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Pekka Kuusisto and Nico Muhly Collaborate for Final PUC125: Performances Up Close Event of 2016-17

April 7, 2017

VIOLINIST PEKKA KUUSISTO AND COMPOSER/PIANIST NICO MUHLY COLLABORATE FOR FINAL PUC125: PERFORMANCES UP CLOSE EVENT

In a program that combines the music of J.S. Bach with contemporary fare from Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt and others, rising star Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto makes his Princeton debut with composer-pianist Nico Muhly on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 7:30pm. The youngest composer to ever be commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera, Muhly will also present some of his own music in this program that aims to facilitate conversations across centuries and styles through juxtapositions that make the time-worn classics sound fresh, and provide familiarity to more novel compositions.  Audience members will have the opportunity to actually converse with Kuusisto and Muhly as they sit on the stage of Richardson Auditorium at Alexander Hall as part of the PUC125: Performances Up Close experience presented by Princeton University Concerts. According to the Washington Post, when the duo comes together “Kuusisto and Muhly [bring] a sense of such intimacy and spontaneity…more concerts should feel this way.” Enhanced by the special setup of the PUC125 series, this concert -- the last in the PUC125: Performances Up Close 2016-17 series -- promises to be unforgettably vivid. Tickets ($25 General, $10 Students) are limited, and available at princetonuniversityconcerts.org, or by calling the Frist Center Box Office at 609-258-9220.

In the spirit of bringing the music up close, Kuusisto will come to the Princeton University campus on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 12:30PM for a special Live Music Meditation, in collaboration with the Princeton University Office of Religious Life, in the Assembly Room of the Nassau Presbyterian Church. This event, free and open to all, will allow community members to experience the violinist’s playing at an incredibly visceral level during a half-hour meditation guided by Associate Dean Matthew Weiner. An open discussion and light lunch will follow.

LISTING INFORMATION
PEKKA KUUSISTO, violin and NICO MUHLY, piano
WHEN:
Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 7:30pm
WHAT:
“Breaking Ground” – music by J.S. BACH, PHILIP GLASS, ARVO PÄRT, NICO MUHLY, with Finnish folksongs
WHERE:
Princeton University Concerts, Stage of Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University
TICKETS:
$25 General; $10 Students. Tickets are available online at princetonuniversityconcerts.org, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to the concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office.
PHOTOS:
Please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at dkoltuny@princeton.edu or 609-258-6024.

FOR PRESS RELATED INQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT

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