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Fall Preview of the 2015-16 Princeton University Concerts Season

August 12, 2015

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY CONCERTS
2015-2016 SEASON FALL PRESS RELEASE

Single tickets to all Princeton University Concerts (“PUC”) 2015-16 season events are now on sale, including tickets to the all-new PUC125 series.  Tickets are on sale exclusively online at princetonuniversityconcerts.org.   Patrons will be able to buy tickets by phone and in person as of Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

Once again, the PUC season is jam-packed with the most exciting and recognized of today’s performing artists. Audiences can look forward to highly-anticipated performances by both new and returning revered soloists and established string quartets, such as the freshest current pianist Igor Levit, the esteemed Emerson String Quartet, and the venerated baritone Matthias Goerne. Most remarkably, celebrated independent artists—including violin superstar Christian Tetzlaff, Emmanuel Pahud, declared by The Guardian to be “the nearest thing we’ve had to a star flautist since James Galway,” and Tabea Zimmermann, regularly cited as the world’s greatest living violist—will make rare ensemble appearances.

Several new initiatives highlight PUC’s commitment to deepening the fully immersive aspect of chamber music. As well as introducing “Baby Got Bach,” a concert geared toward children ages 3-6, to the “All in the Family” series, PUC will also bring performances “up close.” Renowned violinist Isabelle Faust will perform in the round at the Princeton University Chapel, which will be specially lit to complement the luminous cycle of Bach’s complete solo violin sonatas and partitas.  In the new series PUC125, concertgoers will be able to experience music more directly than ever before sitting on the Richardson stage of Alexander Hall alongside the performers, and more conveniently than ever before with each one-hour concert at both 6PM and 9PM. An unquestionably vibrant new generation of musicians, including virtuoso accordion player Julien Labro, and the Princeton-favorite Ébène String Quartet, will present music ranging from Renaissance to prepared piano to jazz. These concerts are the epitome of music without bounds. Events on the PUC125 series are only offered as single tickets at an unusually low price, just $25 for adults and $10 for students.

The 2015-2016 PUC season will consist of a total of 21 concerts, including two special events, six pairs of PUC125 events, and the Richardson Chamber Players series. Concertgoers are urged to buy their tickets early to ensure availability. All of the PUC programs reflect a deep commitment to making the world’s best chamber music accessible and affordable with ticket prices starting at just $10.  No other music series in the region can boast the quality of offerings at such affordable prices.  Most performances are presented in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, renowned for its exceptional acoustics and considered one of the best venues for classical music in the country.  Committed to engaging with our audience, we invite patrons to come early for pre-concert talks given by celebrated musical scholars such as Princeton Professor Scott Burnham and musical previews by Princeton students, and to stay late for post-concert “Talk Backs” and receptions with the artists. On the heels of an unparalleled 2014-2015 season, the upcoming series promises to continue pushing the frontiers of the classical concert experience. For a complete listing of concerts visit princetonuniversityconcerts.org.

AN OVERVIEW OF THE 2015-16 SEASON (organized chronologically)

All concerts take place in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, unless otherwise noted.
* indicates Princeton University Concerts debut.

Thursday, September 24, 2015 8PM
Emerson String Quartet with guest artists Calidore String Quartet* • CHARLES S. ROBINSON MEMORIAL CONCERT
Works by Haydn, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn – From the Classical Music Hall of Fame to Richardson Auditorium, the Emersons return to kick off our season. Joined by their protégés, the quickly rising Calidore Quartet, they’ll culminate opening night with Mendelssohn’s beloved String Octet.

Sunday, October 11, 2015 2PM & 4:30PM (PUC125)
Gallicantus; Gabriel Crouch, Director
“Songs of the Sibyl” – The Sibyls of Ancient Greece, we are told, were mystical women with prophetic powers. Gabriel Crouch and his renowned Renaissance vocal ensemble bring their words to life in a program of the complete setting by Lassus paired with works by Hildegard von Blngen, and Princeton professors Dan Trueman and Dmitri Tymoczko.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 8PM
Pavel Haas String Quartet*
Works by Martinů, Dvořák and Beethoven – Known as the foremost arbiters of their homeland’s rich Romantic-era music, the Czech Republic-based Pavel Haas Quartet offers a few gems from this repertoire, followed by Beethoven’s titan Quartet Op. 59, No. 2 “Razumovsky.”

Sunday, October 18, 2015 3PM
Richardson Chamber Players; Michael J. Pratt, Director
“Voices out of the Storm” – Princeton’s resident ensemble of performance faculty, distinguished guest artists and supremely talented students play music from the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp by Haas, Klein, Ullman, Krása and Schul.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 6PM & 9PM (PUC125)
Calidore String Quartet
“Composer’s Last Words, part one” – Following their opening night collaboration with the Emerson Quartet on the mainstage series, the Calidore Quartet returns in a more informal context to put together a program of the last quartets written by Mendelssohn and Mozart before their untimely deaths.

Saturday, November 7, 2015 1PM
Meet the Music: Family Concert for Kids Ages 6 & Up
PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE PRINCETON ARTS COUNCIL
“My Brother Franz Schubert” – Ferdinand was a bad composer, and he stole music from Franz in order to pass his school exam. He confessed and was forgiven by Franz. In this fun version of the true story, Ferdinand tries desperately to compose a good accompaniment to the “Trout” melody, but Franz comes up with a better one. This concert features the music of Franz Schubert played by musicians from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, hosted by composer Bruce Adolphe.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 8PM
Arcanto String Quartet*
Works by Bach, Schumann and Smetana – This is a rare opportunity to catch four of Europe’s most high-profile chamber players on a U.S. tour. Although all four artists have maintained rigorous schedules of touring and recording as soloists, when everyone joins forces the Arcanto is nothing short of dazzling.

Monday, November 16, 2015 7PM
Isabelle Faust*, violin
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY CHAPEL
The Complete Solo Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach  – Violinist Isabelle Faust, perhaps best known for her probing renditions of Bach’s music, will perform all six of his Sonatas and Partitas in the breathtaking environment of the Princeton University Chapel, staged and lit dramatically to reflect the mood and inspiration of the music’s spiritual origins.

Thursday, November 19, 2015 8PM
Emmanuel Pahud*, flute • Christian Rivet*, guitar
An acclaimed mix of intercontinental music – Flute virtuoso Emmanuel Pahud, “the nearest thing we’ve had to a star flautist since James Galway,” (The Gaurdian) joins guitarist Christian Rivet to chart a worldwide musical course through the lens of folk-inspired composers Elliott Carter, Béla Bartók, and others.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 6PM & 9PM (PUC125)
David Greilsammer*, piano/prepared piano
“Scarlatti/Cage Sonatas: Journey Between Two Worlds” – In one unbroken stream, pianist David Greilsammer performs sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti and John Cage back-to-back, revealing many similarities between the 18th century Italian and the notorious avant-gardist.

Thursday, February 4, 2016 8PM
Igor Levit*, piano • PADEREWSKI MEMORIAL CONCERT
Works by Bach, Schubert, Beethoven and Prokofiev – “A major new pianist has arrived,” declared The New Yorker. About to become a household name in the wake of a series of exalted concerts, it is truly exciting that this 28-year-old arrives to Princeton’s stage amidst his meteoric rise.

Sunday, February 21, 2016 3PM
Richardson Chamber Players; Michael J. Pratt, Director
“Invitation to the Dance” – Princeton’s resident ensemble of performance faculty, distinguished guest artists and supremely talented students play mixed chamber works by Boccherini, Ravel, Strauss, de Falla and Milhaud.

Thursday, February 25, 2016 8PM
Tetzlaff Trio*
Works by Schumann, Dvořák and Brahms  – Violin superstar Christian Tetzlaff returns this year with his trio, a rare configuration that includes pianist Lars Vogt and cellist (and sister) Tanja Tetzlaff. It will be the first piano trio on the PUC stage in over ten years.

Sunday, March 6, 2016 2PM
Alexander Melnikov*, piano
The Complete Preludes and Fugues of Dmitri Shostakovich  – Russian-born Melnikov’s 2010 recording of this daunting cycle was included in BBC Music Magazine’s list of the “50 Greatest Recordings of All Time.” Following this stunning critical reception, he makes a rare live appearance at Princeton focusing on these extraordinary pieces from Russia’s most controversial composer.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 6PM & 9PM (PUC125)
Ébène String Quartet
Medley of Classical and Jazz Repertoire – The Ébène String Quartet is back by popular demand. These remarkable chameleons will begin the evening with traditional string quartet repertoire at 6PM, but will then transform Richardson stage into the Cotton Club with pieces from their collection of jazz favorites at 9PM.

Sunday, March 20, 2016 1PM
Baby Got Bach: A Family Concert for Kids Ages 3-6
“Principally Percussion” – Hosted by renowned pianist Orli Shaham, this interactive concert will introduce kids to all of the sounds a piano and percussion can make. The concert will feature Princeton’s own resident percussion ensemble, Sō Percussion. Stay afterwards to play instruments and jam with the musicians.

Thursday, March 24, 2016 6PM & 9PM (PUC125)
Escher String Quartet*
“Composer’s Last Words, part two” – The artists-in-residence at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center visit the Richardson stage with a second program of “Composer’s Last Words,” performing the final quartets of Britten and Schubert.

Sunday, April 3, 2016 3PM
Richardson Chamber Players; Michael J. Pratt, Director
“Parisian Spring” – Princeton’s resident ensemble of performance faculty, distinguished guest artists and supremely talented students celebrate French music by Debussy, Ravel, Ibert, de Falla and Milhaud.
Thursday, April 7, 2016 8PM
Paul Lewis, piano
Works by Brahms, Schubert and Liszt  – Celebrated pianist Paul Lewis returns this year to perform in an evening of mid-Romantic masterworks, including Schubert’s great Sonata in B Major.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 6PM & 9PM (PUC125)
Julien Labro*, accordion/bandoneon/accordina
The Big Squeeze – Accordion virtuoso Julien Labro brings two sets of music in the round. In the early evening performance at 6PM he will treat the audience to a program of accordion music from around the world, and then at 9PM he will be joined by a band for a jazz nightcap.

Thursday, April 28, 2016 8PM
Matthias Goerne*, baritone • Alexander Schmalcz*, piano
Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin – Experience the deeply personal lieder of Schubert at his peak. We close our series with the baritone who has been called the heir of the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, singing the repertoire that made him a star.

TICKET INFORMATION

SINGLE TICKET PRICES, one of the lowest in the region.

Concert Classics Series Concerts – 8 Thursday Nights
Emerson String Quartet; Pavel Haas String Quartet; Arcanto String Quartet; Emmanuel Pahud, flute & Christian Rivet, guitar; Igor Levit, piano; Tetzlaff Trio; Paul Lewis, piano; Matthias Goerne, baritone.
$50, $40, $25 general / $10 student

PUC125 Series – 6 pairs of one-hour concerts presented in the round on the Richardson stage of Alexander Hall
Gallicantus Renaissance Vocal Ensemble; Calidore String Quartet; David Greilsammer, piano/prepared piano; Ébène String Quartet; Escher String Quartet; Julien Labro, accordion/bandoneon/accordina.  
$25 general / $10 student

SPECIAL EVENTS

Isabelle Faust, violin - $40 general / $10 student; add this event to a Concert Classics subscription and receive a 20% discount off single ticket prices.

Alexander Melnikov, piano - $50, $40, $25 general / $10 student; add this event to a Concert Classics subscription and receive a 20% discount off single ticket prices.

Family Concerts – 2 Weekend Concerts
$10 adults / $5 kids

Richardson Chamber Players – 3 Sunday afternoon concerts featuring Princeton’s resident ensemble of performance faculty, distinguished guest artists and supremely talented students.
$15 general / $5 student

HOW TO BUY SINGLE TICKETS:

ONLINE
princetonuniversityconcerts.org

BY PHONE, as of Tuesday, September 8, 2015
609-258-9220

IN PERSON
Frist Campus Center Ticket Office (open Monday-Saturday, 11am-5PM)

SUBSCRIPTION PRICES (the best deal):


Concert Classics Series - 8 Thursday night concerts, save up to 30%

$275, $225, $125

Make Your Own Series
Choose 3 or more different concerts from all of our offerings, except PUC125, and save 10% off single ticket prices

Richardson Chamber Players – 3 Sunday Afternoon Concerts
All three concerts for just $39, or add these concerts to a Concert Classics subscription for just $24

HOW TO BUY SUBSCRIPTION TICKETS:

All subscriptions must be bought through the Concert Office. To subscribe, call 609-258-2800 [Monday-Friday, 10am-4PM] or visit princetonuniversityconcerts.org

For further information on the season, or to request photos, please contact Darya Koltunyuk at 609-258-6024 or dkoltuny@princeton.edu

 

2015-2016 SEASON CONCERTS-AT-A-GLANCE

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 2014 at 8PM*

EMERSON STRING QUARTET

Sunday, October 11, 2015 2PM & 4:30PM – one hour concerts on the stage of Alexander Hall

GALLICANTUS, Renaissance vocal ensemble

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 8PM*

PAVEL HAAS STRING QUARTET

Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 3PM

RICHARDSON CHAMBER PLAYERS: “Voices out of the Storm”

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 6PM & 9PM – one hour concerts on the stage of Alexander Hall

CALIDORE STRING QUARTET

Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 1PM

MEET THE MUSIC: “My Brother Franz Schubert”

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 8PM*

ARCANTO STRING QUARTET

Monday, November 16, 2015 at 7PM in the Princeton University Chapel

ISABELLE FAUST, Violin*

Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 8PM*

EMMANUEL PAHUD, Flute
CHRISTIAN RIVET, Guitar

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 6PM & 9PM – one hour concerts on the stage of Alexander Hall
DAVID GREILSAMMER, piano/prepared piano

Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 8PM*

IGOR LEVIT, Piano

Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 3PM

RICHARDSON CHAMBER PLAYERS: “Invitation to the Dance”

Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 8PM*

TETZLAFF TRIO*

Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 2PM

ALEXANDER MELNIKOV, Piano

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 6PM & 9PM

ÉBÈNE STRING QUARTET – one hour concerts on the stage of Alexander Hall

Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 1PM

BABY GOT BACH: “Principally Percussion”

Thursday, March 24, 2016 6PM & 9PM

ESCHER STRING QUARTET* – one hour concerts on the stage of Alexander Hall

Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 3PM

RICHARDSON CHAMBER PLAYERS: “Parisian Spring”

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 8PM*

PAUL LEWIS, Piano

Thursday, April 14, 2016 6PM & 9PM

JULIEN LABRO, accordion/bandoneon/accordina – one hour concerts on the stage of Alexander Hall

Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 8PM*

MATTHIAS GOERNE, Baritone

ALEXANDER SCHMALCZ, Piano

 

*Pre-concert event one hour prior to the performance, free to all ticketholders

All concerts take place at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, unless otherwise noted.

For further information on the season, or to request photos, please contact Darya Koltunyuk at 609-258-6024 or dkoltuny@princeton.edu

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