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Opening night

Carl Orff's spectacularly overblown cantata "Carmina Burana" has held a special place in the hearts of many concertgoers ever since its opening chorus, "O Fortuna," reverberated in the battle scenes of the movie "Excalibur." That theme is the most famous -- it has been used in myriad other movies, as well as commercials and even at Sabres games. But the rest of "Carmina Burana," which showcased Orff's love for rhythm and medieval forms, is just as exciting. Another well-known excerpt is "In Trutina," a lovely little aria sung by everyone from Kathleen Battle to Sarah Brightman and Charlotte Church.

Saturday, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta is opening this year's Classics season by conducting the orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus in "Carmina Burana."

The concert is one night only and takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday in Kleinhans Music Hall. Admission is $30-$75. For information, call 885-5000.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman

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