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Chamber Jam with Escher String Quartet

February 15, 2016

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY CONCERTS OFFERS AMATEUR STRING PLAYERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY WITH THE ESCHER STRING QUARTET AT RICHARDSON AUDITORIUM IN ALEXANDER HALL MARCH 24, 2016

CALLING ALL AMATEUR STRING PLAYERS:  VIOLINS, VIOLAS, CELLOS AND BASSES! Princeton University Concerts wants you!  Princeton University Concerts will be presenting the Escher String Quartet on Thursday, March 24 at 6PM & 9PM at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall as part of the PUC125: Performances Up Close series. After the 9PM concert, amateur string players (violins, violas, cellos, and basses) of all ages and levels can experience the music really up close by joining the professionals on stage to sight-read a string quartet. It’s another “Late Night Chamber Jam.” Tickets to the Escher Quartet’s concert are not required to participate in the Late Night Chamber Jam, but reservations are required for the reading.  To sign up, please visit princetonuniversityconcerts.org or call 609-258-2800.

Now in its fifth reincarnation, the Late Night Chamber Jam—a unique opportunity for amateur musicians in our community to read music with professionals—has become a beloved annual event. Before last year’s event The Princeton Packet wrote “Think of it like Roger Federer calling down a few fans from the stands at the U.S. Open to play doubles.”  Getting as close as possible to the music and to the performers has been a particular focus of the PUC125 series this year, and we will extend PUC125’s everyone-on-stage, in-the-round configuration to have all performers and listeners sit side-by-side during a communal reading of a string quartet. 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 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, PUC 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, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet.


HOW TO SIGN UP TO PLAY WITH THE ESCHER STRING QUARTET
To participate in the reading, sign up in advance at princetonuniversityconcerts.org.  Space is limited so early signup is recommended. Limited tickets remain for the Escher Quartet concert preceding the Late Night Chamber Jam, and can be purchased online or by calling 609-258-9220.  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, 2016.

For all press inquiries please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at 609-258-6024 or dkoltuny@princeton.edu
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LISTING INFORMATION
ESCHER STRING QUARTET

WHEN: CONCERTS: Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 6PM & 9PM 
LATE NIGHT CHAMBER JAM: Following the 9PM concert, at roughly 10PM

WHERE:  Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

TICKETS: $25 ($10 for students) available online at princetonuniversityconcerts.org, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office. 

PHOTOS: Please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at 609-258-6024 or dkoltuny@princeton.edu or download at princetonuniversityconcerts.org/for-press

LATE NIGHT JAM: Bring your string instrument and read a String Quartet with members of the Escher String Quartet on the stage of Richardson Auditorium.  The reading is open to all string players.  To reserve a space, please sign up online at princetonuniversityconcerts.org or call 609-258-2800.

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FOR PRESS RELATED INQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT

Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk
dkoltuny@princeton.edu
Phone:  609-258-6024