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Pennsylvania Ballet: Carmina Burana

Let's go to the Ballet! -- Pennsylvania Ballet revisits Butler's 'Carmina'

Pennsylvania Ballet performs an encore of John Butler's 1959 "Carmina Burana."

Pennsylvania Ballet performs an encore of John Butler's 1959 "Carmina Burana." (ALEXANDER IZILIAEV

Pennsylvania Ballet gave an encore of a signature work and added another Balanchine ballet to its repertoire for its opening Thursday night at the Academy of Music. Both were part of the company's yearlong 50th anniversary celebration.

Carmina Burana has been in the troupe's repertoire since 1966, when John Butler staged his 1959 work on Pennsylvania Ballet to Carl Orff's secular cantata. In 2007, choreographer-in-residence Matthew Neenan reinterpreted the ballet with new choreography, costumes, and sets.

For the anniversary, artistic director Roy Kaiser chose to acknowledge the Butler version's place in Pennsylvania Ballet history, but the company says Neenan's will be back after this season. DuelingCarminas? That's unusual, but both are worthy.

Here's the review:

Two ways to get tickets: 

In advance:

… least expensive tickets $25 obstructed view.

Community Rush (one hour before the performance … get in line early!)

Tickets are $15, plus a $2 per ticket box office fee.  Can't beat that!

Tickets are available 1 hour prior to performance at the box office. For performances at the Academy of Music please visit the Academy of Music Box Office)

Seats are in the Family Circle and based on availability -- so get there early!!

Limit 1 ticket per person.

I'll be in the lobby 15 minutes before the performance, at intermission and after the performance (if you up for a post concert libation!).  I'll have a little sign: "Philadelphia Classical Music Meetup".  

Your organizer,

Steve Schatz


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  • Steve S.

    Laurie, we missed you! I was in the lobby with my Classical Music Meetup sign, and in the Family Circle lobby at intermission. Sorry we didn't connect. But it was a wonderful performance. Look for me next time, love to meet you.

    March 16, 2014

  • laurie s.

    Wonderful, beautiful performance !!!

    March 16, 2014

  • Steve S.

    Ouch they arent selling Rush tickets today Family Circle $30 they changed their policy last week !!

    March 15, 2014

  • Mikhail

    Steve, thanks for setting this up. I have to work tomorrow afternoon but planning on seeing Carmina before it closes.

    March 15, 2014

  • trish d.

    hi barbara, thanks for the heads up.

    March 14, 2014

  • Barbara

    Hey, folks....I was at the ballet tonight....the place was don't expect to get rush tickets. The performance was absolute treasure! I am so glad I was able to go!

    1 · March 13, 2014

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