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Director Marna Seltzer Named Musical America’s “Top 30 Professionals of the Year”

Dec 06, 2017 | By Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk, '15, Marketing and Outreach Manager
Director Marna Seltzer Named Musical America’s “Top 30 Professionals of the Year”,

Marna Seltzer, Director of Princeton University Concerts, has been recognized by Musical America Worldwide as one of its 2017 Movers & Shapers: Top 30 Professionals of the Year. This prestigious distinction, presented annually by the renowned organization that has served as the voice of the performing arts industry for over a century, selects individuals who are transforming and "shaping programs, practices, and perceptions of the performing arts."

Marna was lauded for her revolutionary contributions to the presentation of classical chamber music, including the PUC125: Performances Up Close series that seats the audience onstage alongside the musicians in intimate hour-long performances, as well as the Creative Reactions Contest, a creative writing contest that invites students to submit a written response to the experience of hearing live chamber music for a cash prize. The contest now also includes a visual arts category.

Other professionals selected this year include Alex Ross, Music Critic at The New Yorker, Doug Beck, Director of the Artist Training Programs at Carnegie Hall, and Nancy Umanoff, Executive Director of the Mark Morris Dance Group. For a complete listing, click here. Marna's listing is on page 25. 

Congratulations to Marna!

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TALK BACK: Cristina Pato

Nov 17, 2017 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Cristina Pato,

Did you hear Cristina Pato and her Quartet?  Have you ever been to a bagpipe recital?  Was it what you expected?  Did you attend Dancebreak and, if so, we would love to hear what you thought. Did it help you understand the music you heard in a different way?  Did you enjoy it?  This is one of the more unusual concerts we've ever presented and we want your feedback.

Please use the comment section below to share you thoughts.

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TALK BACK: Benjamin Grosvenor

Nov 10, 2017 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Benjamin Grosvenor,

We presented a important debut  - the first Princeton appearance of the 25-year-old Benjamin Grosvenor.  Use the comment section below to tell us what you thought of this recital.  And, since many of you asked:  the encore was Moszkowski Etude in A-flat Op.72 No.11

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TALK BACK: Tabea Zimmermann & Thomas Hoppe

Oct 26, 2017 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Tabea Zimmermann & Thomas Hoppe,

A rare viola recital featured the incomparable Tabea Zimmermann.  What were your thoughts about the concert?  Did you like the program?  What was your favorite piece?  How about telling us something about the sound of the viola itself?

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us, and others!

Ms. Zimmermann's visit to Princeton isn't over yet....

Friday, October 27 at 10AM
• Performers As Teachers - She coaches Princeton students in a free workshop at the Lee Performance and Rehearsal Room in the new Lewis Center complex. 
Read more here>

Friday, October 27 at 12:30PM
• Live Music Meditation - free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. 
Read more here>

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TALK BACK: Quatuor Mosaïques

Oct 13, 2017 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Quatuor Mosaïques,

The concert season is off and running!  Quatuor Mosaïques is one of the more unusual ensembles we've presented.  We'd love to know what you thought.  Did you like the sound of the gut strings?  Did it make a difference for you?  And, in case you were wondering, their gorgeous encore was the slow movement from Haydn Quartet Op. 33, No. 6.

If you liked this concert, we recommend our next concert when one of the world's great violists - Tabea Zimmermann - will play a rare viola recital on October 26, 2017 at 8pm.

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us, and others!

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TALK BACK: Barokksolistene

Oct 06, 2017 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Barokksolistene,

PUC125:Performances Up Close is off and running and you were there.  At 6pm, the ensemble brought Purcell to life and then continued the exploration of music from the Alehouse.  We'd love to know what you thought.  And, how about the new space in the Lewis Arts Complex.  Our event also kicked off the opening weekend Arts Festival.  Don't forget to come back this weekend when there will be dozens of more events.  For more information visit lcaopening.princeton.edu.

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us, and others!

And come back for more.

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TALK BACK: Shostakovich & The Black Monk

Sep 29, 2017 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Shostakovich & The Black Monk,

Did you attend Shostakovich & The Black Monk?  If so, we would love to know what you thought.

We opened our season with a unique commissioned work featuring the life of Shostakovich brought together with Anton Chekhov's short story "The Black Monk." Did the production work?  Did you attend the book discussion before, or stay for the post-concert discussion?  

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us, and others!

We hope to see you back many times this year.  Are there other concerts you are looking forward to?  Tell us that as well.

IT'S GREAT TO BACK IN RICHARDSON!

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Announcing the 2017-18 Creative Reactions Contest: Win $500!

Sep 26, 2017 | By Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk, '15, Marketing and Outreach Manager
Announcing the 2017-18 Creative Reactions Contest: Win $500!,

Fourth Annual writing contest for Princeton University students, dedicated to the memory of Vera Sharpe Kohn.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, AND TO SIGN UP, PLEASE VISIT THIS PAGE.

ANNOUNCEMENT

Princeton University Concerts (“PUC”) is pleased to announce the creative writing category of the 2017-18 season Creative Reactions Contest - a contest designed to capture the impact of classical music, as perceived by Princeton University students. One prize (and up to three possible honorable mentions) will be awarded to a Princeton University student who, after attending a Princeton University Concert, best captures his or her own personal experience of hearing live classical music.

THE PRIZES

The First Prize winners of the Creative Reactions Contest will each receive $500.  A smaller cash prize for up to three honorable mentions is possible, in both categories. The winning works will be widely distributed online and in print. The winning works will also be read aloud or displayed at our final concert of the season on May 3, 2018. The Prizes will be awarded by a selection committee composed of distinguished members of the Princeton faculty and the community.  Previous judges have included poet C.K. Williams, Musicologist Scott Burnham and Owner of Labyrinth Books Dorothea von Moltke.

FREE TICKETS

Free concert tickets are given out based on availability so we encourage students to either register for the contest soon, or to purchase tickets online, by phone, or at the Frist Campus Center Box Office or Lewis Arts complex Box Office. The submission deadlines are two weeks after each concert, as listed on the contest page.

BACKGROUND

The Creative Reactions Contest is hosted by the Student Ambassadors of PUC, a small group of classical music-loving students whose mission is to increase student interest and participation in Princeton University Concerts programs.  The contest is funded by PUC.  Each year PUC presents a professional concert series featuring renowned classical musicians from all over the world. The Creative Reactions Contest seeks to further “PUC’s” mission by connecting students to the arts and celebrating classical music’s unique contributions.  The first Creative Reactions Contest is dedicated to the memory of Vera Sharpe Kohn, a loyal member of the Princeton University Concerts Committee whose support and enthusiasm contributed to the health and well being of Princeton University Concerts.
To view the winning entries from the 2017 contest, click here.

ELIGIBILITY

The Creative Reactions Contest is open to all currently enrolled (as of September 1, 2017) undergraduate and graduate students.
Please note: if you won first prize in a past Creative Reactions Contest, you are ineligible to enter in the same category for one academic year.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, AND TO SIGN UP, PLEASE VISIT THIS PAGE.

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Announcing “Beyond the Music” Programming

Sep 21, 2017 | By Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk, '15, Marketing and Outreach Manager
Announcing “Beyond the Music” Programming,

Take your love of music to the next level by enjoying these programs designed to bring you closer to the music and the musicians you love. FREE and open to all.

MINDFULNESS WITH MUSIC

Experience world-class music more personally than ever before during half-hour meditations to live music performed by musicians on the PUC season, guided by Associate Dean Matthew Weiner (Princeton University Office of Religious Life). Free and open to all. No experience necessary.

Tabea Zimmermann, Viola – Friday, October 27, 2017 at 12:30PM. Lee Music Performance and Rehearsal Room, Lewis Arts complex.
Jennifer Koh, Violin – Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 12:30PM. Location TBA.
Jonathan Biss, Piano – Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 12:30PM. Location TBA.

PERFORMERS AS TEACHERS

Go behind-the-scenes as several of the season’s artists coach talented Princeton students in performance workshops free and open to the public. Delve into the professionals’ understanding of music, and witness the process of a musician’s preparation from the other side of the curtain.

Tabea Zimmermann, Viola  – Friday, October 27, 2017 10AM-12PM. Lee Music Performance and Rehearsal Room, Lewis Arts complex.
Jonathan Biss, Piano – March 7, 2018 4PM-6PM. Location TBA.
Lawrence Brownlee, Tenor – Friday, April 13, 2018  10AM-12PM. Location TBA.
Jennifer Koh, Violin – Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7PM-8:30PM. Location TBA.

Introducing: DANCEBREAK

Embrace the folk spirit! 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 and led by professional dancers, the classes are tailored to music performed at the concerts. Dancebreaks will take place at Nassau Presbyterian Church.

Galician Dance Class – Thursday, November 16, 2017  7:30PM. In between concerts by Cristina Pato, Galician Bagpipe.  Class will be taught by Andres Camano.
Baroque Dance Class – Thursday, February 8, 2017  7:30PM. In between concerts by Jennifer Koh, Violin.
Scandinavian Folk Dance Class – Wednesday, February 28, 2018  7:30PM. In between concerts by the Danish String Quartet.

LATE NIGHT CHAMBER JAM

Thursday, March 15, 2018  •  Princeton University Chapel
Sing with the professional singers of the Tenebrae Choir after their concert! The annual Late Night Chamber Jam allows amateur musicians of all ages and levels to read music with artists on the series. If you can read music, join Tenebrae to read a movement from Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles, at about 10pm.  Concert tickets are not required for participating in the Late Night Chamber Jam, but reservations are necessary.

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2017-18 Single Tickets to All Events NOW ON SALE!

Jul 31, 2017 | By Princeton University Concerts,
2017-18 Single Tickets to All Events NOW ON SALE!,

Single tickets to all of our 2017-18 concerts are now on sale online.  Ticket prices start at $5 and $10 for students with valid ID an from $25 for adults.  Concerts sell out quickly.  We ecourage you to buy soon.  Buy three or more different concerts to Make Your Own Series and receive a 10% discount off single ticket prices. Learn more by clicking on the events below or VIEW ALL EVENTS HERE>

EMERSON STRING QUARTET: SHOSTAKOVCH & THE BLACK MONK>

BAROKKSOLISTENE, Norwegian Baroque Ensemble>

QUATUOR MOSAÏQUES>

TABEA ZIMMERMANN, Viola / THOMAS HOPPE, Piano>

MEET THE MUSIC: FOUR HARMONIOUS FRIENDS, Ages 6-12>

BENJAMIN GROSVENOR, Piano>

CRISTINA PATO, Galician Bagpipe>

RICHARDSON CHAMBER PLAYERS: Bohemia, Echoes of Vltava>

JENNIFER KOH, VIolin

BRENTANO STRING QUARTET with JONATHAN BISS, Piano>

DANISH STRING QUARTET>

RICHARDSON CHAMBER PLAYERS: Bernstein & Friends>

TENEBRAE CHOIR>

BABY GOT BACH: String 'Stravaganza, Ages 3-6>

SIR ANDRÁS SCHIFF, Piano>

ARTEMIS STRING QUARTET>

LAWRENCE BROWNLEE, Tenor>

RICHARDSON CHAMBER PLAYERS: Celebrating African-American Composers>

TRULS MORK, Cello / BEZHOD ABDURAIMOV, Piano>

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About Shostakovich & The Black Monk

Jun 26, 2017 | By Princeton University Concerts,
About Shostakovich & The Black Monk,

We are so pleased to be helping to commission a new work which will receive its Princeton debut this fall featuring the Emerson String Quartet and a cast of 7 actors, and directed by James Glossman. With the stroke of a pen, the Soviet regime undermined the career of one the most prominent composers of the 20th century. In a bold intersection of chamber music and theater starring Len Cariou, Jay O. Sanders with the Emerson String Quartet, witness the trials and challenges of Dmitri Shostakovich’s obsessive quest to create an opera based on Anton Chekhov’s mystical tale: The Black Monk. “Shostakovich and The Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy” comes from the minds of acclaimed writer-director, James Glossman, and Emerson String Quartet member, Philip Setzer.

For more information, or for tickets to this special event, click here.

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

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Calling All Student Writers: Earn $50 for a Short Blurb!

News |Feature | May 24, 2017 | By Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk, '15, Marketing and Outreach Manager
Calling All Student Writers: Earn $50 for a Short Blurb!,

In partnership with the Student Ambassadors, Princeton University Concerts (PUC) is offering a paid writing opportunity to all Princeton University students and recent alumnae, as part of the Creative Reactions initiative: write a blurb for the student concerts brochure—written and designed for students, by students.

The Student Season Brochure, now in its third reincarnation, makes its way to every student mailbox on campus. Many students have reported that the publication gets them to try out a Princeton University Concerts event. One student wrote in:

"Just wanted to take the time to thank you all for designing this cool princeton university concerts illustrated guide. I almost never go to concerts but the book was fun and engaging to go through and because of that I picked 4 that I'm going to attend this spring!"

The use of material in the brochure has been extented to a special student marketing campaign, and some blurbs have been used in a "Student Voices" section of concert programs. Many of the visiting artists were moved and/or amused when reading what students had to say about them, and several requested extra copies of the materials. We are excited to produce next season’s brochure, and thank you for participating in the project!

How to Participate:

Pick a musician (or several!) on the 2017-18 series whom you find particularly beloved/interesting/have a poster of them above your bed, and share your excitement with other students through a short blurb! Is there a composer or a musical work programmed on any of the concerts that you’ve played, have listened to a thousand times, or can’t wait to hear for the first time? Pray tell! The deadline to submit is June 26, 2017; the author of any blurb selected for publication will receive $50.

All submissions must meet the following requirements: 1) writing must clearly reference a concert on the 2017-18 PUC series; 2) writing must be polished, without need of major editing; 3) writing should be casual and engaging, to speak to a broad range of students regardless of their experience with classical music (if any) 4) submissions must be a minimum of one short paragraph (2-5 sentences), and a maximum of half a page (12 point font; double-spaced; standard margins). Last year’s published blurbs can be found HERE.

Concerts Eligible for a Blurb:

Emerson String Quartet ("Shostakovich and the Black Monk"); Barokksolistene; Quatuor Mosaïques; violist Tabea Zimmermann; pianist Benjamin Grosvenor; Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato; violinist Jennifer Koh; Brentano String Quartet with pianist Jonathan Biss; Danish String Quartet; Tenebrae Choir; pianist Sir András Schiff; Artemis String Quartet; tenor Lawrence Brownlee; cellist Truls Mørk with pianist Behzod Abduraimov.


Feel free to write about the artists AND/OR works on their program! Information about all Princeton University Concerts, including programs and artist bios, is available at princetonuniversityconcerts.org.

Submission Procedure:

1)  Send an email to dkoltuny@princeton.edu listing your top 2-3 subject choices for your blurb(s). Include any other concerts in which you are interested. The sooner you email, the more likely that you’ll be assigned your top choice.
2)  Once you have received a confirmation email, write away! You have until noon on June 26, 2017 to submit.
3)  You will be notified if we have decided to publish your blurb; payment will be processed accordingly. If your blurb is not selected, we will notify you if we can use it in other contexts. 
Suggestions: You might also want to refer to the musicians’ websites, blogs, social media, and recordings. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or for further resource suggestions!

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TALK BACK: Murray Perahia

May 12, 2017 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Murray Perahia, Murray Perahia takes a bow in Richardson Auditorium to a grateful audience.

Murray Perahia takes a bow in Richardson Auditorium to a grateful audience.

Did you hear Murray Perahia?

As we close the season, we are looking for your feedback. Did you enjoy the recital given by Murray Perahia?  What were your other impressions of this season?  How about next season?  Anything you are particularly looking forward to? 

And, if you were unable to find or access our 125th anniversary survey last night, we hope you will take a moment to fill it out now.  You can find it here.

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us, and others!

THANKS AND SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

PS - for a link to next year's programs, click here.

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BREAKING NEWS: Announcing the winners of the 2017 Creative Reactions Contest

May 01, 2017 | By Princeton University Concerts,
BREAKING NEWS: Announcing the winners of the 2017 Creative Reactions Contest,

This fall, Princeton University Concerts announced the third annual Creative Reactions Contest.  This writing contest — designed to foster reflection on the impact of hearing classical music, as perceived by students on Princeton’s campus — has been a resounding success.  Over the course of seven months this year, more than 80 students attended seven different concerts and were asked to capture the experience of hearing live classical music. The form of their reactions was flexible, allowing for prose, poetry, narrative, even lyrics.  From a full field of entries, there were four winners - two First Prize Winners and three Honorable Mentions.

The winning reactions were all poems, reflecting a wide range of musical experiences. Marna Seltzer, Director of Princeton University Concerts, says “The Creative Reactions Contest is one of my favorite of our initiatives.  It allows students to make an entirely personal connection to the concerts we present, and it offers the opportunity to hear the music we present in a different way.  For our general audience, it gives them a glimpse into the thoughts of the next generation of concertgoers and music lovers. I congratulate this year’s winners, and continue to be astounded by the talent and creativity of Princeton students.”

The entries were read anonymously in three rounds by twelve judges.


ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS (please click on the title to read the winning piece of writing):

FIRST PRIZE, $500
Anna Leader, ’18 -  "love songs between balconies" inspired by Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton
David Ting '17 - "El barrio(lage) desconocido” inspired by pianist violinist Augustin Hadelich & guitarist Pablo Sáinz-Villegas

HONORABLE MENTION, $125
Isabella Bosetti ’18 - “Translation/Aphasia,” inspired by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Xin Chua GS -  “The Future Age,” inspired by the Takács String Quartet
Kirit Limperis ’19 - “With the Percussionist,” inspired by percussionist Colin Currie

The Creative Reactions Contest is hosted by the Student Ambassadors of PUC, a small group of classical music-loving students whose mission is to increase student interest and participation in Princeton University Concerts programs.  The contest is funded by PUC.  Each year PUC presents a professional concert series featuring renowned classical musicians from all over the world. The Creative Reactions Contest seeks to further PUC’s mission by connecting students to the arts and celebrating classical music’s unique contributions.  The Creative Reactions Contest is dedicated to the memory of Vera Sharpe Kohn, a loyal member of the Princeton University Concerts Committee whose support and enthusiasm contributed to the health and well being of Princeton University Concerts.

The official announcement of the winners will be made at our final concert on Thursday, May 11 at 7PM.  At that time, the winners will read their works.  The 30-minute presentation will be hosted by Professor Scott Burnham and will also feature excerpts of the music that inspired these wonderful pieces of writing.

A complete press release announcing the winners works can be accessed here.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

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TALK BACK: Pekka Kuusisto & Nico Muhly

Apr 30, 2017 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Pekka Kuusisto & Nico Muhly,

What did you think of our final PUC125 concert?  The unusual pairing of Bach and other music?  The duo of Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto and superstar composer Nico Muhly?  Did you hear anything new?  Anything new in music that you might have heard before?  And how do you feel about next year's program?  Is there anything you are looking forward to? As always, we want to know anything and everything you have to share  

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us, and others!

THANKS!

PS - for a link to next year's programs, click here.

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TALK BACK: Pamela Frank and Christian Tetzlaff

Apr 21, 2017 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Pamela Frank and Christian Tetzlaff,

Did you hear violnists Pamela Frank and Christian Tetzlaff?  What did you think of the unusual evening?  Repertoire and combination of artists? Did you hear the Musical Preview featuring the Princeton Girlchoir and, if so, did you enjoy it?  And to the big news of the night.  How do you feel about next year's program?  Is there anything you are looking forward to.  We want to know. 

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us, and others!

THANKS!

 

PS - to view the brochure for the 2017-18 season, click here.  Subscriptions will go on sale in May.

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Announcing the 2017-18 Season!

Apr 17, 2017 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Announcing the 2017-18 Season!,

 

VIEW THE COMPLETE 2017-18 SEASON BROCHURE NOW>

or

VIEW A ONE PAGE OVERVIEW OF THE 2017-18 SEASON NOW>

We are excited to announce our upcoming 124th season, which brims with nonstop surprises through programming spanning everything from 17th-century “pub music” performed on period instruments with beer accompaniment (Barokksolistene) to a Galician bagpipe virtuoso (Cristina Pato, of the Silk Road Ensemble) exploring Latino music. The programs will both welcome back veterans of PUC -- including the Brentano String Quartet with special guest pianist Jonathan Biss; the Tenebrae Choir; the Artemis String Quartet; the Danish String Quartet, among others -- and will invite new names both of rising stars, such as 24-year-old pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, and some of the most legendary figures in the field, such as pianist Sir András Schiff.  A special event, "Shostakovich and The Black Monk,” a musical-theatre piece co-commisioned by PUC featuring the Emerson String Quartet and seven actors, will showcase our commitment to leading the charge in innovative concert presentation through multimedia experiments, flexible concert formats, and unorthodox collaborations. Never before has the series’ promise to foster “music without bounds” permeated as deeply into its programming, leading to an incredibly diverse 2017-2018 season.

SUBSCRIPTIONS WILL GO ON SALE IN MAY. RENEWING SUBSCRIBERS WILL RECEIVE RENEWAL MATERIALS VERY SOON!

REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE:

• The best ticket prices of the season
• Access to the best seats in the house
• And great discounts!

Tickets to individual events go on sale on August 1, 2017 so a subscription is the best way to lock in the events you know you don't want to miss.

Got Spotify?  Listen to some of the musicians and music you will hear next year by using our Spotifiy Playlist.

We can't wait to hear from you. Tell us which performances you're excited about by using the comment section below.

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TALK BACK: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Apr 13, 2017 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn,

Did you hear Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn? Have you been to one of our concerts before?  Are you a regular?  Are you a diehard Fleck fan?  Or was this the first time you heard him, or his wife?  This concert was a departure for us and we would love to know what you thought.  Did you have a favorite song?  How did you hear about the concert?  Tell us anything, or everything.

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us, and others!

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Fleck & Washburn on CBS Sunday Morning

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TALK BACK: Benjamin Bagby

Mar 30, 2017 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Benjamin Bagby,

Did you attend Beowulf?  We'd love to know what you thought of the experience.  Did the visuals enhance your experience?  Did you come to this concert with prior knowledge of the poem?  the performer?  What did you learn? Did you enjoy being on stage close the performer?

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us, and others!

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Announcing the dates for the 2017-18 season.  Mark your calendars!

Mar 22, 2017 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Announcing the dates for the 2017-18 season.  Mark your calendars!,

As we gear up for the announcement about next season's programs, many of you have asked about the concert dates.  To help you plan, here is a listing of our concert dates for next season.  A full announcement will be made mid-April but, in the meantime, mark your calendars.  It's going to be another great season!

Opening Night/Special Event
Thursday, September 28, 2017

CONCERT CLASSICS SERIES - 9 concerts
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Thursday, May 3, 2018

PUC 125: PERFORMANCES UP CLOSE - 4 concerts
Thursday, October 5, 2017
(in conjunction with the opening of the
   new Lewis Center for the Arts Complex) 
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

RICHARDSON CHAMBER PLAYERS - 3 concerts
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Sunday, April 15, 2018

FAMILY CONCERTS - 2 concerts
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Saturday, March 17, 2018

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TALK BACK: Takács String Quartet

Mar 17, 2017 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Takács String Quartet,

DId you hear the complete Beethoven Cycle performed by the Takács String Quartet?

We ask what you thought of our concerts a lot, but this ask is different.  For the memory books, please share with us your thoughts about the Beethoven Cycle that just concluded. Did you hear all 6 concerts?  Was it your first time hearing the works as a cycle?  What will you remember the most?  Did you have a favorite quartet?  Did you go to any of the related events outside the concerts?

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us, and others!

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TALK BACK: Hagen String Quartet

Mar 03, 2017 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Hagen String Quartet,

Did you hear the Hagen String Quartet?

We present many different string quartets at PUC, but we think the Hagen Quartet is special.  What about you?  Should we continue to have them back? Did you like the repertoire?  And, did you come to the Musical Preview?  As always, we like to hear your feedback.

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us, and others!

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LIVE MUSIC MEDITATION

News |Feature | Feb 20, 2017 | By Princeton University Concerts,
LIVE MUSIC MEDITATION,

On the heels of the over-capacity Live Music Meditation with the Takács String Quartet this past fall, Princeton University Concerts is collaborating with the Princeton University Edward T. Cone Artists-in-Residence, So Percussion, to continue its Mindfulness with Music program -- a joint venture with the Office of Religious Life

The percussion quartet will perform a half-hour special program of music during a silent guided meditation led by Associate Dean Matt Weiner. Participants are invited to stay after the meditation for a group conversation with the musicians about the experience of listening to music mindfully, followed by a light lunch. This event is free and open to all; no prior experience is necessary.

The final Live Music Meditaiton of the 2016-2017 PUC season will take place on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 12:30PM with violinist Pekka Kuusisto.

EVENT DETAILS:

LIVE MUSIC MEDITATION
SO PERCUSSION
with Matthew Weiner, Associate Dean of the Office of Relgious Life

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 12:30pm
Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

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TALK BACK: Colin Currie

Feb 15, 2017 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Colin Currie,

We want to know what you thought of our event featuring percussionist Colin Currie.  It was a recital of unusual music, and a rare occasion to hear a virtuoso percussion player.  Just the kind of risk that we can take on our PUC125:Performances Up Close series.  What did you think of the repertoire?  Did you enjoy the interplay of the words and music?  How about actor Michael Dean Morgan who was the narrator for the evening?  Do you think you will listen to more of this music again?  Did Colin Currie change or influence your feelings about percussion music?

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us, and others!

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TALK BACK: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Feb 10, 2017 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir,

We are eager to hear your feedback on the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir who made their debut in the Princeton University Chapel. This was an unusual presentation for us.  What did you think? Did you like the repertoire?  What was your favorite piece? Did you like hearing the group in the chapel?

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us, and others!

And for those of you who asked, their encore was Blessed is the Man by Cyrillius Kreek.

THANKS!

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TALK BACK: Takács String Quartet

Jan 20, 2017 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Takács String Quartet,

Did you attend the third and/or fourth Beethoven Cycle concert featuring the Takács Quartet?  How about the Late Night Chamber Jam?  Or the class offered through the Princeton Adult School?  We continue to want to hear about your experience. What did you think about the "up close" seating?  How did it compare with our traditional set up?  What about grouping of Beethoven quartets?  How about the quartet's interpretation?  Scott Burnham - did you attend something hosted by him?  If you stayed for the Late Night Chamber Jam, or if you played in it (!), did you have fun?  With just 2 more concerts to  go, we are counting on your feedback to bring this cycle to a rousing conclusion!

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us, and others!

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TALK BACK: Takács String Quartet

Nov 18, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Takács String Quartet,

Did you attend the first and/or second Beethoven Cycle concert featuring the Takács Quartet?  How about the Live Music Meditation?  Or the class offered through the Princeton Adult School?  We are eager to hear about your experience.  If you attended the first concert, what did you think about the "up close" seating?  How did it compare with our traditional set up?  What about grouping of Beethoven quartets?  How about the quartet's interpretation?  Scott Burnham - did you attend something hosted by him?  How about the program booklet?  Was it useful? With 4 more concerts to  go, your feedback counts more than ever.

And follow this link to check out the other concerts in the series.

We hope to see you again.  In the meantime, have a great holiday season!

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MINDFULNESS & MUSIC

Nov 14, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
MINDFULNESS & MUSIC,

We are so pleased to announce another collaboration with the Office of Religious Life.  The next event will take place on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 12:30pm in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.  Join the world-renowned  Takács String Quartet and Matthew Weiner, Associate Dean of the Office of Religious Life, for a half hour of guided meditation to live music of  Beethoven.  Stay after for a light lunch and a group conversation with the musicians about the experience of listenting to music mindfully.  This event is FREE and open to all.  No prior experience is needed and reservations are not necessary.  The Takács String Quartet will be in-residence at Princeton all this season. They are here to play the complete Cycle of Beethoven String Quartets over 6 concerts. In addition, there are several related events, like this one, that serve to deepen your engagement with these monumental works.  For a complete Beethoven String Quartet Cycle, click here.

EVENT DETAILS:

LIVE MUSIC MEDITATION
TAKÁCS STRING QUARTET
with Matthew Weiner, Associate Dean of the Office of Relgious Life

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 12:30pm
Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

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TALK BACK: Baby Got Bach, Wonderful Winds

Nov 05, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Baby Got Bach, Wonderful Winds,

Did you come to Baby Got Bach?  We want to hear about your experience. Did you like it?  Did your kids like it?  Which piece was your favorite?  Did you get to meet the musicians afterwards?  What worked?  What didn't work?  It will help us as we think about future programs of this kind.

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us, and others!

Thanks and we hope to see you again.

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TALK BACK: Babayan & Trifonov

Oct 28, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Babayan & Trifonov,

First, our apologies for a late start to this concert. The artists were held up by an accident on the road.  If you come to our concerts often, you know that our concerts start on time.

Our first duo piano recital in over a decade....was it worth the wait?  What did you think of the repertoire?  How about the pianists?  Separately...or together.  We want to hear from you. 

And, if you were wondering what the encore was...it was Rimsky-Korsakov Dance of the Tumblers

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts.

Thanks!

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TALK BACK: Belcea String Quartet

Oct 13, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Belcea String Quartet,

We present many different string quartets at PUC. It's an important core of our repertoire.  What did you think of the Belcea Quartet's PUC debut?  Should we have them back? As always, we like to hear your feedback.

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts.

THANKS!

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TALK BACK: Jamie Barton, Mezzo-soprano

Oct 06, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Jamie Barton, Mezzo-soprano,

What an opening night!  We were so glad you were there to hear the debut of Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton. What did you think of this debut?  Of the program?  The Voice?  Did you attend our post-concert reception?  Would you want to hear more programs like this? As always, we like to hear your feedback.

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts.

THANKS!

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TALK BACK: Augustin Hadelich & Pablo Villegas

Sep 29, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Augustin Hadelich & Pablo Villegas,

We opened our season with an evening of dance-inspired music on our PUC125: Performances Up Close series.  This season our series will feature collaborations between musicians and other multi-media artists whose work will transform the Richardson stage.  The concerts by violinist Augustin Hadelich and guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas was supported by lighting designer Kate Ashton.  As always, we like to extend the PUC125 experience beyond the concert hall and getting feedback is one way to do that.  Please tell us about your experience.  The music, the program, the lighting, the overall experience...what did you think? Your thoughts will help us with future planning.  If you missed picking up the program following the concert, you can view it here.

If you liked your experience, don't forget to check out the three other exciting events on this series this year.

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts.

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Announcing the 2016-17 Creative Reactions Contest: win $500 for creatively responding to a concert

Sep 13, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Announcing the 2016-17 Creative Reactions Contest: win $500 for creatively responding to a concert,

ANNOUNCING THE 2016-17 CREATIVE REACTIONS CONTEST
A contest for Princeton students dedicated to the memory of Vera Sharpe Kohn


Princeton University Concerts (“PUC”) is pleased to announce the 2016-17 season Creative Reactions Contest - a contest designed to capture the impact of classical music, as perceived by Princeton students.  The contest has two categories: one for creative writing and, for the first time this season, a visual arts category. In both categories, one prize (and up to three possible honorable mentions) will be awarded to a Princeton student who, after attending a Princeton University Concert, best captures his or her own personal experience of hearing live classical music.

THE CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST
Submissions can take a number of forms –blank verse, prose, poetry, narrative, even lyrics–but should be anchored by what he or she felt or experienced when hearing the concert. The participants are asked to specifically respond to one of PUC's concerts through February 14, 2017 (see “Submission Process” below). The winning piece will speak to a broad audience and will capture the essence and excitement of hearing live classical music.


THE VISUAL ARTS CONTEST
Submissions in this category can take any number of forms, including but not limited to painting, drawing, graphic design, illustration, printmaking, letterpress, photography, sculpture and video.  The participants in this category are asked that their submission specifically respond to one of PUC's concerts through February 14, 2017 (see “Submission Process” below). All pieces must be submitted in a 2D form. Out of respect for other concert attendees, please note that the artwork cannot be created at the concert itself.  The winning piece will speak to a broad audience and will capture the essence and excitement of hearing live classical music.


THE PRIZES
The Frist Prize winners of the Creative Reactions Contest will each receive $500.  A smaller cash prize for up to three honorable mentions is possible, in both categories. The winning works will be widely distributed online and in print. The winning works will also be read aloud or displayed at our final concert of the season on May 11, 2017. The Prizes will be awarded by a selection committee composed of distinguished members of the Princeton faculty and the community.  Previous judges have included poet C.K. Williams, musicologist Scott Burnham and  Dorothea von Moltke. owner of Labyrinth Books.


FREE TICKETS
Free concert tickets are given out based on availability so we encourage students to either register soon, or to purchase tickets online, by phone, or at the Frist Campus Center Box Office. The submission deadlines are two weeks after each concert, as listed below.

BACKGROUND
The Creative Reactions Contest is hosted by the Student Ambassadors of PUC, a small group of classical music-loving students whose mission is to increase student interest and participation in Princeton University Concerts programs.  The contest is funded by PUC.  Each year PUC presents a professional concert series featuring renowned classical musicians from all over the world. The Creative Reactions Contest seeks to further “PUC’s” mission by connecting students to the arts and celebrating classical music’s unique contributions.  The Creative Reactions Contest is dedicated to the memory of Vera Sharpe Kohn, a loyal member of the Princeton University Concerts Committee whose support and enthusiasm contributed to the health and well being of Princeton University Concerts.


To view the winning entries from the 2016 contest, click here.


ELIGIBILITY
The Creative Reactions Contest is open to all currently enrolled (as of September 1, 2016) Princeton University undergraduate and graduate students.

SUBMISSION PROCESS

1.  SIGN UP TO ENTER
All participants must sign up to participate in the contest.  Entrants are offered one free ticket to the concert of their choosing, pending availability.  Participants are welcome to submit more than one entry on any and all of the eligible concerts; however, they must obtain their own tickets beyond the one ticket allotted by the contest. At the time of sign up, students will be asked to give their 1st and 2nd preferences for the one free concert ticket of their choice. Tickets to each event are limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Due to the limited ticket availability, early sign up is highly advised. SIGN UP HERE>

2.  ATTEND A CONCERT BETWEEN  SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 & FEBRUARY 14, 2017

The concerts that are part of the contest are as follows:

• Thursday, September 29, 9pm - AUGUSTIN HADELICH, Violin & PABLO SÁINZ VILLEGAS, Guitar – “Histoire du Tango,” Dance music of Argentina.  MORE INFO>
• Thursday, October 6, 8pm - JAMIE BARTON, Mezzo-soprano – Songs by Brahms, Dvorak and Ives MORE INFO>
• Thursday,  October 13, 8pm - BELCEA STRING QUARTET - works by Schubert & Brahms MORE INFO>
• Thursday, October 27, 8pm  - SERGEI BABAYAN & DANIIL TRIFONOV, Pianos - works by Schumann, Schubert, Brahms and Rachmaninoff  MORE INFO>
• Tuesday, November 15, 7:30pm - TAKÁCS STRING QUARTET #1* – all Beethoven * MORE INFO>
• Thursday, November 17, 8pm - TAKÁCS STRING QUARTET #2* – all Beethoven * MORE INFO>
• Wednesday, January 18, 8pm TAKÁCS STRING QUARTET #3* – all Beethoven * MORE INFO>
• Thursday, January 19, 8pm - TAKÁCS STRING QUARTET #4* – all Beethoven * MORE INFO>
• Thursday, February 9, 8pm - ESTONIAN PHILHARMONIC CHAMBER CHOIR – “Northern Lights”  MORE INFO>
• Tuesday, February 14, 9pm - COLIN CURRIE, Percussion  MORE INFO>


3. SUBMISSION DEADLINES

Augustin Hadelich/Pablo Sáinz Villegas - October 13
Jamie Barton, Mezzo-soprano  - October 20
Belcea String Quartet - October 27
Sergei Babayan/Daniil Trifonov, Pianos - November 10
Takács String Quartet #1/#2* - December 1
Takács String Quartet #3/#4* - February 2
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir - February 23
Colin Currie, Percussion - February 28


*This season the Takács String Quartet will be playing all of the Beethoven String Quartets over 6 concerts.  In honor of this occasion, we will be awarding an additional prize to a visual artist who re-imagines the classical image of Beethoven.  The image will join other works commissioned by professional artists for this occasion, and will be displayed on a banner in Richardson Auditorium at the final concerts in March 2017.  For more information, contact Dasha Koltunyuk at dkoltuny@princeton.edu.

4. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

All submissions must be accompanied by a short paragraph that says something about the specific connection between the music and the “creative reaction,” giving the judges a sense of the process for each participant. All submissions are due by e-mail to Dorothy Shrader of Princeton University Concerts. Please put "CRC Submission [PERSONAL ID #]" in the subject line of the email and as the title of the Word document, and include the Personal ID # on the top right-hand corner of the attached document. The writing must be submitted in a Word document and should not be more than 1000 words.  Submissions will be read anonymously.  The attached written submission should not identify its author, but the body of the e-mail should contain the writer’s full name, graduation year, graduate student status, netID, personal contest ID number, and telephone number. Entrants agree to follow Princeton's honor code, detailed in the Academic Integrity Booklet.


SUBMIT YOUR WORK HERE>

PRIZE ANNOUNCEMENT
The $500 prize, and any potential honorable mentions, will be announced at the Princeton University Concert on May 11, 2017.

QUESTIONS?
For all questions, please call the Concert Office at 609-258-2800 or visit our office during business hours (10AM-4PM) in Woolworth Music Center (next to Frist), Room 301.

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Single Tickets Are Now On Sale!

Jul 27, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Single Tickets Are Now On Sale!,

Single tickets to all Princeton University Concerts events* are now on sale. To guarantee seats to specific concerts, please buy quickly.  There are limited seats available for most events.  Seats for the Beethoven String Quartet Series are almost sold out.  If you want to experience the series in its entirety, consider buying all 6 concerts as a series.  If you think you will attend multiple performances, don't forget that buying three or more events in one order is considered a Make Your Own Series.  Make Your Own Series subscribers receive 10% off the single ticket prices.  To subscribe to a series, call the Concert Office at 609-258-2800.  If you want to purchase single tickets over the phone, please call the box office at 609-258-9220.

*Tickets to concerts on the PUC125 series are sold two months prior to each concert.  Please check the concert listings for specific sale dates.

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The Takács String Quartet Plays The Complete Beethoven Cycle

Jul 06, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
The Takács String Quartet Plays The Complete Beethoven Cycle,

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 the monumental “Grosse Fugue.” 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 six performances with the Takács Quartet, you will be treated to the ultimate thrill of seeing this blueprint unfold before your eyes, even more relevant in 2016 than on the day of Beethoven’s death in 1827.

In addition to the concerts, we are offering many related events that will help deepen your engagement with these extraordinary works.  These events include:

-Mindfulness & Music, Live Music Meditation, November 16 at 12:30pm in Richardson Auditorium  READ MORE>

-Exploring the Beethoven String Quartets, a class offered through the Princeton Adult School  READ MORE>

-Late Night Chamber Jam, amatuer string players sight read with the Takács Quartet READ MORE>

-Open Reharsal, time and date tbd.  Stay tuned for more details.

The 6 concerts can be bought as a series.  Buy all 6 and save 20%.  You can also add one or more of these concerts to a Make Your Own Series of three or more events and save 10%.  Or, if you want the very best deal,  add these 6 concerts to a Concert Classics Series (8 concerts) and save over 30%.  Click here to view ticket prices.  To subscribe, call 609-258-2800 during business hours - Monday - Friday, 10AM-4PM.

VIEW THE BEETHOVEN STRING QUARTET SERIES>

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TALK BACK: Matthias Goerne, Baritone and more…

May 01, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Matthias Goerne, Baritone and more…,

We have closed our season to a packed house, spellbound by Matthias Goerne's rich voice singing Schubert's song cycle Die Schöne Mullerin.  Were you there?  What did you think of this closing event?  Or of any of the Princeton University Concerts events you attended this season?  This is the last opportunity for us to hear from you, and we hope we do! 

Please use the commnet section below to tell us anything you want to share about our 15/16 season

IT'S NOT OVER YET...

On Tuesday, May 3 at 4:30PM in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, the University will mark Professor Scott Burnham's retirement with a fabulous concert of PUC favorites:  the Brentano String Quartet will play Beethoven, our own Gabriel Crouch will sing Schubert, and recent graduate/PUC Marketing Manager pianist Dasha Koltunyuk and PUC Student Ambassador Chair Paul von Autenried will play.  The event is FREE AND OPEN TO ALL but reservations are required.  Please call 609-258-9220 to reserve your tickets. MORE DETAILS HERE>

COME BACK NEXT YEAR...

Our 2016-17 season is on sale now.  To subscribe, call 609-258-2800 during business hours.  Watch for an announcement of subscriptions going on sale online this week.  And, click here to view the 2016-17 season brochure.

Thank you for helping to make this a great season!  Again, tell us what you thought by using the comment section below.

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BREAKING NEWS:  Announcing the Winners of the 2016 Creative Reactions Contest

Apr 26, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
BREAKING NEWS:  Announcing the Winners of the 2016 Creative Reactions Contest,

In January 2015, Princeton University Concerts announced a new initiative, the Creative Reactions Contest.  Now in its second year, this writing contest — designed to foster reflection on the impact of hearing classical music, as perceived by students on Princeton’s campus — has been a resounding success.  Over the course of 6 months, 80 students attended 7 different concerts and were asked to capture the experience of hearing live classical music. The form of their reactions was flexible, allowing for blank verse, prose, poetry, narrative, even lyrics.  From a full field of entries, there were 4 winners - two First Prize Winners and two Second Prize Winners.

The winning reactions were all poems, reflecting a wide range of musical experiences. Marna Seltzer, Director of Princeton University Concerts, says “The Creative Reactions Contest is one of my favorite new initiatives.  It allows students to make an entirely personal connection to the concerts we present, and it offers the opportunity to hear the music we present in a different way.  For our adult audience, it gives them a glimpse into the thoughts of the next generation of concertgoers and music lovers. I congratulate this year’s winners, all poets, and continue to be astounded by the talent and creativity of Princeton students.”

The entries were read anonymously in three rounds by 11 judges:

ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS (please click on the title to read the winning piece of writing):

FIRST PRIZE, $500
Anna Leader, ’18 -  "Untitled," inspired by the Arcanto String Quartet
David Ting '17 - "Journey Between Worlds," inspired by pianist David Greilsammer

SECOND PRIZE, $250
Magdalena Collum ’18 - “Ritual, in four parts,” inspired by pianist Igor Levit
Emily Tu ’16 - “Voice,” inspired by pianist Igor Levit

The Creative Reactions Contest is hosted by the Student Ambassadors of PUC, a small group of classical music-loving students whose mission is to increase student interest and participation in Princeton University Concerts programs.  The contest is funded by PUC.  Each year PUC presents a professional concert series featuring renowned classical musicians from all over the world. The Creative Reactions Contest seeks to further PUC’s mission by connecting students to the arts and celebrating classical music’s unique contributions.  The Creative Reactions Contest is dedicated to the memory of Vera Sharpe Kohn, a loyal member of the Princeton University Concerts Committee whose support and enthusiasm contributed to the health and well being of Princeton University Concerts.

The offcical announcement of the winners will be made at our final concert on Thursday, April 28 at 7PM.  At that time, the winners will read their works.  The 30-minute presentation will be hosted by Professor Scott Burnham and will also feature excerpts of the music that inspired these wonderful pieces of writing.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

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TALK BACK: Julien Labro and Friends

Apr 15, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Julien Labro and Friends,

Our PUC125:Performances Up Close series has come to an end for the season.  Were you there?  Have you ever heard a live accordion recital?  Or accordion with jazz? Many people asked us to know more about the musicians who played this concert.  We will compile more information and send it to you but, for now, you can visit Julien Labro's website or pianist's Gregg Kallor's website. And, please let us know what you thought of the concerts.  Or what you thought of any of the PUC125 series.  As always, we want to know more.  We have announced our complete 16-17 season, and it can be viewed here.  Tickets for PUC125 won't go on sale until the fall...unles you are a full subscriber.  Thanks to everyone for sharing thoughts! 

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts.

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Announcing the 2016-17 Season!

Apr 10, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Announcing the 2016-17 Season!,

The announcement of the 123rd Princeton University Concerts (“PUC”) season also brings with it the announcement of a landmark event: the last time that the Takács String Quartet will perform the complete cycle of Beethoven String Quartets, works for which they have famously set the gold standard in their interpretation. Having selected Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall as one of the three American venues in which the group will bid farewell to this extraordinary cycle, the Takács anchors the 2016-2017 PUC season celebrating the pillars of the great classical music tradition—both as they have stood and as they evolve in the present day. This includes presenting the most revered artists in the field, of whom 15 are making their Princeton University Concerts debut. The Concert Classics Series includes the legendary pianist Murray Perahia “whose place among the great pianists of our time is not disputed” (The Guardian), Europe’s most celebrated string ensemble, the Hagen String Quartet, and the long-awaited return of beloved violinist Pamela Frank who will be joined by PUC favorite Christian Tetzlaff for a rare program of violin duos. Yet as a gesture to the pillars of PUC’s mission of presenting music in as vibrant a way as possible, for the first time the season will open not with the Concert Classics Series but with the new PUC125: Performances Up Close series launched last year. Joined by guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas, the young violinist Augustin Hadelich will treat an audience intimately seated around him onstage in-the-round to a sound resembling that of “a virtuoso out of the Golden Age.” (The New Yorker) When the Classics series launches a week later, it extends the youthful appropriation of tradition with mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, “opera’s nose-studded rock star,” (The New York Times) and a heartwarming reminder of this process in 25-year-old Daniil Trifonov’s two-piano recital with his teacher, Sergei Babayan. With a special event featuring Béla Fleck and his wife Abigail Washburn to top off the season, PUC is excited to pay tribute to the diversity imbuing the core of music as it continues to shape and be a part of our traditions.

To continue PUC’s tradition of commitment to accessibility, all programs in the 2016-17 season remain exceptionally affordable. Starting at just $10, ticket prices for the world’s best chamber music—performed in Richardson Auditorium, an historic venue beloved by performers and audiences alike—remain uncontestably the lowest in the region. They often include a range of opportunities to further engage the audience with the music including pre-concert talks given by renowned musical scholars, musical previews by talented Princeton students, live music meditations, and opportunities to converse with the artists at receptions, post-concert Q&As, and an annual “Late Night Chamber Jam.”

Speaking about the upcoming season, Princeton University Concerts Director Marna Seltzer said:  “This is the 5th full season that I have programmed and I am so proud of the way the organization has evolved, offering new experiences for a growing and curious audience. We’ve built on, and even redefined the “Classics,” experimented with new formats such as the PUC125 Performances Up Close Series and introduced kids ages 3-12 to the joy of live music.  I can now say that there really is something for everyone. Classical music is alive and well at Princeton and an experience with PUC will convince you of that.” 

Subscriptions to the 2016-2017 season are now on sale.  With more subscribers than PUC has seen in over 2 decades, interested individuals are highly encouraged to secure their tickets as early as possible. Subscribers often receive special discounts to events not only affiliated with PUC—including saving 10% off single ticket prices—but also to events at the Princeton University Music Department. Patrons can choose from a flexible variety of subscription packages by phone at 609-258-2800, Monday-Friday, 10AM-4PM. Online ordering will be available soon.

VIEW THE 2016-2017 BROCHURE HERE>

If you would like to receive a brochure in the mail, please make sure to sign up for our mailing list.

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TALK BACK: Paul Lewis

Apr 07, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Paul Lewis,

It was a big and unusual night for PUC, with the changes we made due to the acoustic panel, and the announcement of our 16/17 season.  Did you hear Paul Lewis?  How did he compare with other pianists we have presented?  What was your experience with the changed seating configuration?  Were you seated on stage? And we would love feedback on the newly announced season.  Is there anything that you are particularly looking forward to?  Or something you think is missing?  As always, you thoughts help shape our future plans and we hope you will share them with us.

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts.


THANKS!

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Pianist Paul Lewis To Give Free Masterclass

Apr 03, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Pianist Paul Lewis To Give Free Masterclass,

After Paul Lewis' rectial on Thursday night, join us on Friday, April 8 at 10AM to get a behind-the-scenes look at young Princeton students hard at work when pianist Paul Lewis gives a masterclass.  The class will take place in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall and is free and open to the public.  No tickets necessary.

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TALK BACK: Escher String Quartet

Mar 24, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Escher String Quartet,

Did you hear the Escher Quartet on the PUC15 Performances Up Close Series?  How do they compare to other quartets we presented?  Had you heard the Britten Quartet No. 3 before?  Did you like it?  Did you stay for the Late Night Chamber Jam?  What was it like to hear the musicians so close?  Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts.

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TALK BACK: Baby Got Bach

Mar 20, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Baby Got Bach,

Boy were we happy to see you at our first kids concert for kids ages 3-6:  Baby Got Bach!  Did you like it?  Should we present another one next year?  We'd love to hear more about what you and your kids thought?  What worked?  What didn't work?  It will help us as we think about future programs of this kind.

Please use the comment section below to share anything and everything you thought about Baby Got Bach.

And thanks for coming!

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TALK BACK:  Ébène String Quartet.  What did you think?

Mar 10, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK:  Ébène String Quartet.  What did you think?,

Did you hear the Ébène String Quartet play classical or jazz music on our all-new Performances Up Close series?  We are still refining the series and your feedback will help.  Did you come to one or both concerts?  Did you appreciate the talking and interaction with the musicians?  What about not having a printed program at the event?  Was this the first time you heard the Ébène?  As always, we'd love to you hear your feedback.  What could we do to improve these concerts?

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us and with others.

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TALK BACK: Alexander Melnikov

Mar 06, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Alexander Melnikov,

Did you hear pianist Alexander Melnikov play all of the Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues?  What an afternoon! Russian food and music as pianist Alexander Melnikov took us all through the journey of hearing all of the Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues in one sitting. Had you ever heard them all played together?  What were your impressions of the music?  As always, we'd love to you hear your feedback.  

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us and with others.

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TALK BACK: Tetzlaff Trio

Feb 26, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Tetzlaff Trio,

The Tetzlaff Trio was the first piano trio to appear on the Princeton University Concerts series in 10 years.  Was it worth the wait?  Did you come early to hear the Princeton Girlchoir? As always, we'd love to you hear your feedback.

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us and with others.

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Live Music Meditation wtih the Escher String Quartet

Feb 24, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Live Music Meditation wtih the Escher String Quartet,

We are so pleased to announce another collaboration with the Office of Religious Life.  The next event will take place on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 12:00pm in the Assembly Room at Nassau Presbyterian Church (located just in front of Richardson Auditorium).  Join the world-renowned  Escher String Quartet and Matthew Weiner, Associate Dean of the Office of Religious Life, for a half hour of guided meditation to live music of Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven.  Stay after for a light lunch and a group conversation with the musicians about the experience of listenting to music mindfully.  This event is FREE and open to all.  No prior experience is needed and reservations are not necessary.  The Escher String Quartet will be in residence at Princeton for a few days. Their visit will culminate with two concerts given on our all-new PUC125 Performances Up Close series.  For more information about the concerts, click here.

EVENT DETAILS:

LIVE MUSIC MEDITATION
ESCHER STRING QUARTET
with Matthew Weiner, Associate Dean of the Office of Relgious Life

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 12:00pm
Assembly Room at Nassau Presbyterian Church

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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.


MORE INFORMATION>

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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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TALK BACK: Igor Levit, Piano

Feb 05, 2016 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Igor Levit, Piano,

Igor Levit kicked off his first recital tour of the United States in Princeton.  Was this the first time you heard him? What were your impressions?  Did you like the program?  How does he compare with other pianists you've heard?   As always, we'd love to you hear your feedback.

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us and with others.

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TALK BACK: Greilsammer/Scarlatti/Cage

Dec 02, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Greilsammer/Scarlatti/Cage,

Did you hear pianist David Greilsammer play Scarlattii & Cage back-to-back?

This concert in our series of PUC125 Performances Up Close is perhaps one of the most experimental and unusual programs we have ever presented. We want to know what you thought. Did you like the program?  Had you ever heard a "prepared" piano?  What did it mean to you to hear this music up so close to the performer. How about hearing a pianist in this new setting? As always, we'd love to you hear your feedback.

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us and with others.

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TALK BACK: Emmanuel Pahud & Christian Rivet

Nov 20, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Emmanuel Pahud & Christian Rivet,

After an intense series of concerts, we departed a bit last night with the presentation of flutist Emmanuel Pahud and guitarist Christian Rivet.  This is the first time we've ever presented this combination on the series.  As always, we'd love to you hear your feedback.  Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts.

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TALK BACK: Isabelle Faust

Nov 17, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Isabelle Faust,

Our season is dotted with "up close" experiences.  With our new series, PUC125, and now the addition of a new experience in the Princeton Unviersity Chapel, we have endeavored to take down many of the barriers between performer and audience.  Did you hear Isabelle Faust in the chapel, play the entire cycle of Bach's Sonatas and Partitias?  Please tell us something about you experience.  Was this the first time you heard the pieces in one concert?  What did you think about the chapel as an "up close" venue.  And how about Isabelle Faust? 

Please use our comment section below, to share your thoughts.  And, if you liked this concert, consider coming back to hear pianist Alexander Melnikov play all of the Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues.  We think there something special about immersing oneself in one composer's journey.  We hope you do too.

Thanks!

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TALK BACK: Arcanto Quartet

Nov 13, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Arcanto Quartet,

Did you hear the Arcanto Quartet? We've presented four very different string quartets this Fall, what did you think of the Arcanto Quartet?  Did you like the program?  As always, we want know anything and everything about your experience, and to share your thoughts with others.

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us, and with others too! 

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TALK BACK: My Brother Franz Schubert

Nov 07, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: My Brother Franz Schubert,

Did you meet Franz Schubert at Richardson Auditorium?  As we continue to refine our concerts for families, we'd like to know what you thought of the show.  Did you like it?  Did your kid(s) like it?  Will you come back?  Are there things we could improve?  What did you, or your child, take away from the program?  As always, we want to know anything and everything about your experience, and to share your thoughts with others.

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us, and with others too!  And, if you liked your experience, please consider coming back this spring for our all new Baby Got Bach program, hosted by pianist Orli Shaham, and aimed and kids 3-6 years old.

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Talk Back: Calidore String Quartet

Oct 28, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Talk Back: Calidore String Quartet,

We are excited to continue to explore and learn about our all-new PUC125 - Performances Up Close series. This is a grand experiment and we hope that your experience up close to the musicians, on the Richardson stage, offered a new and gratifying experience.  We are eager to engage the new community we are creating in a conversation about the new format. Please tell us what you experienced. How did it feel to be "up close" on the stage? Did you like the concert?  The program?  Did the new format meet your expectations? Did you experience things differently in this new format?  What about the artwork?  Did it change the way you heard the music?  Will you come back?  Could we do something different or better? We want to know anything and everything about experience, and to share your thoughts with others.

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us, and with others too!  And, if you liked your experience tonight, come back on December 1 to hear pianist David Greilsammer.

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Talk Back: Pavel Haas String Quartet

Oct 16, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Talk Back: Pavel Haas String Quartet,

Did you hear the Pavel Haas String Quartet at Richardson Auditorium? We are presenting a "string" of quartets this fall.  How does this one compare?  Did they bring a Czech flair to the Martinu or Dvorak?  Did they bring the often-heard Beethoven to new life?  As always, we like to hear what you thought.  

Use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us, and with others too! 

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Live Music Meditation with Calidore String Quartet

Oct 15, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Live Music Meditation with Calidore String Quartet,

We are so pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Office of Religious Life.  Throughout the season we will be partnering with them to bring you programs that explore music with mindfulness.  The first event will take place on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 12:00pm in Mathey College Common Room.  Join the world-renowned  Calidore String Quartet and Matthew Weiner, Associate Dean of the Office of Religious Life, for a half hour of guided meditation to live music of Bach, Beethoven and Mendelssohn.  Stay after for a light lunch and a group conversation with the musicians about the experience of listenting to music mindfully.  This event is FREE and open to all.  No prior experience is needed and reservations are not necessary.  The Calidore String Quartet will be in residence at Princeton for a few days. Their visit will culminate with two concerts given on our all-new PUC125 Performances Up Close series.  For more information about the concerts, click here.

"After hearing the Calidore perform, I was hooked.  I have left every concert of theirs with a renewed love and appreciation not only fo rmusic, but for life."  Kate Dreyfuss, '14

EVENT DETAILS:

LIVE MUSIC MEDITATION
CALIDORE STRING QUARTET
with Matthew Weiner, Associate Dean of the Office of Relgious Life

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 12:00pm
Mathey College Common Room*

*to access the Mathey College Common Room, walk toward campus on the walkway located across from 15 University Place. Follow the walkway roughly 250 feet. The entrance to the Common Room is on the left and is marked with a sign.  To visit the University interactive map, click here.
 

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TALK BACK: Gallicantus

Oct 11, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Gallicantus,

We were so thrilled with the turnout for our all-new PUC125 - Performances Up Close series. This is a grand experiment and we hope that your experience up close to the musicians today, on the Richardson stage, offered a new and gratifying experience.  We are eager to create a new community of concertgoers and to engage in a conversation about the new format. Please tell us what you experienced. How did it feel to be "up close" on the stage? Did you like the concert?  The program?  Did the new format meet your expectations? Did you experience things differently in this new format?  What about the artwork?  Did it change the way you heard the music?  Will you come back?  We want to know anything and everything about experience last night, and to share it with others.

Please use the comment section below to join the conversation!

And don't forget, if you like the all new PUC125 experience, consider coming back on October 27, 2015 to hear the Calidore String Quartet playing Mendelssohn and Beethoven in the same format. Once again, tickets are selling quickly so buy soon.  BUY TICKETS NOW>

THANKS!

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TALK BACK: Emerson String Quartet

Sep 25, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Emerson String Quartet,

Welcome back!  We were thrilled to see so many people at our opening concert last night. Were you there?  After most concerts that you attend, you will receive an email like this because we like to hear your thoughts. What did you think about the concert?  Was it the first time you heard the Mendelssohn Octet?  Did you like the Calidore Quartet?  Will you come back to hear them as part of our new PUC125 series?  What are you looking forward to this season? As always, we want to know anything and everything about experience last night, and so do others.

Please use the comment section below to join the conversation!

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Join the Student Ambassadors of Princeton University Concerts!

Sep 22, 2015 | By Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk, '15, Marketing and Outreach Manager
Join the Student Ambassadors of Princeton University Concerts!,

The Student Ambassadors of Princeton University Concerts are looking for new members!

The Student Ambassadors (SA's) are a committee of music-lovers dedicated to fostering an enthusiastic, creative, and inclusive environment for students at performances by guest artists of Princeton University Concerts (PUC). We want to spread the word about the legendary musicians whom PUC brings to campus and to make students' experiences at these  performances as vivid and engaging as possible. By giving both undergrads and grads opportunities to meet artists, connect with other interested students, respond to performances, and perform themselves, we hope to ensure that PUC remains an integral and memorable part of everyone's Princeton experience. We're constantly thinking about new ways to get more Princeton students engaged. Some of our past events have included pre-concert dinners, chamber music readings, the Creative Reactions writing contest, student meet-ups at intermission, and musically themed picnics around campus.

We coordinate closely with the Concerts Office to provide perks to our members such as free concert tickets, back-stage access and delicious food. Committee members will convene once per month to plan events that coincide with the concert season as well as to brainstorm new initiatives and will be asked to represent the SA's at PUC events.

We'd love for you to join us! If you're interested, please complete a short interest form available <HERE> by Sunday, September 27th at 5:00pm.

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Annual STUDENT PICNIC BASH, celebrating the 2015-16 Season

News | Sep 08, 2015 | By Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk, '15, Marketing and Outreach Manager
Annual STUDENT PICNIC BASH, celebrating the 2015-16 Season,

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 12:30-1:30PM. ALEXANDER BEACH.

STUDENTS! Want to find out more about the incredible array of concerts to be held Richardson Auditorium this year? Meet like-minded (/-eared) music loving students? Jam outdoors / be jammed at? Get fed?

The Student Ambassadors of Princeton University Concerts are hosting a PICNIC to celebrate the launch of the Princeton University Concerts 2015-16 series! All Princeton University students are invited to come have some delicious food with us, enjoy live classical music, play lawn games, take a break from reading and learn about what's happening and how to get involved! Picnic goods will be provided; come and go as you wish!

Bring your instruments! Bring your appetites! Bring your enthusiasm FOR AN INCREDIBLE NEW YEAR OF MUSIC!

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Announcing Creative Reactions Contest for Princeton students: win $500 for writing about a concert

Sep 01, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Announcing Creative Reactions Contest for Princeton students: win $500 for writing about a concert,

ANNOUNCING THE CREATIVE REACTIONS CONTEST

a writing contest for Princeton students, dedicated to the memory of Vera Sharpe Kohn

Princeton University Concerts (PUC) is pleased to announce the Creative Reactions Contest - a writing contest designed to capture the impact of classical music, as perceived by students on Princeton’s campus.  One prize (and up to three possible honorable mentions) will be awarded to a Princeton student who best captures in words his or her own personal experience of hearing live classical music. Submissions can take a number of forms –blank verse, prose, poetry, narrative, even lyrics–but should be anchored by what he or she felt or experienced when hearing the concert. The participants are asked to specifically respond to one of PUC's concerts through February 4, 2016 (see “Submission Process” below). The winning piece will speak to a broad audience and will capture the essence and excitement of hearing live classical music. 

The winner of the Creative Reactions Contest will receive $500.  A smaller cash prize for up to three honorable mentions is possible. The winning piece will be published several ways including on the PUC website and in the concert program, depending on length.  The Prize will be awarded by a selection committee composed of distinguished faculty at Princeton and experienced writers from across the University.

Fre tickets are given out based on availablity so we encourage students to either register soon, or to purchase tickets online, by phone, or at the Frist Box Office. The submission deadline for the written piece is February 29, 2016.  The winner will be announced at a PUC performance in the Spring.

The Creative Reactions Contest is hosted by the Student Ambassadors of PUC, a small group of classical music-loving students whose mission is to increase student interest and participation in Princeton University Concerts programs.  The contest is funded by PUC.  Each year PUC presents a professional concert series featuring renowned classical musicians from all over the world. The Creative Reactions Contest seeks to further PUC’s mission by connecting students to the arts and celebrating classical music’s unique contributions.  The first Creative Reactions Contest is dedicated to the memory of Vera Sharpe Kohn, a loyal member of the Princeton University Concerts Committee, whose support and enthusiasm contributed to the health and well being of Princeton University Concerts.

To view the winning entries from the 2015 contest, click here.

ELIGIBILITY
The Creative Reactions Contest is open to all currently enrolled (as of September 1, 2015) undergraduate and graduate students.

SUBMISSION PROCESS

1.  SIGN UP TO ENTER
All participants must sign up to participate in the contest.  Entrants are offered one free ticket to the concert of their choosing, pending availability.  Participants are welcome to submit more than one entry on any and all of the eligible fall concerts; however, they must obtain their own tickets beyond the one ticket allotted by the contest. At the time of sign up, students will be asked to give their 1st and 2nd preferences for the one free concert ticket of their choice. Tickets to each event are limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Due to the limited ticket availability, early sign up is highly advised. 

SIGN UP HERE>

2.  ATTEND A CONCERT BETWEEN  SEPTEMBER 24, 2015 & FEBRUARY 4, 2016
The concerts that are part of the contest are as follows:

• Thursday, September 24, 8pm - EMERSON STRING QUARTET - works by Haydn, Shostakovich, & Mendelssohn MORE INFO>
• Sunday, October 11, 2pm & 4:30pm - GALLICANTUS - Renaissance works by Lassus and von Bingen, paired with new works by Professors Dan Trueman and Dmitri Tymoczoko MORE INFO>
• Tuesday, October 27, 6pm & 9pm - CALIDORE STRING QUARTET - works by Mendelssohn and Mozart MORE INFO>
• Thursday,  October 15, 8pm - PAVEL HAAS STRING QUARTET - works by Martinů, Dvořák, and Beethoven MORE INFO>
• Thursday, November 12, 8pm  - ARCANTO STRING QUARTET - works by Bach, Schumann, Smetana  MORE INFO>
• Monday, November 16, 7:30pm - ISABELLE FAUST, Violin - complete sonatas and partitas by Bach  MORE INFO>
• Thursday, November 19 8pm - EMMANUEL PAHUD, Flute & CHRISTIAN RIVET, Guitar - Music from Around the World MORE INFO>
• Thursday, December 1, 6pm & 9pm - DAVID GREILSAMMER, Piano/Prepared Piano - works by Scarlatti & Cage MORE INFO>
• Thursday, February 4, 8PM - IGOR LEVIT, Piano - works by Bach, Schubert, Beethoven, and Prokofiev MORE INFO>

3. SUBMIT YOUR WRITING BY FEBRUARY 29, 2016
All submissions are due by e-mail to Princeton University Concerts. Please put "CRC Submission [PERSONAL ID #]" in the subject line of the email and as the title of the Word document, and include the Personal ID # on the top right-hand corner of the attached document. The writing must be submitted in a Word document and should not be more than 1000 words.  Submissions will be read anonymously.  The attached written submission should not identify its author, but the body of the e-mail should contain the writer’s full name, graduation year, graduate student status, netID, personal contest ID number, and telephone number. Entrants agree to follow Princeton's honor code, detailed in the Academic Integrity Booklet

SUBMIT YOUR PIECE HERE>


PRIZE ANNOUNCEMENT

The $500 prize, and any potential honorable mentions, will be announced in the Spring at a Princeton University Concerts event TBA.


QUESTIONS?
For all questions, please call the Concert Office at 609-258-2800 or visit our office during business hours (10AM-4PM) in Woolworth Music Center (next to Frist), Room 301.

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Call for Princeton University Student Writers!

Aug 05, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Call for Princeton University Student Writers!,

In partnership with the Student Ambassadors, Princeton University Concerts (PUC) is offering a paid writing opportunity to all Princeton University students and recent alumnae, as part of the new Creative Reactions initiative.

An incredible lineup of the best musicians from all over the world is coming to our campus this season, and students cannot afford to miss out on these legendary artists. To that end, PUC is launching the first-ever student-designed concerts brochure: written for students, by students.
Pick a musician (or several!) on the 2015-16 series whom you find particularly beloved/interesting/have a poster of them above your bed, and share your excitement with other students through a short blurb! Is there a composer or a musical work programmed on any of the concerts that you’ve played, have listened to a thousand times, or can’t wait to hear for the first time? Pray tell! For every blurb that we receive by the August 17th deadline, we are offering $20. The author of any blurb that makes it into the brochure will receive an additional $50 for their writing.

All submissions must meet the following requirements:

1) writing must clearly reference a concert on the 2015-16 PUC series
2) writing must be polished, without need of major editing
3) writing should be casual and engaging, to speak to a broad range of students regardless of their experience with classical music (if any)
4) submissions must be a minimum of one paragraph (4-5 sentences), and a maximum of one page (12 point font; double-spaced; standard margins).

Concerts eligible for a blurb:
Alexander Melnikov, piano; Arcanto String Quartet; Calidore String Quartet; David Greilsammer, piano/prepared piano; Ébène String Quartet; Emerson String Quartet; Emmanuel Pahud, flute & Christian Rivet, guitar; Escher String Quartet; Gallicantus Renaissance Vocal Ensemble; Igor Levit, piano; Isabelle Faust, violin; Julien Labro, accordion/bandoneon/accordina; Matthias Goerne, baritone; Paul Lewis, piano; Pavel Haas String Quartet; Tetzlaff Trio.


Feel free to write about the artists OR works on their program! Information about all Princeton University Concerts, including programs and artist bios, is here.

Submission procedure:

1) Send an email to dkoltuny@princeton.edu listing your top 2-3 subject choices for your blurb(s). Include any other concerts in which you are interested
2) Once you have received a confirmation email, write away! You have until noon on August 17th to submit
3) After we have ensured that your submission adheres to the aforementioned guidelines, we will begin to process your payment. Those selected for publication will be notified separately

Suggestions: You might also want to refer to the musicians’ websites, blogs, instagrams, tweets and recordings. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or for further resource suggestions!

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What is PUC125?

Aug 01, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
What is PUC125?,

WHAT IS PUC125?

PUC125, "Performances Up Close," are a series of new concerts.  With an eye toward our 125th anniversary, we're launching a three-year experiment to explore the future of chamber music.  PUC125 brings you onto the Richardson stage of Alexander Hall alongside, and interacting with, the performers for six one-hour concerts offered both early and late in the evening. This new initiative will take the immediacy of music to new heights. From an accordion virtuoso to a prepared piano player, from Renaissance vocal music to string quartet transcriptions of jazz favorites, and from the auditorium onto the stage, PUC125 is the epitome of music without bounds. Because it's a great opportunity to invite a friend curious about classical music to a new, more accessible format, be sure to secure your tickets for this one-of-a-kind experience in advance, as seating is limited.  We expect these concerts to sell out.

EXPLORE THE PUC125 SERIES>

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Single Tickets Now On Sale

Jul 23, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Single Tickets Now On Sale,

 Single tickets to all of our events will are on sale ONLINE ONLY.  Our 122nd season is packed with world-class artists of all stripes, and you get to experience it all in a more intimate and spontaneous setting than ever before.  Our new series, PUC125, brings you onto the stage of Alexander Hall (yes, YOU on the stage!) for six performances in the round, another loud and proud signal of our commitment to bring together the next generation of artists and concertgoers.  And the truth is, all of our concerts are "Performances Up Close."  Jump in with us for a set of unique experiences that explores the many facets of music's transformative potential.  And don't forget, we offer one of the lowest ticket prices in town, and the ability to make your own series for a 10% discount off single ticket prices.  Don't miss a note!

EXPLORE THE SEASON NOW>

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Thanks for an extraordinary 2014-15 season

Apr 30, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Thanks for an extraordinary 2014-15 season,

THANK YOU! for welcoming these great artists to Princeton this season.  Were you at our final concert featuring Anthony Roth Costanzo?  Please use the space below to share your thoughts about the concert, or anything about the 14-15 season.

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR 2015-2016 SEASON
There are many more great artists to look forward to next season.  Subscribe today and take advantage of one of the lowest ticket prices in town.  Don't forget that the deadline to renew your current seats (if you are current subscriber) is Monday, June 1, 2015. For more information on subscribing to the 2015-2016 season click here, or view all of the concerts here.

Have a great summer and come back next season!

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TALK BACK:  Australian Chamber Orchestra

Apr 17, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK:  Australian Chamber Orchestra,

Did you attend our concert featuring  the Australian Chamber Orchestra?  We want to know what you thought.  Did you like the new work by Jonny Greenwood?  How about the solo clarinetist - Charlie Neidich?  As always, we want to know about your experience, and so do others.

Please use the comment section below to join the conversation

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Breaking News: Announcing the winners of the 2015 Creative Reactions Contest!

Apr 14, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Breaking News: Announcing the winners of the 2015 Creative Reactions Contest!,

In January 2015, Princeton University Concerts announced a new initiative, the Creative Reactions Contest - a writing contest designed to foster reflection on the impact of hearing classical music, as perceived by students on Princeton’s campus.  Over the course of 2 months, 130 students attended 5 different concerts and were asked to capture the experience of hearing live classical music. The form was flexible allowing for blank verse, prose, poetry, narrative, even lyrics.  We are pleased to announce, from a full field of entries, there were 5 winners.

The winning reactions reflect a wide range of writing, from a piece of poetry that reflects on the use of space and time in music to a truly original short story about a boy who lives in a swamp in Florida and can stop time. Marna Seltzer, Director of Princeton University Concerts, says “The entries were all impressive.  I am astounded by the range of talent at Princeton. Most importantly, though, the pieces make clear that the music we present can and does have a profound effect on students.  None of the winners had ever been to one of our concerts and, in most cases, had very little experience with classical music.  I hope that these results will show others that you need not have any prior knowledge about classical music to attend a concert.”

The entries were read anonymously in three rounds by 11 judges:

ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS (please click on the title to read the winning piece of writing):

First Prize, $1000
Susannah Sharpless, ’15 "Space and Time," inspired by violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Anna Polonsky

Second Prize $500
Trevor Klee ’15, “Untitled,” inspired by pianist Marc-André Hamelin
Lucas Mazzotti ’17, “Untitled,” inspired by the Brentano String Quartet and Joyce DiDonato

Honorable Mention, $100
Benjamin Goodman ‘17, “Piety,” inspired by pianist Marc-André Hamelin
Rachel Stone ‘17, “In B-flat,” inspired by Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time,” played by violinist Stefan Jackiw and Anna Polonsky

The Creative Reactions Contest is hosted by the Student Ambassadors of PUC, a small group of classical music-loving students whose mission is to increase student interest and participation in Princeton University Concerts programs.  The contest is funded by PUC.  Each year PUC presents a professional concert series featuring renowned classical musicians from all over the world. The Creative Reactions Contest seeks to further PUC’s mission by connecting students to the arts and celebrating classical music’s unique contributions.  The first Creative Reactions Contest is dedicated to the memory of Vera Sharpe Kohn, a loyal member of the Princeton University Concerts Committee whose support and enthusiasm contributed to the health and well being of Princeton University Concerts.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

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Clarinetist Charles Neidich to replace Martin Fröst with the Australian Chamber Orchestra

Apr 03, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Clarinetist Charles Neidich to replace Martin Fröst with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Renowned clarinetist Charles Neidich will replace Martin Fröst on tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra

Renowned clarinetist Charles Neidich will replace Martin Fröst on tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra

We were disappointed to learn that clarinetist Martin Fröst pulled out of his upcoming tour with the Australian Chamber Orchestra due to a shoulder injury.  We are pleased, though, to announce that renowned clarinetist Charles Neidich will appear in Fröst's place and will play the same repertoire orginally scheduled - Mozart's sublime Clarinet Concerto.  Mr. Neidich recently released a recording of the Mozart concerto, 26 years after his celebrated recording with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for Deutsche Grammophon.  In a review of the new recording, The New York Times said "Charles Neidich’s reading of Mozart’s Concerto for Basset Clarinet in A (KV 622) radiates sunny serenity."   In the words of The New Yorker, “He’s an artist of uncommon merit -- a master of his instrument and, beyond that, an interpreter who keeps listeners hanging on each phrase.”  The Australian Chamber Orchestra's program for their Princeton debut remains intact and is as follows:

PROKOFIEV/BARSHAI Visions fugitives
MOZART Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622
JONNY GREENWOOD Water (Princeton Premiere)
MOZART Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550

Along with the Mozart concerto, the orchestra, led by violinist Richard Tognetti, will premiere Water a new work by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood.  There are very few remaining tickets available for this concert and tickets are no longer available online.  To buy tickets, call the Frist campus center box office at 609-258-9220, Monday-Friday, 10AM-6PM.

We look forward to welcoming clarinetist Charles Neidich to this concert.  MORE INFORMATION>

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TALK BACK: Lisa Batiashvili & Paul Lewis

Mar 26, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Lisa Batiashvili & Paul Lewis,

Did you attend our concert featuring Lisa Batiashvili and Paul Lewis?  Was it the first time you have heard these artists?  What did you think?  What did you think about the program? We also announced our 15-16 season at the concert.  What do you think about the line up for next year?  Is there anything you are looking forward to? As always, we want to know about your experience, and so do others.

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Announcing the 2015-2016 Season - “Performances Up Close”

Mar 26, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Announcing the 2015-2016 Season - “Performances Up Close”,

We are pleased to announce the details of our 2015-2016 season.  New to our schedule is PUC125, a series of "Performances Up Close."  With an eye toward our 125th anniversary, we offer 6 one-hour programs "in the round" on the stage of Alexander Hall (that's YOU on the stage with the musicians!). It's a chance to expand our audience and a way to experience classical music more directly and more viscerally than ever before.  The performances will feature an eclectic mix of artists and programs that reflect the voices of a new generation.  We hope you will attend, and will help us spread the word to friends about this new and casual encounter with the music you love.

PUC125 is not just the name of a new series. It is another loud and proud signal of our commitment to bring together the next generation of artists and concertgoers.  In the intimacy and beauty of Richardson Auditorium, the truth is that all of our concerts are "Performances up Close," offering singular experiences that explore the many facets of music's transformative potential.  On the "mainstage" series you'll see some familiar faces.  The Emerson Quartet returns to open the season with a performance of the youthful, exuberant, and beloved Mendelssohn Octet. They are joined by their current protégés, the quickly rising Calidore Quartet. Paul Lewis, one of the truly great pianists who recently graced our with violinist Lisa Batiashvili, returns for a long overdue solo recital.  In a season of 16 concerts, 14 musicians will make their PUC debuts!  Some are young and virtually unknown like the astounding young German pianist Igor Levit, who The New York Times recently called  "one of the most probing, intelligent and accomplished artists of the new generation." Some, like baritone Matthias Goerne, have been at the forefront of the field for decades.  His performance of the deeply personal Schubert song cycle Die Schöne Mullerin will be a special and immediate way to experience this music as it was created and intended.

This season violinist Isabelle Faust and pianist Alexander Melnikov had to cancel their joint appearance on our series due to illness. I am so pleased that they were able to make it up to us in two special events that will fully immerse us in two towering bodies of work, Bach’s complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, presented in the gothic splendor of the Princeton University Chapel and Shostakovich’s complete Preludes and Fugues for Solo Piano.

As always, all of our programs are offered at one of the lowest ticket prices around, making PUC programs even more accessible. Subscriptions to the 2015-2016 season are now on sale.  If you are current subscriber, you should receive your renewal materials by mid-May.  If you are a new subscriber, please call our office at 609-258-2800 during business hours (Monday-Friday, 10AM-4PM) to subscribe, or print a subscription form and mail it to us at Princeton University Concerts, Woolworth Center, Princeton, NJ 08544.  You can also scan the form and e-mail it to us at pucmail@princeton.edu.

CLICK HERE to view the complete 1516 season brochure, or sign up for our mailing list today to receive it in the mail.

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TALK BACK: Meet the Music

Mar 23, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Meet the Music,

Did you attend our kids concert featuring The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with Bruce Adolphe as Inspector Pulse?  We want to hear your thoughts.  Did you like it? Did your kids like it?  What was your favorite part?  Will you come to other concerts like this?  What could we have done better?  We are adding a concert for 3-6 year-olds next season.  Will that interest you? Your thoughts will help us improve and expand our family concert programming.

Please use the comment section below to join the conversation!

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Meet the Music at Richardson Auditorium on March 21, 2015 at 1pm.

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TALK BACK: Marc-André Hamelin

Feb 27, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Marc-André Hamelin,

Did you attend our concert featuring Marc-André Hamelin?  Did you like the playing?  Did you like his own composition?  Is there something about your experience that you would like to change?  As always, we want to know about your experience, and so do others.

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TALK BACK: Brentano Quartet & Joyce DiDonato

Feb 19, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Brentano Quartet & Joyce DiDonato,

Did you attend our concert featuring the Brentano Quartet with Joyce DiDonato?  What did you think of the program?  Did you like the new work by Jake Heggie?  Did it inspire you to learn more about the life of Camille Claudel?  Were you happy to see the Brentano Quartet back at Princeton?  What was your favorite part of the evening?   As always, we want to know about your experience, and so do others.

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TALK BACK: Chicago Symphony Winds

Feb 13, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Chicago Symphony Winds,

Did you attend our concert featuring Chicago Symphony Winds?  What did you think?  When is the last time you heard Mozart's "Gran Partita?" How did you feel about a large scale wind concert?  Did you attend the pre-concert talk?  Did you stay for the Late Night Chamber Jam?  As always, we want to know about your experience, and so do others. 


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Amateur Wind Players join the Chicago Symphony Winds

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TALK BACK: Stefan Jackiw & Anna Polonsky

Feb 06, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Stefan Jackiw & Anna Polonsky,

Did you attend our concert featuring Stefan Jackiw and Anna Polonsky?  What did you think?  Did you know about the cancellation of Isabelle Faust & Alexander Melnikov before arriving at the concert?  Was this concert a good substitution? What did you think of the program?  Would you want to hear these artists again? As always, we want to know about your experience, and so do others. 

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Breaking News: Canceling Camille Claudel Film TONIGHT

News | Feb 02, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Breaking News: Canceling Camille Claudel Film TONIGHT,

BREAKING NEWS...

We are sorry for the last minute change but we have just been informed by the University that plummeting temperatures and high winds are going to make travel conditions hazardous tonight. Due to the icy forecast, we are canceling this evening's movie screening at Taplin Auditorium.

We will go ahead as planned with the screening next week on Monday, February 9; however, we will be showing the movie originally scheduled for this evening (Camille Claudel starring Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani).  This movie is more closely aligned with the piece of music that inspired Jake Heggie's Camille Claudel: Into the Fire that will be premiered on our series on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by the Brentano String Quartet and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.  Once again, Caroline Harris, Associate Director for Education at the Princeton University Art Museum, will introduce the film next week and give insight into its historical accuracy.

We apologize for any inconvenience this change might cause.  Please stay safe.  We hope to see you next Monday.

Learn more about the life of sculptor Camille Claudel in a movie screenings shown in collaboration with the Princeton University Art Museum.  Bruno Nuytten's 1988 masterpiece Camille Claudel examines the artist's early career and stormy relationship with her mentor and lover, Auguste Rodin.  Caroline Harris, Associate Director for Education at the Princeton University Art Museum, will introduce both films and give insights into their historical accuracy. After the films, Dr. Harris will be available for questions and further discussion.

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Breaking News: Faust/Melnikov Cancel.  Violinst Stefan Jackiw & Pianist Anna Polonsky to Step In

Jan 30, 2015 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Breaking News: Faust/Melnikov Cancel.  Violinst Stefan Jackiw & Pianist Anna Polonsky to Step In,

Violinist Isabelle Faust, originally scheduled to appear on the Princeton University Concerts Series with her longtime duo partner Alexander Melnikov on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 8:00PM, has had to cancel her appearance due to illness that has prevented her from traveling to the United States. She will be replaced by the young and upcoming virtuoso violinist Stefan Jackiw who will play a duo program with pianist Anna Polonksy of works by Ravel, Witold Lutoslawski, Kaija Saariaho and Franck.  The date and time of the concert will remain the same.  Current ticket holders with questions should call the Concert Office for information at 609-258-2800.

We are disappointed not to be able to hear Faust and Melnikov but given the fast and international trajectory of their career we feel certain that our audiences will have the opportunity to hear them in Princeton in a future season.  This cancellation gives us a chance to introduce our audience to a pair of artists who are among the most remarkable players of today’s generation of musicians. Jackiw’s playing is marked by poetry and purity combined with an impeccable technique, which is description one might also have ascribed to Isabelle Faust.  We were lucky to find this pair available on such short notice and think the audience is in for a real treat.  READ MORE>

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Calling all amateur oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon players.  We want you!

Dec 11, 2014 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Calling all amateur oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon players.  We want you!, Members of the Chicago Symphony Winds will sight-read a Mozart Serenade with amateur wind players following their concert on February 12, 2014

Members of the Chicago Symphony Winds will sight-read a Mozart Serenade with amateur wind players following their concert on February 12, 2014

We are pleased to offer another Late Night Chamber Jam.  This time for wind players - specifically oboes, clarinets, horns and bassoons.  Princeton University Concerts will be presenting the Chicago Symphony Winds on Thursday, February 12 at 8PM at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.   Following the concert will be a jaw-dropping opportunity for amateur wind players (oboes, horns, bassoons and clarinets) of all ages and levels to join the CSO musicians on stage to sight-read Mozart Serenade in E-flat. Tickets to the CSO Winds 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. Concert attendees are welcome to stay and listen to the reading.  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 CHICAGO SYMPHONY WINDS
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 CSO Winds 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.

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TALK BACK: Ébène Quartet.  What did you think?

Nov 07, 2014 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Ébène Quartet.  What did you think?,

Did you attend our concert featuring Ébène Quartet?  What did you think?  How did they compare to other quartets we've presented?  Did you like the mix of classical and jazz?  What was your favorite part of the evening?  As always, we want to know about your experience, and so do others.

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Meet Lucas Amory & Meet The Music

Oct 30, 2014 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Meet Lucas Amory & Meet The Music,

Meet Lucas Amory, a gifted 12-year-old pianist who plays the piano.  In "The Magical World of Maurice Ravel" Lucas appears as a young pianist who is struggling to play a piece by Ravel.  He has a dream in which the composer himself appears and explains the musical mysteries of his magical-sounding music. To learn more about Lucas and the role he will be playing in the concert, watch the video posted on the right side of this page.  MORE INFORMATION>

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12-year-old Lucas Amory will appear with the musicians of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

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Five Questions: Talking with the Ébène Quartet

Oct 24, 2014 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Five Questions: Talking with the Ébène Quartet,

Princeton University Concerts is pleased to present the Princeton debut of the acclalimed Ébène Quartet on November 6, 2014 at 8pm at Richardson Auditorium.   This exciting young ensemble brings a program of Haydn and Schumann as well a mix of jazz standards. 

PUC:  You’ve been described by The New York Times as a “string quartet that can easily morph into a jazz band.”  Have you always incorporated jazz into your programs?

RM (Cellist Raphael Merlin): Yes, more or less. Since the very beginning we used to do an arrangement of any jazz, pop or traditional standard, which we played as an encore. Later it became a complete side of our activity, especially when we started to play with drummer Richard Héry in complete jazz programs. We also sometimes combine classical and jazz in two halves, then only as a pure quartet.

PUC:  You have also been known to sing on stage from time to time.  How did you discover you were all also such talented singers?

RM: We just love to sing together, anywhere anytime just for fun (while driving, eating, or in karaoke evenings...) but also while practicing the classical repertoire for which it is very useful. And then we did few choir arrangements.

PUC:  Can you tell us a bit about what we can expect to hear on your Princeton program?

RM: Well this will be exactly that kind of combination I just mentioned: after the two classical pieces (Haydn and Schumann) and the intermission, we'll play an ensemble of jazz, pop and tango standards. Let's see how the inspiration of the moment could make this evolve! And hopefully people will like it!

PUC:   Have you been to Princeton before?  Are you looking forward to your visit?

RM: It will be our first time and yes we're very much looking forward to it! American audiences are always very reactive and younger than in Europe!

PUC:   If you weren't musicians what careers do you think you would have pursued?

RM:

Pierre: Farmer
Gabriel: actor/imitator
Mathieu: Cook or Agent (Sports or Art)
Raphaël: scientist

Don’t miss the Ébene Quartet on Thursday, November 6 at 8pm at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.  A musical preview featuring the Princeton Pianists Ensemble takes place at 7pm and is free to ticketholders.  For tickets, please call 609-258-9220 or BUY TICKETS NOW >

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The Magical World of Maurice Ravel - Watch the Video

Oct 24, 2014 | By Princeton University Concerts,
The Magical World of Maurice Ravel - Watch the Video,

Looking for a way to expose your child to classical music?  He or she can MEET THE MUSIC at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on Saturday, November 8 when we will kick off our popular series of family concerts featuring musicians from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  In these hour-long programs, host Bruce Adolphe makes music acccessible and fun.  In The Magical World of Maurice Ravel a young pianist who is struggling to play a piece by Ravel has a dream in which the composer himself appears and explains the musical mysteries of his magical-sounding music. Will the young pianist play better upon awakening?  Find out what happens—and learn the secrets of Ravel’s entrancing music.

Need a preview of the coming atraction?  Watch the video on the right of the screen.

Tickets are just $5 for kids, $10 for adults - one the best deals in town.  But both of our concerts sold out last season so don't delay.  Buy your tickets today.

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Meet the Music at Richardson Auditorium on November 8 at 1pm.

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TALK BACK: Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer.  What did you think?

Oct 10, 2014 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer.  What did you think?,

Did you attend our concert featuring Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer?  What did you think?  Should we present more concerts like this?  Do you have ideas about who we should bring to Princeton?  Was this your first time in Richardson?  As always, we want to know about your experience, and so do others.

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Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer visit Princeton on October 9...here's a preview of what you can expect.

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TALK BACK: Emerson Quartet.  What did you think?

Oct 03, 2014 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Emerson Quartet.  What did you think?,

Did you attend our concert featuring the Emerson String Quartet?  What did you think of the new cellist?  Do you have any thoughts about how they sound now versus before the change?  Did you attend the pre-concert talk and did it enhance your concert going experience?  Did you take advantage of our free cookie/beverage service?  Should we continue it?   As always, we want to know about your experience.

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VIDEO PREVIEW:  Here’s a little teaser…what you can expect on October 9

Oct 01, 2014 | By Princeton University Concerts,
VIDEO PREVIEW:  Here’s a little teaser…what you can expect on October 9,

Take a moment to take a look at the latest work by our student videographer Lydia Cornett.  Cick on the video to the right to get a sense of what you can expect on October 9 when virtuosi musicians, mandolin player Chris Thile and bass player Edgar Meyer appear together in Richardson Auditorium on October 9.  For more information on the concert CLICK HERE>  Happy viewing!

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Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer visit Princeton on October 9...here's a preview of what you can expect.

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Five Questions: Talking with the Emerson String Quartet

Sep 22, 2014 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Five Questions: Talking with the Emerson String Quartet, The Emerson String Quartet will open the Chamber Music Series on October 2.

The Emerson String Quartet will open the Chamber Music Series on October 2.

A longtime favorite of Princeton audiences, the Emerson String Quartet returns to our series on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 8pm with a program of Haydn, Beethoven and Ravel.  This will be the quartet’s first performance in Princeton with new cellist Paul Watkins.  Here, violinist Eugene Drucker answers our 5 questions:

PUC:  This will be your first time performing in Princeton with new cellist Paul Watkins.  How has the Quartet evolved since Paul joined?

ED:  Any change of membership would result in a different collective sound to some extent, but the cello provides the foundation of a string quartet sound. I would say that we now have a somewhat darker, rounder tone, and our approach to questions of tempo might be a bit mellower or more flexible than before. We all still desire to play with incisive articulation and drive, so I believe that listeners will recognize certain hallmark characteristics of the Emerson Quartet in its new incarnation.

PUC:  Do you have plans for new recordings?

ED:  We are currently involved with two recording projects: a Britten/Purcell CD, with Britten’s Second and Third Quartets as well as Purcell's Chacony (as edited by Britten) and four of his Fantasias. We had never played any Purcell before Paul Watkins joined the quartet. The other project is Berg’s Lyric Suite, with the previously concealed voice part for the sixth movement sung by Renée Fleming, plus five sonnets by Elizabeth Barrett Browning in Rilke’s translation, set for soprano and string quartet by Egon Wellesz, who lived around the same time as Berg.

PUC:  You’ll be performing quartets by Haydn, Beethoven and Ravel in Princeton.  Can you tell us a bit about how you all put together a program? 

ED:  Sometimes there are more or less obvious connections between the works on our programs, but I would say in this case that the operative principle is contrast. Haydn’s Op. 33, No. 5 is generally optimistic and bright in color and texture, with the exception of a declamatory, operatic slow movement, an aria in the parallel minor key. Beethoven’s Op. 95 is dark, brooding, and uncompromising. The first movement particularly is a case study in concision. The Ravel Quartet is remarkable for its sensual appeal, achieved through a kaleidoscopic palette of colors and dreamy harmonies, except in the outer sections of the dancelike second movement and in the jagged, propulsive finale, which is mostly in the asymmetrical time signature of 5/8.

PUC:  If you weren’t musicians, what professions do you think you would have pursued?

ED:  I might have tried to become a college professor of English and Comparative Literature (which was my major at Columbia University), and also would have aspired to become a professional writer. I’ve published one novel (“The Savior”) and, if I weren’t a musician, probably would have found the time and concentration to produce more fiction.

PUC:  Who are some young string quartets you are following these days?

ED:  We’re following the Escher, Calidore, Amphion, Dover, Danish, Wasmuth, and Attacca, among others!

Don’t miss the Emerson String Quartet at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on Thursday, October 2 at 8pm.  A pre-concert talk given by Professor Scott Burnham takes place at 7pm and is free to ticketholders.  Click here for more information. All regularly priced tickets are sold but a handful of obstructed view seats can be bought through the box office by calling 609-258-9220.

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TALK BACK: Meryl Streep and the Takács String Quartet.  What did you think?

Sep 20, 2014 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Meryl Streep and the Takács String Quartet.  What did you think?, Meryl Streep and the Takács Quartet acknowledging Philip Roth in Richardson Auditorium

Meryl Streep and the Takács Quartet acknowledging Philip Roth in Richardson Auditorium

Did you attend our concert featuring Meryl Streep and the Takács Quartet?  It was an experimental way of opening our season and, as always, we want to know what you thought.  Did the pairing of words and music work?  Do you like this kind of inter-disciplinary programming? Have you ever seen Meryl Streep perform in this kind of context?  Did you hear the words of Philip Roth differently in this context? Please take a few moments to tell us about your experience.

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A Princeton student talks about Meryl Streep and the Takács Quartet

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Speaking with Philip Roth

Sep 07, 2014 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Speaking with Philip Roth, Author Philip Roth will participate in a conversation with Emeritus Professor Michael Wood

Author Philip Roth will participate in a conversation with Emeritus Professor Michael Wood

On Friday, September 19 at 7:30pm, Princeton University Concerts will open our 2014-15 season at Richardson Auditorium with a performance featuring the Takács String Quartet and Meryl Streep.  The program will feature readings from Philip Roth's novella Everyman, interspersed with works for string quartet including Schubert's Death and the Maiden and music by Arvo Pärt.   Here Philip Roth talks to us about this very special program, which is happening only in Princeton:


PUC: Can you tell me a little bit about your relationship with Meryl Streep?

PR: Meryl and I know each other slightly but my relationship to her is as another of her astonished admirers. Of all of our American acting marvels, she is the most profound. To misappropriate a line from "Othello," I would walk barefoot to Palestine to watch her perform.

PUC: What is your personal connection to music? 

PR: The immediacy of the pleasure of music, its existence as a wholly other reality apart from the world of words, the way it fulfills some unknown need--well, I will miss it sorely when I'm gone.

PUC: How do you envision this collaboration will be different than the last one?

PR: Since I have lengthened the narration for this performance, I think the audience will get a fuller sense of the book's preoccupation with assailability: with the accumulation of physical insults, the extinguishing of vitality, and the vulnerability inherent to living. The book is the story of a marked man. All are marked.  Death marks everyone. To my mind the gravest line written in English between Chaucer and Shakespeare is this one from the medieval morality play, "Everyman": "O Death, thou comest when I had thee least in mind."

For more information on this event, click here.  Tickets to this event are completely sold out.  If any tickets become available, they will be sold at the Richardson Auditorium Ticket Office starting at 5:30pm on September 19.  A stand-by line will open at Richardson Auditorium at 5:30pm for any available tickets.

Philip Roth will also participate in a class taught by Professor Michael Wood offered by the Princeton Adult School that will explore the major themes of Philip Roth's Everyman.  To register for the course, or for more information, visit the Princeton Adult School website or call them at 609-683-1101.

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Michael Wood & Philip Roth: A course with Princeton Adult School

Aug 07, 2014 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Michael Wood & Philip Roth: A course with Princeton Adult School, Author Philip Roth will participate in a conversation with Emeritus Professor Michael Wood

Author Philip Roth will participate in a conversation with Emeritus Professor Michael Wood

Princeton University Concerts is once again pleased to be collaborating with the Princeton Adult School.  Over the course of two evenings this Fall - September 15 and 16 - Professor Michael Wood, the Emeritus Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923 Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton University, will explore the central themes of Philip Roth's novella Everyman.  On the second evening, Philip Roth will join the discussion via Skype, as will Edward Dusinberre, the first violinist of the Takács String Quartet.  Phillip Roth's Everyman was described by The New York Times as a the story of a "multi-divorced advertising man grappling with family estrangement, illness and death."  Professor Michael Wood will explore the central themes of Roth's book, bringing his own perspective and rich experience to the class discussion.  Class participants are then invited to attend a special performance hosted by Princeton University Concerts on Friday, September 19 in Richardson Auditorium when excerpts of the book will be read by actress Meryl Streep, and paired with works for string quartet by Arvo Pärt and Schubert played by the Takacs String Quartet. This unique collaboration features some of the most brilliant, creative and interpretive artist of our time.  Space in this class will be limited, especially to those who want to attend the concert.  Participants may attend the class on its own, or purchase tickets to the concert as part of the registration to the course.

RESERVATIONS FOR THE CLASS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON AUGUST 15 ON THE PRINCETON ADULT SCHOOL WEBSITE.

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Brentano String Quartet & Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato - NOW ON SALE!

Jul 31, 2014 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Brentano String Quartet & Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato - NOW ON SALE!, Brentano String Quartet & Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato appear together on February 18, 2015

Brentano String Quartet & Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato appear together on February 18, 2015

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, 3 of our Special Events are now on sale ONLINE ONLY.  Please use the links below for more information or to buy tickets now.

TAKÁCS STRING QUARTET and MERYL STREEP, Narrator
Friday, September 19, 2014 at 7:30PM • RIchardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
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CHRIS THILE, Mandolin and EDGAR MEYER, Bass
Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:30PM • RIchardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
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BRENTANO STRING QUARTET and JOYCE DIDONATO, Mezzo-soprano
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:30PM • RIchardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
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Announcing the 2014-2015 Season!  “Musical Dream Teams”

Jul 31, 2014 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Announcing the 2014-2015 Season!  “Musical Dream Teams”,

Dear Friends,

Every spring, I have the pleasure of announcing the next season of PUC artists. We work very hard through the fall and winter to assemble the best possible programs, and unveiling the details of what’s next comes with all the pride and excitement of presenting a great gift to a good friend.
The 2014-15 season is particularly special because it clearly reflects the core values and mission of PUC: excellence; discovery; innovation; and community. Twelve performers will make their PUC debuts next year. They range from countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, a Princeton alumnus and a rising star in the world of vocal performance, to Marc-Andre Hamelin, one of the great pianists of our time.

The season is dotted with what we are calling "musical dream teams," artistic collaborations whose sums are even greater than their renowned parts. Georgian violin virtuoso Lisa Batiashvili joins the dynamic English pianist Paul Lewis for a rare joint appearance. Superstar mandolinist Chris Thile, whose sold-out show was a highlight of 2013, will return to perform with another genre-bending musician, bassist Edgar Meyer.

Determined to push the boundaries of “chamber music” and to explore all facets of music’s transformative potential, we bring you another event exclusive to PUC. The Takács String Quartet will join actor Meryl Streep, reading from Philip Roth’s novella Everyman, in a program that explores music, death, and the meaning of life. This unique collaboration brings together some of the most brilliant and creative interpretive artists of our time.

After a few seasons of searching for the perfect wind ensemble to bring to the Richardson stage, we are pretty sure we’ve found it. The winds of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will play Mozart’s Gran Partita, a sublime piece that Antonio Salieri likened to “hearing the voice of God.” Following the concert will be a jaw-dropping opportunity for amateur musicians of all ages and abilities to join the CSO musicians on stage to read a symphony: another great late-night chamber jam aimed at bringing together campus and community.
As always, all of these programs are offered at one of the lowest ticket prices around, making PUC programs accessible and unique.  Enjoy!

TO VIEW THE COMPLETE SEASON BROCHURE, CLICK HERE.

Marna Seltzer
Director of Princeton University Concerts

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Chris Thile, Mandolin & Edgar Meyer, Bass

Feature | Jul 31, 2014 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Chris Thile, Mandolin & Edgar Meyer, Bass, Chris Thile, Mandolin & Edgar Meyer, Bass will appear on October 9, 2014

Chris Thile, Mandolin & Edgar Meyer, Bass will appear on October 9, 2014

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, 3 of our Special Events are now on sale ONLINE ONLY.  Please use the links below for more information or to buy tickets now.

TAKÁCS STRING QUARTET and MERYL STREEP, Narrator
Friday, September 19, 2014 at 7:30PM • RIchardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall 
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CHRIS THILE, Mandolin and EDGAR MEYER, Bass
Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:30PM • RIchardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
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BRENTANO STRING QUARTET and JOYCE DIDONATO, Mezzo-soprano
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:30PM • RIchardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
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Announcing the 2014-2015 Season!  “Musical Dream Teams”

News |Feature | May 02, 2014 | By Marna Seltzer, Director of Princeton University Concerts
Announcing the 2014-2015 Season!  “Musical Dream Teams”, Actress Meryl Streep will open the 2014-2015 season with the renowned Takács String Quartet.

Actress Meryl Streep will open the 2014-2015 season with the renowned Takács String Quartet.

Dear Friends,

Every spring, I have the pleasure of announcing the next season of PUC artists. We work very hard through the fall and winter to assemble the best possible programs, and unveiling the details of what’s next comes with all the pride and excitement of presenting a great gift to a good friend.
The 2014-15 season is particularly special because it clearly reflects the core values and mission of PUC: excellence; discovery; innovation; and community. Twelve performers will make their PUC debuts next year. They range from countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, a Princeton alumnus and a rising star in the world of vocal performance, to Marc-Andre Hamelin, one of the great pianists of our time.


The season is dotted with what we are calling "musical dream teams," artistic collaborations whose sums are even greater than their renowned parts. Georgian violin virtuoso Lisa Batiashvili joins the dynamic English pianist Paul Lewis for a rare joint appearance. Superstar mandolinist Chris Thile, whose sold-out show was a highlight of 2013, will return to perform with another genre-bending musician, bassist Edgar Meyer.


Determined to push the boundaries of “chamber music” and to explore all facets of music’s transformative potential, we bring you another event exclusive to PUC. The Takács String Quartet will join actor Meryl Streep, reading from Philip Roth’s novella Everyman, in a program that explores music, death, and the meaning of life. This unique collaboration brings together some of the most brilliant and creative interpretive artists of our time.


After a few seasons of searching for the perfect wind ensemble to bring to the Richardson stage, we are pretty sure we’ve found it. The winds of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will play Mozart’s Gran Partita, a sublime piece that Antonio Salieri likened to “hearing the voice of God.” Following the concert will be a jaw-dropping opportunity for amateur musicians of all ages and abilities to join the CSO musicians on stage to read a symphony: another great late-night chamber jam aimed at bringing together campus and community.
As always, all of these programs are offered at one of the lowest ticket prices around, making PUC programs accessible and unique.  Enjoy!

TO VIEW THE COMPLETE SEASON, CLICK HERE.

Marna Seltzer
Director of Princeton University Concerts

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Subscriptions to the 2014-2015 season will go on sale on Friday, March 28, 2014.  Online ordering is not possilbe until the end of April.  To order a subscription, please call 609-258-2800. Single tickets to Takács String Quartet/Meryl Streep and Chris Thile/Edgar Meyer will go on sale ONLINE ONLY on August 1, 2014.  All other single tickets will go on sale Tuesday, September 2, 2014.  Please continue to check the website for more information on the 2014-2015 season.

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Thank You for a great 2013-2014 Season

May 02, 2014 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Thank You for a great 2013-2014 Season,

FOR WELCOMING THESE
GREAT ARTISTS TO PRINCETON

Were you at our final concert last night featuring Piotr Anderszewski?  Many people have asked what the encore was.  It was Bartók's 3 Hungarian Folksongs from the Tsik District

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts about the concert, or anything about the entire season.  And come back for more!

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Joyce DiDonato to return in the 2014-2015 season with the Brentano Quartet.

Apr 30, 2014 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Joyce DiDonato to return in the 2014-2015 season with the Brentano Quartet.,

Fast on the heels of the enormous success of mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato’s first recital appearance on the Princeton University Concerts series this season, and following the end of the Brentano String Quartet’s residency at Princeton, PUC is pleased to offer audiences a way to hear both of these great artists again…together!  This musical dream team will join forces for the Princeton premiere of Camille Claudel: Into the Fire, a song cycle for Mezzo-soprano and String Quartet written by composer Jake Heggie with lyrics by Gene Scheer Heggie, on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:30pm at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.  The work focuses on the tragic demise of the genius sculptor and lover of Rodin, Camille Claudel. Claudel’s career ended when she was confined to a mental hospital for the last three decades years of her life. Her involuntary incarceration, which many considered unnecessary, almost doomed her to obscurity.  The piece, which received its world premiere in San Francisco, was called “a heartbreaker,” by The San Francisco Chronicle, and was described as “a score of deep, squishy sentimentality and enormous beauty.”  When asked what attracted him to Camille Claudel, composer Jake Heggie said “ I am consistently drawn to stories about transformative quests for identity. Claudel’s story is of a woman struggling to be known on her own, and on her own terms, for the genius that she was given. It touches on elements of feminism, on the art world, on judgments of the public versus the internal life of the artist, and on mental illness.  In the end, Camille [Claudel] does triumph, because her sculptures love and dance and sing.” The complete program follows:

CHARPENTIER  Suite in D Minor
DEBUSSY   String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10
JAKE HEGGIE  Camille Claudel: Into the Fire (Princeton premiere)

This event is currently on sale to all subscribers, and can be bought online or by calling the Frist Campus Center Box Office at 609-258-9220.  They are open Monday- Friday, 10AM-6PM.  BUY TICKETS NOW>

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TALK BACK: Gallicantus.  What did you think?

Apr 28, 2014 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Gallicantus.  What did you think?,

Were you at one or both of our concerts featuring Gallicantus?  We presented an unusual weekend of concerts - two performances by Gallicantus in two new spaces for us - Procter Hall at the Graduate College and Miller Chapel at the Theological Seminary.  Did you attend one or both of these concerts?  As always, we want to know about your experience. Did the new venues work? Did you have any trouble finding them or parking? What did you think about the program(s)?  Or the ensemble? Should we program more events like this one?

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us.

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FREE SCREENING: “The Unquiet Traveller,” a documentary about pianist Piotr Anderszewski

Apr 10, 2014 | By Princeton University Concerts,
FREE SCREENING: “The Unquiet Traveller,” a documentary about pianist Piotr Anderszewski,

In the lead up to our closing concert featuring the phenomenal Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski, Princeton University Concerts will offer a free screening of “The Unquiet Traveller,” a documentary directed by Bruno Monsaingeon about the thoughtful and enigmatic Anderszewski.  The screening will take place on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 6:30pm at Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall. In this documentary, Piotr Anderszewski offers us his most utter feelings and reflections. Bruno Monsaingeon has spent a great part of his life making movies about the greatest musicians of our times. Each of his movies is the outcome of many years spent with the artist (Glenn Gould, Yehudi Menuhin, David Oïstrakh) or, on the contrary, the result of a sudden impulse or of a love at first sight, which is the case, for Piotr Anderzsewski.  Somewhere on the borderline between documentary and fiction, this road-movie’s setting is a winter journey through Poland to Budapest, in a train in which the pianist has taken his grand piano.  From Warsaw to Budapest, through Zakopane and Poznan, Piotr Anderszewski rediscovers his native country at the slow pace of the train, gives some concerts, and invites us to come with him.  All along this film his shares his most inner thoughts about music and about his qualms, revealing his true nature: generous but tormented.

The screening is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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VIDEO TALK BACK:  Princeton student Paul von Autenried talks about the Nash Ensemble

Apr 04, 2014 | By Princeton University Concerts,
VIDEO TALK BACK:  Princeton student Paul von Autenried talks about the Nash Ensemble,

Did you hear the Nash Ensemble in Richardson Auditorium?  Unusual repertoire!  Did you like the program?  What did you think of the world preimiere of the piece by Princeton graduate composer Viet Cuong? As always, we want to know about your experience.

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts with us.

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