Let's go to the Ballet! -- Pennsylvania Ballet revisits Butler's 'Carmina'
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: http://articles.philly.com/2014-03-08/entertainment/48032582_1_ian-hussey-lauren-fadeley-pennsylvania-ballet
Two ways to get tickets:
… 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".