Princeton Symphony films “Fanfare for the Common Man” outdoors

Posted on: October 20, 2020

Princeton Symphony Orchestra timpanist Jeremy Levine, right, in downtown Princeton, New Jersey, during the orchestra’s filmed performance of Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. Photo by Michael Mancuso

“After a one-day rain delay, members of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra brass and percussion sections set up in the soggy grass at Palmer Square Tuesday afternoon to entertain the public and do a professional video recording,” writes Michael Mancuso in Friday’s (10/16) NJ.com. “The project is the brainchild of the orchestra’s Executive Director Marc Uys. ‘For many of the musicians involved, this project represents their first and only work in six months,’ Uys said. ‘They are extremely grateful and excited to be playing with colleagues again.’ Masks were in abundance both among spectators lining the square, and musicians until the recording began. The recording team, led by Eric Schultz, flowed among the performers, who were dressed in formal wear, filming through sections and takes using multiple cameras, including a drone, which at times hovered not far from conductor Rossen Milanov’s head as he waved his baton. At the end, the ensemble performed the entire piece from the top, Aaron Copland’s ‘Fanfare for the Common Man,’ along with a surprise. The musicians donned Santa hats for a spirited rendition of Sleigh Ride.”