Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and May Festival Chorus Combine for CARMINA BURANA and EXTREMELY CLOSE

CB_Carmina Burana promoFOUR Performances only – Nov. 4-6 at Music Hall

Cincinnati, OH (November 11, 2022) – Audiences are invited this fall to Cincinnati Ballet’s Carmina Burana and Extremely Close at Music Hall, November 4-6. Composer Carl Orff’s heroic score and Nicolo Fonte’s choreography for Carmina Burana come to life thanks to the combined talents of Cincinnati Ballet, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and May Festival Chorus, celebrating its 150th Anniversary Season. Carmina Burana is joined by Alejandro Cerrudo’s mesmerizing Extremely Close with music from Philip Glass and Dustin O’Halloran. Carmina Burana is a sensory treat for audiences, dancers are joined on stage by solo vocalists, whole dozens of May Festival Chorus singers perform the iconic lyrics suspended over the stage. If you think you aren’t familiar with Carmina Burana, we promise you’ve heard the music! O Fortuna, the opening piece from Carmina Burana, first made its way into pop culture as the theme from the 1981 film Excalibur, it has been used in dozens of movies, tv shows and commercials, including The Hunt for Red October, Friends, and as the X Factor song! It is part of a 13th century collection of poems called Carmina Burana that German composer Carl Orff set to music in 1935. The lush, melodic, and somewhat ominous music is not only a filmmaker’s dream, but an incredible work for ballet. Cerrudo’s Extremely Close, which opens this dynamic double bill, is equally evocative. Unsettling and mysterious, a blizzard of feathers fall in a gentle snowstorm as the audience finds their seats in Springer Auditorium. The dancers then send three large, movable panels around the stage. They function like dancers themselves, obscuring the artists and then revealing them again.

Tickets for Carmina Burana and Extremely Close are on sale now. For more information visit Please check the website for the latest health alerts. Masks are currently optional for patrons at Music Hall and the Aronoff Center for the Arts. NOTE: Artists may be masked during performances depending on current health alerts.

WHO: Cincinnati Ballet

WHAT: Carmina Burana and Extremely Close


  • Friday, November 4 at 8 pm
  • Saturday, November 5 at 2 pm
  • Saturday, November 5 at 8 pm
  • Sunday, November 6 at 1 pm

WHERE: Cincinnati Music Hall  – 1241 Elm, Cincinnati, Ohio

TICKETS: Call 513.621.5282 or visit

Cincinnati Ballet 2022-2023 Season Sponsors:
Rhonda & Larry A. Sheakley, Margaret and Michael Valentine, ArtsWave, Mercy Health, Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation

About Cincinnati Ballet
Since 1963, Cincinnati Ballet has been the cornerstone professional ballet company of the region, presenting a bold and adventurous array of classical, full-length ballets and contemporary works, regularly with live orchestral accompaniment. Under the artistic direction of Jodie Gates, Cincinnati Ballet is a creative force within the larger dance community, commissioning world-premiere works and exploring unique collaborations. With a mission to enrich, expand, and excel in the art of dance through performance, a high-caliber academy, and impactful education and community engagement in local to global communities, Cincinnati Ballet reaches beyond the stage in programs that allow every person in the region to be part of the continued evolution of dance. To that end, Cincinnati Ballet presents exhilarating performances, provides extensive education and community engagement programs, and offers top-level professional ballet training at Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy.


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