer along with the Orff. Buffalo composer Persis Vehar has created a new work in honor of Buffalo, called "City of Light." The piece will feature BPO principal clarinetist John Fullam.

The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $25 to $72. For information, call 885-5000.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman

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