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Live Music Meditation: Dover String Quartet Photo
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Live Music Meditation:
Dover String Quartet

Thursday, April 16, 2020, 12:30 PM Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

Experience world-class music more personally than ever before as you meditate to the playing of the Dover String Quartet, guided by Associate Dean Matthew Weiner, Princeton University Office Religious Life. This is a FREE, unticketed opportunity to indulge in attentive, focused, and mindful listening. No prior experience necessary.

Please note that capacity is limited, and there will be no late seating. We advise participants to arrive early. Doors to the hall will open at 12:00pm and will close once capacity is reached. The event will conclude by 1:30PM.

The Dover String Quartet will present a program of Mozart, Ravel, and Bartók in the evening. For concert tickets and further information, click here.

For more information about the Live Music Meditation experience, check out this New York Times feature and Performance Today segment.

Please be aware that this event may be photographed and/or filmed for promotional and archival purposes. By participating in the event, you consent to appearing in images resulting from the photography/video filming. Please see a staff member with any concerns.

“Here, nothing but the music exists. Here, people can access that state of the sublime more easily.”

- The Epoch Times
Live Music Meditation: Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello Photo
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Live Music Meditation:
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 12:30 PM Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

Experience world-class music more personally than ever before as you meditate to the playing of cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, guided by Associate Dean Matthew Weiner, Princeton University Office Religious Life. This is a FREE, unticketed opportunity to indulge in attentive, focused, and mindful listening. No prior experience necessary.

Please note that capacity is limited, and there will be no late seating. We advise participants to arrive early. Doors to the hall will open at 12:00pm and will close once capacity is reached. The event will conclude by 1:30PM.

Jean-Guihen Queyras will perform in the evening with violinist Isabelle Faust and pianist Alexander Melnikov, presenting a program of Beethoven's piano trios. For concert tickets and further information, click here.

For more information about the Live Music Meditation experience, check out this New York Times feature and Performance Today segment.

Please be aware that this event may be photographed and/or filmed for promotional and archival purposes. By participating in the event, you consent to appearing in images resulting from the photography/video filming. Please see a staff member with any concerns.

“By meditating and holding silence together, musicians and audience members alike are open to experiencing music in a new way. Gone are the inhibitions surrounding proper concert etiquette. Instead, a gift: thirty minutes to listen to the music onstage and the music within.”

- Performance Today
Live Music Meditation: Stefan Jackiw, Violin & Jeremy Denk, Piano Photo
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Live Music Meditation:
Stefan Jackiw, Violin

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 12:30 PM Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

Experience world-class music more personally than ever before as you meditate to the playing of violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Jeremy Denk, guided by Associate Dean Matthew Weiner, Princeton University Office Religious Life. This is a FREE, unticketed opportunity to indulge in attentive, focused, and mindful listening. No prior experience necessary.

Please note that capacity is limited, and there will be no late seating. We advise participants to arrive early. Doors to the hall will open at 12:00pm and will close once capacity is reached. The event will conclude by 1:30PM.

Stefan Jackiw and Jeremu Denk will perform in the evening, presenting a program of Charles Ives' complete violin sonatas. For concert tickets and further information, click here

For more information about the Live Music Meditation experience, check out this New York Times feature and Performance Today segment

Please be aware that this event may be photographed and/or filmed for promotional and archival purposes. By participating in the event, you consent to appearing in images resulting from the photography/video filming. Please see a staff member with any concerns.

“Here was music not as a text to be read nor a recreational drug to be consumed for mood management, but as an audible process of coming-into-being and fading-away. And, for a short while, listening turned into a state of pure receptivity: beginner’s ear.”

- The New York Times
Live Music Meditation: Brad Mehldau, Piano Photo
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Live Music Meditation:
Brad Mehldau, Piano

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 12:30 PM Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

Experience world-class music more personally than ever before as you meditate to the playing of pianist Brad Mehldau, guided by Associate Dean Matthew Weiner, Princeton University Office Religious Life. This is a FREE, unticketed opportunity to indulge in attentive, focused, and mindful listening. No prior experience necessary.

Please note that capacity is limited, and there will be no late seating. We advise participants to arrive early. Doors to the hall will open at 12:00pm and will close once capacity is reached. The event will conclude by 1:30PM.

Brad Mehldau will perform in the evening with tenor Ian Bostridge, presenting his own song cycle, The Folly of Desire, as well as Schumann's Dichterliebe. For concert tickets and further information, click here.

For more information about the Live Music Meditation experience, check out this New York Times feature and Performance Today segment.

Please be aware that this event may be photographed and/or filmed for promotional and archival purposes. By participating in the event, you consent to appearing in images resulting from the photography/video filming. Please see a staff member with any concerns.

“music wound its way through me as sound turned pure sensation.”

- The New York Times
“4” - a documentary about the Ébène String Quartet Photo
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“4” - a documentary about the Ébène String Quartet

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 7:30 PM Princeton Garden Movie Theatre, 160 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ

Program

A new partnership with the Princeton Garden Theatre offers another angle on our series' artists.

"4" - A documentary about the Ébène String Quartet by Daniel Kutschinski, followed by a post-screening Q&A with members of the quartet. Tickets are on sale now at the Princeton Garden Theatre.
 

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“The Artist in Society”: Gustavo Dudamel with Fintan O’Toole

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 8:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, Princeton University Concerts' 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence, joins Fintan O'Toole, one of Ireland's leading public intellectuals, for a conversation about "The Artist in Society." O'Toole is also a columnist for The Irish Times, and the Leonard L. Milberg ’53 visiting lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton University. The conversation will be chaired by Melissa Lane, Class of 1943 Professor of Politics and Director of the University Center for Human Values.

This event is hosted by the University Center for Human Values, as part of the Gustavo Dudamel campus-wide residency. 

Free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

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Chamber Jam with Ensemble Berlin Photo
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Chamber Jam with Ensemble Berlin

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 8:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

CALLING ALL AMATEUR STRING, WOODWIND, BRASS, AND PERCUSSION PLAYERS...

Join members of the Berlin Philharmonic in a community sight-reading fest of Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"! This is an annual opportunity for amateur musicians of all ages and levels to read music with artists on our season. This event is free, but reservations are required to participate.

At this point, we are at capacity.  We do expect things to change. Please CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE WAIT LIST, or call our office at 609-258-2800. This event is open to participants only.

Part of the Gustavo Dudamel Residency. For a complete public residency schedule, click here

ABOUT THE ANNUAL CHAMBER JAM

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

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

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

“Think of it like Roger Federer calling down a few fans from the stands at the U.S. Open to play doubles.”

- The Princeton Packet​

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Gustavo Dudamel Picks: “The Liberator” Photo
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Gustavo Dudamel Picks: “The Liberator”

Monday, April 22, 2019, 7:30 PM Princeton Garden Movie Theatre, 160 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ

Program

A new partnership with the Princeton Garden Theatre offers another angle on our series' artists. 

Gustavo Dudamel Picks: "The Liberator" - Selected by our 2018-19 Artist-in-Residence to introduce the "Art & Politics" segment of his residency, this film by Alberto Arvelo celebrates Simón Bolívar as a force of freedom throughout South America.  A Q&A led by Princeton Professor Robert Karl, whose field of study includes modern Latin American history, will follow.  Tickets are on sale now at the Princeton Garden Theatre.

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Mandolinist Avi Avital and Bassist Omer Avital in conversation at the Princeton Public Library Photo
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Mandolinist Avi Avital and Bassist Omer Avital in conversation at the Princeton Public Library

Monday, April 15, 2019, 7:00 PM Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ

Program

A new series of public talks with artists on the Crossroads Series, dedicated to music's uncanny capacity to tell stories and spark new conversations.  Mandolinist Avi Avital and Bassist Omer Avital will take part in a conversation about their partnership and upcoming concert on our series, moderated by Princeton University Professor Moulie Vidas. Attend this free conversation to get closer to the music and the musicians you love. FREE AND OPEN TO ALL.

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Live Music Meditation: Paul Lewis, Piano Photo
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Live Music Meditation: Paul Lewis, Piano

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 12:30 PM Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

Program

Experience world-class music more personally than ever before by meditating to live music performed by pianist Paul Lewis, guided by Associate Dean Matthew Weiner, Princeton University Office Religious Life.  No experience necessary. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Please note that capacity is limited, and there will be no late seating. We advise participants to arrive early. Doors to the hall will open at 12:00pm and will close once capacity is reached.

Tickets are still remaining for our concert featuring pianist Paul Lewis and the Australian Chamber Orchestra on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 8:00pm.  MORE INFO>

Please be aware that this event may be photographed and/or filmed for promotional and archival purposes. By participating in the event, you consent to appearing in images resulting from the photography/video filming. Please see a staff member with any concerns.

“Here was music not as a text to be read nor a recreational drug to be consumed for mood management, but as an audible process of coming-into-being and fading-away. And, for a short while, listening turned into a state of pure receptivity: beginner’s ear.”

- The New York Times, about the Live Music Meditation series

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CANCELED: Live Music Meditation: Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Violin Photo
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CANCELED: Live Music Meditation: Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Violin

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 12:30 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

This Live Music Meditation has been canceled. The next Live Music Meditation will be on Thursday, April 11 at 12:30PM with pianist PAUL LEWIS. 

Tickets are still remaining for our concert featuring violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and pianist Polina Leschenko on March 28, 2019 at 8:00pm.  MORE INFO>

“It was so moving to be able to experience chamber music up close, and with a group of people coming to the experience with a specific desire and intentionality to their listening.”

- Patron

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Singer-Songwriter Gabriel Kahane in conversation at the Princeton Public Library Photo
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Singer-Songwriter Gabriel Kahane in conversation at the Princeton Public Library

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 7:00 PM Princeton Public Library, Community Room, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ

Program

Singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane will take part in a public discussion, moderated by Princeton University Professor Simon Morrison, about his upcoming concert on our series and using music as an attempt to rediscover our collective humanity in the face of all that seeks to separate us. Attend this free conversation to get closer to the music and the musicians you love. FREE AND OPEN TO ALL.

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Film Screening: “The Charm of Impossibilities”

Sunday, February 3, 2019, 3:00 PM Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ

Program

A film screening of "The Charm of Impossibilities," a documentary about Olivier Messiaen's masterpiece "Quartet for the End of Time."

The documentary tells the story of the genesis of the "Quartet for the End of Time,"  a piece that was composed and interpreted during World War II in a prisoner-of-war camp.  It features Olivier Messiaen and was directed by Nicolas Buenaventura Vidal.  This event is free and open to the public.  Running time 1 hour and 20 minutes.

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El Sistema: A Panel Discussion Photo
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El Sistema: A Panel Discussion

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 4:30 PM 10 McCosh Hall, Princeton University

Program

Maestro Gustavo Dudamel will participate in a panel discussion about “El Sistema,” a publicly financed music education program for underserved children founded in Venezuela in 1975, which has now grown to provide music access to young students around the world. An alumnus of the program, Maestro Dudamel will be joined by individuals who have similarly devoted themselves to advocating for accessible systematic music education: Elsje Kibler-Vermaas (Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vice President of Learning), Anne Fitzgibbon *98 (Harmony Program, Founder and Executive Director), and Lou Chen ’19 (Founder of the Trenton Youth Orchestra). The panel will be moderated by Stanley Katz, Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School.

Sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School's Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies. 

FREE, UNTICKETED.

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“La Música Como Libertad: Gustavo Dudamel en Princeton” Photo
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“La Música Como Libertad: Gustavo Dudamel en Princeton”

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 6:00 PM Trinity Church, 33 Mercer St, Princeton, NJ 08540

Program

Associate Professor Javier Guerrero in the Princeton University Department of Spanish and Portuguese will interview Maestro Dudamel in a Spanish-language talk titled “La Música Como Libertad: Gustavo Dudamel en Princeton” (“Music as Freedom: Gustavo Dudamel in Princeton) at the Trinity Church. 

Una conversación pública entre el maestro Gustavo Dudamel y Javier Guerrero, profesor de la Universidad de Princeton.

Co-sponsored by the Princeton University Program in Latin American Studies

FREE, UNTICKETED.

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Live Music Meditation: Martin Fröst, Clarinet & Henrik Måwe, Piano Photo
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Live Music Meditation: Martin Fröst, Clarinet & Henrik Måwe, Piano

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 12:30 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

Experience world-class music more personally than ever before as you meditate to live music by clarinet virtuoso Martin Fröst and pianist Henrik Måwe, guided by Associate Dean Matthew Weiner, Princeton University Office Religious Life. This is a FREE, unticketed opportunity to experience world-class music on an incredibly personal and visceral level while meditating to live music performed by the duo. No experience necessary. 

Please note that capacity is limited, and there will be no late seating. We advise participants to arrive early. Doors to the hall will open at 12:00pm and will close once capacity is reached.

Our concert featuring clarinetist Martin Fröst and pianist Henrik Måwe on December 13, 2018 at 8:00 PM is sold out.  MORE INFO>

Please be aware that this event may be photographed and/or filmed for promotional and archival purposes. By participating in the event, you consent to appearing in images resulting from the photography/video filming. Please see a staff member with any concerns.

“Those of us who shared this experience together took away a heightened sense of the risk-taking of great art, and the importance of sharing our emotions with each other with the materials of spirit that are uniquely given to each of us.”

- Patron

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Opening Celebration: A Conversation About Art, Education & Social Change in Latin America

Saturday, December 1, 2018, 8:00 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

Gustavo Dudamel's residency will launch with a public conversation between Maestro Dudamel and musicologist and Princeton alumnus Don Michael Randel. The pair will discuss the relationship between art, education, and social change in Latin America and beyond—a theme at the heart of Maestro Dudamel’s residency.

Dr. Randel was the 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.

This conversation will be followed by a musical celebration at 9PM with venerated Afro-Venezuelan folk music singer Betsayda Machado

The Opening Residency Celebration is FREE, but tickets are required. All tickets to this event have been reserved; however, there are still opportunities to obtain tickets on the night of the performance: free tickets that are not used by 7:50PM will be released back to the public and any returned tickets will be released at the box office at Richardson Auditorium. To attend this event, please come to Richardson Auditorium anytime after 6pm on December 1.

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Live Music Meditation: Abigail Washburn, Banjo & Wu Fei, Guzheng Photo
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Live Music Meditation: Abigail Washburn, Banjo & Wu Fei, Guzheng

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 12:30 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

Experience world-class music more personally than ever before during half-hour meditations to live music by banjo virtuoso Abigail Washburn and guzheng star Wu Fei, guided by Associate Dean Matthew Weiner, Princeton University Office Religious Life. No experience necessary. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Tickets are still remaining for our concert featuring Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei on November 8, 2018 at 7:30 PM.  MORE INFO>

Please be aware that this event may be photographed and/or filmed for promotional and archival purposes. By participating in the event, you consent to appearing in images resulting from the photography/video filming. Please see a staff member with any concerns.

“It was so moving to be able to experience chamber music up close, and with a group of people coming to the experience with a specific desire and intentionality to their listening.”

- Patron

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Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei in conversation at the Princeton Public Library Photo
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Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei in conversation at the Princeton Public Library

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 7:00 PM Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ

Program

A new series of public talks with artists on the Crossroads Series, dedicated to music's uncanny capacity to tell stories and spark new conversations.  Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei will take part in a moderated conversation with Princeton University Professor Dan Trueman about their upcoming concert on our series. Attend this free conversation to get closer to the music and the musicians you love. FREE AND OPEN TO ALL.

“As more and more people engage in this struggle for a new direction for the human spirit, we'll recognize that we're morphing into a global species.”

- Abigail Washburn

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Live Music Meditation: Bobby McFerrin, Vocalist & Gimme5 Photo
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Live Music Meditation: Bobby McFerrin, Vocalist & Gimme5

Friday, September 21, 2018, 12:30 PM Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

Program

Experience world-class music more personally than ever before during a half-hour meditation to live music by vocalist Bobby McFerrin and his ensemble Gimme5, guided by Associate Dean Matthew Weiner, Princeton University Office Religious Life.  No experience necessary. 

This event is free and open to the public but tickets are required. Advance tickets are now sold out.  Any remaining tickets will be made available at the Richardson Auditorium at 11:45AM on Friday, September 21.

Please be aware that this event may be photographed and/or filmed for promotional and archival purposes. By participating in the event, you consent to appearing in images resulting from the photography/video filming. Please see a staff member with any concerns.

 

Have questions?  Call the University Central Box Office at 609-258-9220.  They are open Monday-Friday, 12pm-5pm.

Tickets are sold out for the Bobby McFerrin, Gimme5 and the Princeton University Glee Club on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 7:30 PM.  Turnback tickets may be available for purchase the night of the concert starting 5:45PM in Richardson Auditorium. For more information on the concert click here.

“Those of us who shared this experience together took away a heightened sense of the risk-taking of great art, and the importance of sharing our emotions with each other with the materials of spirit that are uniquely given to each of us”

- Patron

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