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Porsche presents "Carmina Burana" at the St. Nicolas ChurchOne of Carl Orff's most popular works to close Leipzig City Festival

Leipzig. On the occasion of the 15th Leipzig City Festival, the Academic Orchestra of Halle, conducted by the cantor of the St. Nicolas Church, Jürgen Wolf, will be performing the choral piece "Carmina Burana" by Carl Orff this Whitsunday. The orchestra will be accompanied by the Frankfurter Singakademie, the Leipzig Bach Choir, the Children's Choir of the Evangelical School Center in Leipzig and the soloists Monika Eder (soprano), Andreas Fischer (tenor) and Thomas Oertel-Gormanns (baritone). The concert, which has been made possible by a donation by Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, will be held in the courtyard of the St. Nicolas Church in Leipzig and will begin at 10 pm. Admittance is free of charge.

The "Carmina Burana" are felt to be the most popular work of the composer Carl Orff (1895 – 1982). In 1934, he discovered the poems on which his work is based, which date back to the 12th century and tell of the world swaying eternally between fortune and misfortune, rise and fall. The debut performance in 1937 brought the Munich composer international fame. Today, "Carmina Burana" are among the most performed choral works in the world.

Since August 2002, Porsche AG has been manufacturing its sporty all-terrain vehicle the Cayenne at its own plant in Leipzig. Just recently, the Company also announced that it will be building its sports coupé, the Panamera, at this location as well. Porsche will be investing EUR 120 million to do this and, as in 2002, will not be accepting state subsidies. Furthermore, the Company is committed to cultural and social institutions in Leipzig, so as to express its close affinity with the city and its people.