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Accordion Virtuoso Julien Labro a First for Princeton University Concerts; April 14, 2016

March 21, 2016

Accordion virtuoso Julien Labro is set to make his Princeton University Concerts (PUC) debut on Thursday, April 14, 2016—as is the accordion. The last offering of this season’s PUC125: Performances Up Close series, the two one-hour-long concerts that he will present at 6PM and at 9PM will present a unique opportunity to discover the rich repertoire of the accordion, and its relatives the accordina and bandoneón, for the very first time in the history of PUC. With listeners seated in-the-round on the stage of Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall for a program entitled “The Big Squeeze,” Labro will introduce the instruments and his program directly to the audience: music by Bernhard Molique, Astor Piazzolla, Isaac Albéniz, Gabriel Fauré, Fernando Otero and the performer himself at 6PM; jazz works at 9PM. Accompanied by pianist Gregg Kallor at both programs, Labro will also be joined by bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Richie Barshay for the 9PM jazz concert. Ticket prices for this series are unusually low, just $25 for adults and $10 for students.  Buy both concerts and save 20%.
In between the two concerts, PUC is launching Encore, a new collaboration with the Princeton University Art Museum—in between the two “Big Squeeze” programs, squeeze in some art! At 7:30PM, the museum will salute the concerts’ South American repertoire with a special, hour-long tour of its Art of the Ancient Americas galleries. Free and open to all, Encore presents the chance to extend the Performance Up Close to a “culture up close,” whether as a coda after the 6PM concert, a prelude to the 9PM concert, or an interlude for those attending both events. Refreshments will be served.
The Spektral Quartet claims that Labro is in the “top 10 of the most virtuosic players” they have ever encountered; the Chicago Tribune marvels that “the man simply makes the instrument sing, swing and sway.” The accordion is seldom given a chance to shine on the concert stage; if ever there is the chance to hear the incredibly diverse repertoire that it encompasses, it should be in the hands of a true master such as Julien Labro.


JULIEN LABRO, accordion/ bandoneón /accordina
WHEN:  Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6PM & 9PM
WHAT:   6PM: Accordion music from around the world; 9PM: Jazz
This event is part of the new PUC125: Performances Up Close series, in which the audience sits on stage with the performer, in-the-round. The audience is invited to interact with artists after the concerts.
WHERE:  Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
TICKETS:  $25 General; $10 Students. Attend both programs and save 20%! Tickets are available online at, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person an hour and a half prior to the concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office
PHOTOS: Please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at or 609-258-6024

For further information please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at or 609-258-6024


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Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk
Phone:  609-258-6024