Ryan James Brandau
Photo by Joshua South

On November 4 at 4 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University, Princeton Pro Musica will present a concert of choral masterworks to begin the celebration of their 40th year. In the words of Ryan James Brandau, PPM’s Artistic Director, this concert, which he has titled “To Music, To Joy” will show “the redemptive power of music, and notions of beauty and joy and when music can bring these sensations of out us.” Works on the program include Ralph Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music,” Debussy’s “Sirenes for orchestra and women’s voices, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody for mezzo soloist and men’s voices, Brahms’ Nänie, and finishing up with the Final Movement from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, often known as his Ode to Joy.

PPM’s holiday concert will take place on December 9 at 4 p.m. in the historic Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton. PPM is delighted to once again perform our very own maestro’s stirring suite of carols and holiday tunes Joy to the World: A Christmas Suite. Richly orchestrated, this concert will fill you with the joy and warmth of the holiday season. PPM will again be joined by the talented Trenton Children’s Chorus.

On March 17, 2019, at 4 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, PPM brings back its critically and popularly acclaimed production of Carmina Burana. With choreography by Mark Roxey and danced by the professional company Roxey Ballet, this concert was a sellout two years ago. Joining PPM will be the delightful Princeton Girlchoir.

The season will wrap up with a celebratory concert titled “A Musical Feast,” with festive music by Handel. The performance will be in the Princeton University Chapel on Saturday, May 4, at 4 p.m. Excerpts from Handel oratorios Alexander’s Feast and Messiah will be on the program, along with some of his celebratory Coronation Anthems. PPM will welcome back its Founder and Artistic Director Emerita Frances Fowler Slade to share the podium with Artistic Director Ryan Brandau.

Subscriptions and single tickets are available and can be purchased online at www.princetonpromusica.org, or by calling the office at 609-683-5122.

Princeton Pro Musica exists to perform choral masterworks and other works of the choral literature with energy, passion, and uncompromising artistic excellence. We believe in the power of choral music to uplift and transform our current and future audiences, performers, and communities. Programs are made possible in part by funds from The Edward T. Cone Foundation, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and The New Jersey Cultural Trust.

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