PPM Commissions new dance for Carmina Burana

Premiere 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21, 2017


Taking collaboration to new heights, Princeton Pro Musica has embarked on a new and creative endeavor with Roxey Ballet Company and the Princeton Girlchoir.  Although Princeton’s 100+ voice community chorus collaborates often with other local musical groups, working with a ballet company, especially to premiere a new creation, is unusual for a community chorus.

With a desire to present Carl Orff’s unique scenic cantata Carmina Burana with dance as originally envisioned by the composer, PPM commissioned Mark Roxey and the Roxey Ballet Company to create new choreography for twelve of the twenty-five poems to which Orff set music.  PPM singers were thrilled to give a regional audience the rare opportunity to experience as inseparable the music, poetry, and movement of this iconic piece.  In addition, PPM took another new direction by seeking funding for the commission through an ultimately very successful online Go-Fund-Me campaign.

This unusual collaboration provided a triumphant finale to Princeton Pro Musica’s 38th concert season Sunday afternoon, May 21 when this new conception of Carmina Burana was premiered by Princeton Pro Musica, the Princeton Girlchoir, and Roxey Ballet accompanied by pianos and percussion.  One month prior to the performance, the Princeton Public Library hosted a symposium on April 21 with PPM Artistic Director Ryan J. Brandau and Roxey Ballet Founding Director and Choreographer Mark Roxey discussing the creative process involved in producing this exciting new work. Following the discussion, the two panelists responded to questions from the audience.