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Unmasking the Arts: New Conversation Series

Apr 25, 2021 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Unmasking the Arts: New Conversation Series,

ANNOUNCING NEW CONVERSATION SERIES

We will take a moment to reflect on the hope and resiliency inherent within the performing arts and the pandemic’s impact on the role of the arts in our society in a new series of weekly conversations hosted by multidisciplinary artist and WNYC host Helga Davis.

Topics include examining how the music industry contributes to and can address issues of climate change; the role of the arts within the context of social justice; how politics play into evolving cultural values; shaping the future of the performing arts, and more. The series aims to harness the thoughtful intent that has arisen from this far-reaching moment in our history and ensure that we unmask the arts mindfully and beneficially as we transition into a post-pandemic world.

Participants include New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist Anthony McGill, pianist and co-director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Wu Han, MacArthur Genius award winning opera and theater director Yuval Sharon, revolutionary violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, New York Times art critic Jason Farago with former Washington Post music critic Anne Midgette and New York Review of Books associate editor Maya Chung, Grammy and MacArthur Genius award winning musician Rhiannon Giddens and others. 

Episodes will be released weekly on Tuesdays at 7PM (EDT) on our YouTube and Facebook channels. Subscribe to these channels for updates. 

EPISODE 1: WITH CLARINETIST ANTHONY MCGILL STREAMING LINK>

EPISODE 2: WITH VIOLINIST PATRICIA KOPATCHINSKAJA STREAMING LINK>

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Episode 1: Clarinetist Anthony McGill joins Helga Davis to reflect on a time of pandemic.

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APRIL FOOLS!

Mar 31, 2021 | By Princeton University Concerts,
APRIL FOOLS!,

Happy April Fool's Day!

May the force of laughter be with you today—and to help, we have (truly) put together a special April Fool's Day Playlist featuring humorous music on Spotify, and a video playlist of our favorite music spoofs on YouTube. Access them at the links below. Enjoy!

SPOTIFY PLAYLIST>

YOUTUBE PLAYLIST>

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Spring 20-21 Highlights

Jan 26, 2021 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Spring 20-21 Highlights,

Princeton University Concerts is excited to expand our digital offerings for the remainder of the 2020/21 season to replace planned in-person concerts, many of which will be rescheduled to future seasons.

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VIRTUAL MUSIC MEDITATION
Our Live Music Meditation series is coming to a podcast format! Enjoy breath-size episodes and monthly group listening sessions and conversations with participating musicians.

CONVERSATION SERIES
Join multidisciplinary artist and WNYC host HELGA DAVIS for conversations with artists who have confronted and adapted to the challenges posed by COVID-19, focusing on the resiliency and hope inherent within the performing arts, and the impact this time will have on the arts in our society in future.

SING FOR TODAY
The GRAMMY Award-winning mezzo-soprano JOYCE DIDONATO responds to current events and global concerns through the lens of song and conversation in this video series calling on great songs to permeate profound events of the present day. Previous videos can be viewed here.

NEXT WATCH PARTY: LEADING LADIES

Sunday, March 28 • 3PM EDT
Celebrate Women's History Month with a program that showcases some of today's "leading ladies" in classical music. MORE INFO>

Jess Gillam, Saxophone
Bridget Kibbey, Harp
Cristina Pato, Bagpipes
Ksenjia Sidorova, Accordion

Information about all of these initiatives and more will be posted on our upcoming newly redesigned website, to be launched very soon. Stay tuned!

VIEW THE SPRING ANNOUNCEMENT>

 

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“Sing for Today” by Joyce DiDonato, a digital initiative

News | Dec 21, 2020 | By Princeton University Concerts,
“Sing for Today” by Joyce DiDonato, a digital initiative,

We are pleased to share the second installment of our Sing for Today digital video initiative with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. Sing for Today features DiDonato responding to current events and global concerns through the lens of song and conversation in a series of short videos.

To mark the end of a very turbulent year, DiDonato tunes into our shared need for stillness by offering a rendition of “Silent Night” with guitarist Àlex Garrobé in the second installment.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE>

The first episode of Sing for Today tapped into the energy of the general election and featured DiDonato singing “This Land Is Your Land” and talking with Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller and student leaders of the Poll Hero Project: Kai Tsurumaki (Princeton Class of 2023) and Saika Islam (University of Michigan Class of 2021). Future episodes of Sing For Today will feature DiDonato singing and in dialogue with people from a variety of different backgrounds, calling on great songs to permeate profound events of the present day.

Joyce DiDonato appears by kind permission of Warner Classics/Erato.

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Joyce DiDonato tunes into our shared need for stillness by offering a rendition of “Silent Night” with guitarist Àlex Garrobé.

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Fall 2020 Update: Reuniting Through Music

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

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

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

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

Watch Parties with PUC Artists

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

Performers Up Close

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

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Announcing the 2020-2021 Season

News |Feature | Mar 27, 2020 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Announcing the 2020-2021 Season,

Seeing old friends, communal moments, discovering and rediscovering new worlds —
these are all things that social distancing makes more difficult right now, but all things which we can look forward to in the season to come! It is bittersweet to make this exciting announcement during such an uncertain time, but we hope that getting a taste of the treats that await might be both a welcome distraction and an important reminder of music’s powerful constancy. There is much to look forward to! 

We also know that it is difficult to plan ahead during this unusual time, so we will delay our subscription sales accordingly. In the meantime, browse our online brochure and enjoy getting to know these musicians and their music together with us by listening to the second Spotify playlist in our Collaborative Listening Project, featuring highlights from the upcoming season. ENJOY!

VIEW THE 2020-2021 SEASON>

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Announcing the Princeton University Concerts Collective Listening Project!

Mar 23, 2020 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Announcing the Princeton University Concerts Collective Listening Project!,

JOIN US as together we create a virtual concert hall! While we miss listening to live music in person with you, we will continue to curate listening experiences related to the music and musicians of the Princeton University Concerts family. Listen in anytime, from the comfort of your home!

HOW IT WORKS
We will regularly post a new playlist on our Princeton University Concerts Spotify Profile. If you are not already a Spotify user, it is easy to sign up for a free account here. Click the "Follow" button on our profile for the most up-to-date access to our playlists. We recommend downloading Spotify's desktop platform or mobile app for easiest use.

WHAT'S IN STORE
We began with playlists related to our current and upcoming (!) seasons, curated by the Princeton University Concerts team. We hope that this will be a fun way to relive our collective musical memories, connect with musicians whose concerts we didn't get to experience, and look forward to some of the music that awaits us in future.

We have also asked musicians and other members of our extended family to curate playlists for you, sharing their thoughts on their selections and revealing another side of their musicianship.

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COVID-19 Updates

Mar 19, 2020 | By Princeton University Concerts,
COVID-19 Updates,

3.19.2020 Update:

Dear friends,

It has been incredibly reaffirming to witness music taking on an even more pronounced role in our everyday lives, helping us remain connected to each other, and buoying our spirits. Organizations and musicians alike have been finding creative ways to keep us all engaged in the necessary beauty of art. I certainly find comfort in that as I make the difficult announcement that Princeton University Concerts will be canceling the remainder of the 2019-2020 season. This includes: Performances Up Close with pianist Conrad Tao & tap dancer Caleb Teicher (April 7); the Dover String Quartet Live Music Meditation and Concert (April 16); and the season finale with baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist Jan Lisiecki (April 30).

A decision made in accordance with both University and government policies, this cancelation will help ensure the safety of our local and artistic community in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though these social distancing measures are vital, the toll that they have taken on professional musicians who are dependent on freelance work is profound, and will have lasting effects on the classical music industry at large. The team at Princeton University Concerts is working hard to mitigate these effects both in the short and long-term. We are working to honor financial commitments to artists whose concerts have been canceled, and providing additional paid opportunities for remote engagement with our community—stay tuned for these new initiatives!

We are also dedicated to honoring our commitment to you, our loyal patrons. Ticket refunds will be issued automatically to the original form of payment. For anyone who is able to, we are also providing the option of donating your tickets as a tax-deductible contribution to directly support our artists during this difficult time. We are so grateful for, and touched by, your help and encouragement.

I hope that you, too, have been feeling music’s bottomless capacity for hope and joy. And although we are bringing our season to a premature close, we are all the more excited for all of the music that awaits us in future. We can’t wait to share what next season holds in store with you!

In the meantime, stay healthy, stay hopeful, and stay listening!

With sincere affection,

Marna Seltzer

Director

3.11.2020 Update:

Dear Friends,

As many of you might know, Princeton University has issued a series of precautionary measures in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak in order to facilitate and encourage social distancing practices through April 5, 2020. For Princeton University Concerts, an organization whose mission it is to connect people through live performance, the impact of this policy is substantial. While we continue to thoroughly explore options, the health and safety of our community remains our priority. To that end, Princeton University Concerts is canceling three concerts through April 5: Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard (March 14), Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Mitsuko Uchida (March 26), and Benjamin Beilman with Andrew Tyson (April 2). Once the University reassesses its policies in the coming weeks, we will issue further announcements about the remainder of our season. We share your disappointment, and thank you for your understanding as we all do our part in protecting and supporting one another in these unsettling times.

We do, however, have every reason to stay positive. We are confident that music will continue to bring us together before long. Music’s power to heal, comfort, and reinvigorate is more apparent now than ever—and as we step back from our daily routines, we can all use a moment to enjoy and listen. Please stay tuned for some exciting surprises in store, as we adapt and brainstorm creative ways to connect you to our artists remotely and explore rescheduling possibilities.

In the meantime, we will be in touch with current ticketholders separately regarding ticket refund and donation options. As cancelations of performances and gatherings become more widespread in the wake of COVID-19, the financial impact on artists and presenters around the world is becoming a harsh reality. We hope that you might support our mission during this difficult time, and please consider donating your ticket(s) as a tax-deductible gift to Princeton University Concerts. We are committed to ensuring that we can continue to enjoy world-class performers at ticket prices that are merely a fraction of the actual cost of the performances and are grateful for your help preserving this integral part of our mission.

We are in our 126th year of music making, and chamber music continues to thrive and form our personal histories. This too shall pass!

Stay healthy everyone, and see how many classical tunes you can sing during your 20-second hand washing! 

With sincere affection,

Marna Seltzer
Director

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Keep the Music Going

Mar 16, 2020 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Keep the Music Going,

Our Dear Princeton University Concerts Family,

As we all begin to spend more and more time indoors, we can—as always—count on music's ability to fill and sustain our inner worlds. While we miss sharing live performances with you and are working on ways to remotely connect you with our artists and provide other curated experiences, including our Collective Listening Project on Spotify, we wanted to share an initial list of online live performances that you may enjoy in the meantime. We will continue to add to this list in the coming weeks, so if you stumble upon other resources, please use the comment section below to share them with us.

For fans of our Live Music Meditation series, Matthew Weiner from the Princeton University Office of Religious Life is offering free meditation instruction via Zoom every weekday. Join a 10-minute meditation every weekday except Thursday at 4PM EST at this link, and a 40-minute meditation every Thursday at 12:30PM EST at this link.

Thank you for playing your part (pun very much intended) in keeping our community safe. Please stay healthy, and keep those 20-second-classical-music-handwashing tunes going!

With optimism and gratitude,
Team Princeton University Concerts

 

BERLIN PHILHARMONIC DIGITAL ARCHIVE
The Berlin Philharmonic and its invited guests continue to play for you in the Digital Concert Hall, free of charge to everyone

METROPOLITAN OPERA
Watch free, full Live in HD recent Met Opera productions nightly. PLUS:

Saturday April 25, 1PM EST - Sunday April 26, 6:30PM EST: An At-Home Gala featuring more than 40 leading artists performing in a live stream from their homes all around the world.

IGOR LEVIT, Piano
The PUC veteran pianist gives daily Twitter concerts, 2PM EST.

Catch Igor as part of the Virtually Gilmore festival for a program of Beethoven on Wednesday, May 5, at 2PM EST.

CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
Free digital archives from the group who opened our season

VIRTUAL PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA
Every Thursday night at 8 PM ET, the Philadelphia Orchestra and music director Yannick Nezét-Séguin share a past or previously unreleased performance.

JOYCE DIDONATO, Mezzo-Soprano
Starting March 25, daily check-in at 2PM ESt with Joyce on her youtube page

April 6-8: FREE access to Joyce's recent masterclasses at Carnegie Hall at MediciTV

THE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
Free digital archives from the group who opened our season

92Y, New York City
Daily livestreams

WQXR
A daily "Listening Challenge," geared toward school-age kids and their families

WIGMORE HALL
Catch some PUC familiar faces in the video concert library, now free to all

CARAMOOR CENTER
The culmination of the New York Festival of Song, performed and live-streamed on March 15, 2020

BUDAPEST FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
Each night at 1:45PM EST, members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra give an online "Quarantine soirée" live chamber music concert.

CELLISTS!
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is playing short pieces that give him comfort and posting regularly on twitter, facebook and instragram. Search for hashtag #SongsofComfort. Fellow cellist Gautier Capuçon, on lockdown in Paris, is posting daily doses of Bach on twitter. Alisa Weilerstein has embarked on a #36daysofBach project – each day a different movement of Bach’s six Cello Suites streaming performances on twitter, instagram and facebook.

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC

Each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. EST, the New York Philharmonic will post video of a past performance on Facebook.

LINCOLN CENTER AT HOME

Lincoln Center Presents presents rarely seen video from decades of Live From Lincoln Center, more recent performances from across their campus, family initiatives, and live streams from wherever performances are still happening – empty halls, living rooms, and more.

HOPE@HOME

Violinist Daniel Hope invites artists and friends to his living room for spontaneous concerts - of course with the required safety distance - every evening until April 7 at 1PM EST.

MUSIC NEVER SLEEPS NYC

Watch excerpts from the 24-Hour Music Video Livestream Marathon Event featuring many members of the PUC family including the Brentano Quartet, Jeremy Denk, Béla Fleck, Jennifer Koh, Pablo Sáinz Villegas, Gil & Orli Shaham, Chris Thile, and more.

BORIS GILTBURG, Piano

The pianist's series of live "Lunchtime Concerts" are more like "Breakfast Concerts" for us on the East Coast, at 7AM EST, though they remain posted later in the day. They are available on Facebook and Twitter.

GSTAAD DIGITAL FESTIVAL

Concert highlights, backstage interviews and masterclasses from the renowned Gstaad Menuhin Festival, including Sir Andras Schiff, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Fazil Say, Sol Gabetta, Jonas Kaufmann, Bobby McFerrin, and more.

PIANO MASTERS

Deutsche Grammophon marked #WorldPianoDay on March 28 with live performances including Maria João Pires, Rudolf Buchbinder, Evgeny Kissin, Víkingur Ólafsson, Jan Lisiecki, and Daniil Trifonov, from living rooms around the world. You can experience some of the performed repertoire through their curated playlist.

JEREMY DENK, Piano

In a series of events exploring J.S. Bach’s life and his most iconic work, Denk will draw audiences into the technical, musicological, cultural and philosophical elements involved in his own approach to this deeply personal work, and look at how these timeless themes and shared aspects of the human experience can help to unite us in these divided times.

“What you find here is completely new, rejuvenating, alive,” Denk says of Well-Tempered Clavier. “It doesn’t bother tugging at your heartstrings, it just enters your bloodstream.”

AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Join the ACO for an immersive Digital Season featuring new recordings, live streamed performances, access to archival and never-released footage, specially curated playlists, in-depth interviews and more. This page is updated every Monday with new content for the week ahead.

ISABELLE FAUST, Violin

Violinist Isabelle Faust live-streamed a solo Bach recital on April 5 from Leipzig’s Thomaskirche, the church where JS Bach was Kapellmeister from 1723 until his death in 1750. The spine-tingling 60-minute concert, reminiscent of her performance in the Princeton University Chapel, is on Arte.tv, free to view until July 4.

PIERRE BOULEZ SAAL (Berlin)

A regularly updated selection of past concerts from the hall's "Intermission" series, each available for a few days.

NEW WORLD SYMPHONY

Director Michael Tilson Thomas will moderate discussions with New World Symphony Fellows, alumni, guest artists and visiting faculty about recorded performances from their archives. Their personal reflections will offer unique insights into the streamed concerts. And beginning Friday, March 20, New World Symphony Fellows will play live, informal chamber music concerts from their homes in Miami Beach. 

CURTIS IS HERE

Join the Curtis Institute of Music weekdays at 12PM EST for a new YouTube video series. Curated around themes that change weekly, the “Curtis Is Here” initiative features videos of favorite or rarely seen Curtis performances accompanied by welcoming commentary from members of the Curtis community. There's a new release each weekday, Monday through Friday, and all releases remain online for viewers to explore anytime. Curtis will also broadcast full-length concerts from the Student Recital Series, Ensemble 20/21 season, and more on Fridays at 8 p.m. EST.

STEINWAY LUNCHTIME CONCERTS

Every day, great pianists and Steinway friends will invite you to their home and play exclusively for you. Whether classical, jazz, pop or film music - be inspired, be entertained and enjoy!

UPSTREAMING: THE FISHER CENTER'S VIRTUAL STAGE

Each Wednesday UPSTREAMING will release new content, including digital commissions and beloved performances from Bard's Fisher Center archives.

BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT HOME

Great Performances from the BSO Archives released daily; orchestral behind-the-scenes videos; and BSO musicians share what life is like offstage while they #stayathome.

SEATTLE SYMPHONY

The Seattle Symphony is continuing to share performances that provide strength, comfort and joy, including family programming. The musicians of the Seattle Symphony have also generously volunteered to share free broadcasts with everyone during this time of uncertainty.

HOME MUSIC BERLIN: CONCERTS IN QUARANTINE

The Schinkel Pavillon (Berlin) is opening its unexpectedly vacated exhibition space for a concert series in isolation. You can find the live broadcast every Monday and Friday at 2:30PM EST, including many PUC fan favorites including Christian Tetzlaff and Tabea Zimmermann.

QCHAMBERSTREAM

Founded by Dorn Music and BFMI in early April 2020, this new streaming channel for quality chamber music features cutting edge soloists and chamber ensembles performing live for an audience using high-quality technology. Revenue from tickets sales support the artist directly. 

VIRTUALLY GILMORE

A series of streaming and archived performances, April 22 – May 5 2020, from one of the world's premiere piano festivals. Catch PUC veteran Igor Levit live on Wednesday, May 5, at 2PM EST. 

JONATHAN BISS, PIANO

May 20 at 7PM EST: Jonathan Biss plays a benefit concert in support of Artist Relief Tree. 

RENÉE FLEMING, SOPRANO

Tuesdays at 5PM EST: Renowned soprano and arts & health advocate Renée Fleming is launching a series of webinars called Music and Mind Live with Renée Fleming. The online series features the acclaimed singer and National Medal of Arts honoree in conversation with scientists and practitioners working at the intersection of music, neuroscience, and healthcare. Experts in fields such as childhood development, healthy aging, pain and anxiety management, and rehabilitation will share their findings, and episodes will include live Q&A from viewers.

WQXR: HERITAGE & HARMONY

A Video series featuring leading musicians of Asian descent performing modern and traditional works by Asian composers in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and beyond, curated by Princeton alumna Donna Weng Friedman and featuring PUC musicians including Conrad Tao and Stefan Jackiw.

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Mark Your Calendars: 2020-2021 Season!

News | Mar 02, 2020 | By Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk, '15, Marketing and Outreach Manager
Mark Your Calendars: 2020-2021 Season!,

Our 2020-2021 season announcement is coming soon on Thursday, March 26, 7PM at Richardson Auditorium, and everywhere else on March 27! In the meantime, you can mark your calendars:

CONCERT CLASSICS (8PM)

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Wednesday, November 11, 2020*

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Wednesday, April 7, 2021*

Thursday, April 15, 2021

*NEW! We're bringing some Concert Classics love to a couple of Wednesdays next season. Trust us: the musicians will be worth it. And, you know, it will be Thursday somewhere...

PERFORMANCES UP CLOSE (6PM & 9PM)

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Thursday, April 22, 2021

ALL IN THE FAMILY (1PM)

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Saturday, March 13, 2021

RICHARDSON CHAMBER PLAYERS (3PM)

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Stay tuned for more...

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Announcing the Neighborhood Project: A New Educational Initiative

News |Feature | Jan 09, 2020 | By Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk, '15, Marketing and Outreach Manager
Announcing the Neighborhood Project: A New Educational Initiative, Stefan Jackiw rehearses with students at the Trenton Central High School Orchestra.

Stefan Jackiw rehearses with students at the Trenton Central High School Orchestra.

A NEW OUTREACH PROGRAM LAUNCHES IN TRENTON

The new initiative builds on Princeton University Concerts’ mission to facilitate access to the world’s greatest musicians, launching with a partnership with public schools in Trenton, NJ. A collaboration with The Gustavo Dudamel Foundation and Trenton Arts at Princeton, the five-year pilot program both brings Princeton University Concerts artists to Trenton’s public schools, and brings Trenton’s public school students to recitals at Princeton University Concerts. Some of the artists participating in this year’s launch include violinist Stefan Jackiw, pianist Conrad Tao, and tap dancer Caleb Teicher.

Princeton University Concerts is expanding the legacy of Gustavo Dudamel’s residency last season to launch the Neighborhood Project: an educational initiative designed to connect musicians on Princeton University Concerts’ series and students from neighboring underserved communities. Building on Princeton University Concerts’ mission to facilitate access to the world’s greatest musicians, the new five-year pilot program launches in the 2019-20 season in a partnership with the Trenton Central High School. The Neighborhood Project is a collaboration with Trenton Arts at Princeton, and is generously supported by The Gustavo Dudamel Foundation, expanding the opportunity to experience music for as many children and communities as possible, and by individual donations.  Thanks to the generosity of our funders, The Neighborhood Project is fully funded for 5 years. After the 5-year launch of the program, we expect that the program will generate new funds to continue on its own.

Princeton University Concerts’ Neighborhood Project provides interested students rehearsal, concert, and backstage access to artists on the series. Select performers, part of PUC’s 2019-20 season, will also visit the Trenton Central High School prior to their concerts at Richardson Auditorium, giving an informal performance, playing alongside the students during ensemble rehearsals, engaging in a Q&A, and – by popular demand – posing for selfies. Artists participating in the 2019-20 season include violinist Stefan Jackiw, pianist Conrad Tao, and tap dancer Caleb Teicher. After his visit to the Trenton Central High School Orchestra’s rehearsal this fall, Jackiw commented how much he enjoyed spending the day with the “talented, inspiring, and fun orchestra students,” an experience that reaffirmed his belief that “the future is bright.”

Speaking of the launch, Princeton University Concerts Director Marna Seltzer shared:

“Although formally conceived this year, our Neighborhood Project has been in the works for many seasons. I consider this type of program to be crucial in fulfilling our commitment to providing arts access for every member of our extended community, and especially for our youth. Watching Stefan Jackiw interact with students in the Trenton High School Orchestra during the soft launch of this initiative was one of the highlights of our year. The rapt silence with which the high schoolers listened to Stefan’s performance of Bach after they had bonded with him over instrument care woes was magical. Seeing so many of them in the audience at his recital in Richardson Auditorium the next evening, and the excitement with which they flocked to him backstage, was the cherry on top. I am very much looking forward to witnessing this spark again and again as we continue to bring a diverse lineup of musicians to participate in this initiative.”

The Neighborhood Project follows on the heels of Gustavo Dudamel’s residency at Princeton University Concerts during the 2018-19 season. Maestro Dudamel, the Music & Artistic Director of the LA Philharmonic, made community engagement central to his residency activities. In addition to visiting the Trenton Central High School Orchestra students and working with students in local music programs, Maestro Dudamel’s residency culminated in a free concert at the Trenton War Memorial. Support from The Gustavo Dudamel Foundation is earmarked for two specific areas of The Neighborhood Project:  Support for the Trenton Youth Orchestra (a member group of Trenton Arts at Princeton) and support for the new Trenton Arts fellowship, which will enable a select cohort of Princeton students to pursue arts service projects in collaboration with the Trenton Public Schools.  Princeton University Concerts’ Neighborhood Project continues in the spirit of Maestro Dudamel’s residency, and will continue to do so for years to come.

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Happy Holidays!

Dec 12, 2019 | By Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk, '15, Marketing and Outreach Manager
Happy Holidays!,

2019 has been an incredible year, as we transitioned from our 125th anniversary celebration with artist-in-residence Gustavo Dudamel to our vibrant 126th season, closing with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the piano in a reimagination of Schubert's Winterreise. If you're already feeling nostalgic, you can listen to some of the music you've heard on this Spotify playlist.

2020 promises to be all the more exciting, as we both continue our celebrations with another anniversary—Beethoven's 250th birthday—and embrace the new and unexpected: from welcoming new artists to our stage to hearing new works by contemporary composers. Make sure to check out what's in store by clicking here. Can't wait? Whet your appetite by checking out some of the music in store on this Spotify playlist.

But what's timeless: our love for the extraordinary music that brings us all together and brings joy to our lives, year after year.

Thank you for being a part of our Princeton University Concerts family, and wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

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Single Tickets Now On Sale!

Jul 22, 2019 | By Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk, '15, Marketing and Outreach Manager
Single Tickets Now On Sale!,

Single tickets to all Princeton University Concerts’ (“PUC”) 2019-20 season events are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased at princetonuniversityconcerts.org, and by phone at 609-258-2800. Prices range just $5-10 students/$25-55 general for concerts featuring some of the most revered musicians of our time.

Highlights include the rare opportunity to hear Philadelphia Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the piano in a reimagining of Schubert’s beloved song cycle Winterreise, sung by PUC-favorite mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato; jazz legend pianist Brad Mehldau alongside tenor Ian Bostridge; and the debut of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with the inimitable Mitsuko Uchida leading from the keyboard. Not available as part of subscription packages, the audience-favorite Performances Up Close series—hour-long concerts with audience seated onstage—is also now available for purchase. This year’s programs focus on “The Artist as Improviser,” and feature live improvisations by the Vision String Quartet, pianist Gabriela Montero, and pianist Conrad Tao with tap dancer Caleb Teicher.

In addition to presenting the greatest talent in the world for the lowest prices in town, PUC continues to expand its free programming. The Live Music Meditation series, which received international acclaim last season in features by The New York Times and Performance Today, will return with pianist Brad Mehldau, violinist Stefan Jackiw, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, and the Dover String Quartet. Details about these events and more – including partnerships with the Princeton Public Library and the Princeton Garden Theatre – will be announced in the fall.

Tickets will be available for purchase in person at the Frist and Lewis Arts Complex campus box offices after the start of the Princeton University academic term.

2019/20 CONCERTS AT A GLANCE>

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TALK BACK: ÉBÈNE QUARTET

May 03, 2019 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: ÉBÈNE QUARTET,

Thank you for celebrating our 125th anniversary with us.  What a way to end! What are your thoughts about the Ébène String Quartet? This is your last chance to sign our guestbook. Please share your thoughts with us and others about our final quartet or about anything you experienced this season by using the comment section below. Your feedback means a lot and we would love to have your memories from this banner year.

Also check out our 2019-20 season, which will go on sale soon.

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A Fond Goodbye to Gustavo Dudamel

Apr 30, 2019 | By Princeton University Concerts,
A Fond Goodbye to Gustavo Dudamel,

Our hearts are full as we bid a fond farewell to Gustavao Dudamel, our first Artist-in-Residence of our 125th Annversary Season.  Our community has been buoyed by his energy, inspired by his talent, and swept away by his mission. As we collect thoughts, pictures, videos from all who came into contact with Maestro Dudamel, don't forgot to read the commemorative program that memorializes the residency by clicking here.  And, even more importantly, please share your thoughts and anything else you think other would like to see, with us by commenting below.  Thank you for joining us on this remarkable journey!

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TALK BACK: Australian Chamber Orchestra

Apr 12, 2019 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Australian Chamber Orchestra,

We loved having the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Paul Lewis back in our home.  It was a gorgeous evening of music! Equally exciting was the chance to share with you the details of our newly announced 2019/20 season!

As always, we want to hear your thoughts. Did you like the concert and what do you think of the new season?  Is there anything specific that you are looking forward to? Share your thoughts by signing our virtual guest book by clicking the link below.

Use hashtag #celebrating125yearsofmusicmaking to keep the party going on social media, and post your comments at the below to help us bring our celebratory season to an end.

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Announcing the 2019/20 Season!

Apr 11, 2019 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Announcing the 2019/20 Season!,

With our 126th season, we are reaffirming our roots as one of the country’s oldest and boldest chamber music series, and channeling the exuberant scope of our 125th anniversary celebration with an exciting season that stays closer to home. We are celebrating American musicians and composers from the very opening of our season when The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents a “New World Spirit” program, all the way through to the spring when “the young American string quartet of the moment” (The New Yorker), the Dover Quartet, makes its Princeton University Concerts debut.

We are paying tribute to this moment in our history—including both Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, and music by several living composers, including two newly commissioned works by Grammy nominated composer Anna Clyne and already legendary living composer Frederic Rzewski. We are continuing our commitment to providing immersive experiences, both programmatic (Charles Ives’ complete violin sonatas performed by violinist Stefan Jackiw and Jeremy Denk) and an all-Beethoven program with the Melnikov/Faust/Queyras trio) and experience-centric (on-stage concerts, mini-residencies, and on campus-partnerships).

We are pushing the boundaries of genre and identity—welcoming jazz legend pianist Brad Mehldau alongside beloved tenor Ian Bostridge and introducing conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin as a pianist with vocal superstar Joyce DiDonato.

And we are always thinking about our ever expanding definition of chamber music by crossing cultures to bring Ensemble Basiani, the State Choir of Georgia, in the glorious splendor of the Princeton University Chapel.

As always, we are both reuniting and growing our star-studded PUC family, welcoming back many fan favorites and introducing over ten debuts.

Here’s to the next 125 years!

VIEW THE COMPLETE 2019/20 SEASON>

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TALK BACK: Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Polina Leschenko

Mar 29, 2019 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Polina Leschenko,

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja has made her PUC debut with her favorite partner Polina Leschenko. The program was unusual. The music making was different than anything we've presented in a long time. What did you think? Share your thoughts by signing our virtual guest book by at the link below.

Use hashtag #celebrating125yearsofmusicmaking to keep the party going on social media, and post your comments at the link below to continue the fun.

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Chamber Jam Registration Now Open!

Mar 14, 2019 | By Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk, '15, Marketing and Outreach Manager
Chamber Jam Registration Now Open!,

Calling amateur string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players of all levels and ages!

Join members of the Berlin Philharmonic in a FREE community sight-reading fest on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 8PM in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. All players of orchestral instruments are invited to jam with members of one of the world’s greatest orchestras, reading the first two movements of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 “Pastoral” in the eighth annual Princeton University Concerts Chamber Jam. This incredible chance for anyone in the community to “jam” with the pros is always one of Princeton University Concerts' most popular offerings.

Although the Chamber Jam is free, advanced registration is required to participate and can be completed HERE, or by calling the our office at 609-258-2800. Capacity is limited; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

More Info>

 

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Sign the guest book: Joyce DiDonato

Mar 11, 2019 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Sign the guest book: Joyce DiDonato,

Our 125th anniversary celebration continued on Sunday with the incomparable Joyce DiDonato, the most often requested artist of our celebratory season. We loved continuing our year-long party with you and with this concert. It was a wonderful reminder of the inherent communal joy in live music-making.  We'd also ove to know your thoughts about the performance.  Sign our virtual guest book by using the space below.

Use hashtag #celebrating125yearsofmusicmaking to keep the party going on social media, and post your comments at the link below to continue the fun.

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TALK BACK: Steven Isserlis & Connie Shih

Mar 01, 2019 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Steven Isserlis & Connie Shih,

Steven Isserlis has finally made his PUC debut.  We'd love to know what you thought of the performance and of the program.  And for those of you who asked...the encore was the second of Schumann's 5 Pieces in Folk Style, Op. 102.

Pliease use the space below to share your thoughts.

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TALK BACK: Schubert Octet Up Close

Feb 19, 2019 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Schubert Octet Up Close,

Thank you for taking the time to experience Schubert Octet with us. Our goal in conceiving the new "Up Close" experience was to bring you as close to this monumental chamber work as possible. We hope that the experience continues to reverberate for you, and that we might extend the intimacy of the experience by asking for your help one last time. Please use the space below to share your reflections on the evening. It will help us as we plan for future Up Close concerts.

One last note: If you missed the booklet that was handed out on your way out of the concert hall, we encourage you to read it here.

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Sign the guest book: Gabriel Kahane

Feb 15, 2019 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Sign the guest book: Gabriel Kahane,

Thanks for joining us and Gabriel Kahane as we continued our Crossroads Series. It was such a pleasure to see so many new faces in the audience.  It was a reminder of music's innate ability to create community.

We would love to hear what you thought of the Gabriel Kahane's Book of Travelers, and maybe even the talk a the Princeton Public Library if you attended.  Was it the first time you've heard Gabriel Kahane? Would you want to hear more concerts like this one?  Should we bring Gabriel Kahane back to campus?  Please use the space below to sign our guestbook and share your thoughts.

We are now eagerly looking forward to the third concert in our Crossroads Series when mandolinist Avi Avital joins bass player Omer Avital in mash up of Moroccan, North African, Israeli, and Mediterranean musical traditions filtered through a blend of jazz and classical idioms

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TALK BACK: Messiaen Up Close

Feb 07, 2019 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Messiaen Up Close,

Thank you for taking the time to experience Messaien's Quartet For The End Time with us on Wednesday evening. Our goal, in conceiving the new "Up Close" experience, was to bring you as close to this monumental chamber work as possible. We hope that the experience continues to reverberate for you, and that we might extend the intimacy of the experience by asking for your help one last time. Please share your reflections below. It will help us as we plan for future Up Close concerts.

One last note: If you missed the booklet that was handed out on your way out of the concert hall, we encourage you to read it here.

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TALK BACK: Martin Fröst, Clarinet & Henrik Mawe, Piano

Dec 13, 2018 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Martin Fröst, Clarinet & Henrik Mawe, Piano,

We hope that you enjoyed the long awaited debut of clarinetist Martin Fröst and his collaborator Henrik Mawe. It was our last hurrah of the 2018 calendar year but there is much more to come in 2019, as we continue to celebrate our 125th annivesary.

EXPLORE THE ENTIRE 2018-19 SEASON>

Use hashtag #celebrating125yearsofmusicmaking to keep the party going on social media, and sign our guestbook!.
You can add your thoughts below to continue the fun.

For those of you who asked about the encore. It was a improvisation based on a Brahms Hungarian dance with some Swedish/Klezmer flare. The arrangement was made by Martin's little brother, Goran.

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

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Sign the Guestbook: Gustavo Dudamel Residency Opening Celebration

Dec 04, 2018 | By Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk, '15, Marketing and Outreach Manager
Sign the Guestbook: Gustavo Dudamel Residency Opening Celebration,

What a historic weekend in our 125th anniversary season! Thank you for helping us welcome our "guest of honor," Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, to campus as he launched his residency at Princeton University Concerts. It was such a joy to see the community come together for the three concerts, two public discussions, art exhibition, and a range of other events that celebrated music as a force of unity, collaboration, and inspiration.

There is still much to which to look forward, with Maestro Dudamel's next campus visit just one month away. Check out this residency schedule to start planning how you'll keep the party going. In the meantime, take a moment to sign our guest book and share your experience of this past weekend.

What does Maestro Dudamel's residency mean to you? What did you take away from his visit? What were some highlights for you? We would love to hear from you.

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Schubert Up Close: share your reflections

Oct 19, 2018 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Schubert Up Close: share your reflections,

Thank you for taking the time to celebrate Schubert's sublime masterpiece with us on Wednesday evening. Our goal, in conceiving the new "Up Close" experience, was to bring you as close to this glorious chamber work as possible. We hope that the music continues to reverberate for you, and that we might extend the intimacy of the experience by asking for your help one last time.  Please use the comment section below to share your reflections on the evening.  It will help us as we plan for the 2 remaining Up Close concerts in the series.

If you missed the booklet that was handed out on your way out of the concert hall, we encourage you to read Edward Dusinberre's remarkable essay on the Schubert Quintet here.

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Sign the guest book: Jerusalem Quartet

Oct 12, 2018 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Sign the guest book: Jerusalem Quartet,

We hope that you enjoyed opening night of the 125th Concert Classics Series. Thanks for joining us and for helping us to kick off our year long party.  This is just the beginning...and you have a standing invitation to join us for much more to come!

Use hashtag #celebrating125yearsofmusicmaking to keep the party going on social media, and sign our guestbook!.
You can post your thoughts below
 
Cheers to sharing some of the most beautiful chamber music ever written together, and to all that lies ahead!

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The musicians discuss their upcoming tour as a sextet

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Quartet 212 to replace Simón Bolivar String Quartet

Oct 07, 2018 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Quartet 212 to replace Simón Bolivar String Quartet,

Due to an unfortunate combination of injury and recently escalated geopolitical circumstance, the Simón Bolívar String Quartet, originally scheduled to perform at Princeton University Concerts on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 2PM in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, is unable to perform as part of the Gustavo Dudamel: Artist-in-Residence series. Maestro Dudamel—making his Metropolitan Opera debut this season—has invited Quartet 212, an ensemble featuring principal members of the MET Orchestra, to replace them. 

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

The concert will be followed by a public discussion between Maestro Dudamel and musicologist Don Michael Randel to discuss art as a vehicle for social change throughout the world. Dr. Randel is currently Chair of the Board of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has previously served as the president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University of Chicago, among other prestigious positions. The public discussion is free to all ticketholders.

Tickets are $30 General/$10 Students, available online or by phone at 609-258-9220.

For more information, click here.

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Quartet 212 plays Mozart Clarinet Quintet

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Thanks for coming to our party!

Sep 24, 2018 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Thanks for coming to our party!,

THANKS FOR COMING TO OUR PARTY!

Celebrating the start of our 125th anniversary with you, Bobby McFerrin, Gimme5 and the Princeton University Glee Club was the perfect way to launch our year-long party. The jubilant, palpable excitement throughout the entire concert was such a wonderful reminder that there is truly so much to celebrate this year. This is just the beginning...and you have a standing invitation to join us for much more to come!

Use hashtag #celebrating125yearsofmusicmaking to keep the party going on your own social media, and post your comments below to continue the fun.

Cheers to sharing the most beautiful together, and to all that lies ahead!

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Gustavo Dudamel Residency

Aug 30, 2018 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Gustavo Dudamel Residency,

In addition to the series of concerts curated by the maestro, Gustavo Dudamel—the 2018-2019 Artist-in-Residence—will come to campus in a range of roles that showcase his dedication to revolutionizing music's capacity to bring people together and serve as a platform for world change.  These include:

  • - Panel discussions, public talks and interdisciplinary colloquia on a range of current issues.

  • - Events featuring students of El Sistema music education program across the United States

  • - Art exhibits, including the Bernstein Gallery at the Woodrow Wilson School

  • - Celebrations of Latin American culture, including Venezuelan folk music and a salsa dance party

And much more...

A full residency schedule will be announced in October. Events that have already been announced can be viewed here.

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BREAKING NEWS: Announcing the winners of the 2018 Creative Reactions Contest

May 01, 2018 | By Princeton University Concerts,
BREAKING NEWS: Announcing the winners of the 2018 Creative Reactions Contest, Sebastian Cox's winning sculpture reacted to a performance of Joby Talbot's Path of Miracles, performed in the Princeton University Chapel by Tenebrae Choir.

Sebastian Cox's winning sculpture reacted to a performance of Joby Talbot's Path of Miracles, performed in the Princeton University Chapel by Tenebrae Choir.

The Creative Reactions Contest is one of Princeton University Concerts’ (“PUC”) programs aimed at engaging Princeton University students in classical music. The fourth annual reiteration of this contest included two categories: Creative Writing and Visual Arts. 75 students signed up for the Creative Writing category, attending a range of concerts throughout the first half of the 2017-18 season. 20 students enrolled in the Visual Arts category, attending a performance by the Tenebrae Choir at the Princeton University Chapel in March. All students were asked to creatively respond to and relay their experience of hearing live chamber music. As in past years, submissions were anonymous and could use any written form for the Creative Writing category – including free verse, prose, poetry, narrative, and lyrics – and any medium that could be digitally submitted for the Visual Arts category.

We are excited to announce that after three rounds of judging, there are four winners in the Creative Writing category and one winner in the Visual Arts category. In the Creative Writing Category, Sang Lee ‘18 was awarded first place ($500); Diana Chao ‘21 and graduate students Xin Rong Chua and Jason Molesky each received honorable mention ($100). In the Visual Arts category, Sebastian Cox ‘18 was the inaugural and only winner, also winning $500.

The community is invited to hear the winning submissions read and displayed in a pre-concert event on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:00PM at Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Excerpts from the music to which the winners reacted will be interspersed throughout the readings. This event will be followed by PUC’s final concert of the year at 8PM with cellist Truls Mørk and pianist Behzod Abduraimov. For more information about both events, click here.

While participants in the Visual Arts category were limited to one concert by the Tenebrae Choir, the winning submissions in the Creative Writing category react to a range of concerts. Lee’s first-place poem and Chua’s honorable mention short story were both inspired by Shostakovich and the Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy, a multimedia theatrical realization featuring the Emerson String Quartet and actors, including Len Cariou and Jay O. Sanders. The other two honorable mentions reacted to a recital by bagpipe virtuoso Cristina Pato (Chao) and a performance by violinist Jennifer Koh (Molesky).

"The Creative Reactions Contest,” says Princeton Emeritus Professor Scott Burnham, “has been a marvelous motivator for many evocative and provocative poems and essays. I’ve been lucky enough to act as a judge since the contest’s inception, and it has been just about the most gratifying assignment you can imagine. People like to say that words can never capture the fleeting yet profound effects of music.  Yet for those of us who love both music and language, it’s a powerful temptation to try to find words to describe what music does for us.  The students we are honoring with these awards have found such words.”

To read a complete press release on this announcement click here.

VIEW THE WINNING SUBMISSIONS HERE>

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TALK BACK: Lawrence Brownlee

Apr 12, 2018 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Lawrence Brownlee,

Thanks for coming to hear Lawrence Brownlee's PUC debut.  We haven't presented a tenor in many years, and we want to know more about your experience. Did you enjoy the concert?  What was your favorite part?  How about the program?  Are you a fan, or was this your first time hearing him?  We hope you will use the space below to share your thoughts.

We hope to see you again next season when we will present mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and vocalist Bobby McFerrin. SEE THE FULL SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT>

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TALK BACK: Sir András Schiff

Mar 29, 2018 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Sir András Schiff,

For the first time maybe ever, we presented an artist who played 3 encores!  In a generous program that spanned two and half hours, Sir András Schiff made his PUC debut.  What was your experience?  Are you a fan, or was this your first time hearing him?  We hope you will use the space below to share your thoughts, and to maybe comment on the other big news of the evening....the announcement of our 125th anniversary season.  SEE THE FULL SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT>

For those wondering about the encores:

BACH Allegro from the Italian Concert, BWV 971
MENDELSSOHN  Songs without Words, Op. 19, No. 1
MENDELSSOHN Spinning Song from Songs without Words, Op. 67

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Announcing the 2018-19 Season!  Celebrating 125

Mar 16, 2018 | By Princeton University Concerts,
Announcing the 2018-19 Season!  Celebrating 125,

Mark your calendars! 

Our 125th Anniversary Season is well underway with dozens of concerts and related events, many of the free.  Click here to browse our the fulll season brochure. Click here to see all of our concerts.  And click here to see all of our "Beyond the Music" events, including Live Music Meditation; Talks at the Princeton Public Library; and more.  Hope you join us!

A full press announcement can be found here.

 

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TALK BACK: Tenebrae

Mar 16, 2018 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Tenebrae,

Concertgoers, we want to hear what you thought of Tenebrae!  Please use the space below to share anything that you want to say about your experience hearing the Tenebrae Choir, or of the Late Night Chamber Jam.

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TALK BACK: Brentano Quartet

Feb 16, 2018 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Brentano Quartet,

The Brentano Quartet returned to Princeton with an unusual program.  We'd love to know what you thought.  Did you like the pairing of the Schubert and Webern pieces?  If you attended the pre-concert talk by Professor Scott Burnham, did that help you make sense of what you heard, or change how you heard the music?  How about the rarely played Elgar Quintet? Have you heard it before?  Do you like it?  Should we have Jonathan Biss back in recital?  Lots of questions.  Use the space below to share your answers, or add your comments about whatever you want us to know.

And, by the way, if you haven't already told us your preference for the start time of our concerts, you can take a quick, two-question survey here.

Finally, if you haven't yet experienced our Performances Up Close series, you've got one more chance this season on February 28, 2018 when the Danish String Quartet will be here.  There are only a few tickets remaining.  Tickets are just $25, and they come with a free Scandinavian dance class!  Learn more here>

Thanks!

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TALK BACK: Jennifer Koh

Feb 09, 2018 | By Princeton University Concerts,
TALK BACK: Jennifer Koh,

Did you hear Jennifer Koh?  What was your experience of this program?  Did you like the two new works by Missy Mazzoli and Luciano Berio?  Did it make you rethihnk the Bach?  Did you go to Dancebreak?  We would love to know if that complimented your evening?

Please use the comment section below to share you thoughts.

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Tenebrae Choir: Late Night Chamber Jam

Feature | Jan 22, 2018 | By Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk, '15, Marketing and Outreach Manager
Tenebrae Choir: Late Night Chamber Jam,

Calling amateur singers of all levels and ages! After the Tenebrae Choir’s performance at Princeton University Concerts on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 8PM in the Princeton University Chapel, all are invited to sing along with the GRAMMY nominated, London-based ensemble in an informal reading of Anton Bruckner's sacred motet, "Os justi," in the seventh annual Princeton University Concerts Late Night Chamber Jam (at approximately 9:45pm).

This incredible chance to “jam” with the pros -- offered to the entire community, not only to concert ticketholders -- is always one of PUC’s most popular offerings. This season is the first time that the Late Night Chamber Jam centers around choral singing, making the event more accessible than ever before.

Reservations for the Late Night Chamber Jam are now closed, although anyone who wants to join the singers is welcome at the concert this evening.

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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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“Beyond the Music” Programming

Sep 21, 2017 | By Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk, '15, Marketing and Outreach Manager
“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. Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Jonathan Biss, Piano – Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 12:30PM. Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall (PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE WEATHER THE UNIVERSITY IS CLOSED AND THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED.  WE WILL MAKE OUR BEST EFFORTS TO RESCHEDULE)

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 Rehearsal Room, Lewis Arts complex.

Jennifer Koh, Violin – Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7PM-8:30PM. Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall.

Jonathan Biss, Piano – March 7, 2018 4PM-6PM. Lee Rehearsal Room, Lewis Arts complex. (PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE WEATHER THE UNIVERSITY IS CLOSED AND THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED.  WE WILL MAKE OUR BEST EFFORTS TO RESCHEDULE)

Lawrence Brownlee, Tenor – Friday, April 13, 2018  11AM-1PM. Lee Rehearsal Room, Lewis Arts complex.

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, 2018  7:30PM. In between concerts by Jennifer Koh, Violin. Class will be taught by Carlos Fittante.

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>

BUY CONCERT TICKETS NOW>

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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