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I love "O Fortuna" from "Carmina Burana"

It cracks me up when people say they've never heard classical music before or that they would never listen to an aria.

But if they watch movies or television shows or commercials, they are bound to hear classical music.

In fact, I've said it myself. "Oh, is that really from 'Carmen'?"

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra's concert on Saturday is called "Carmina and Copland." The orchestra will play Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" and Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring."

I'll bet most of you have heard pieces of "Appalachian Spring" and at least "O Fortuna" from "Carmina Burana." "O Fortuna" may be the most used classical musical piece ever in movies, TV shows and commercials.

It was watching Brian Boitano, the 1988 Olympic gold medalist ice skater that I first became aware of "O Fortuna." And I love it. He also skated to "Appalachian Spring."

A few years ago, the Atlanta Ballet did "Carmina Burana" and it was fabulous.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Bill Heard Theatre inside RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway. It will feature the combined choruses of Columbus State University, Auburn University and Voices of the Valley (children's chorus). Also, guest soloists are soprano Stacey Tappan, tenor Andrew Skoog and baritone Thomas Meglioranza.

Tickets are $22-$36; $10 for Student Rush tickets one hour before the concert; $5 for children 11 and younger.

Call 706-256-3612 or 888-332-5200.

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