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Calling all amateur string players.  The Escher Quartet wants you!

Feb 07, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Calling all amateur string players.  The Escher Quartet wants you!, You can read chamber music with the Escher String Quartet!

You can read chamber music with the Escher String Quartet!

We are so pleased to offer another Late Night Chamber Jam.  This time we are trying something new – an immersive and “up close” experience for players and audience.  This year’s Chamber Jam will take place after the Escher String Quartet plays on our all-new Performances Up Close – PUC125 series on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 9PM on the stage of Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.  Following the concert is an awesome opportunity for amateur string players (violins, violas, cellos, basses) of all ages and levels to join the Escher String Quartet to read Haydn's Emperor Quartet. Tickets to the Escher’s concert are not required to participate in the Late Night Chamber Jam, but reservations are required for the reading.  To sign up, click here.

Over the last four seasons, Princeton University Concerts has created unusual opportunities for amateur musicians in our community. The idea of mounting community readings with professionals grew out of an informal reading organized several seasons ago when members from Ensemble ACJW were visiting campus. During an exam week at Princeton and we offered a break from studying and ask the professional musicians if they would read a Beethoven Symphony alongside Princeton students.  We also invited subscribers to join.  The result was magical.  The energy in the room and the raw enthusiasm for the music was unforgettable.  We decided then and there that we would try to make this into an annual event on a much larger scale.  In the last two years, amateurs of all ages and levels have played alongside the talented young players of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and the famed St. Lawrence String Quartet and last year amateur wind players joined the Chicago Symphony Winds.  Concert attendees are not only encouraged to stay and listen to the reading, but in this in-the-round configuration we intend to have the musicians and the audience spread out and sit side-by-side, allowing audience to get so close to musicians that you might even be able to read the music. Getting close to music and musicians is a hallmark of the PUC125 series and of our 2015-16 season. Even if you’re not concertizing, the experience is guaranteed to reverberate for a very long time.

HOW TO SIGN UP TO PLAY WITH THE ESCHER STRING QUARTET
To participate in the reading, one must sign up in advance by calling the Concert Office at 609-258-2800 or by clicking here.  Space is limited so sign up soon. Limited tickets remain for the Escher Quartet concert preceding the Late Night Chamber Jam. If you wish to attend but do not yet have tickets, please call 609-258-9220 or click the link below.  Please note that you do not have to attend the concert to participate in the Late Night Chamber Jam.  The Chamber Jam will take place roughly at 10PM on March 24.


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To get inspired, view footage from previous Late Night Chamber Jams here.  Or read the article about last year's chamber jam in the Princeton Packet.

We hope you will join us!

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On November 7, 2013 Princeton University Concerts presented a post-concert, late-night chamber jam with the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Princeton students and community members came together with the quartet to read Haydn's Emperor Quartet, after the quartet's concert in Richardson Auditorium. The results were magical

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