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Grand Rapids Symphony members at Brewery Vivant
Grand Rapids Symphony members at Brewery Vivant

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) One of the most well-known choral masterworks will be performed by the Grand Rapids Symphony this weekend, and they’re adding a new twist with a unique collaboration.

Carmina Burana” takes the stage May 13 and 14 at DeVos Performance Hall. The piece was written in the early 1930s, after the discovery of old poems written by monks in an abbey in Germany. The poems included surprising topics on love, desire, drinking, and other taboo topics. Carl Orff took the poems and wrote it for orchestra with music that’s recognizable to this day.

Because of the drinking element, Grand Rapids Symphony collaborated with Brewery Vivant to create a new beer for the event. “Carmina Beerana” is a Belgian style IPA. It has flavors of tropical fruit on the palate with a honey malt finish. Stop by Brewery Vivant while it’s still available!

“Carmina Burana” is the largest production the Grand Rapids Symphony will have this season, with more than 300 people involved in the performance. Get your tickets now; they are going fast. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with free pre-concert presentations at 7 p.m. at DeVos Recital Hall.

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