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Matthias Goerne, Baritone and Jan Lisiecki, Piano Photo
Matthias Goerne, Baritone and Jan Lisiecki, Piano Photo
Matthias Goerne, Baritone and Jan Lisiecki, Piano Photo
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Matthias Goerne, Baritone
Jan Lisiecki, Piano

Thursday, April 30, 2020, 8:00 PM WARM UP: Announcement of the 2020 Creative Reactions Contest Winners at 7PM, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

All Beethoven Songs
including An die Ferne Geliebte, Op. 98

Ticket Info

$25-55 General / $10 Students (with valid ID)

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About the Artist

As we celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday, we celebrate a composer who has brought together billions of people of all ages and backgrounds through music that continues to surprise and astound. It is hard to imagine a more perfect tribute to this than through a concert of his songs—rarely heard in recital—performed by a most remarkable pairing of musicians. Baritone Matthias Goerne is one of the most awe-inspiring singers of our time, a star both on the world’s largest opera stages and in the most distinguished recital halls. The "ideal singer of lieder" (The New York Times), Goerne gave a mesmerizing debut on our series two years ago and now brings Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki to give his. Just 23-years-old, Lisiecki has been an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since he was fifteen; his “uncommonly sensitive performance” (The New York Times) at his 2016 Carnegie Hall debut established his undisputed place among the greatest young pianists. The two come together for an ode to Beethoven, and the perfect culmination of our season.

Artist Websites

Matthias Goerne »
Jan Lisiecki »

Matthias Goerne sings Beethoven's "Auf dem Hügel sitz ich spähend"

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“pristine, lyrical and intelligent.”

- The New York Times
Matthias Goerne, Baritone and Jan Lisiecki, Piano Photo
Matthias Goerne, Baritone and Jan Lisiecki, Piano Photo
Matthias Goerne, Baritone and Jan Lisiecki, Piano Photo
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Matthias Goerne, Baritone
Jan Lisiecki, Piano

Thursday, April 30, 2020, 8:00 PM WARM UP: Announcement of the 2020 Creative Reactions Contest Winners at 7PM, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

All Beethoven Songs
including An die Ferne Geliebte, Op. 98

Ticket Info

$25-55 General / $10 Students (with valid ID)

This concert is also available for purchase at a discount as part of a Subscription Package, or Make Your Own series.

To purchase your subscription, call us at 609.258.2800, or click here to access a subscription form.

About the Artist

As we celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday, we celebrate a composer who has brought together billions of people of all ages and backgrounds through music that continues to surprise and astound. It is hard to imagine a more perfect tribute to this than through a concert of his songs—rarely heard in recital—performed by a most remarkable pairing of musicians. Baritone Matthias Goerne is one of the most awe-inspiring singers of our time, a star both on the world’s largest opera stages and in the most distinguished recital halls. The "ideal singer of lieder" (The New York Times), Goerne gave a mesmerizing debut on our series two years ago and now brings Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki to give his. Just 23-years-old, Lisiecki has been an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since he was fifteen; his “uncommonly sensitive performance” (The New York Times) at his 2016 Carnegie Hall debut established his undisputed place among the greatest young pianists. The two come together for an ode to Beethoven, and the perfect culmination of our season.

Artist Websites

Matthias Goerne »
Jan Lisiecki »

Matthias Goerne sings Beethoven's "Auf dem Hügel sitz ich spähend"

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“pristine, lyrical and intelligent.”

- The New York Times
Dover String Quartet Photo
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Dover String Quartet

Thursday, April 16, 2020, 8:00 PM WARM UP: Professor Emeritus Scott Burnham illuminates the evening's program at 7PM, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

Joel Link, Violin | Bryan Lee, Violin | Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, Viola | Camden Shaw, Cello

MOZART Quartet in C Major, K. 465, “Dissonance”
BARTÓK Quartet No. 2
RAVEL Quartet in F Major

Ticket Info

$25-55 General / $10 Students (with valid ID)

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About the Artist

It has only been six years since the Dover Quartet swept every prize at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, when they were just 24 years old. In that time, they have stunned the field with a “practically meteoric” (Strings) rise to becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles internationally, making their Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium debut, serving as the Quartet-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center, and smoothly sailing from one coveted prize to the next — from the Avery Fisher Career Grant to the Cleveland Quartet Award. The prolific career of such young performers is well matched to the program they bring for their Princeton debut: Mozart was just 29 when he wrote his famous “Dissonance” quartet; Ravel was 28 when he took to the form. Separated by centuries, composer and performer transcend their common ages; they prove that, within the timelessness of music, there is so much to do — and so much time.

Artist Website

Dover String Quartet »

The Dover Quartet Playing Dvořák's "American" Quartet

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“The Dover Quartet players have it in them to become the next Guarneri String Quartet — they're that good.”

- Chicago Tribune
Conrad Tao, Piano and Caleb Teicher, Tap Dancer Photo
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Conrad Tao, Piano
Caleb Teicher, Tap Dancer

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 6:00 PM & 9:00 PM Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

Works by J.S. Bach
George Gershwin
Arnold Schoenberg
Conrad 
Tao
with tap improvisation

Ticket Info

$30 General / $10 Students (with valid ID)

Tickets for the 6PM performance are sold out, but seats are still available for the 9PM!

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Talk about tapping to the beat! If ever there were a program that blurred the line between composition and performance, it would be this groundbreaking collaboration between pianist/composer Conrad Tao and tap-dancer/choreographer Caleb Teicher. The two former teenage prodigies have become leaders in shaping the future of their art forms—one as a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist, and the other as Dance Magazine’s “Best Emerging Choreographer.” As Teicher improvises dance to Tao’s breathtaking playing, in a program including everything from selections from J.S. Bach’s "Goldberg" Variations to original compositions by the pianist, the boundaries between choreography, composition, and genre will fade into the raw, free-spirited energy of artistic expression.

Artist Websites

Conrad Tao »
Caleb Teicher »

Conrad Tao and Caleb Teicher perform J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Aria and Variation I

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“Teicher slaps the pallets with lightning speed, leaping from one to the other for contrast, matching Tao, note for accelerated note. The swirl of the music finally spins him off his platform back to solid ground, to a world where creative souls dream about what else can be done with the sturdy, transformative music of Bach.”

- National Public Radio
Benjamin Beilman, Violin and Andrew Tyson, Piano Photo
Benjamin Beilman, Violin and Andrew Tyson, Piano Photo
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Benjamin Beilman, Violin
Andrew Tyson, Piano

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 8:00 PM MUSICAL PREVIEW: Trenton Youth Orchestra, Lou Chen, Conductor at 7PM, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 5 “Spring”
FREDERIC RZEWSKI  Demons (Princeton Premiere)
BRITTEN Suite for Violin and Piano, Op. 6                                      
PROKOFIEV Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94b

Ticket Info

$25-55 General / $10 Students (with valid ID)

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About the Artist

Violinist Benjamin Beilman and pianist Andrew Tyson met only 45 miles away when they were both students at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Just a few years later, Beilman won the coveted 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant; the following year, Tyson followed suit. Since then, the two friends have skyrocketed to international stardom, establishing themselves firmly as the leading artists of their generation. “The brilliant young violinist” (The New York Times) and “real poet of the piano” (BBC Radio 3) make their Princeton debuts with a varied program that takes us all the way from Beethoven’s 19th-century spring to Frederic Rzewski’s 2016 reaction to the presidential election. Rzewski’s new work, written for Beilman and dedicated to author/political activist Angela Davis, is another co-commission by PUC. The evening will be a celebration of the brightest young talent—and music—of our time.

Artist Websites

Benjamin Beilman »
Andrew Tyson »

Violinist Benjamin Beilman Plays Schubert's C Major Fantasy at the Verbier Festival

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Pianist Andrew Tyson Plays "Noctuelles" from Ravel's "Miroirs"

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“What draws me in [to Rzewski’s music] is this idea that there’s someone with such strong convictions that’s able to communicate them through a fairly abstract form. Whatever motivation or political orientation he’s coming from is almost irrelevant because he can communicate that without a program or without words or interviews or anything.”

- Benjamin Beilman
Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Mitsuko Uchida, Piano Photo
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Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Mitsuko Uchida, Piano/Director

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 8:00 PM WARM UP: Announcement of the 2020/21 Season at 7PM, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

PADEREWSKI MEMORIAL CONCERT

MOZART  Piano Concerto No.17 in G Major, K. 453
JÖRG WIDMANN Choralquartett (arr. Jörg Widmann)
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat Major, K. 482

Meesun Hong Coleman, Concertmaster / Leader

Ticket Info

Full View seats for this concert are sold out. Obstructed View tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 609-258-9220. They are open from 12:00pm to 4:00pm Monday through Friday.

About the Artist

When composer Gustav Mahler came to Princeton University Concerts in 1911 conducting what is now the New York Philharmonic, this concert was one of many on the series by the world’s greatest orchestras at the time. His namesake orchestra was formed in 1997 by Claudio Abbado with a new tradition of orchestral playing in mind: as a nomadic, self-governing ensemble that translates a full orchestral sound into the intimacy of chamber music. Their long-term partnership with legendary pianist Mitsuko Uchida—one of the greatest living interpreters of Mozart’s keyboard music—is a gift that keeps on giving. It is a true privilege to hear this fusion of artists who breathe new life into every note that they play on our stage, just a few days before they continue their American tour at Carnegie Hall.

Artist Websites

Mahler Chamber Orchestra »
Mitsuko Uchida »

About the Mahler Chamber Orchestra's collaboration with Mitsuko Uchida

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Mitsuko Uchida plays an excerpt from the third movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto K. 482

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“Outstanding, like-minded instrumentalists who perform everything with the intimacy and subtlety of chamber music.”

- The Guardian
Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard Photo
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Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 1:00 PM Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

"Welcome the Winds!"

with special guest wind players from Ensemble Connect, a program of Carnegie Hall.

A family concert for kids ages 3-6 and their families, just under an hour-long. 

Ticket Info

$5 Kids / $10 Adults

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About the Artist

Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard, in association with Ensemble Connect, brings young children the joy of a live concert in an interactive setting. The internationally acclaimed pianist Orli Shaham and her friends combine performances with storytelling, costumed musicians, and audience participation. You’ll also have a chance to come on stage and make music with the performers, yourself!

You'll meet all the instruments in the woodwind family and see how to make music just by breathing. Orli and wind players from Ensemble Connect will play music by Bach, Beethoven, Princeton’s own Steven Mackey, and much much more.

Ensemble Connect is a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.

 

Artist Websites

Orli Shaham's Bach Yard »
Ensemble Connect »

“This age is a key time to develop lifelong loves and skills. It's the best moment to pick up a second language, and music is exactly that. If you learn it at that age, it will stay with you forever.”

- Orli Shaham
Richardson Chamber Players: Beethoven at 250 Photo
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Richardson Chamber Players Present:
"Beethoven at 250"

Sunday, March 8, 2020, 3:00 PM Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

ALL BEETHOVEN:

Sextet for Horns and String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 81b

6 Bagatelles, Op. 126

Septet in E-flat Major, Opus 20

Ticket Info

$15 General / $ 5 Students (with valid ID)

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Our resident ensemble of performance faculty, distinguished guest artists and supremely talented students offer Sunday afternoon concerts of mixed chamber works. This program is a tribute to the 250th anniversary of Ludwig Van Beethoven's birth, featuring some of his less frequently performed compositions.

Calidore String Quartet Photo
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Calidore String Quartet

Thursday, February 20, 2020, 8:00 PM WARM UP: Composer Anna Clyne talks about the evening's program at 7PM, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

Jeffrey Myers, Violin | Ryan Meehan, Violin | Jeremy Berry, Viola | Estelle Choi, Cello

“The Great Fugues”

BACH Selections from Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080
ANNA CLYNE New Work inspired by Beethoven’s “Grosse Fuge” (Princeton premiere)
BEETHOVEN String Quartet Op. 130 with Op. 133 “Grosse Fuge”

Ticket Info

$25-55 General / $10 Students (with valid ID)

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About the Artist

Pianist Glenn Gould once said that “there's never been anything more beautiful in all of music" than Bach’s Art of the Fugue. What begins as a simple melody is gradually transformed into a tapestry of seemingly infinite multidimensions—a feat that has haunted composers and listeners for centuries. Beethoven wove Bach’s polyphonic thread into his own masterpiece, a work that in turn inspired GRAMMY-nominated composer Anna Clyne to write her latest composition, co-commissioned by PUC and fellow presenters around the country. Through this interconnected program, we will watch time unfold in the hands of performers who have also grown before our eyes. Having made their PUC debut alongside the Emerson String Quartet in 2015, the Calidore String Quartet recently made international headlines as the winners of the inaugural M-Prize, the world’s largest chamber music prize.  It is a thrill to welcome them back for their mainstage debut.

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Calidore String Quartet »

The Calidore String Quartet Plays Beethoven

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“Synergistic brilliance and ferocious commitment”

- The New York Times
Gabriela Montero, Piano Photo
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Gabriela Montero, Piano

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 6:00 PM & 9:00 PM Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

6PM:
RACHMANINOFF Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 36
CHARLIE CHAPLIN The Immigrant, with improvised piano score by Gabriela Montero

9PM:
SCHUMANN Carnaval, Op. 9
MONTERO Improvisations

Ticket Info

$30 General / $10 Students (with valid ID)

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About the Artist

Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero has improvised since first touching the piano as a child; it is thanks to the encouragement of piano legend Martha Argerich that she has made real-time improvisations on themes suggested by her audience a part of her career. A brilliant pianist whom you might recognize from her performance at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, she will both offer us her inimitable interpretation of one of the greatest cycles in the piano repertory and let us witness the remarkable art of real-time improvisation to Charlie Chaplin’s film The Immigrant as well as to themes suggested by the audience.

Artist Website

Gabriela Montero »

An Improvisation by Gabriela Montero

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“Montero’s playing has everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power in climactic moments, soulful lyricism in the ruminative passages and, best of all, unsentimental expressivity.”

- The New York Times
Isabelle Faust, Violin | Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello | Alexander Melnikov, Piano Photo
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Isabelle Faust, Violin
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello
Alexander Melnikov, Piano

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 8:00 PM WARM UP: Professors Scott Burnham and Elaine Pagels discuss Beethoven at 7PM, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

All Beethoven

Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11
“Kakadu” Variations, Op. 121a in G Major
Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97 “Archduke”

Ticket Info

$25-55 General / $10 Students (with valid ID)

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About the Artist

Exploring the works of a single composer has become a specialty for PUC. In 2016, Alexander Melnikov made a jaw-dropping debut playing Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes & Fugues; a few months later, Isabelle Faust played an unforgettable recital of J.S. Bach’s complete violin sonatas and partitas in the Princeton University Chapel. To help us celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday, these renowned soloists return for a rare joint appearance together with their dear friend and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras. Their uplifting program is a remarkable opportunity to immerse in the composer’s piano trios. While these works are often overshadowed by his monumental string quartets, the virtuosity and expanse of Beethoven’s piano trios revolutionized this genre. The “Archduke” trio remains one of the absolute pinnacles of the repertoire—its brilliance, power, and joy well matched to the musicians who will perform it.

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Jean-Guihen Queyras »

Faust/Melnikov/Queyras - from R. Schumann's Piano Trio, Op. 63

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Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, and Jean-Guihen Queyras play Beethoven's Archduke trio in this fortepiano version

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“They combine with a unity of purpose rare in such ensembles.”

- The Guardian
Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Piano Photo
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Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Piano

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 8:00 PM Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

Schubert Winterreise, Op.89, D. 911

Ticket Info

Full View seats for this concert are sold out. Obstructed View tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 609-258-9220. They are open from 12:00pm to 4:00pm Monday through Friday.

About the Artist

Each time that operatic superstar Joyce DiDonato comes to our series, she brings an element of surprise. This most welcome return is no exception, offering us the rare opportunity to experience Franz Schubert’s iconic song-cycle, Winterreise, (“Winter’s Journey”), from a previously unexplored perspective. This musical monodrama leads us through the wandering despair of a protagonist whose heartbreak gives way to oblivion after his beloved falls for another. But “what happens to the winter’s journey,” DiDonato asks, “when we feel it through the heart of the one who was the impetus of such agony and despair? The survivor. The one left behind.” Metropolitan Opera and Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin puts down his baton in his Princeton University Concerts debut to join the voice “nothing less than 24-carat gold” (Times of London) in answering this question. Together, they take us on an intimate and profound winter’s journey—reminding us that the inner, private world that we can access through music does not exist in isolation and that the songs that we have heard so many times before gain new meaning each time that they are sung.

Artist Websites

Joyce DiDonato »
Yannick Nézet-Séguin »

“Perhaps one element of a true masterpiece is that it invites itself to be experienced in new light.”

- Joyce DiDonato
Richardson Chamber Players: The American Connection Photo
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Richardson Chamber Players Present:
Dvořák & Burleigh: The American Connection

Sunday, November 24, 2019, 3:00 PM Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

ANTONÍN DVORÁK from Humoresques, Op. 20, for Solo Piano
DVORÁK from "Biblical Songs," Op. 99 for Soprano & Piano
HARRY T. BURLEIGH 6 Spirituals
DVORÁK/WILLIAM ARMS FISHER "Goin’ Home," arranged for Baritone & String Quartet
DVORÁK Quintet No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97

 

featuring Sarah Pelletier, soprano  |  Kevin Deas, bass-baritone  |  Eric Wyrick and Haeun Jung, violins  |  Anna Lim and Katie Liu, violas  |  Alberto Parrini, cello  |  Francine Kay, piano

Ticket Info

$15 General / $ 5 Students (with valid ID)

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About the Artist

Our resident ensemble of performance faculty, distinguished guest artists and supremely talented students offer Sunday afternoon concerts of mixed chamber works. This program juxtaposes works by African-American composer and musician Harry Burleigh with those of his teacher, Czech composer and director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York, Antonín Dvořák. 

Ensemble Basiani, Georgian State Vocal Ensemble Photo
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Ensemble Basiani
Georgian State Vocal Ensemble

Monday, November 18, 2019, 7:30 PM Princeton University Chapel

Program

Georgian State Vocal Ensemble with Princeton University Glee Club Presents
A capella sacred and folk songs from Eastern Europe.

Ticket Info

$40 General / $10 Students (with valid ID)

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Thriving for centuries, the world’s oldest polyphonic choral tradition keeps alive the rich heritage of folk songs, monastic chants, religious hymns, and epic ballads that have shaped the very spirit of the country of Georgia. This singular singing style, proclaimed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, pours from the male vocalists of Ensemble Basiani in an unforgettably haunting way—especially within the spellbinding acoustic of the Princeton University Chapel. In a program traversing the 7th-13th centuries, these internationally-beloved singers bring the very soul of their homeland to our doorstep, immersing us in the timeless modernity of ancient tradition.

Artist Website

Ensemble Basiani »

Ensemble Basiani Sings "Tamar Detpal" (თამარ დედფალ)

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“exquisitely rendered... hauntingly beautiful.”

- The New York Times
Vision String Quartet Photo
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Vision String Quartet

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6:00 PM & 9:00 PM Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

Jakob Encke, Violin I Daniel Stoll, Violin I Sander Stuart, Viola I Leonard Disselhorst, Cello

6PM:

GRAŻYNA BACEWICZ String Quartet No. 4
SCHUMANN String Quartet No. 3 in A Major Op. 41, No. 3

9PM:

Jazz Standards

Ticket Info

$30 General / $10 Students (with valid ID)

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The future is bright, in the hands of the four young players of the Berlin-based Vision Quartet. Whether breathing new life into a beloved masterpiece and paying tribute to an overlooked female composer (6PM) or rocking out to their own compositions and arrangements of jazz and pop tunes (9PM), this revolutionary group finds the spontaneity and groove in everything that they play. They will have you on the edge of your seat as they—playing standing and from memory—perform as if they are composing on the spot. This, friends, will be an evening to remember!

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Vision String Quartet »

The Vision Quartet Playing Jazz

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“The Vision String Quartet combines the highest musical demands with the appearance of a rock band”

- Wiesbadener Kurier
Stefan Jackiw, Violin and Jeremy Denk, Piano Photo
Stefan Jackiw, Violin and Jeremy Denk, Piano Photo
Stefan Jackiw, Violin and Jeremy Denk, Piano Photo
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Stefan Jackiw, Violin
Jeremy Denk, Piano

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 8:00 PM WARM UP: Professor Andrew Lovett talks with Director of Choral Activities Gabriel Crouch about the evening's program at 7PM, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

with members of the Princeton University Glee Club, under the direction of Gabriel Crouch

Charles Ives
The complete Violin Sonatas with the songs that inspired them

CHARLES IVES Violin Sonata No. 4
STITES / SWENEY  “Beulah Land”
LOWRY / HAWKS  “I Need Thee Every Hour”                                        
CHARLES IVES  Violin Sonata No. 3
BARTHÉLEMON / ROBINSON  “Autumn”
CHARLES IVES  Violin Sonata No. 2
ROOT / NELSON “Shining Shore”
ROOT “Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! The Boys Are Marching”
KIALLMARK / WOODWORTH “The Old Oaken Bucket”
MASON / COGHILL “Work Song”                                        
CHARLES IVES  Violin Sonata No. 1

Ticket Info

$25-55 General / $10 Students (with valid ID)

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When insurance-salesman-by-day/modernist-composer-by night Charles Ives invited violinist Franz Milcke to read through his violin sonatas, he recollects that his friend “didn’t even get through the first page... After he went, I had a kind of feeling which I’ve had off and on… Are my ears on wrong? No one else seems to hear it the same way.” Leave it to PUC fan-favorite, Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning violinist Stefan Jackiw and MacArthur “Genius” Award-winning pianist Jeremy Denk to prove that all was quite well with Ives’ ears as they skillfully guide us, in reverse order, from the raucous fourth violin sonata to the exuberant spontaneity of the first. By interspersing Ives’ sonatas with the popular Americana classics—hymns, songs, marches—that he imbued in these works with some help from members of our own Princeton University Glee Club, the duo humanizes and contextualizes some of the most substantial, yet rarely heard, music in the violin repertory by an American composer.

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Stefan Jackiw »
Jeremy Denk »

Violinist Stefan Jackiw answers 20 questions for the Violin Channel.

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The first movement of Ives' Violin Sonata No. 4, in a performance by Princeton University Concerts' veteran violinist Pekka Kuusisto with pianist Joonas Ahonen

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“Talent that’s off the scale.”

- The Washington Post
Meet the Music: Oceanophony Photo
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Meet the Music: Oceanophony
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Bruce Adolphe, Host

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 1:00 PM Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

"Oceanophony"

This hour-long program is recommended for kids ages 6 & up and their families.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Bruce Adolphe Host

Ticket Info

$5 Kids / $10 Adults

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Plunge into an ocean of music and poetry to meet the sarcastic fringehead fish, an expanding pufferfish, a stoplight parrotfish, a love-struck seahorse, an eight-part fugal octopus, and more! Swim through marine snow and discover the mysterious world of coral music. Music, poetry, underwater photography, and amazing facts about the ocean and its creatures: it is all part of Oceanophony.

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“Mr. Adolphe’s music is as agile and colorful as the creatures it describes...”

- The New York Times
Ian Bostridge, Tenor and Brad Mehldau, Piano Photo
Ian Bostridge, Tenor and Brad Mehldau, Piano Photo
Ian Bostridge, Tenor and Brad Mehldau, Piano Photo
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Ian Bostridge, Tenor and Brad Mehldau, Piano

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 8:00 PM Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

MEHLDAU The Folly of Desire, inspired by Dichterliebe with texts by Shakespeare, e.e. cummings, Brecht, Yeats, Goethe, Blake, and others
SCHUMANN Dichterliebe, Op. 48

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the texts in The Folly of Desire contain strong, adult language.

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Talk about a real-life fairytale: they met at a German castle, fell in (musical) love, and made music together happily ever after. The collaboration between tenor Ian Bostridge and jazz legend Brad Mehldau is a groundbreaking moment in music history—both artists are unmatched in the musical spheres they inhabit. Bostridge’s many recordings have garnered all the major international record prizes, including 15 GRAMMY nominations; his artistry has been honored by a CBE from Queen Elizabeth. Mehldau’s genius has been compared to that of J.S. Bach—considered to be the most influential jazz pianist of our time, and he is revered for his jaw-dropping skill as an improviser and composer. With a trans-genre style, Mehldau is no stranger to collaborating with classical song icons, having been commissioned by Carnegie Hall to write song cycles for sopranos Renée Fleming and Anne Sofie von Otter. His newest song cycle is a meditation on desire, with lyrics from the poetry of Shakespeare, e.e. cummings, Brecht, Yeats, Goethe, Blake, and others—a most fitting counterpart to Schumann’s yearning Dichterliebe (“A Poet’s Love”) and to a program in which two of music’s greatest stars come to us as poets of love.

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Brad Mehldau plays "Resignation" from his "Elegiac Cycle"

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Tenor Ian Bostridge Sings "Im Wunderschönen Monat Mai" from Schumann's "Dichterliebe"

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“Mehldau achieves an almost spiritual resonance, chords echoing like amens.”

- TIME on Mehldau
Richardson Chamber Players: Clara Schumann at 200 Photo
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Richardson Chamber Players Present:
"Clara Schumann at 200"

Sunday, October 20, 2019, 3:00 PM Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

honoring pianist Elizabeth DiFelice

CLARA SCHUMANN 3 Piano Pieces
ROBERT SCHUMANN Adagio and Allegro for Horn and Piano, Op. 70
CLARA SCHUMANN 6 Lieder for Soprano and Piano, Op. 13
JOHANNES BRAHMS 4 Lieder for Soprano and Piano
CLARA SCHUMANN Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17

featuring Jacqui Horner-Kwiatek, soprano  |  Chris Komer, horn  |  Anna Lim, violin  |  Susannah Chapman, cello  |  Alan Feinberg and Jennifer Tao, piano

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Our resident ensemble of performance faculty, distinguished guest artists and supremely talented students offer Sunday afternoon concerts of mixed chamber works. This program is a tribute to the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann's birth, and a salute to her extraordinary career as both a virtuoso pianist and a respected composer. 

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Photo
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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 8:00 PM WARM UP: Cellist David Finckel and Pianist Wu Han, talk with Marna Seltzer about the evening's program at 7PM, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

CHARLES S. ROBINSON MEMORIAL CONCERT

Wu Han and David Finckel, Artistic Directors

"NEW WORLD SPIRIT"

HARRY T. BURLEIGH Southland Sketches
DVOŘÁK Quintet for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello in E-flat Major, Op. 97
BERNSTEIN Clarinet Sonata
COPLAND Appalachian Spring Suite for Ensemble

featuring: 

Gloria Chien, Piano  I  Chad Hoopes, Kristin Lee, Arnaud Sussmann, Angelo Xiang Yu, Violin  I  Matthew Lipman, Paul Neubauer, Viola  I  Nicholas Canellakis, David Finckel, Cello  I Anthony Manzo, Bass  I  Ransom Wilson, Flute  I  David Shifrin, Clarinet  I  Marc Goldberg, Bassoon

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We begin 126 years ago and 910 miles away in the small town of Spillville, Iowa. Just as Princeton University Concerts is born, Czech composer Antonín Dvořák composes his String Quintet, Op. 97 in American farm-country. Drawing on folk tunes and spirituals—many of which he learned from his assistant, African-American composer Harry T. Burleigh—Dvořák set the stage for a new tradition of “American music.”

Hear this lineage evolve in a program also featuring Leonard Bernstein’s very first published work, and culminating in one of the most beloved American masterpieces: Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, in its original instrumentation. As a pupil of Dvořák’s student, Copland wrote this music for Martha Graham’s ballet celebrating American pioneers.

We invite you to come celebrate the frontier of our rich cultural history as together we launch our 126th season!

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The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center plays the first movement of Dvořák's "American" Quintet

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“O Appalachian Spring! I gained the ledge; Steep, inaccessible smile that eastward bends And northward reaches in that violet wedge Of Adirondacks!”

- Hart Crane, "The Dance"
Ébène String Quartet Photo
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Ébène String Quartet

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 8:00 PM Pre-concert Announcement of the Winners of the 2019 Creative Reactions Contest at 7:00 PM, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1
GABRIEL FAURÉ String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 121
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131

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Perhaps we can all agree that the French are inherently cooler than the rest of us. After all, this is a people who invented black turtlenecks and Existentialism, while simultaneously perfecting the breakfast pastry. And at the top of the list of “cool things from France” is the Ébène Quartet, perhaps the only group in history that can smoothly transition from Bartók to barbershop harmonies, Brahms to Bruce Springsteen. Here, they’ll focus on Beethoven as part of their multi-year cycle of his complete string quartets, while also taking the time to perform their signature rendition of the Fauré quartet – the first time it’s ever been performed at PUC!

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FROM THE FOUR CORNERS...

Over the years, PUC has brought in ensembles from all around the world. In addition to the Ébène Quartet (France), we’ve hosted the debuts of the Hagen String Quartet (Germany), the Budapest String Quartet (Hungary), the Danish String Quartet (Denmark), the Tokyo String Quartet (Japan), the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (one guess where they’re from…), and many more.

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Ébène Quartet plays Haydn

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Princeton University Orchestra & Glee Club, Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor Photo
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Princeton University Orchestra & Glee Club, Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 4:00 PM Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton, NJ

Program

FRANZ SCHUBERT Gesang der Geister über den Wassern for Men’s Chorus, D. 714
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet
FELIX MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61

The Mendelssohn is perfformed with video projection by Alberto Arvelo, supported by Video Art Producer Gabriela Camejo and Visual Effects Artist Miguel Guerrero.
Narration by Princeton University students in the Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Theater: Victoria Davidjohn '19, Jacy Duan ‘21, Kateryn McReynolds ‘20.
Vocal soloists in the Mendelssohn are Allison Spann '20, soprano and Caroline Zhao '19, mezzo soprano

The program is roughly 2 hours with one 15 minute intermission.

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In tribute to both Princeton University Concerts’ and Maestro Dudamel’s dedication to making the arts accessible to all, this free (but ticketed) concert welcomes the local community and beyond to hear the world’s great music. The program features Franz Schubert’s Gesang der Geister über den Wassern D. 714, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, and the complete incidental music to Felix Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61 in a special performance that will also include video projections by Venezuelan film director Alberto Arvelo and narration by Princeton University students in the Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Theater: Jacy Duan ‘21, Kateryn McReynolds ‘20, and Allison Spann ’20. Alberto Arvelo was assisted by ARt Producer Gabriela Camejo and Visual Effects Artist Miguel Guerrero.

“I cannot say that music is the only thing that will save the world, but we have to put art somewhere far more central to the main sense of our society.”

- Gustavo Dudamel
Princeton University Orchestra & Glee Club, Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor Photo
Princeton University Orchestra & Glee Club, Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor Photo
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Princeton University Orchestra & Glee Club, Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor

Friday, April 26, 2019, 7:30 PM Pre-concert panel discussion about Art, Politics and Society moderated by Professor Stanley Katz at 6:30PM with Professors Javier Guerrero, Simon Morrison, and Rachel Price, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

FRANZ SCHUBERT Gesang der Geister über den Wassern for Men’s Chorus, D. 714
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet
FELIX MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61

The Mendelssohn is performed with narration by Princeton University students in the Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Theater: Victoria Davidjohn '19, Jacy Duan ‘21, Kateryn McReynolds ‘20
Vocal soloists in the Mendelssohn are Allison Spann '20, soprano and Caroline Zhao '19, mezzo soprano

The program is roughly 2 hours with one 15 minute intermission.

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For the final concert in the residency, Maestro Dudamel picks up his baton for the first time and does the thing he does better than anyone else in the world today: inspire and empower young people through the power of music. He will lead the Princeton University Orchestra and Glee Club in a program centered around two great Shakespeare plays, Tchaikovsky’s take on Romeo and Juliet and Mendelssohn’s majestic rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The latter will feature narration by Princeton University students in the Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Theater: Victoria Davidjohn '19, Jacy Duan ‘21, Kateryn McReynolds ‘20

“I cannot say that music is the only thing that will save the world, but we have to put art somewhere far more central to the main sense of our society.”

- Gustavo Dudamel
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Ensemble Berlin:
featuring members of Berlin Philharmonic

Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 7:00 PM Musical Preview by El Sistema students from Harmony Program of New York City at 6:00 PM.
There will be a panel discussion including Nobel Prizewinning physicist Kip Thorne '65 and Professor Jeff Dolven following the concert, moderated by Gustavo Dudamel.
Both events are free to ticketholders.
Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

CURATED BY GUSTAVO DUDAMEL

Exploring “Art & Nature”
Panel discussion including 
Nobel Prizewinning physicist Kip Thorne *65 following the concert, moderated by Gustavo Dudamel

RICHARD WAGNER Fantasia in F-sharp Minor, WWV 22
RICHARD WAGNER Prelude and Liebestod from “Tristan and Isolde”
STEVEN MACKEY Measuring, a new work written for the occasion
FRANZ SCHUBERT Fantasy in C Major, D. 760  “Wanderer”

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Maestro Dudamel’s relationship to the hallowed Berlin Philharmonic stretches back a decade and includes close personal connections with the orchestra’s most recent Music Directors, Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle. For this concert, Dudamel has chosen a handful of musicians from that august orchestra to perform a program that explores nature in all its forms – from science to the environment to the very nature of humanity itself. Works by Schubert and Wagner, as well as a new work by Princeton University faculty composer Steven Mackey, paint a broad musical portrait of the physical world and beyond that is perhaps most elegantly encompassed by a quotation from their contemporary, poet Heinrich Heine: “When words leave off, music begins.”  The musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic will be joined by fellows from KonstKnekt, the Berlin Philharmonic's training academy.
 

PLAYERS:
Luiz Filíp Coelho, Violin+
Walter Küssner, Viola+
Øyvind Gimse, Cello*
Ulrich Wolff, Bass+
Magnus Mihm, Flute*
Christoph Hartmann, Oboe+
Ingeborg Moe, Clarinet*
Bryndis Tórsdóttir, Bassoon*
Tone Langsrud, French horn*

+Member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
*Member of Konstknekt

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“I cannot say that music is the only thing that will save the world, but we have to put art somewhere for more central to the main sense of our society.”

- Gustavo Dudamel
Avi Avital, Mandolin & Omer Avital, Bass Photo
Avi Avital, Mandolin & Omer Avital, Bass Photo
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Avi Avital, Mandolin & Omer Avital, Bass

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 7:30 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

Avital Meets Avital

What do you get when you mix up Moroccan, North African, Israeli, and Mediterranean musical traditions and filter them through a blend of jazz and classical idioms? We probably would never have known if not for the musical union of mandolinist Avi Avital and bassist Omer Avital (no relation). Fortunately for us, these two virtuosos have joined forces to explore the crossroads of classical technique and jazz improvisation, in a conversation that grows from a shared cultural experience and travels across genres and decades to arrive in a place of mutual self-discovery.

The concert will include pieces composed Omer Avital, including Zamzama, Lonely Girl, and Ballad for Eli and composed by Avi Avital, such as Avi's Song and Prelude.

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“Everything you never dreamt a mandolin could do…truly breathtaking in virtuosity and dedication.”

- Haaretz Daily
Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director with Paul Lewis, Piano Photo
Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director with Paul Lewis, Piano Photo
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Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director with Paul Lewis, Piano

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 8:00 PM Announcement of Princeton University Concerts' 2019-20 season at 7:00 PM, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

SAMUEL ADAMS Concerto Grosso

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414
JOHANNES BRAHMS String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36, arr. for String Orchestra

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CHARLES S. ROBINSON MEMORIAL CONCERT

There’s something indescribable about watching the 18 players of the Australian Chamber Orchestra perform together – the way they move, stand, breathe, and play as one, led by the indefatigable Richard Tognetti. The visceral, explosive energy they generate as an ensemble pushes the boundaries of chamber music, and when combined with the intensity and vision of a pianist like Paul Lewis, you’re in for a truly transformative evening of music-making. They’ll be playing Mozart’s luminous Piano Concerto No. 12, K.414, as well as an arrangement Brahms’ aching Sextet in G Major and a brand-new work by Samuel Adams (the composer, not the famed brewer/founding father).

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Australian Chamber Orchestra plays Beethoven "Kreutzer" Sonata

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“The gang every string player wants to be in.”

- The Guardian
Takács String Quartet with Marc-André Hamelin, Piano and John Feeney, Bass Photo
Takács String Quartet with Marc-André Hamelin, Piano and John Feeney, Bass Photo
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Takács String Quartet with Marc-André Hamelin, Piano and John Feeney, Bass

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 8:00 PM Pre-concert talk by Professor Emeritus Scott Burnham at 7:00 PM, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN String Quartet in G Major, Op. 76, No. 1, Hob.III:75
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83
FRANZ SCHUBERT Quintet for Piano and Strings in A Major, D. 667 “Trout”

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At this point, the Takács String Quartet are part of the PUC family, making their 20th appearance on the series this season. But this year will be different – not only because of their recently-announced new second violinist Harumi Rhodes (daughter of Samuel Rhodes of the Juilliard Quartet), but also because they’ll be bringing along the magnificent pianist Marc-André Hamelin to play the scales off of Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet. “Why the ‘Trout’?” you may ask. Well first, because it’s a shining jewel in the crown of the chamber music repertoire, but also because it came out on top of our audience survey of “favorite pieces of chamber music.” You asked for it, friends, and now you’ve got it!

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A TIMELESS CLASSIC...

Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet was first performed on the series in 1909 by the Kneisel String Quartet and friends, and has remained a PUC favorite for over a century as one of the most popular selections in our “favorite pieces of chamber music” audience survey.

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“This is chamber music of overwhelming intensity...simply the best I have ever heard in concert.”

- The Guardian
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Violin and Polina Leschenko, Piano Photo
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Violin and Polina Leschenko, Piano Photo
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Violin and Polina Leschenko, Piano Photo
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Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Violin and Polina Leschenko, Piano

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 8:00 PM 7:00PM: Musical Preview by Princeton University violin students, directed by Anna Lim, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

BÉLA BARTÓK Violin Sonata No. 2
FRANCIS POULENC Violin Sonata
GEORGE ENESCU Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 25
MAURICE RAVEL “Tzigane”

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AS FATE WOULD HAVE IT...

George Enescu may be a featured composer on this program, but he actually gave the PUC premiere of Ravel’s “Tzigane,” performing on the series as a violinist in 1938!

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First things first: it’s pronounced “Koh-pah-CHEEN-skah-yah,” but you can feel free to just call her “PatKop.” This wild-child of the violin has exploded onto the international scene in recent years with an untamable energy and a far-reaching approach to repertoire that runs from baroque and classical to commissions and reimagined modern masterpieces. For her PUC debut, she explores music rooted in her Moldovan-Austrian-Swiss heritage, from Enescu’s folksy Sonata No. 3 to the Hungarian flavors of Ravel’s “Tzigane.”

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Kopatchinskaja talks about the duo recording between herself and Leschenko

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“The duo offers a feast of edgy, risk-filled music-making”

- The Guardian
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Meet The Music

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 1:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

“The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses”

A family concert for kids ages 6-12, hosted by composer Bruce Adolphe and featuring the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with special guests the Princeton Girlchoir

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Based on the beloved story by Paul Goble, "The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses" is a musical telling of the exciting and haunting tale of a Native American girl who runs away from home to be with wild horses, animals to whom she is mystically drawn. A story of thunderstorms and thundering hooves, "The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses" will enchant and inspire audiences of all ages. Recommended for ages 6–12. Music by Bruce Adolphe.

Musicians from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center include flutist Sooyun Kim, clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois, violinists Francisco Fullana and Grace Park, cellist Mihai Marica, pianist David Kaplan, and percussionist Eduardo Leandro.

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Alexander Melnikov, Piano and Andreas Staier, Piano Photo
Alexander Melnikov, Piano and Andreas Staier, Piano Photo
Alexander Melnikov, Piano and Andreas Staier, Piano Photo
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Alexander Melnikov, Piano and Andreas Staier, Piano

Thursday, March 14, 2019, 8:00 PM Pre-concert talk by Professor Emeritus Scott Burnham at 7:00 PM, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

PADEREWSKI MEMORIAL CONCERT

FRANZ SCHUBERT WORKS FOR PIANO DUO
March No. 3 in B Minor from Six Grande Marches, D. 819, Op. 40
4 Ländler, D. 814
Polonaise No. 1 in D Minor from Six Polonaises, Op. 61
March No. 1 in C Major from Deux Marches Caracteristiques, D. 968b (D. 886)
Andantino varié in B Minor, D. 823, Op. 84, No. 1
Rondo in A Major, D. 951, Op. 107 (Grand Rondeau)
Variations on an Original Theme in A-flat Major, D. 813, Op. 35
Fantasie in F Minor, D. 940, Op. 103

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Back in 2016, Alexander Melnikov came to PUC and played a 3-hour program of the complete preludes and fugues of Shostakovich that left the audience with jaws squarely on the floor (his recording of the works was named one of the “50 Greatest Recordings of All Time” by BBC Music Magazine). Now he returns with good friend and fellow keyboard maven Andreas Staier to perform a gloriously intimate program of Schubert’s four-hand piano music. It’s the concert equivalent of gourmet-quality comfort food, and you’ll want to be there, plate in hand.

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SPEAKING OF PIANO PAIRS...

Famed husband-and-wife duo Robert and Gaby Casadesus lived in Princeton, where they performed at PUC and developed a lasting friendship  with violinist (and occasional physicist) Albert Einstein.

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Alexander Melnikov on the piano

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Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Photo
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Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 3:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

"SONGPLAY"
with legendary jazz players
CRAIG TERRY, Piano/Arranger
CHUCK ISRAELS, Double Bass
JIMMY MADISON, Percussion
CHARLIE PORTER, Trumpet
LAUTARO GRECO, Bandoneon

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Joyce DiDonato is one of the great communicators of our era – able to bridge genres and generations with her profound humanity, her musical vision, and her extraordinary voice. In her new program, “SONGPLAY,” she traces the musical thread from the Italian Baroque to the American Songbook, including art songs to sambas to jazz ballads. PUC audiences got a taste of this back in 2015 when she sang the Italian art song standard “Caro mio ben” with a jazz piano accompaniment as an encore to a jaw-dropping recital debut. She and her ensemble play with the transitions and connections between styles and centuries, weaving a musical tapestry connected by a collective sense of joy and experimentation. Songplay was recently released on Warner Classics and is accessible on Spotify, or click the video on the right for a preview.

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Joyce DiDonato Songplay Preview

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“Joyce sings and the world is suddenly brighter.”

- American composer Jake Heggie
Steven Isserlis, Cello and Connie Shih, Piano Photo
Steven Isserlis, Cello and Connie Shih, Piano Photo
Steven Isserlis, Cello and Connie Shih, Piano Photo
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Steven Isserlis, Cello and Connie Shih, Piano

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 8:00 PM Pre-concert talk by Dr. Ruth Ochs at 7:00 PM, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

"Composers & their Muses"

CLARA SCHUMANN 3 Romances, Op. 22, arr. Isserlis
ROBERT SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
VÍTĚZSLAVA KAPRÁLOVÁ Ritornelle

BOHUSLAV MARTINU Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano
AUGUSTA HOLMÈS “Minstrel’s Chant,” arr. Isserlis
CÉSAR FRANCK Sonata for Cello and Piano in A Major

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Steven Isserlis is – without question – one of the greatest cellists performing today. One of only two living cellists in the Gramophone Hall of Fame (the other one is a little-known performer named Yo-Yo Ma), this is a man who never stops searching, reaching, and expanding his musical output. PUC is honored to have him make his long-awaited debut on the series, with a program that tells a tale of love and influence, juxtaposing works by female composers with those of the men they inspired. Join us for what promises to be a luminous night of music making and storytelling, with one of the leading lights of the art form.

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IT'S A CELLOBRATION!

Isserlis is the latest in a distinguished line of cellists to bring their resonant tones to Richardson Auditorium. Previous performers include greats like Pablo Casals (1922), Jacqueline du Pré (1968), Mstislav Rostropovich (1963), and Yo-Yo Ma (1979).

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Steven Isserlis and Connie Shih

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“He can have the listener in perpetual wonder at the ingredients of his art.”

- The Australian
Schubert Octet for Winds & Strings in F Major, D. 803 Photo
Schubert Octet for Winds & Strings in F Major, D. 803 Photo
Schubert Octet for Winds & Strings in F Major, D. 803 Photo
Schubert Octet for Winds & Strings in F Major, D. 803 Photo
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Schubert Octet for Winds & Strings in F Major, D. 803

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 6:00 PM & 9:00 PM On Stage at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

Brentano String Quartet
Anthony McGill, Clarinet
Jennifer Montone, Horn
Daniel Matsukawa, Bassoon
Leigh Mesh, Bass

Concert experience by Michael Dean Morgan and Wesley Cornwell

Listening to Franz Schubert’s Octet makes one feel that a reservoir of melody has been opened up, with torrents of tunefulness pouring from each measure. What might on the surface seem like a light-hearted musical diversion, in fact, holds deep wells of yearning, evanescent beauty, haunting the lighter moments and looking toward the composer’s far darker works. The sound world expands and contracts, sounding richly symphonic one moment and strikingly spare the next, and in the hands of the Brentano Quartet – who spent 16 years in-residence at Princeton – and friends, this kaleidoscopic masterpiece will be nothing short of revelatory.

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Schubert Octet for Winds & Strings

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Gabriel Kahane, Singer-Songwriter

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 7:30 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

Gabriel Kahane: Book of Travelers

In these divided times, music has an ever-more important role as a universal language of connection, and a reminder of our shared experience. The morning after the 2016 presidential election, singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane packed a suitcase and took a two-week, 8,980-mile train trip across the U.S. without a phone or internet. The resulting song cycle, drawn from the kaleidoscopic spectrum of his fellow travelers, is an eloquent cry for reconciliation and an attempt to rediscover our collective humanity in the face of all that seeks to separate us. In a recent profile, The New Yorker’s Alex Ross, called the album “an exercise in lyric beauty” and Kahane “one of the finest, most searching songwriters of the day.” Read the full profile here.

Book of Travelers is approximately 65 minutes and runs without intermission.

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“The most remarkable thing he achieves, in song after song, might just be his vivid yet subtle articulation of empathy.”

- The New York Times
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Richardson Chamber Players: “Then & Now”

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 3:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

“Then & Now: Celebrating PUC’s 125th Anniversary,”  featuring mixed chamber works by Camille Saint-Saëns, Johannes Brahms, Eric Nathan, Richard Strauss, and Anton Arensky written during PUC’s inaugural season (1894–1895) paired with works of today.

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS La Mort de Thaïs, Paraphrase de concert sur l'opéra de J. Massenet, for piano
RICHARD STRAUSS 4 Lieder, Op. 27
JOHANNES BRAHMS Clarinet Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1
ERIC NATHAN Threads, for Violin, Cello, Clarinet and Piano
ANTON ARENSKY Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32

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Our resident ensemble of performance faculty, distinguished guest artists and supremely talented students offer Sunday afternoon concerts of mixed chamber works.

Messiaen “Quartet for the End of Time” Photo
Messiaen “Quartet for the End of Time” Photo
Messiaen “Quartet for the End of Time” Photo
Messiaen “Quartet for the End of Time” Photo
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Messiaen “Quartet for the End of Time”

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 6:00 PM & 9:00 PM On Stage at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

STEFAN JACKIW, Violin
JAY CAMPBELL, Cello
YOONAH KIM, Clarinet
ORION WEISS, Piano

Concert experience by Michael Dean Morgan and Wesley Cornwell

No words can adequately capture the towering mystery of Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time.” One can speak of the piece’s backstory, composed in a World War II prisoner of war camp and inspired by the biblical depiction of an Angel of God heralding the end of days. One can describe the musical language, which incorporates birdsong, plainchant, shimmering cascades of light, a sonic depiction of eternity, and everything in between. But ultimately, the only way to truly understand it is to sit in wonder as this hour-long musical journey reveals the depths of our humanity while simultaneously opening the door to the infinite. Guiding our way will be four of the brightest young stars of classical music, led by PUC favorite Stefan Jackiw, who stepped in for Isabelle Faust back in 2015 and illuminated a darkened hall (and our collective souls) with a movement of the Messiaen arranged for violin and piano. A number of concertgoers expressed the hope that they might one day hear him play the full piece, and now, friends, that day has come.

A documentary about the "Quartet for the End of Time" will be screened at the Princeton Public Library on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 3PM. More information below. 

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“Talent that's off the scale”

- Washington Post on Stefan Jackiw
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Musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Monday, January 7, 2019, 7:00 PM Musical Preview by students from Youth Orchestra Los Angeles ("YOLA") at 6:00 PM.
Panel discussion following the concert with Professors Elaine Pagels and Alexander Nehamas, moderated by Gustavo Dudamel.
Both events are free to ticketholders.
Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

CURATED BY GUSTAVO DUDAMEL

Exploring “Art & Faith”
Panel discussion following the concert, moderated by Gustavo Dudamel

ARVO PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel for Violin and Piano
JURI SEO Lost Songs
ARVO PÄRT Fratres for String Quartet
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Quintet in A Major for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581

Bing Wang, Violin
Rebecca Reale, Violin
Teng Li, Viola
Ben Hong, Cello
Boris Allakhverdyan, Clarinet
Juri Seo, Piano

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Conductor Sir Georg Solti once said “Mozart makes you believe in God,” and it’s hard to disagree after listening to the absolute perfection of his Clarinet Quintet. As the luminous centerpiece of this program that explores the intersection of art and spirituality, Mozart’s music will be placed side-by-side with that of living Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, whose “holy minimalist” works evoke a kind of meditative transcendence, containing oceans of feeling in their seemingly simple repetitions. A new work by Princeton University faculty composer Juri Seo rounds out this intense, introspective program.

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“I cannot say that music is the only thing that will save the world, but we have to put art somewhere far more central to the main sense of our society.”

- Gustavo Dudamel
Martin Fröst, Clarinet and Henrik Måwe, Piano Photo
Martin Fröst, Clarinet and Henrik Måwe, Piano Photo
Martin Fröst, Clarinet and Henrik Måwe, Piano Photo
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Martin Fröst, Clarinet and Henrik Måwe, Piano

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 8:00 PM Musical Preview by Les Anches Cantori, student clarinet ensemble at 7:00 PM, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

FRANCIS POULENC Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

ANTONIO VIVALDI Selections for Clarinet and Piano, arr. Tarkmann
JOHANNES BRAHMS Sonata No. 2 for Clarinet and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2
JOHANNES BRAHMS Hungarian Dances, arr. Fröst

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When asked “What’s your favorite instrument to hear in a classical music recital?” most people’s default response probably wouldn’t be “the clarinet.” That is, until they’ve heard the sweeping sounds of Swedish clarinetist Martin Fröst. This is a performer who truly transcends his instrument and makes music that simply feels alive. From his riveting on-stage presence (he’s been known to dress up like a bird in concert) to his inventive approach to programming, if anyone is going to convert you to the clarinet, it’s Fröst. For his PUC debut (and one of only two U.S. recitals this season), he’s joined by fellow Swede Henrik Måwe for a sumptuous spread of Brahms, Poulenc, and Vivaldi arrangements.

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SPEAKING OF THE CLARINET...

PUC has a long history of presenting non-traditional instruments in recital, including banjos, mandolins, bagpipes, accordions, harpsichords, crumhorns, and even an Anglo-Saxon harp!

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Clarinetist Martin Fröst plays Poulenc Sonata

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“Until you've heard Martin Fröst, you really haven't heard the clarinet”

- The Times (London)
Quartet 212 with Mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo Photo
Quartet 212 with Mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo Photo
Quartet 212 with Mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo Photo
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Quartet 212 with Mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 2:00 PM Musical Preview at 1:00 PM by El Sistema students from the Boston String Academy.
The concert will be followed by a public discussion between Maestro Dudamel and Deborah Borda, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Philharmonic.
Both events are free to ticketholders.
Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

CURATED BY GUSTAVO DUDAMEL

HAYDN String Quartet No. 41 in D Major, Op. 50,  No. 6 ("The Frog")
DONNACHA DENNEHY Strange Folk (World Premiere)
RESPIGHI "Il tramonto" ("The Sunset"), with mezzo-soprano Emily D'Angelo
VERDI String Quartet in E Minor

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Due to an unfortunate combination of injury and recently escalated geopolitical circumstance, the Simón Bolívar String Quartet - originally scheduled to perform at this concert - is unable to perform. Maestro Dudamel—making his Metropolitan Opera debut this season—has invited Quartet 212, an ensemble featuring principal members of the MET Orchestra, to replace them. If your ticket says Simón Bolivar String Quartet it will be honored at the door.

Concertmaster David Chan, principal cellist Rafael Figueroa, violinist Catherine Ro and violist Dov Scheindlin will bring a program reflecting the diverse range of chamber music. The four players translate their long experience in the operatic world into an expressive vocal quality imbuing all of the music that they perform. From the origins of the string quartet to a newly commissioned work by Princeton University Professor Donnacha Dennehy, from a rare chamber work by operatic composer Guiseppe Verdi to Ottorino Respighi’s setting of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem “The Sunset” with mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo, this concert promises to remind us of music’s intimate relationship with the human voice, and of chamber music’s innate communicative power.

The concert will be followed by a public discussion between Maestro Dudamel and Deborah Borda. Ms. Borda serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Philharmonic. Prior posts include President and CEO, David C. Bohnett Presidential Chair, of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Executive Director of the New York Philharmonic; General Manager of the San Francisco Symphony; President and Managing Director of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; and Executive Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, among other prestigious positions. The public discussion is free to all ticketholders.

This event is part of the Gustavo Dudamel Residency.  To view all residency events, click here.

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Quartet 212 plays Mozart Clarinet Quintet

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“I cannot say that music is the only thing that will save the world, but we have to put art somewhere far more central to the main sense of our society.”

- Gustavo Dudamel
Opening Celebration: Betsayda Machado Photo
Opening Celebration: Betsayda Machado Photo
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Opening Celebration: Betsayda Machado

Saturday, December 1, 2018, 8:00 PM Pre-concert discussion between Gustavo Dudamel and Don Michael Randel at 8PM, concert to follow at 9PM Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

Following a discussion between Gustavo Dudamel and musicologist Don Michael Randel at 8PM, everyone is invited for a musical party (9PM) with venerated Afro-Venezuelan folk music singer Betsayda Machado – the voice of Venezuela - and Grammy-nominated cuatro/mandolin virtuoso Jorge Glem to launch Gustavo Dudamel's 2018-19 residency at Princeton University Concerts. In  a  program  called  “Aguinaldos y Parrandas,” the duo, alongside Maestro Dudamel’s colleagues Diego Álvarez on percussion and Bam Rodriguez on bass, gives us a taste of timeless holiday traditions that are to this day celebrated throughout Latin American villages in a performance described on NPR as “one of the most joyful shows I’ve seen in years.”

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Betsayda Machado, Singer
Jorge Glem, Cuatro/Mandolin
Diego Álvarez, Percussion
Bam Rodriguez, Bass

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“vital, unplugged, deeply rooted”

- The New York Times
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Richardson Chamber Players: “From Buenos Aires to Brooklyn”

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 3:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

CARLOS GUASTAVINO Pampamapa and La Rosa y el Sauce
HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS Samba Classico, Canção do Poeta do Século XVIII, and Nhapôpé
LEO BROUWER Música Incidental Campensinas
DANIEL BINELLI Metropolis
ASTOR PIAZZOLLA Concierto para Quinteto
AGUSTIN BARRIOS MANGORÉ Julia Florida, Danza Paraguaya, and Gavota al Estilo Antiguo
CARLOS CHÁVEZ Madrigal
GEORGE GERSHWIN Maybe—Soon, Who Cares?, Embraceable You, and By Strauss

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Our resident ensemble of performance faculty, distinguished guest artists and supremely talented students offer Sunday afternoon concerts of mixed chamber works. “From Buenos Aires to Brooklyn,” features mixed chamber works of George Gershwin, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Astor Piazzolla, and Cuban composer Leo Brouwer.

Nicholas Ioffreda '20, Flute
Jo-Ann Sternberg, Clarinet
Daniel Binelli, Bandoneón
Michael Newman, Guitar
Laura Oltman, Guitar
Elaine Christy, Harp
Ronald Cappon, Piano
Barbara Rearick, Mezzo-soprano
Nancy Wilson, Violin
Ariana Cappon, Violin
Haeun Jung '20, Violin
Alberto Parrini, Cello
Jessica Thompson, Viola
Jack Hill, Bass

Abigail Washburn, Banjo & Wu Fei, Guzheng Photo
Abigail Washburn, Banjo & Wu Fei, Guzheng Photo
Abigail Washburn, Banjo & Wu Fei, Guzheng Photo
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Abigail Washburn, Banjo & Wu Fei, Guzheng

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7:30 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

Beijing Meets Banjo

It might feel a bit strange to use the words “rockstar” and “guzheng” in the same sentence, but if anyone can take this 2,000-year-old Chinese stringed instrument and crank it up to 11, it would be Wu Fei. She is single-handedly responsible for bringing this once-elitist court instrument out of the palaces of the Qin dynasty and into the streets, using it in entirely unexpected and captivating ways. And matching her string for string and note for note is Abigail Washburn, a banjo virtuoso (and wife of fellow picker Béla Fleck) and TED Fellow who happens to also be fluent in both the language and culture of China. Together, these two remarkable musicians come together for an evening of musical storytelling that crosses continents to find commonalities.

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Boat Song/The Water is Wide." The two songs are folk songs from China and the U.S.

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“This sparkling collaboration...brought the similarities between Appalachian and Chinese folk tunes into stark relief, playing pan-continental mashups of traditional music. American folk tunes were gently decorated with the zither's glissando, and a take on the Coon Creek Girls' 1938 78 rpm record "Banjo Pickin' Girl" featured a furious zither solo. ”

- Rolling Stone Magazine
Baby Got Bach: Bring on the Brass! Photo
Baby Got Bach: Bring on the Brass! Photo
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Baby Got Bach: Bring on the Brass!

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 1:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

“Bring on the Brass!”
with special guests
The Westerlies Brass Quartet

 

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Back by popular demand, pianist and host Orli Shaham will introduce pre-school-aged kids to the joy of live classical music.  She will be joined by special guest artists, The Westerlies Brass Quartet. The Westerlies navigate a wide array of music with the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band, and the charm of a family sing-along. Recommended for ages 3-6.

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“Baby Got Bach is a Must-See”

- New York Family Magazine
Schubert String Quintet in C Major, D. 956 Photo
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Schubert String Quintet in C Major, D. 956

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 6:00 PM & 9:00 PM On Stage at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

TAKÁCS STRING QUARTET
with DAVID REQUIRO, Cello

Concert experience by Michael Dean Morgan and Wesley Cornwell

Yehudi Menuhin might have put it best when he described Franz Schubert’s music as “purity itself.” His sublime cello quintet, completed weeks before his death, is quite possibly one of the most perfectly written works in all of chamber music - a piece of astounding beauty that exists entirely in its own musical universe. Centered around a miraculous slow movement that seems to stop time itself, the narrative fuses drama, consoling sadness, transcendence, bliss, and more, before ending with a rousing dance-like finale which – composed as the composer lay on his death bed – stands among the most life-affirming statements in all of music.

THE UP CLOSE EXPERIENCE
Every aspect of this concert from seating to lighting has been carefully curated to bring audiences as close as possible to the music. We will ask that audience to join us in purposeful silence, both in and outside the hall, to create a space for and enhancement of the music to come. A reader, Michael Dean Morgan, will be pre-concert guide, presenting related texts and introducing longer moments of group silence in preparation to listen.

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Takács String Quartet with Marc Coppey play Schubert Quintet

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Jerusalem String Quartet with special guests Pinchas Zukerman, Viola and Amanda Forsyth, Cello Photo
Jerusalem String Quartet with special guests Pinchas Zukerman, Viola and Amanda Forsyth, Cello Photo
Jerusalem String Quartet with special guests Pinchas Zukerman, Viola and Amanda Forsyth, Cello Photo
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Jerusalem String Quartet with special guests Pinchas Zukerman, Viola and Amanda Forsyth, Cello

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 8:00 PM Pre-concert talk by Professor Emeritus Scott Burnham at 7pm, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

RICHARD STRAUSS String Sextet Op. 85 from Capriccio
ARNOLD SCHOENBERG String Sextet Op. 4, “Verklärte Nacht”
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY String Sextet Op. 70, “Souvenir de Florence”

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All of the best things in life begin with friends and family, and our 125th season is no exception. We’ll kick things off by bringing back the acclaimed Jerusalem String Quartet after a six-year hiatus – but they won’t be coming alone. They’ll be bringing their longtime friend and mentor, legendary violist Pinchas Zukerman, and his wife, cellist Amanda Forsyth. Together, these old acquaintances will offer a program of rarely heard, richly expressive works. The season will saunter out of the gate to the aristocratic overtones of Strauss’ faux-Rococo sextet from his opera Capriccio, before shifting the mood to Schoenberg’s transfixing, transcendent “Transfigured Night.” The concert will end on a bittersweet note with Tchaikovsky’s touchingly nostalgic “Souvenir de Florence.”

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The musicians discuss their upcoming tour as a sextet

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“An absolute triumph! Their playing has everything you could possibly wish for.”

- BBC Music Magazine
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Bobby McFerrin, Vocalist with Gimme5

Friday, September 21, 2018, 7:30 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

Circlesongs, with special guest the Princeton University Glee Club

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Bobby McFerrin is not so much a musician as he is an instrument of music itself, a pure distillation of sound into joy whose performances blur the lines between performer and audience, fusing the two in a joyous communion. He opens PUC’s 125th season in that same spirit of community with his remarkable Circlesongs, a unique musical language that grows out of tribal chant and sacred music, moving across styles and time periods and resulting in something that is as ancient as it is urgently relevant. McFerrin and the ensemble Gimme5 will improvise an evening of shared sound with some help from the Princeton University Glee Club, and together they’ll lead the audience in a call and response, following a pulsing pathway toward the freedom we feel when raising our voices together in harmony.

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Bobby McFerrin leads a Circlesong at the Kennedy Center

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“He has the uncanny ability to bring out your inner child.”

- The New York Times
Truls Mørk, Cello and Behzod Abduraimov, Piano Photo
Truls Mørk, Cello and Behzod Abduraimov, Piano Photo
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Truls Mørk, Cello and Behzod Abduraimov, Piano

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 8:00 PM Creative Reactions Contest Winners Announcement at 7pm, free to ticketholders

Program

RACHMANINOFF Two Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 2
GRIEG Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36
GRIEG Intermezzo in A Minor for Cello and Piano
RACHMANINOFF Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19

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Truls Mørk is one of the 21st century’s definitive cellists—his tone is song-like and recognizable, as if he’s extracting his own voice from the instrument. He is the only Norwegian ever to win a Grammy Award, and his playing has been characterized as “unforced splendor … his expansive, Russian-inflected bowing and vibrato ensures that quiet passages float into the far reaches of the hall.” (The New Yorker) In the last decade, his public appearances have been scarce due to illness, and we feel honored to be a part of his return to the world stage, which has already been met with glorious reviews. He is joined by Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov in a program of chamber music by two great composers from their respective homelands: Norway’s Edvard Grieg and Russia’s Sergei Rachmaninoff. Abduraimov made his Princeton debut in 2013 as a relatively unknown gem, and has since gone on to major stardom, including his Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall debut this past season.

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Truls Mork Plays Chopin Sonata

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Cellist Truls Mork Plays Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata - 2nd movt.

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“Technical control is one thing, but the compelling quality throughout this programme was the intense personal conviction Truls conveyed … By turns tender, introverted, fiery and passionate, he constantly propelled us forward on this compelling epic journey.”

- The Strad Magazine
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Voices of America: Celebrating African-American Composers

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 3:00 PM

Program

"Voices of America: Celebrating African-American Composers"

GEORGE WALKER Bleu for unaccompanied violin
ALVIN SINGLETON Sweet Chariot
DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN  Fast Black Dance Machine
BILLY STRAYHORN/DUKE ELLINGTON  "Take the 'A' Train"
DUKE ELLINGTON   "Come Sunday" from Black, Brown and Beige
DUKE ELLINGTON "It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing)"
KENDALL WILLIAMS  Taking a Chance (World Premiere)

PLAYERS:

Jayn Rosenfeld, Flute
Aawa White, Flute
Jo-Ann Sternberg, Clarinet
Robert Wagner, Bassoon
Oliver Santana-Rivera, Saxophone
Vincent Ector, Drums
Adda Kridler, Violin
Alberto Parrini, Cello
Brian Glassman, Bass
Peggy Kampmeier, piano
John Nydam '20, piano

 

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The Richardson Chamber Players was formed in the 1994-1995 Centennial Season of Princeton University Concerts. The ensemble comprises musicians who teach instrumental music and voice at Princeton University, distinguished guest artists, and supremely talented Princeton students. Their repertoire largely consists of works for singular combinations of instruments and voices, which would otherwise remain unheard. The artistic direction of the group rotates. This season’s programs were conceived by a small committee consisting of pianist Geoffrey Burleson, trombonist Benjamin Herrington, and soprano Sarah Pelletier. Michael Pratt is a Founding Director and Advisor.

Lawrence Brownlee, Tenor & Justina Lee, Piano Photo
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Lawrence Brownlee, Tenor & Justina Lee, Piano

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 8:00 PM Pre-concert Talk by Professor Emeritus Scott Burnham at 7pm, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

SCHUMANN Dichterliebe, Op. 48

plus
Traditional Spirituals

Every Time I Feel the Spirit
Sinner Please Don’t Let This Harvest Pass
Soon I Will Be Done
Here’s One
There Is a Balm in Gilead
Deep River
Come by Here Good Lord

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Richardson Auditorium will transform into the Metropolitan Opera stage for an evening as the superstar tenor Lawrence Brownlee visits for a wonderfully imaginative program of songs. Brownlee has been called “one of the world’s leading bel canto tenors” (Associated Press) and his voice “an instrument of great beauty and expression” (NPR), and over the last five years he has taken the opera world by storm, performing at nearly every major opera house and alongside dozens of world-class orchestras. Recently, he has turned his attention to the urgent and painfully relevant topic of race relations in America, releasing a CD of spirituals and other songs that engage with his African-American roots, in tribute to Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and the Black Lives Matter movement. His program here at Princeton will be half spirituals and half art song, delivered in his one-of-a-kind, glistening belt.

BEYOND THE MUSIC...
Take your love of music, and this artist, even further with our Beyond the Music Programming.  Tenor Lawrence Brownlee will be participating in a special event beyond the concert.

Performers As Teachers - Friday, April 13, 2018 at 11:00AM, Lee Rehearsal Room in the Lewis Arts complex. Lawrence Brownlee coaches Princeton student vocalists. Free and Open to the Public. MORE INFO ON ALL PERFORMERS AS TEACHERS EVENTS>

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Lawrence Brownlee Sings There's A Balm in Gilead

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Lawrence Brownlee Everytime I feel the Spirit

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“With his sweet tone, fastidious pitch, and poetic phrasing, Brownlee made familiar fare sound intriguingly fresh, banishing, for a moment, the ghosts of Caruso and Pavarotti.”

- Alex Ross, The New Yorker
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Artemis String Quartet

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 8:00 PM Pre-concert Talk by Professor Emeritus Scott Burnham at 7pm, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

MOZART String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K. 590
SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 108
SCHUMANN String Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3

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Since their formation in Lübeck, Germany in 1989, the Artemis Quartet has steadily risen to the top tier of European chamber music, hosting regular series in Vienna, Berlin, and Amsterdam that have achieved legendary status. Passion, power, and harnessed-chaos are the hallmarks of their style. The New York Times described a recent concert at Carnegie Hall as “a warm, alert performance, shivering with energy even in its silences.” They return to Princeton after a tremendous 2013 performance, bringing with them a new second violinist and a varied program of masterworks. Mozart’s K. 590 String Quartet, his last, is weightless and shimmering. Schumann’s Quartet Op. 41, No. 3, also his last, opens with a two-note downward-falling motif tenderly set to the lyric “Clara,” his wife. In between is Shostakovich’s hugely popular String Quartet No. 7, which clocks in at a slim thirteen minutes and is equal parts sardonic and heartbreakingly sincere.

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Artemis Quartet Plays Schumann

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“… they leap, in a single bow stroke, from a snarl to a smile.”

Sir András Schiff, Piano Photo
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Sir András Schiff, Piano

Thursday, March 29, 2018, 8:00 PM Pre-concert announcement of the 18-19 season at 7:15pm, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

MENDELSSOHN Fantasie in F-sharp Minor, Op. 28
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp Major, Op. 78
BRAHMS 8 Klavierstücke, Op. 76
BRAHMS 7 Fantasien, Op. 116
BACH English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811

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Paderewski Memorial Concert

The New York Times writes, “There is nothing more reliable in the world of classical music today than pianist András Schiff playing Bach.” Over a four-decade career, Schiff has attained legendary status as one of the instrument’s all-time greats, amassing Grammys, Gramophones, and even Knighthood for his contribution to the arts. His interpretations of Bach’s keyboard music are perhaps the most influential since Glenn Gould, publicly denouncing use of the sustain pedal in favor of lean, clear counterpoint. But his approach and sound vary widely from composer to composer, era to era—he is one of a few living pianists whose musicianship genuinely seems to know no bounds, and the influence of his work on other artists can be heard in concert halls, universities, and recording studios around the world. He visits Richardson Auditorium with a program that is sure to shed new light on timeless classics.

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“He’s a very rare example of a musician who sets moral standards for the world.”

- Conductor Iván Fischer
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Baby Got Bach: String ‘Stravaganza

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 1:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

Back by popular demand, pianist and host Orli Shaham will introduce pre-school-aged kids to the joy of live classical music. She will be joined by special guest artists the Rolston String Quartet, First Prize winners of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2016, in a program that highlights chamber music for string instruments with piano. Recommended for ages 3-6.

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Rolston Quartet plays Mendelssohn

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Tenebrae Choir, Nigel Short Artistic Director

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 8:00 PM Pre-concert Talk by Professor John Fleming and Reverend Joan Fleming at 7pm, free to ticketholders. Talk will take place in Hamilton Murray Theater Princeton University Chapel

Program

OWAIN PARK Footsteps
JOBY TALBOT Path of Miracles

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London’s 17-voice Tenebrae Choir, founded and directed by former King’s Singer Nigel Short, is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles. With a repertoire that spans five centuries and especially celebrates new works, Tenebrae adheres to its self-described mission of “passion and precision.” They graced our series in 2012 and return this year with a very special performance of Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles, commissioned by the group in 2005. The work is based on the most enduring route of the Catholic pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, and the drama unfolds both musically and visually, with the choir singing from all corners of the chapel. The Times (London) called Tenebrae’s recording of Path of Miracles “an evocative odyssey”—we invite you to take part in the odyssey with eyes and ears. The program begins with a wonderful new piece by British choral composer and rising star Owain Park. The piece was also commissioned by Tenebrae as a companion to Path of Miracles, and is scored for two choirs. Princeton’s own Glee Club will join Tenebrae in this memorable, homespun collaboration.

Note: this concert will be performed without intermission. Please allow plenty of time to park and find your seats.

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“For purity and precision of tone, and flawless intonation, Nigel Short’s chamber choir Tenebrae is pretty much unbeatable.”

- The Times (London)
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Bernstein & Friends: A Centennial Celebration

Sunday, March 11, 2018, 3:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

"Bernstein and Friends: A Centennial Celebration"

LEONARD BERNSTEIN 7 Anniversaries for Piano
AARON COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man
BERNSTEIN Aria "What a Movie" from Trouble in Tahiti
LUKAS FOSS For Lenny for Solo Piano
BERNSTEIN "Some Other Time" from On the Town
BERNSTEIN Two Love Songs for Mezzo-soprano and Piano
BERNSTEIN West Side Story Suite for Brass Quintet, arr. Jake Gale
WILLIAM SCHUMAN Brass Quintet

PLAYERS:

Jo-Ann Sternberg, Clarinet
Nivanthi Karunaratne '18, Horn
Peter Delong '18, Horn
Allison Halter '18, Horn
Jacob Williams '20, Horn
Lucas Makinen '20, Trumpet
Christian Venturella '21, Trumpet
Benjamin Herrington, Trombone
Rajeev Erramilli '18, Trombone
Jeffrey Caswell, Bass Trombone
Mitch Hamburger '18, Tuba
John Ferrari, Percussion
Henry Peters '20, Percussion
Barbara Rearick, Mezzo-Soprano
Jennifer Tao, Piano

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The Richardson Chamber Players was formed in the 1994-1995 Centennial Season of Princeton University Concerts. The ensemble comprises musicians who teach instrumental music and voice at Princeton University, distinguished guest artists, and supremely talented Princeton students. Their repertoire largely consists of works for singular combinations of instruments and voices, which would otherwise remain unheard. The artistic direction of the group rotates. This season’s programs were conceived by a small committee consisting of pianist Geoffrey Burleson, trombonist Benjamin Herrington, and soprano Sarah Pelletier. Michael Pratt is a Founding Director and Advisor.

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Danish String Quartet

Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 6:00 PM & 9:00PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

“Modern Day Vikings”

6PM - Music of Jörg Widmann, Brahms
9PM - Scandinavian Folk Music

Make a night of It and come to both concerts with a Dancebreak in between....

NEW THIS YEAR: DANCEBREAK!
Immerse yourself in the folk tradition at the heart of this year’s PUC125 series through dance classes offered in between three of the PUC125 events. This class will be tailored to Scandinavian folk music performed at the concerts by the Danish String Quartet, and led by Scandinavian dance teacher Cathie Springer, with live music by fiddler Paul Morrissett from The Klezmatics. Embrace the folk spirit in these events, free to all ticketholders. This Dancebreak will take place in the Assembly Room at Nassau Presbyterian Church.

PLEASE NOTE:  You must have purchased tickets to one of the concerts in order to attend Dancebreak.  Tickets will be checked at the door.

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A series that blends folk and classical traditions wouldn’t be complete without the tremendous Danish String Quartet. They visited Richardson in 2014 and blew us away with their unorthodox, laid-back approach to standard repertoire and Scandinavian folk music alike. Now, we get the opportunity to join them onstage for two PUC125 performances, much like the evening with Barokksolistene—classical music at 6pm, and arrangements of Scandinavian folk tunes at 9pm.

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“One of the best quartets before the public today.”

- Washington Post
Brentano String Quartet with special guest Jonathan Biss, Piano Photo
Brentano String Quartet with special guest Jonathan Biss, Piano Photo
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Brentano String Quartet with special guest Jonathan Biss, Piano

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 8:00 PM Pre-concert Talk by Professor Emeritus Scott Burnham at 7pm, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

MOZART String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K. 465 “Dissonance”
WEBERN 6 Bagatellen for String Quartet, Op. 9 / SCHUBERT Minuets, D. 89
ELGAR Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84

 

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Charles S. Robinson Memorial Concert

For thirteen years, the Brentano String Quartet was Princeton’s cherished quartet-in-residence, filling Richardson Auditorium with more wonderful performances than we can count, with a whirl of collaborators and repertoire. In 2014, they moved on to the same post at the Yale School of Music, replacing the Tokyo String Quartet after their 37-year tenure. The Daily Telegraph (London) has called their sound “hair-raising … An ensemble of exceptional insight and communicative gifts.” These gifts will be in full bloom in February, when the home team returns and is joined by another Princeton veteran, pianist Jonathan Biss. Biss is a New York City cultural linchpin with a long history as both a soloist and chamber musician. Their program includes the lush and rarely heard Elgar Piano Quintet, composed on vacation in summer of 1918 and “influenced by the quiet and peaceful surroundings.”

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Excerpts from Brentano Quartet and Jonathan Biss playing Elgar and more

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“Biss’s ability and interest go for things of transcendence and sublimeness.”

- Pianist Leon Fleisher
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Jennifer Koh, Violin

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 6:00 PM & 9:00PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

“Exploring Bach’s Chaconne and Its Legacy” – through works by Missy Mazzoli, and Luciano Berio

NEW THIS YEAR: DANCEBREAK!
Immerse yourself in the folk tradition at the heart of this year’s PUC125 series through dance classes offered in between three of the PUC125 events. This Baroque Dance class will be centered around the Chaconne step and taught by professional dancer Carlos Fittante.  Dancebreak is free to all ticketholders. and will take place in the Assembly Room at Nassau Presbyterian Church, right across the parking lot from Richardson Auditorium.  Please use the entrance on the parking lot side of the church. For dancing, we recommend that you wear comfortable clothes. The class will last one hour, and will be finished by 8:30pm in order to allow the 9:00pm ticketholders enough time to make the concert.

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Although J.S. Bach is not typically categorized as “folk music,” much of his work found origins in the rhythms and tunes of dance. Trailblazing violinist Jennifer Koh explores these connections in a program based on one of Bach’s greatest dances, the Chaconne from his Violin Partita in D Minor. She will perform this pillar of classical music, followed by contemporary music that explicitly looks to it for inspiration.

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Take your love of music, and this artist, even further with our Beyond the Music Programming.  Violinist Jennifer Koh will be participating in two special events beyond the concert.

Live Music Meditation - Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 12:30PM, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. Free and Open to the Public. No prior experience necessary.  MORE INFO ON ALL MINDFULNESS WITH MUSIC EVENTS>

Performers As Teachers - Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:00PM, Taplin Auditorium in Alexander Hall. Jennifer Koh coaches Princeton student violinists. Free and Open to the Public. MORE INFO ON ALL PERFORMERS AS TEACHERS EVENTS>

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Jennifer Koh Plays Bach Chaconne at the 92Y in New York City

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Jennifer Koh plays Adagio from Bach Solo Violin Sonata No. 1

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“A seeker, an adventurer, an artist who endeavors to find and reveal relationships, and to see the Western musical heritage in an evolving, unbroken continuum.”

- Financial Times (London)
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Bohemia: Echoes of Vltava

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 3:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

"Bohemia: Echoes of Vltava"
A musical journey down the Vltava river through works by Czech composers.

JOSEF SUK from Life and Dreams for Solo Piano, Op. 30
BEDRICH SMETANA Five Evening Songs for Soprano and Piano, T. 124
LEOS JANACEK String Quartet No. 1
ANTONIN DVORAK Quintet No. 2 for Piano and Strings. Op. 81

PLAYERS:

Eric Wyrick, Violin
Tabitha Oh '18, Violin
Kristin Qian '18, Violin
Jessica Thompson, Viola
Tom Kraines, Cello
Francine Kay, Piano
Sarah Pelletier, Soprano

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The Richardson Chamber Players was formed in the 1994-1995 Centennial Season of Princeton University Concerts. The ensemble comprises musicians who teach instrumental music and voice at Princeton University, distinguished guest artists, and supremely talented Princeton students. Their repertoire largely consists of works for singular combinations of instruments and voices, which would otherwise remain unheard. The artistic direction of the group rotates. This season’s programs were conceived by a small committee consisting of pianist Geoffrey Burleson, trombonist Benjamin Herrington, and soprano Sarah Pelletier. Michael Pratt is a Founding Director and Advisor.

Cristina Pato, Galician Bagpipe and the Cristina Pato Quartet Photo
Cristina Pato, Galician Bagpipe and the Cristina Pato Quartet Photo
Cristina Pato, Galician Bagpipe and the Cristina Pato Quartet Photo
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Cristina Pato, Galician Bagpipe and the Cristina Pato Quartet

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 6:00 PM & 9:00PM Dancebreak at 7:30pm (see information below) Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

“Latina and Migrations” – exploring the musical heritage of Cristina Pato and the gaita

6PM - Cristina Pato samples the diffusion of Latino music from her most recent CD “Latina,”
9PM - The ensemble returns to explore the gaita’s folk roots and legacy with selections from her CD “Migrations.”

Make a night of It and come to both concerts with a Dancebreak in between....

NEW THIS YEAR: DANCEBREAK!
Immerse yourself in the folk tradition at the heart of this year’s PUC125 series through dance classes offered in between three of the PUC125 events. This Galician dance class is inspired by the music performed at the 9pm concert by Cristina Pato, and led by professional dancer, Andres Camano.  Embrace the folk spirit in these events, free to all ticketholders. This Dancebreak will take place in the Music Room at Nassau Presbyterian Church. 

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The gaita, or Galician bagpipe, has an unmistakable sound: haunting, tender at moments, and ferocious in others. A member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Cristina Pato is one of its few masters. “She’s a virtuoso, and when she opens the floodgates of her technique, the force can knock you back a few steps.” (The New York Times) In two different programs with her quartet, Pato will showcase all that her instrument and prodigious talent can offer. 

Cristina Pato Quartet

Cristina Pato, gaita, piano and vocals
Victor Prieto, accordion
Edward Perez, bass
Mauricio Zottarelli, drums

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Cristina Pato on NPR's TIny Desk Concerts

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Cristina Pato and her Quartet Play Fandango from her CD "Latina"

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“Her music gets to you if you open your heart. In fact it will pry open the gateway to your soul and if you resist, it will get you anyway.”

- The World Music Report
Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano Photo
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Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 8:00 PM Pre-concert Talk by Ruth Ochs at 7pm, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

BACH French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816
BRAHMS 4 Klavierstücke, Op. 119 interspersed with BRETT DEAN Hommage à Brahms
DEBUSSY Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (arr. Leonard Borwick/George Copeland)
BERG Piano Sonata, Op. 1
RAVEL Gaspard de la nuit

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Just past his 24th birthday, Benjamin Grosvenor is quickly becoming one of the world’s most decorated young pianists. When he signed to Decca Records in 2011, he became the youngest British musician ever to do so, and since then he has appeared with dozens of major orchestras on five continents. The New York Times writes, “He commands the stage with aristocratic ease … Mr. Grosvenor makes you sigh with joy … a temperament rare in yesteryear, let alone now.” His electrifying performances and understated virtuosity earned him the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural Ackman Prize last October, and there’s no question that his legacy will continue to blossom in the coming years. We’re proud to invite him to make his debut in Princeton with a program that highlights his wide expressive range and multidisciplinary musical intelligence, featuring works by Bach, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, and Berg.

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Inside the Mind of a Prodigy: Benjamin Grosvenor on CNN

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Benjamin Grosvenor Plays Scarbo from Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit

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“poetic and gently ironic, brilliant yet clear-minded, intelligent but not without humour, all translated through a beautifully clear and singing touch.”

- The Independent (London)
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Meet The Music: Four Harmonious Friends

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 1:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

Come to Richardson Auditorium to hear The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center play a new musical and magical version of a very ancient story about an elephant, a monkey, a rabbit, and a bird who must learn to get along. Featuring a Japanese flute called the shinobue, Irish folk drums, a cello, and bass trombone—guess which instrument is which animal! Musicians from the Silk Road Project (Mike Block, Shane Shanahan, Kaoru Watanabe, and Steve Wilson) and Global Musicians Workshop join composer and host Bruce Adolphe to play his new and ancient tale plus new and improvised music on unusual instruments.  Recommended for ages 6-12.  The program is approximately one hour.

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Tabea Zimmermann, Viola and Thomas Hoppe, Piano Photo
Tabea Zimmermann, Viola and Thomas Hoppe, Piano Photo
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Tabea Zimmermann, Viola and Thomas Hoppe, Piano

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 8:00 PM Musical Preview by La Vie en Cello - Princeton student cellists at 7pm, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

HINDEMITH Viola Sonata Op. 25, No. 4
SCHUBERT Viola Sonata in A Minor, D. 821 “Arpeggione”
SHULAMIT RAN Perfect Storm
SCHUMANN Märchenbilder for Viola and Piano, Op. 113
BRAHMS Sonata for Viola and Piano in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1

 

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Two seasons ago in Richardson Auditorium, the phenomenal pan-European Arcanto Quartet dazzled us with a lush program of Romantic repertoire. Tabea Zimmermann, who is regularly cited as the world’s greatest living violist, made her Princeton debut during that performance, and our ears are still resonating with her singular, unforgettable tone. Now she returns triumphantly, treating us to a full evening of her majestic playing alongside pianist Thomas Hoppe. György Ligeti once said of the viola, the violin’s mysterious and unsung cousin: “the low C-string gives the viola a unique acerbity, compact, somewhat hoarse, with an aftertaste of wood, earth and tannic acid.” And indeed, in Zimmermann’s hands, the instrument sings just as it should, filled with “graceful athleticism and a feathery left-hand touch.” (The New York Times) Hoppe and Zimmermann will perform the cornerstones of the viola sonata repertoire, rarely heard on our stage, including Brahms’ late masterpiece Op. 120, No. 1 and Schubert’s wonderfully melodic “Arpeggione” Sonata.

BEYOND THE MUSIC...
Take your love of music, and this artist, even further with our Beyond the Music Programming.  Violist Tabea Zimmermann will be participating in two special events beyond the concert.

Live Music Meditation - Friday, October 27, 2017 at 12:30PM in the Lee Music Performance and Rehearsal Room, Lewis Arts complex. Free and Open to the Public. No prior experience necessary.  MORE INFO ON ALL MINDFULNESS WITH MUSIC EVENTS>
PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY:  Meditations are seated on a first come, first served basis, and tend to fill up quickly.  Once the room is at capacity, the meditation is closed.

Performers As Teachers - Friday, October 27, 2017 at 10AM in the Lee Music Performance and Rehearsal Room, Lewis Arts complex. Tabea Zimmermann coaches Princeton student violists. Free and Open to the Public. MORE INFO ON ALL PERFORMERS AS TEACHERS EVENTS>

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Tabea Zimmermann Plays Schubert

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Tabea Zimmermann plays an excerpt from Schubert "Arpeggione" Sonata - 3rd movt.

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“Zimmermann and Hoppe convincingly breathe new life and bring an astonishing array of colours and voices to a neglected area of the repertoire.”

- The Irish Times
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Quatuor Mosaïques

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 8:00 PM Pre-concert Talk by Professor Wendy Heller at 7pm, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

MOZART String Quartet No. 17 in B-flat Major, K. 458 “The Hunt”
MOZART String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421
HAYDN String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2, HOB III:32

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The sound of a world-class string quartet is much like the human voice: no two sound the same, and the personality of the artist shines through in the nuances of their expression. We are thrilled to kick off our 2017-2018 Concert Classics Series with one of the great and unique voices of the string quartet genre, Vienna’s Quatuor Mosaïques, as they celebrate their 30th anniversary. Renowned for their interpretations of 18th-century classics on gut-stringed instruments, Quatuor Mosaïques have brought the rich, delicate timbre of gut strings to modern audiences on four continents and in countless prestigious chamber music festivals. Their performances of the early Haydn quartets earned them the 2000 Gramophone Award and were heralded as “probing, visionary interpretations” by The Washington Post. This will be our first time hosting a period instrument quartet, and they promise to cast a spell with their core repertoire from the Galant era.

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Quatuor Mosaiques Plays Mozart Quartet K. 458 "Hunt" - 2nd Movt.

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“The group’s calling card has always been its probing, visionary interpretations of the early Haydn quartets, and indeed the [Haydn] quartet which opened the concert, was amazing. Here, the delicate gut strings on their period instruments perfectly caught the psychological tension.”

- The Washington Post
Barokksolistene, Bjarte Elke, Artistic Director Photo
Barokksolistene, Bjarte Elke, Artistic Director Photo
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Barokksolistene, Bjarte Elke, Artistic Director

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 6:00 PM and 9:30PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall and the new Lewis Center for the Arts Complex

Program

"The Double Deal” – an evening with Henry Purcell from the theatre and court to the pub.  The concert at 6pm will feature the music of Purcell and his contemporaries.  At 9:30pm, the concert will feature "The Alehouse Sessions," an interactive and playful event that brings the raw rhythms of Scandinavian folk music to…the high baroque.  As the group likes to call it, "it's just old pop music."

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The Norwegian Baroque ensemble Barokksolistene gracefully synthesize the vernacular music of their homeland with traditional repertoire, and here at Princeton they will treat us to a double-header: a 6pm in-the-round performance in Richardson of music from English theatres and the court in the time of Henry Purcell, followed by a 9:30pm “Alehouse Session” of songs and melodies from the pubs and taverns of 17th-century England. The “Alehouse Session” will take place in the newly opened Lewis Center Complex for the Arts to celebrate its arrival on campus. Please join for both, and bring an appetite for beer!

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Barokksolistene plays an Alehouse Session

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Barokksolistene plays The English Dancing Master from The Alehouse Sessions

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“Any group that can have a festival audience performing an Icelandic football chant has to be doing something right.”

- The Guardian (London)
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Shostakovich and The Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy

Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7:30 PM Chekhov's The Black Monk: The Text Illuminated, a discussion with Professor Ellen Chances at 6:15pm, free to ticketholders (see information below) Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

featuring the EMERSON STRING QUARTET accompanied by an ensemble of seven actors inlcluding LEN CARIOU and JAY O. SANDERS, Directed by James Glossman

In Anton Chekhov’s classic short story The Black Monk, a brilliant scholar is haunted by hallucinations of a black monk and unravels in his obsessive quest for genius. This mystical story resonated with Dmitri Shostakovich, and he always dreamed of adapting it for an opera. But decades of suffering under an oppressive political regime wreaked havoc on the composer’s life, and he left the work unfinished. In a very special new project, the Emerson String Quartet is reimagining Shostakovich’s struggle to retell Chekhov’s story through a staged performance of his 14th String Quartet, accompanied by a cast of seven actors. This bold intersection of chamber music and theater speaks to the continuing adventurousness of the Emerson, who celebrate their 40th anniversary this season and have treated us to more inspired performances in Richardson Auditorium than we can count. Princeton University Concerts is proud to have been a part of commissioning this work, as part of our increasing mission to celebrate and nurture interdisciplinary, non-traditional projects. Dive deeply with us into the stories of Chekhov, Shostakovich, love, art, and madness.  Join us immediately following the production for a TALK BACK conversation between Professor Simon Morrison, violinist Philip Setzer and Writer/Director James Glossman, free to ticketholders.

Running time: approximately 90 minutes without intermission

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DELVE DEEPER - CHEKHOV'S THE BLACK MONK: The Text Illuminated

Read Chekov's short story, The Black Monk, prior to the concert and join a free discussion with renowned Chekhov scholar Professor Ellen Chances, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University. The talk will take place in the Assembly Room at Nassau Presbyterian Church at 6:15pm and is free to all ticketholders.  The book can be bought at Labyrinth Bookstore on Nassau Street in Princeton, New Jersey for a 15% discount by mentioning the event.

This piece is co-commissioned by Princeton University Concerts, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival and SUNY Stony Brook. Running time: approximately 90 minutes without intermission.

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Participating Artists:

Created by James Glossman and Philip Setzer
Written and Directed by James Glossman

The Emerson String Quartet

Eugene Drucker, Violin

Philip Setzer, Violin

Lawrence Dutton, Viola

Paul Watkins, Cello


Len Cariou, Dmitri Shostakovich
Jay O. Sanders, Josef Stalin
Ali Breneman, Younger Woman
Alex Glossman, Younger Man
Evelyn McGee-Colbert, Middle Woman
Paul Murphy, Older Man
Linda Setzer, Older Woman

Carolyn Kelson, Stage Manager
Bettina Bierly, Costume Designer
Christopher and Justin Swader, Scenic Designers
Julie Duro, Lighting Designer
Jeff Knapp, Multimedia Designer
 

 

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Violinst Phil Setzer and Director James Glossman talk about Shostakovich and The Black Monk

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“We are presenting a theatrical realization of Shostakovich’s vision of The Black Monk as an opera. The music will be woven into the fabric of the drama, much as Shostakovich’s personal story is interwoven with the Chekhov story in James Glossman’s script.”

- Phil Setzer, First Violinist of the Emerson String Quartet
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Murray Perahia, Piano

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 8:00 PM Announcement and Reading of the 2017 Creative Reactions Winners at 7pm, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

Paderewski Memorial Concert

BACH French Suite No.6 in E major
SCHUBERT Impromptus Op. 142, D. 935
MOZART Rondo in A minor,  K. 511
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 32 Op. 111

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Pianist Murray Perahia first graced our stage in the spring of 1976, shortly after winning the Leeds Piano Competition and earning his first record deal. Forty years later, he returns to Princeton as one of the most in uential pianists of our time, having performed with every leading orchestra to universal acclaim, all while enjoying the friendship of the likes of composer Benjamin Britten and pianist Vladimir Horowitz. The Chicago Tribune declares, “His commanding insights are more than enough to breathe freshness and distinction into works we've heard many times before, but seldom played at this inspired level.” But while his playing has been celebrated for its meticulous, jaw-dropping clarity, he  nds inspiration in the unpredictable: “What really counts for me,” Perahia reveals, “is spontaneity. I never give the same performance twice.” We are honored to have him close our season with one of his trademark unrepeatable evenings.

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“His place among the great pianists of our time is not disputed.”

- The Guardian (London)
Pekka Kuusisto, Violin and Nico Muhly, Piano Photo
Pekka Kuusisto, Violin and Nico Muhly, Piano Photo
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Pekka Kuusisto, Violin and Nico Muhly, Piano

Sunday, April 30, 2017, 7:30 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

“Breaking Ground” – music by J.S. Bach, Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, Nico Muhly, with Finnish folksongs

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According to The Telegraph (London), Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto “surely has the most personal sound of any classical violinist now alive.” Composer-pianist Nico Muhly is one of the most celebrated and sought-after classical composers of the last decade and is the youngest composer ever commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera. These ground-breaking classical musicians join forces for a hallmark program of their own curating that combines the music of J.S. Bach with contemporary fare.

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Violinist Pekka Kuusisto plays and sings a popular finnish folksong

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“Kuusisto and Muhly brought a sense of such intimacy and spontaneity...more concerts should feel this way.”

- The Washington Post
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MINDFULNESS & MUSIC

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 12:30 PM Live Music Meditation with violinist Pekka Kuusisto and led by Matthew Weiner ASSEMBLY ROOM AT NASSAU PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (61 NASSAU ST)

Program

Join us for a Live Music Meditation with Matthew Weiner, Associate Dean of the Office of Religious Life, and violinist Pekka Kuusisto.

Come for a half-hour guided meditation to music performed by Kuusisto, followed by group conversation with the musicians about the experience of listening to music mindfully.  No prior experience necessary.  This is part of our Mindfulness with Music Program.This event is FREE AND OPEN TO ALL.

Kuusisto will be joined by pianist/composer Nico Muhly at the final PUC125: Performances Up Close concert of our 2016-17 season on Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at 7:30PM. For more information about the concert, please click HERE.

Pamela Frank, Violin and Christian Tetzlaff, Violin Photo
Pamela Frank, Violin and Christian Tetzlaff, Violin Photo
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Pamela Frank, Violin and Christian Tetzlaff, Violin

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 8:00 PM Musical Preview by the Princeton Girlchoir at 7pm, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

Violin duos by JEAN-MARIE LECLAIR, SERGEI PROKOFIEV, BÉLA BÁRTÓK, and JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

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Two of the most revered violinists of our generation come together for a special evening of rarely performed works for two violins. In 2000, Pamela Frank received the Avery Fisher Prize—perhaps the highest honor given to American instrumentalists. Teaching at Curtis and Peabody, her public concerts have been precious few in recent years. She has now returned to the concert stage, bringing her “big, rich sound ... that breathes with purpose” (Philadelphia Inquirer). The other half of the duo is none other than Christian Tetzlaff, who is becoming a staple at Richardson Auditorium after his extraordinary solo debut in 2012 and the sold-out follow-up with his eponymous trio last season. A violin duo is perhaps the most intimate and conversational of all the chamber music forms, and these two masters—who have been friends for decades—invite us into the discussion.

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Christian Tetzlaff »

“Projection is one- third intellectual, one-third your soul, and one- third what you do with the right hand to spin those thoughts and feelings into sound. Christian is like a math genius of the bow.”

- Violinist Pamela Frank on her childhood friend Christian Tetzlaff
Béla Fleck, Banjo and Abigail Washburn, Banjo/Voice Photo
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Béla Fleck, Banjo and Abigail Washburn, Banjo/Voice

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7:30 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

Selections from the duo's 2016 Grammy-winning recording for Best Folk Album: "Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn."

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Béla Fleck is one of the most innovative and in uential banjo players in the history of the instrument, often combining classical harmony with an e ortless Scruggs style. He was at the helm of such landmark groups as the Flecktones and the Africa Project, and recently wrote his first Banjo Concerto, commissioned and premiered by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. With 15 Grammys and 30 nominations, he has been nominated in more musical categories than any other artist in Grammy history! The collaboration with his wife and fellow banjoist, Abigail Washburn, is one of the most magical in his catalogue, with the purity of two-part counterpoint in full force guided by Abigail’s soulful singing and claw-hammer style. In a season anchored by timeworn masterworks here at Princeton, Fleck and Washburn offer a slightly different perspective to the mix, drawing from the great vernacular music of Appalachia.

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Béla Fleck »

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“Their harmonic lines were as close-knit as their relationship, and there was warmth and wit woven through their performances, smiles and patter. But it’s their expressive range— in Washburn’s nostalgia-tinged voice and Fleck’s insouciant solos—that made the evening so compelling. If anyone can convince a skeptical world of the beauty of the banjo, it is this pair.”

- The Guardian (London)
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Something Old, Something New

Sunday, April 9, 2017, 3:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

"Something Old, Something New" including a new work by Princeton composer/faculty Juri Seo

AUGUSTA READ THOMAS Scat for Oboe, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano
MARCO UCCELLINI Selections from Ozio
ANTONIO VIVALDI Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Minor
ARVO PÄRT Two Pieces for Violin, Cello and Piano
JURI SEO Rondeaux for Violin, Viola, Cello, Oboe/English Horn, Trombone, and Piano (World Premiere)

Musicians:

Wendy Young, Harpsichord
Margaret Kampmeier, Piano/Harpsichord
Mark Broschinsky, Trombone/Sackbut
Matthew Sullivan, Oboe
Anna Lim, Violin
Nancy Wilson, Violin
Jessica Thompson, VIola
Alistair MacRae, Cello
Calvin Wentling '18, Countertenor
 

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Formed in 1994-95, this mixed ensemble comprises Princeton’s Performance Faculty, distinguished guest artists, and supremely talented Princeton students. Richardson Chamber Players concerts take place on Sundays at 3pm in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. The artistic direction of the group rotates. This seasons’ programs were conceived by a small committee consisting of cellist Alistair MacRae, mezzo-soprano Sarah Pelletier, and trombonist Benjamin Herrington. Michael Pratt is a Founding Director and Advisor.

Benjamin Bagby, Anglo-Saxon Harp and Voice Photo
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Benjamin Bagby, Anglo-Saxon Harp and Voice

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 6:00 PM Richarfson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

“Beowulf” – the epic book in a multi-media performance with Bagby playing the Anglo-Saxon harp and singing/reciting the Beowulf story. Bagby will be joined by Experiential Designer and Adobe Creative Resident  Craig Winslow who will bring the colorful characters and narrative to life through the use of projection.

Please note:  The concert starts promptly at 6:00pm and will last 85 minutes, with questions. Seating for this performance is on stage and is limited to just under 200 patrons seated in-the-round surrounding the musicians. Seating is general admission, and latecomers will not be seated immediately so as not to break the stream of music in an intimate setting. The seats are configured so that every patron will be close to the musicians, but please arrive early if you have a seating preference.

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Watch as Bagby summons music’s magical capacity to travel across time and bring narrative to life. Accompanied by a six-string lyre, the riveting adventures of the legendary warrior Beowulf in his quest to defeat the horrific monster Grendel will be recited, chanted, and sung in the original Old English in which this illustrious 11th-century masterpiece was written. This production, critically acclaimed for almost two decades, is a rare chance to encounter one of the most popular texts in western literature as it was originally performed.

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Benjamin Bagby »

“a double tour de force of scholarly excavation and artistic dynamism.”

- San Francisco Chronicle
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Takács String Quartet

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 8:00 PM Pre-concert event talk by Professor Scott Burnham at 7pm, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

ALL-BEETHOVEN
String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59. No. 1
String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130, with Op. 133 “Grosse Fuge”

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Our Beethoven Series closes with three celebrated works from the master’s middle and late periods. After this season, the Takács Quartet will no longer perform the Beethoven quartet cycle in its entirety, so this performance marks a final farewell bow for the legendary interpreters, who “play the Beethoven repertoire better than any quartet past or present” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer). The evening begins with the great “Razumovsky” Quartet Op. 59, No. 1. The piece marks Beethoven’s first foray into chamber music’s more expansive forms, setting the stage for later explorations. After intermission, they bring us the Quartet Op. 130, including the original last movement, the notorious "Grosse Fuge," which was so poorly received (“an indecipherable horror”) upon its premiere that Beethoven hastily replaced it with a more digestible Finale. But the bold and dense fugue is now considered a groundbreaking achievement—Stravinsky famously called it “an absolutely contemporary piece of music that will be contemporary forever.”

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Takács String Quartet »

“The consummate artistry of the Takács is simply breathtaking.”

- The Guardian (London)
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Takács String Quartet

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 8:00 PM Post-concert talk back with the quartet, hosted by Scott Burnham Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

ALL-BEETHOVEN
String Quartet No. 6 in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6
String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135
String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3

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When the world renowned Takács Quartet completed their recording project of all sixteen Beethoven string quartets in 2006, Alex Ross of The New Yorker wrote, “this survey stands as the most richly expressive modern account of this titanic cycle.” And indeed, their interpretations have stood as the gold standard for Beethoven, from the whimsical and strident early Op. 18 quartets to the cryptic and monumental Grosse Fuge. This concert season, the Takács have chosen Princeton as one of three venues in the United States where they will perform the entire cycle, across six concerts in our Richardson Auditorium, for the last time together.

In a brief thirty-year career, Ludwig van Beethoven journeyed further— expressively, conceptually, and psychologically—than any other composer before or since. His artistic odyssey is considered one of the supreme accomplishments in human history, compared to the building of cathedrals or the rise of empires. The concept of absolute music—music for its own sake, not “about” anything, or in service of the church—crystallized in his wake. And while his nine symphonies arguably contained many of the grandest and most boundary-breaking moments in his catalogue, the sixteen quartets are where he explored within and made his most personal statements. Collectively, the cycle reads like a blueprint for his artistic development.

Over these six performances with the Takács Quartet, we are treated to the ultimate thrill of seeing this blueprint, even more relevant in 2016 than on the day of Beethoven’s death in 1827, unfold before our eyes. Join us for all or as many as you can and be a part of history in the music-making right here on Nassau Street.

THERE'S MORE...

The special nature of these concerts has inspired us to offer a number of activities that will allow you to deepen your engagement with these incredible works.  Here is one you should know about being offered in this week of concerts:

1. Princeton Adult School Class:  "Exploring the Beethoven String Quartets" will be taught by Scott Burnham and Edward Dusinberre, first violinist of the Takács String Quartet.  Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7pm in Taplin Auditorium in Alexander Hall.  For more information, visit the Princeton Adult School website.  Please note that this class was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 14 but was changed due to the impending weather.

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Takacs String Quartet »

“No other composer has posed so many questions about the form and emotional content of a string quartet, and come up with so many different answers. The need we feel to revisit our interpretations of the quartets is inspired in part by the spirit of exploration that runs through them.”

- From Beethoven For A Later Age: Living with the String Quartets by Edward Dusinberre (First Violinist of the Takács String Quartet)
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Meet The Music: Albert & Wolfgang

Saturday, March 11, 2017, 1:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

The musicians of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and host Bruce Adolphe return on Pi Day Weekend with a program that honors Princeton’s own Albert Einstein.

BRUCE ADOLPHE, Albert Einstein
LLEWELLYN SANCHEZ-WERNER, Piano
DANBI UM, Violin
MATTHEW LIPMAN, Viola
NICHOLAS CANELLAKIS, Cello

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Meet the Music!  Your youngster’s life-long love of music will begin the moment he or she encounters chamber music in person at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.

A group of physics students await their teacher on their first day of class, and who should appear but Albert Einstein! Einstein once said, “Mozart’s music is so pure and beautiful that I see it as a reflection of the inner beauty of the universe.” In his day, Einstein performed Mozart sonatas on the violin and played chamber music with professional musicians all over the world. Join us for an adventure with Einstein and Mozart! Featuring the music of Mozart and Adolphe.

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The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center »

VIDEO PREVIEW: Click to Meet the Music at Richardson Auditorium on March 11, 2017

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MINDFULNESS & MUSIC

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 12:30 PM Live Music Meditation with SO Percussion and led by Matthew Weiner Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

Join us for a Live Music Meditation with Matthew Weiner, Associate Dean of the Office of Religious Life, and our Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence SO Percussion  Come for a half-hour guided meditation, followed by group conversation with the musicians about the experience of listening to music mindfully.  No prior experience necessary.  This is part of our Mindfulness with Music Program.This event is FREE AND OPEN TO ALL.

Hagen String Quartet Photo
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Hagen String Quartet

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 8:00 PM Musical Preview featuring siblings Sarah and Solene Le Van '18 at 7pm, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

SCHUBERT Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, D. 87
SHOSTAKOVICH Quartet No. 12 in D-flat Major, Op. 133
DVOŘÁK Quartet No. 14 in A-flat Major, Op. 105

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Over a three-decade career, the Hagen Quartet have become an unmatched presence on the European chamber music scene, touring and collaborating at a whirlwind pace while releasing forty- five CDs for Deutsche Grammophon. They formed in Salzburg in 1981 and have remained Austria-based, with Vienna’s Die Presse heralding them as “the highest art of existence.” We were very fortunate to host them on an infrequent U.S. tour in 2012, and we are doubly fortunate to invite them back in 2017! The group—which includes three siblings—will be performing on the four Stradivarius instruments previously owned by the Paganini, Cleveland, and Tokyo Quartets. Their program is a sample of chamber music at its  nest and most exciting, from a great quartet whose unusual interpretations are always full of surprises.

PLUS THERE'S MORE....PERFORMERS AS TEACHERS

in addition to the concert, 2nd violinist of the Hagen Quartet, Rainer Schmidt will coach Princeton student quartets.  The coaching takes place on March 2 at 10AM in Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall and is free open to the public.

“Nothing as it seems. And it is certainly not as we thought we knew it. That is the Hagen Quartet’s message.”

- HAMBURGER ABENDBLATT
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England’s Green

Sunday, February 19, 2017, 3:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

"England's Green and Pleasant Land"

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Merciless Beauty, 3 Rondels for 2 Violins, Cello, and Voice
FRANK BRIDGE Novelletten, H. 44
GERALD FINZI Five Bagatelles, Op. 23 for Clarinet and Piano
JOHN MCCABE Three Folk Songs for Clarinet, Piano, and Voice
BENJAMIN BRITTEN Folk Songs for Voice and Piano
EDWARD ELGAR Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 20
 

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MUSICIANS:

Rochelle Ellis, Soprano
David Kellett, Tenor
Jo-Ann Sternberg, Clarinet
Anna Lim, Violin
Eric Wyrick, Violin
Emma Powell '17, Violin
Danielle Farina, Viola
Alberto Parrini, Cello
Elizabeth DiFelice Piano
Michael Pratt, Conductor
 


Formed in 1994-95, this mixed ensemble comprises Princeton’s Performance Faculty, distinguished guest artists, and supremely talented Princeton students. Richardson Chamber Players concerts take place on Sundays at 3pm in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. The artistic direction of the group rotates. This seasons’ programs were conceived by a small committee consisting of cellist Alistair MacRae, mezzo-soprano Sarah Pelletier, and trombonist Benjamin Herrington. Michael Pratt is a Founding Director and Advisor.

Colin Currie, Percussion Photo
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Colin Currie, Percussion

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 6:00 PM & 9:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

“Realismos Mágicos” – solo percussion music by Per Norgaard, Toshio Hosokawa, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis and Rolf Wallin's eleven short pieces based on Gabriel García Márquez short stories.  Currie will be joined by actor Michael Dean Morgan who read excerpts from Garcia Márquez' stories as part of the presentation.

COMPLETE PROGRAM:

ELLIOTT CARTER Figment V for Solo Marimba
PER NØRGÅRD "Fire over Water” from I-Ching for Solo Percussion
TOSHIO HOSOKAWA Remniscence for Solo Marimba
BRUNO MANTOVANI Moi, jeu... for Solo Marimba
KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN Vibra-Elufa for Solo Vibraphone
ROLF WALLIN  Realismos Mágicos for Solo Marimba

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One of the most internationally sought-after solo percussionists of our time, Colin Currie will perform feats of percussion acrobatics, bouncing seamlessly between instruments with his hallmark “cool headed brilliance” (The Daily Telegraph, London). Having premiered works by most of today’s leading composers, all of Colin Currie’s performances sparkle with novelty and spontaneity. With the seemingly in nite range of sounds conjured by his instruments, Currie will show music at its most primal, liberating, and unexpected.

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“Surely the world’s best and most daring percussionist”

- The Spectator (London)
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Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Kaspars Putnins, Artistic Director

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 8:00 PM Princeton University Chapel

Program

“Northern Land & Spirit,” choral works by ARVO PÄRT, PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY, VELJO TORMIS and JEAN SIBELIUS

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Our spring season kicks off with the beloved Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in their first visit to the Northeast since selling out Carnegie Hall in June 2014. The music of their homeland, in all its glory and gravitas, anchors their mission and repertoire, but the 25-voice ensemble brings equal might to everything from Gregorian chant to the present day. The Washington Post declares, “the choir’s performances inspire a transporting awe,” while Newsday praises their “music-making of sublime and self-abnegating mastery.” They have been nominated for no less than fourteen Grammy’s across a range of styles, and they visit Princeton with a program of favorites from Northern Europe: Tchaikovsky, Tormis, Sibelius, and the uncrowned king of Estonian music, Arvo Pärt, whose vocal music is written exclusively for the EPCC. Our beautiful and resounding University Chapel will be the perfect space to revel in the power of the human voice.

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Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir »

“Pure, powerful and unabashedly spiritual.”

- The Washington Post
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LATE NIGHT CHAMBER JAM

Thursday, January 19, 2017, 10:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

CALLING ALL AMATEUR STRING PLAYERS:  WE WANT YOU!

Following the performance of the Takács String Quartet on January 19, 2017, at approximately 10pm,  amateur string players of all ages and levels are invited to join the Takács Quartet for a community sight-reading of Beethoven String Quartet Op. 18, No. 4.  This annual event coincides with the Beethoven String Quartet Cycle played by the Takács Quartet throughtout the current season. Audience is also invited to stay after the performances to enjoy the sight reading session.  It is always a positive celebration of our collective love of music. Players do not need to have concert tickets to participate in the Late Night Chamber Jam, but reservations are required. SIGN UP NOW>

Enjoy excerpts from the 2015 Late Night Chamber Jam, held annually.

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Takács String Quartet

Thursday, January 19, 2017, 8:00 PM Pre-concert Talk by Professor Scott Burnham at 7pm, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

ALL-BEETHOVEN
String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3
String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2
String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127

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When the world renowned Takács Quartet completed their recording project of all sixteen Beethoven string quartets in 2006, Alex Ross of The New Yorker wrote, “this survey stands as the most richly expressive modern account of this titanic cycle.” And indeed, their interpretations have stood as the gold standard for Beethoven, from the whimsical and strident early Op. 18 quartets to the cryptic and monumental Grosse Fuge. This concert season, the Takács have chosen Princeton as one of three venues in the United States where they will perform the entire cycle, across six concerts in our Richardson Auditorium, for the last time together.

In a brief thirty-year career, Ludwig van Beethoven journeyed further— expressively, conceptually, and psychologically—than any other composer before or since. His artistic odyssey is considered one of the supreme accomplishments in human history, compared to the building of cathedrals or the rise of empires. The concept of absolute music—music for its own sake, not “about” anything, or in service of the church—crystallized in his wake. And while his nine symphonies arguably contained many of the grandest and most boundary-breaking moments in his catalogue, the sixteen quartets are where he explored within and made his most personal statements. Collectively, the cycle reads like a blueprint for his artistic development.

Over these six performances with the Takács Quartet, we are treated to the ultimate thrill of seeing this blueprint, even more relevant in 2016 than on the day of Beethoven’s death in 1827, unfold before our eyes. Join us for all or as many as you can and be a part of history in the music-making right here on Nassau Street.

Please note: THIS CONCERT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE LATE NIGHT CHAMBER JAM.  For more information, or to sign up, click here.

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Takacs String Quartet »

“The Takacs Quartet might play this repertoire (Beethoven) better than any other quartet in the past or present.”

- The Cleveland Plain Dealer
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Takács String Quartet

Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 8:00 PM Post-concert talk back with Scott Burnham and members of the quartet Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

ALL-BEETHOVEN
String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5
String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4
String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132

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About the Artist

When the world renowned Takács Quartet completed their recording project of all sixteen Beethoven string quartets in 2006, Alex Ross of The New Yorker wrote, “this survey stands as the most richly expressive modern account of this titanic cycle.” And indeed, their interpretations have stood as the gold standard for Beethoven, from the whimsical and strident early Op. 18 quartets to the cryptic and monumental Grosse Fuge. This concert season, the Takács have chosen Princeton as one of three venues in the United States where they will perform the entire cycle, across six concerts in our Richardson Auditorium, for the last time together.

In a brief thirty-year career, Ludwig van Beethoven journeyed further— expressively, conceptually, and psychologically—than any other composer before or since. His artistic odyssey is considered one of the supreme accomplishments in human history, compared to the building of cathedrals or the rise of empires. The concept of absolute music—music for its own sake, not “about” anything, or in service of the church—crystallized in his wake. And while his nine symphonies arguably contained many of the grandest and most boundary-breaking moments in his catalogue, the sixteen quartets are where he explored within and made his most personal statements. Collectively, the cycle reads like a blueprint for his artistic development.

Over these six performances with the Takács Quartet, we are treated to the ultimate thrill of seeing this blueprint, even more relevant in 2016 than on the day of Beethoven’s death in 1827, unfold before our eyes. Join us for all or as many as you can and be a part of history in the music-making right here on Nassau Street.

WAIT! THERE'S MORE...

The special nature of these concerts has inspired us to offer a number of activities that will allow you to deepen your engagement with these incredible works.  Here are two you should know about being offered in this week of concerts:

1. Princeton Adult School Class:  "Exploring the Beethoven String Quartets" will be taught by Scott Burnham and Edward Dusinberre, first violinist of the Takács String Quartet.  This is a 3-part class, with 2 classes remaining on January 17 and March 14.  Classes can be bought individually. For more information, visit the Princeton Adult School website.

2. Open Rehearsal:  time and place tbd.  Check back for more details.

3. Late Night Chamber Jam: Amateur string players of all ages and levels are invited to sight read a Beethoven String Quartet with the Takács String Quartet.  LEARN MORE>

For a complete schedule of the the Beethoven Cycle concerts and activities, click here.

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Takács String Quartet »

“This is chamber music of overwhelming intensity - simply the best I've ever heard.”

- The Guardian (London)
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Takács String Quartet

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 8:00 PM Pre-concert event talk by Professor Scott Burnham at 7pm, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

ALL-BEETHOVEN
String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1
String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 74 “Harp”
String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131

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We are absolutely thrilled and honored to be hosting the Takács Quartet for six concerts this season as they perform the Beethoven string quartet cycle in its entirety. Hailed as “chamber music playing of overwhelming intensity ... simply the best I’ve seen in concert” (The Guardian, London), their 2006 box set of the sixteen quartets has become the high-water mark for these masterworks. We have included two of their programs in our Concert Classics Series, of which this special evening is the first. The program proceeds chronologically, beginning with Beethoven’s Quartet Op. 18, No. 1, influenced by Haydn and deeply rooted in the 18th-century quartet tradition. His Quartet Op. 74 follows, nicknamed “Harp” for the arpeggiating pizzicato figure in the first movement. After intermission, we are treated to the tremendous, seven-movement Op. 131. Upon hearing a performance of the quartet for the first time, Schubert remarked, “After this, what is left for us to write?”

THERE'S MORE...

The special nature of these concerts has inspired us to offer a number of activities that will allow you to deepen your engagement with these incredible works.  Here are two you should know about being offered in this week of concerts:

1. Princeton Adult School Class:  "Exploring the Beethoven String Quartets" will be taught by Scott Burnham and Edward Dusinberre, first violinist of the Takács String Quartet.  This is a 3-part class, taking place on November 16; January 17 and March 14.  Classes can be bought as a series, or individually. For more information, visit the Princeton Adult School website.

2. Mindfulness & Music: Join us on November 16 at 12:30pm for a Live Music Meditation with Matthew Weiner, Associate Dean of the Office of Religious Life, and the Takács String Quartet. Come for a half-hour guided meditation, followed by group conversation with the musicians about the experience of listening to music mindfully.  No prior experience necessary. READ MORE HERE>

For a complete schedule of the the Beethoven Cycle concerts and activities, click here.

Artist Website

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“The Takács might play Beethoven better than any other quartet in the past or the present.”

- The Cleveland Plain Dealer
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MINDFULNESS & MUSIC

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 12:30 PM Live Music Meditation with the Takács String Quartet and led by Matthew Weiner Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

Join us for a Live Music Meditation with Matthew Weiner, Associate Dean of the Office of Religious Life, and the Takács String Quartet.  Come for a half-hour guided meditation, followed by group conversation with the musicians about the experience of listening to music mindfully.  No prior experience necessary.  This is part of our Mindfulneeds with Music Program, and is special event in celebration of our Beethoven String Quartet Cycle this year.
This event is FREE AND OPEN TO ALL.

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Takács String Quartet

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 8:00 PM Post-concert talk back with the quartet, hosted by Scott Burnham Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

ALL-BEETHOVEN
String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2
String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95 “Serioso”
String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130 with Finale

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When the world renowned Takács Quartet completed their recording project of all sixteen Beethoven string quartets in 2006, Alex Ross of The New Yorker wrote, “this survey stands as the most richly expressive modern account of this titanic cycle.” And indeed, their interpretations have stood as the gold standard for Beethoven, from the whimsical and strident early Op. 18 quartets to the cryptic and monumental Grosse Fuge. This concert season, the Takács have chosen Princeton as one of three venues in the United States where they will perform the entire cycle, across six concerts in our Richardson Auditorium, for the last time together.

In a brief thirty-year career, Ludwig van Beethoven journeyed further— expressively, conceptually, and psychologically—than any other composer before or since. His artistic odyssey is considered one of the supreme accomplishments in human history, compared to the building of cathedrals or the rise of democracy. The concept of absolute music—music for its own sake, not “about” anything, or in service of the church—crystallized in his wake. And while his nine symphonies arguably contained many of the grandest and most boundary-breaking moments in his catalogue, the sixteen quartets are where he explored within and made his most personal statements. Collectively, the cycle reads like a blueprint for his artistic development.

Over these six performances with the Takács Quartet, we are treated to the ultimate thrill of seeing this blueprint, even more relevant in 2016 than on the day of Beethoven’s death in 1827, unfold before our eyes. Join us for all or as many as you can and be a part of history in the music-making right here on Nassau Street.

THERE'S MORE...

The special nature of these concerts has inspired us to offer a number of activities that will allow you to deepen your engagement with these incredible works.  Here are two you should know about being offered in this week of concerts:

1. Princeton Adult School Class:  "Exploring the Beethoven String Quartets" will be taught by Scott Burnham and Edward Dusinberre, first violinist of the Takács String Quartet.  This is a 3-part class, taking place on November 16; January 17 and March 14.  Classes can be bought as a series, or individually. For more information, visit the Princeton Adult School website.

2. Mindfulness & Music: Join us on November 16 at 12:30pm for a Live Music Meditation with Matthew Weiner, Associate Dean of the Office of Religious Life, and the Takács String Quartet. Come for a half-hour guided meditation, followed by group conversation with the musicians about the experience of listening to music mindfully.  No prior experience necessary. READ MORE HERE>

For a complete schedule of the the Beethoven Cycle concerts and activities, click here.

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“Beethoven’s 16 string quartets were written over a 27-year span of his life, and they range from the wide-eyed energy and variety of his first six quartets to the enigmatic and existential worlds of his final five quartets. It is impossible to think of a more compelling window onto Beethoven, onto the genre of the string quartet, or even onto the entire multifarious pageant of chamber music in the modern West.”

- Professor Scott Burnham on the Beethoven String Quartets
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Baby Got Bach: Wonderful Winds

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 1:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

"WONDERFUL WINDS" — Your youngster’s life-long love of music will begin the moment he or she encounters chamber music in person at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. Back by popular demand, pianist Orli Shaham will introduce pre-school-aged kids to the joy of live classical music played, in an interactive concert especially created for children age 3 to 6 and their families. You'll meet all the instruments in the woodwind family and see how to make music just by breathing.  Internationally renowned concert pianist Orli Shaham is your host, along with special guest woodwind quintet, Windsync in their Princeton debut. Aaron Copland's Hoedown will set your toes tapping and you'll be riveted by the classic musical tale Peter and the Wolf.  And, of course, plenty of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, and more.

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Orli Shaham is an internationally renowned pianist.  She travels all over the world giving concerts and many of today's most important composers have written pieces for her, including Princeton's own Steven Mackey who has written a piece for her. Orli created the Baby Got Bach series in 2010 series because she thought that there weren’t enough opportunities for pre-school aged kids to hear really great live classical music.  Baby Got Bach is recognized by parents, media and the music community as a significant force in music education and entertainment for pre-schoolers.  The program is in-residence at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and has been cited in New York Magazine’s “Best of New York” list. Orli has also taken Baby Got Programs on tour all over the country.

Special guests Windsync have been hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians.”  They are internationally recognized for dramatic and engaging interpretations of classical music.  Gold Medalist in the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and winner of the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh International Competition, this dynamic ensemble focuses on building a connection with audiences through adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence. These five virtuoso players perform exclusively from memory and specialize in creative concerts that inspire and entertain audiences of all ages.

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Sergei Babayan, Piano and Daniil Trifonov, Piano

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 8:00 PM Pre-concert talk by Ruth Ochs at 7pm, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

SCHUMANN Andante and Variations in B-flat Major, Op. 46
SCHUBERT Fantasie in F Minor for Piano Four Hands, D. 940
BRAHMS Hungarian Dances WoO. 1
RACHMANINOFF Two Suites for Two Pianos

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At the age of 25, Daniil Trifonov has already established himself as one of the finest living pianists. “A fully formed virtuoso with an artistic soul to match his mighty fingers” (Seattle Times), he has appeared with all of the “Big Five” U.S. orchestras, swept First Prize and Audience Prize at both the Rubinstein and Tchaikovsky Competitions, and given a solo recital at Carnegie Hall to uproarious acclaim. Amid his touring schedule, though, he manages to continue study at The Cleveland Institute of Music, under the tutelage of prominent Armenian pianist Sergei Babayan. In an extremely special evening, this student and teacher come together to perform a program of 19th-century piano duos. It will be the  rst two-piano program on our series since 1982, and an unusual opportunity to witness such an intimate relationship enacted onstage—the cherished passing of music from one generation to the next will be right before our eyes.

 

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PERFORMERS AS TEACHERS

Daniil Trifonov will coach student members of the Princeton Pianists Ensemble on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 9:30AM in Richardson Auditorium.  This event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

 

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pianists Sergei Babayan and Daniil Trifonov play Rachmaninoff Suite for Two Pianos

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Pianists Sergei Babayan and Daniil Trifonov play Rachmaninoff Suite for Two Pianost Live at teh Verbier Festival

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“(Trifonov) has everything and more...technically incredible...his touch—he has tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that.”

- Pianist Martha Argerich
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Melting Pot

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 3:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

"Melting Pot" - Music with Folk Influences from the New World

Three American Folk Songs for brass quintet arr. Andrew Rinfleisch
CHARLES IVES  Piano Trio
Modern Ballads for brass quintet and percussion
WILLIAM BOLCOM Select Cabaret Songs for Voice & Piano
PAQUITO D’RIVERA Four Pieces for Brass Quintet and Percussion

MUSICIANS:
Sarah Pelletier, Soprano; Geoffrey Burleson, Piano; Anna Lim, Violin; Susannah Chapman, Cello; Wayne DuMaine, Trumpet; Henry Whitaker '17, Trumpet; Chris Komer, Horn; Benjamin Herrington, Trombone; Brian Brown, Tuba; John Ferrari, Percussion
 

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Formed in 1994-95, this mixed ensemble comprises Princeton’s Performance Faculty, distinguished guest artists, and supremely talented Princeton students. Richardson Chamber Players concerts take place on Sundays at 3pm in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. The artistic direction of the group rotates. This seasons’ programs were conceived by a small committee consisting of cellist Alistair MacRae, mezzo-soprano Sarah Pelletier, and trombonist Benjamin Herrington. Michael Pratt is a Founding Director and Advisor.

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Belcea String Quartet

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 8:00 PM Musical Preview at 7PM by alums of the Royal College of Music/Princeton University Exchange program, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

SCHUBERT Quartet No. 12 in C Minor, D. 703 “Quartettsatz”
BRAHMS Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2
SCHUBERT Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810 “Death and the Maiden”

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Twenty years ago, a group of young string players at London’s Royal College of Music came together around a collective passion for the string quartet repertoire and its endless capacity for reinterpretation. A few years later, their rendering of the Debussy and Ravel string quartets won the Gramophone Award for Best Debut Recording, and the rest is history. The Guardian (London) describes the intensity of a Belcea performance well: “[they] seize the music’s energy, shocking us out of our seats with every fortissimo.” And in addition to their eternally youthful energy, they are deeply committed to mentoring emerging groups and fostering a landscape of young quartet players—the Belcea Quartet Trust is an ambitious new project that offers intensive coaching sessions for ensembles on the rise. In their Princeton debut (and a rare visit to the United States), they will perform works by two great melodicists, Schubert and Brahms. Prepare to drive home with tunes running through your head!

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Belcea Quartet plays Brahms live at Carnegie Hall

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Belcea String Quartet plays the Scherzo from Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" Quartet

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“a spiritual depth and expressive urgency that leaves you eager to hear more.”

- The New York Times
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Jamie Barton, Mezzo-soprano and James Baillieu, Piano Photo
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Jamie Barton, Mezzo-soprano and James Baillieu, Piano

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 8:00 PM Pre-concert talk by Professor Lindsey Christiansen from Westminster Choir College at 7pm, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

JOAQUIN TURINA Songs from Homenaje a Lope de Vega
JOHANNES BRAHMS  Select songs
ANTONIN DVORAK  Cigánské melodie, Op. 55
CHARLES IVES  Select songs
JEAN SIBELIUS  Select songs

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A young mezzo from Georgia is currently taking the world by storm, and her name is Jamie Barton. Sporting a nose ring and an ebullient smile, Barton summons a tone that has earned her comparisons to many of the mid-20th century greats—and indeed, the magnificent Marilyn Horne called a recent recital “one of the greatest I’ve ever heard.” Just this year she won the prestigious Richard Tucker Award, an honor conferred annually on a rising American star that places her in the lineage of Renée Fleming and Joyce DiDonato. But as her voice becomes a staple in large opera houses, we are thrilled to invite her into the more immediate and personal setting of Richardson Auditorium to ring in opening night of Princeton University Concerts’ 2016-2017 mainstage series! She brings us a program of late Romantic lieder, a wonderful showcase for her richly detailed instrument which the Los Angeles Times calls “the darkly creamy lager that poured forth from altos of yore.”

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Jamie Barton will appear on the PERFORMERS AS TEACHERS series
Friday, October 7, 2016 at 12:30PM
Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall
Come peek behind the scenes as Jamie Barton coaches talented Princeton students.  This event is free and open to the public.
 

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Jamie Barton Takes 5 with Opera News

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Mezzo-Soprano Jamie Barton sings Donizetti's O mon Ferand at the 2012 Richard Tucker Gala

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“She is a great artist, no question, with an imperturbable steadiness of tone, and a nobility of utterance that invites comparison not so much with her contemporaries as with mid-20th century greats.”

- The Guardian (London)
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Augustin Hadelich, Violin and Pablo Sáinz Villegas, Guitar

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:00 PM & 9:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

“Histoire du Tango” – works by Astor Piazzolla, Manuel De Falla, Eugène Ysaÿe, Roland Dyens, and a world premiere by composer Lorenzo Palomo.  Lighting designer Kate Ashton will create an atmosphere that reinforces the character and emotional message of each work on this multimedia program

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Making their Princeton debut, Grammy-award winning violin phenomenon Augustin Hadelich and Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas bring highlights from their popular album, Histoire du Tango, to Princeton University Concerts.

With audience seated around them directly on the stage, the artists will trace the history of Argentina's national dance in Astor Piazzolla's title track and stir up folk, gypsy and flamenco dances. Transforming the stage into an Argentine nightclub with the help of light-designer Kate Ashton, the duo will present two performances, each an hour long. Seating is very limited. Audience will have a chance to interact with the artists following the performance.

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Hadelich and Villegas talk about their CD "Histoire du Tango"

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“Hadelich’s playing combined impressive technical command with plush, rich-textured sound. And with magisterial poise and serene control...”

- The New York Times
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Matthias Goerne, Baritone with Alexander Schmalcz, Piano

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 8:00 PM Preview Event featuring the winners of the 2016 Creative Reactions Contest at 7PM, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

SCHUBERT Die Schöne Mullerin, D. 795

Please note that this concert will be performed without intermission.  The running length of the concert will be an estimated 75 minutes.  There will be no late seating so plan to get to the concert early.

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Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun once wrote, “If you are very, very lucky, you get to hear a performance every now and then that is so sublime in execution, so profound in expressive realization that it will have a place with you for the rest of your life. I felt I had one of those experiences when baritone Matthias Goerne sang [Schubert]. I felt privileged to witness it.” And lo and behold, in our own intimate Richardson Auditorium, we close our Concert Classics series with a touch of the transcendent as Goerne comes and performs the entire Die Schöne Mullerin song cycle by Schubert. Goerne’s voice is typically heard in giant rooms like Carnegie or Disney Hall, but for lieder, and especially the deeply personal lieder of Schubert at his peak, Richardson is a much more immediate environment to experience this music as it was created and intended. He has been called the heir of the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, singing the repertoire that made him a star.

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Matthias Goerne sings Das Wandern from Die Schoene Mullerin

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“...one of the most compelling and insightful performances of Schubert I have ever heard.”

- The New York Times
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Julien Labro, Accordion/Bandoneon/Accordina Gregg Kallor, Piano

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 6:00 PM & 9:00 PM Richardson Auditorium Stage in Alexander Hall

Program

The Big Squeeze,  two one-hour concerts offered in the round on the stage of Alexander Hall in Richardson Auditorium

Accordion virtuoso Julien Labro can do it all. Equally at home performing traditional Latin music in performing arts centers, free jazz in clubs, and hooks on techno tracks, Labro is a true Renaissance man. At 6pm, he brings us  a program of accordion music from around the world, featuring works by Bernhard Molique, Astor Piazzolla, Isaac Albéniz, Gabriel Fauré, Fernando Otero and Labro himself.  At 9pm, Labro and Kallor are joined by Jorge Roeder, bass and Richie Barshay, drums for a jazz nightcap.

Take the trip in just 60 minutes and experience a variety of cultures through the musical styles of Julien Labro as he performs the accordion, bandoneon and accordina, three relatively unknown instruments in North America, and shows how they have been incorporated into various genres of music across different regions around the world. Travel to France with the accordina and see how jazz musicians use this unique instrument to express their creativity, emotions and, of course, romance. This journey will also feature a stop in Argentina, where the melancholic yet passionate musical tones of the bandoneon inspired Astor Piazzolla to develop Nuevo Tango, a genre of music once so controversial that he was banned from the country. Last but not least, the accordion will take you throughout Europe, South America, and North America as Julien shows how it has been adopted by each region into the Classical, Jazz and Pop genres.

These informal concerts will feature music introduced by the artist. Audiences are welcome to stay afterwards and talk with Mr. Labro.

ENCORE!

In between the two “Big Squeeze” programs, squeeze in some art! The Princeton University Art Museum will salute the concerts’ South American repertoire with two special, 30-minute tours of its Art of the Ancient Americas galleries. Free and open to all, Encore presents the chance to extend the Performance Up Close to a “culture up close,” whether as a coda after the 6PM concert, a prelude to the 9PM concert, or an interlude for those attending both events. Two tours start at 7:30pm and 8:00pm.  Refreshments will be served.

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Heralded as “the next accordion star” by Howard Reich of The Chicago Tribune, Julien Labro has established himself as one of the foremost accordion and bandoneón players in both the classical and jazz genres. Deemed to be “a triple threat: brilliant technician, poetic melodist and cunning arranger,” his artistry, virtuosity, and creativity as a musician, composer and arranger have earned him international acclaim and continue to astonish audiences worldwide. Picking up the accordion at the tender age of 9, French-born Labro was influenced early on by traditional folk music and the melodic, lyrical quality of the French chanson. Upon discovering the music of jazz legends like Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, he quickly became inspired by the originality, freedom, creativity, and the endless possibilities in their musical language.

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Accordian Player Julien Labro talks about his instruments

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Julien Labro plays Astor Piazzolla with the Spektral Quartet

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“Brilliant accordionist”

- Chicago Tribune
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Paul Lewis, Piano

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 8:00 PM Preview event at 7pm featuring Ellipses Poetry Slam Team, a select group of Princeton students who are dedicated to making the spoken word a celebrated art in the Princeton community, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

SCHUBERT Sonata No. 9 in B Major, D. 575
BRAHMS
Three Intermezzi, Op. 117
BRAHMS Four Ballades, Op. 10
LISZT Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata (“Dante” Sonata)

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Last season at Princeton, violinist Lisa Batiashvili and pianist Paul Lewis treated us to an extraordinary program of works by Schubert and Beethoven. It was the first time Lewis, a concert hall staple and veteran interpreter of the central European canon, was on our stage, and we were unsatisfied with only one concert. Hence, he returns this year to perform alone in an evening of mid-Romantic masterworks, including Schubert’s great Sonata in B Major. This music finds him at the absolute top of his game, and arguably at the top of anyone’s game. Of his recordings of the complete Beethoven sonatas, Anthony Tommasini writes in The New York Times, “if I had to recommend a single complete set, I would suggest Mr. Lewis’s distinguished recordings.” And, of his live performance of the last three Schubert sonatas in Boston in 2013, The Boston Globe said it was “the most audacious, most edifying, and most fulfilling musical event of the season.” These recommendations pretty much speak for themselves—spend your Thursday night hearing some of the best Romantic piano playing in the world.

Come early to check out Ellipses, Princeton's Poetry Slam Team, a select group of Princeton students who are dedicated to making the spoken word a celebrated art in the Princeton community.

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Paul Lewis will give a FREE MASTERCLASS when he coaches Princeton piano students.
Friday, April 8, 2016 at 10AM-12PM
Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Free and open to the public.
 

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Pianist Paul Lewis plays Schubert

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“Here is fresh, intelligent yet daring playing alert to the flights of wildness in the music.”

- The New York Times
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Parisian Spring

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 3:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

"Parisian Spring"

CLAUDE DEBUSSY Trio for Flute, Viola, Harp
MAURICE RAVEL Chansons madécasses for Mezzo-soprano, Flute and Cello
JACQUES IBERT 2 Stèles orientées for Soprano and Flute
MANUEL DE FALLA Psyché for Soprano, Flute, Harp, Violin, Viola, Cello
DARIUS MILHAUD 3 Little Symphonies

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Our resident ensemble of performance faculty, distinguished guest artists and supremely talented students

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Escher String Quartet

Thursday, March 24, 2016, 6:00 PM & 9:00 PM Richardson Auditorium Stage in Alexander Hall

Program

"Composer’s Last Words," Part Two - a one-hour concert offered in the round on the stage of Alexander Hall in Richardson Auditorium

BRITTEN String Quartet No. 3
SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, “Death and the Maiden”

This informal concert will feature music introduced by the artists. Audiences are welcome to stay afterwards and talk with the quartet.

CALLING ALL AMATEUR STRING PLAYERS:  WE WANT YOU!

Following the 9pm performance, amateur string players of all ages and levels are invited to join the Escher Quartet for a community sight-reading of a string quartet.  It's another LATE NIGHT CHAMBER JAM. Click here for more information. 

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Adam Barnett-Hart, Violin • Aaron Boyd, Violin • Pierre Lapointe, Viola • Brook Speltz, Cello

NYC-based Escher Quartet is quickly on the rise, serving as artists-in-residence at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where last season they presented a critically acclaimed 3-concert series featuring the quartets of Benjamin Britten. They have received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. Championed by the Emerson String Quartet, the group was on the BBC New Generation Artists scheme from 2010-2012, giving debuts at both the Wigmore Hall and the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall. In its home town of New York.  In 2013, the Quartet became one of the very few chamber ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

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Escher Quartet plays Beethoven

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Escher Quartet plays the Scherzo from Mendelssohn Quartet No. 4

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“...one of the top young quartets before the public today...This is a group to watch.”

- The Washington Post
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Baby Got Bach: Principally Percussion

Sunday, March 20, 2016, 1:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

NEW THIS SEASON — Building on the success of “Meet the Music,” we are excited to now presents it’s first concert geared towards children ages 3-6 and their families. Hosted by world-renowned pianist Orli ShahamBaby Got Bach: “Principally Percussion,” will feature Princeton’s esteemed Ensemble-in-Residence Sō Percussion and American Ballet Theatre dancer Rachel Richardson. This interactive concert will explore all of the sounds a piano and percussion can make through the music of J.S. Bach, Steve Reich, John Cage, and Princeton's own Steven Mackey. Kids are invited to stay afterward to come on stage and jam with the musicians!

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Orli Shaham is an internationally renowned pianist.  She travels all over the world giving concerts and many of today's most important composers have written pieces for her, including Princeton's own Steven Mackey who has written a piece for her that will be heard in its Princeton debut at this concert. Orli created the Baby Got Bach series in 2010 series because she thought that there weren’t enough opportunities for pre-school aged kids to hear really great live classical music.  Baby Got Bach is recognized by parents, media and the music community as a significant force in music education and entertainment for pre-schoolers.  The program is in-residence at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and has been cited in New York Magazine’s “Best of New York” list. Orli has also taken Baby Got Programs on tour all over the country.  This concert respresents Baby Got Bach’s Princeton University Concerts debut.

Guest artists So Percussion, are Princeton's Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence. Sō Percussion has redefined the scope of the modern percussion ensemble.  Their repertoire ranges from “classics” of the 20th century, by John Cage, Steve Reich, and Iannis Xenakis, to commissioning and advocating works by contemporary composers such as David Lang, and Princeton's Steven Mackey, and Paul Lansky, to distinctively modern collaborations with artists who work outside the classical concert hall, including vocalist Shara Worden, electronic duo Matmos, the groundbreaking Dan Deacon, legendary drummer Bobby Previte, jam band kings Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, choreographer Shen Wei, and composer and leader of The National, Bryce Dessner, among many others.

Rachel Richardson joined the Amercian Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in January 2015 and became a member of the corps de ballet in June 2015.  Her repertoire includes Columbine and one of the Nutcracker's Sisters in The Nutcracker, as well as roles in all of the Company's full-length ballets.

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Ébène String Quartet

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 6:00 PM & 9:00 PM Richardson Auditorium Stage in Alexander Hall

Program

Two one-hour concerts, offered in the round on the stage of Alexander Hall in Richardson Auditorium

Back by popular demand are the four members of the astounding Ébène Quartet. Come for the gavotte, but stay for the lindy-hop: these remarkable chameleons will begin the evening with an all-French program from the traditional string quartet literature of Debussy and Dutilleux at 6pm, but will then transform Richardson stage into the Cotton Club with pieces from their collection of jazz favorites at 9pm.

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Pierre Colombet, Violin • Gabriel Le Magadure, Violin • Adrien Boisseau, Viola • Raphaël Merlin, Cello

“Someday My Prince Will Come” says the Disney song. He will indeed, on March 9, and he’s bringing three other princes with him. They are the virtuosos of the Ébène Quartet, whose concert on our season last year was unforgettable.  They are four Frenchmen known for moving seamlessly and with élan between classical and jazz (“Jazzical”?), enriching performances of each with the magic of the other. “A string quartet that can easily morph into a jazz band,” lauded The New York Times, and in praising their recent Carnegie Hall performance of a Schumann Quartet, The Times said the finale “took on a decidedly jazzy swing.” The Boston Globe hails the Quartet’s non-classical fare as “exciting and ear-opening.” With one program devoted to classical music and a second one devoted to jazz, you might hear some Miles Davis or, in a nod to a local boy, a moving take on Bruce Springsteen’s Streets of Philadelphia, performed with instrumental majesty and surprisingly princely vocals.

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Ébène Quartet plays Mendelssohn

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Alexander Melnikov, Piano

Sunday, March 6, 2016, 2:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

SHOSTAKOVICH The Complete Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87

Please note: this concert is approximately 3 hours with two 20-minute intermissions

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About the Artist

After Isabelle Faust takes on the Bach Sonatas and Partitas, pianist Alexander Melnikov will tackle a wildly different but equally tremendous cycle: Shostakovich’s complete 24 Preludes and Fugues. Composed at the height of his popularity after the Second World War, these pieces are quintessential Shostakovich: sometimes sarcastic, sometimes wistful, and almost always politically charged. Russian-born Melnikov is one of the only pianists to commit this daunting cycle to recording, and did it in dazzling fashion: his 2010 recording was included in BBC Music Magazine’s list of the “50 Greatest Recordings of All Time.” Another critic reflects on his interpretation: “everything is testament to reflection and skill, yet the pianist is not lecturing, but laughing, dreaming, lamenting and dancing” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). Following this stunning critical reception, he makes a rare live appearance at Princeton focusing on these extraordinary pieces from Russia’s most controversial composer.

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INSIDE THE SHOSTAKOVICH PRELUDES & FUGUES FOR PIANO WITH SIMON MORRISON
a class in collaboration with the Princeton Adult School
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 7-8:30PM
Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall

In the lead up to this extraordinary concert, Princeton Professor Simon Morrison, one of the world’s leading experts on Russian and Soviet music, will untangle the mysteries of these pieces and illuminate their importance, giving class members an insider’s knowledge of what to expect from the performance.  This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in these rarely heard pieces from Russia’s most controversial composer.

This class is offered through the Princeton Adult School. To sign up, visit thier website or call 609-683-1101.

Class:  $40
Class, plus a concert ticket: $76

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Alexander Melnikov plays Shostakovich Prelude No. 1. His recoring of the complete Preludes and Fugues was called "one of the 50 greatiest recordings of all time" by BBC Music Magazine.

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“Melnikov reveals a kaleidoscope of colours and moods. An exhilarating experience.”

- BBC Music Magazine