I went to hear the Richmond Symphony perform Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana this afternoon. It was incredible. I had heard it before at the Kennedy Center in Washington but this was even better. I had to pinch myself to believe it was happening right here in Richmond, at the newly restored and absolutely breathtaking Carpenter Theatre. Fortunata Imperatrix Mundi (“Fortune, the Empress of the World”) has been one of my favorites for years, but I think it was performed this afternoon with as much gusto as I’ve ever heard. I’m attaching this You Tube clip of the opening section, “O, Fortuna,” to give you a taste of it. Turn up the volume!