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Fall 2020 Update: Reuniting Through Music

Jul 28, 2020 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Fall 2020 Update: Reuniting Through Music,

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we held off releasing subscriptions and tickets to our planned 2020-2021 season until we were more confident in what the future allowed. On the heels of Princeton University’s most recent announcement regarding campus policy for the fall semester, we regret to announce that all previously scheduled events through December 2020 on the upcoming Princeton University Concerts season will be canceled. We are working to reschedule as many of the planned performances as possible to future seasons.

For the entire Princeton University Concerts staff, your well-being has been at the forefront of all of our discussions and plans. we hope that, through our Collective Listening Project of curated playlists and Streaming Resource Guide, you have continued to feel a part of and take comfort in our musical family. Ours is a remarkably tight-knit community, and music has made our relationship with one another all the more personal. As such, we have keenly felt our responsibility both to you and to our artists as we considered how to move forward under these uncertain circumstances. That will continue to be at the core of all of our plans moving forward.

For the moment, we are working to provide other formats for enjoying classical music as a community. We will send a more detailed announcement later in the summer, but we are excited to share some of our plans for the fall with you now. We will release further details about all of the initiatives below later this summer—stay tuned! In the meantime, if you are a current subscriber, please do not worry about your seats. They are yours until we are able to return to the concert hall.

Watch Parties with PUC Artists

Until we are all able to reunite for live performances in Richardson Auditorium, we will be streaming performances produced specifically for PUC audiences. Featured performers will include our longtime favorite ensemble the Takács String Quartet, as well as sibling artists cellist Sheku and pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason in their PUC debut. In addition to specially curated digital content surrounding the concerts—including interviews, pre-concert talks, and more—we are partnering with local vendors to help make our virtual concert hall feel all the more special.

Performers Up Close

While we would normally gather for our Performances Up Close series, seated together on stage near the musicians for wonderfully intimate experiences, this fall we will instead get to know our artists through Performers Up Close. This initiative will help us discover the personal stories and interests that shape the performers in our community as we get to experience their identities in new ways. Although we might not currently have the opportunity to see many of our performer friends in person, we are excited to take this opportunity to get to know them on a deeper level and to consider their artistry within the context of this unique moment in our history.

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