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Just Added to the 2014-15 Season:  Joyce DiDonato Will Perform with Brentano String Quartet

April 22, 2014

Fast on the heels of the enormous success of mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato's first recital appearance on the Princeton University Concerts series this season, and following the end of the Brentano String Quartet's residency at Princeton, PUC is pleased to offer audiences a way to hear both of these great artists again...together!  This musical dream team will join forces for the Princeton premiere of Camille Claudel: Into the Fire, a song cycle for Mezzo-soprano and String Quartet written by composer Jake Heggie with lyrics by Gene Scheer Heggie, on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:30pm at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.  The work focuses on the tragic demise of the genius sculptor and lover of Rodin, Camille Claudel. Claudel's career ended when she was confined to a mental hospital for the last three decades years of her life. Her involuntary incarceration, which many considered unnecessary, almost doomed her to obscurity.  The piece, which received its world premiere in San Francisco, was called "a heartbreaker," by The San Francisco Chronicle, and was described as "a score of deep, squishy sentimentality and enormous beauty."  When asked what attracted him to Camille Claudel, composer Jake Heggie said " I am consistently drawn to stories about transformative quests for identity. Claudel's story is of a woman struggling to be known on her own, and on her own terms, for the genius that she was given. It touches on elements of feminism, on the art world, on judgments of the public versus the internal life of the artist, and on mental illness.  In the end, Camille [Claudel] does triumph, because her sculptures love and dance and sing." The complete program follows:

CHARPENTIER  Suite in D Minor
DEBUSSY   String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10
JAKE HEGGIE  Camille Claudel: Into the Fire (Princeton premiere)

This event is currently on sale to all subscribers, who can add it to a subscription for a significant discount off of the single ticket prices.  If available, single tickets will go on sale online only beginning August 1, 2014, and in person through the Frist Campus Center Box Office on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.


WHEN: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:30pm
WHERE: Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
TICKETS: Available now with the purchase of a subscription.  To subscribe to the 2014-2015 season, call 609-258-2800. 
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