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Chamber Jam:
Calidore String Quartet

Thursday, February 20, 2020, 10:00 PM Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall



Join the Calidore String Quartet on the stage immediately following their concert to read Beethoven's String Quartet Op 18, No. 6 together! This is an annual opportunity for amateur musicians of all ages and levels to read music with artists on our season. This event is free, but reservations are required to participate. Registration is first-come, first-served.



Now in its ninth annual recreation, the Princeton University Concerts Chamber Jam—a unique opportunity for amateur musicians in our community to read music with professionals—has become a beloved annual event. “Think of it like Roger Federer calling down a few fans from the stands at the U.S. Open to play doubles.” (The Princeton Packet) Even if you participate in the Jam only by listening, the experience is guaranteed to reverberate for a very long time.

Princeton University Concerts has offered community members a chance to play alongside professionals ever since a magical informal reading took place a few seasons ago, when Ensemble ACJW visited the university campus. In the midst of exam period, students were eager for a study break; reading a Beethoven Symphony alongside these professionals seemed like just the thing. Subscribers joined the musicians and students and the palpable excitement and spontaneous energy were unforgettable.

From that moment, Princeton University Concerts has been determined to make such a reading into an annual event and amateurs of all ages and levels have played alongside the talented young players of the Chicago Symphony Winds, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, the Escher String Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Takács String Quartet, the Tenebrae Choir, and members of the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel.

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