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Single Tickets On Sale September 3, 2013

August 8, 2013

Thursday, August 8, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY CONCERTS
2013-2014 SEASON SINGLE TICKETS NOW ON SALE
Exciting Additions Include Family Concert Series,
Collaboration with Princeton Adult School, Pre and Post Concert Events

Single tickets to all Princeton University Concerts events will go on sale Tuesday, September 3, 2013.  Subscriptions are also still on sale and will be available through the opening concert Thursday, October 10, 2013.  Please see page 6 for complete ticket details.  For more information please call Catherine Ugolini at 609-258-6024 or visit www.princetonuniversityconcerts.org.

Building on an exceptional 2012-2013 season that drew critical praise and attracted capacity audiences, Princeton University Concerts ("PUC") offers a dynamic series of concerts for 2013-14 featuring a broad variety of programs and artists.  Highlights of the upcoming season include performances from three of the world's finest string quartets, a Mezzo-soprano superstar, two pianists at very different points in their careers, and mandolin player and MacArthur genius Chris Thile in a special solo recital connecting him to his classical roots with a program featuring music by Bach. 

PUC is especially thrilled to introduce "Meet The Music," two concerts for kids ages 6 and up and their families, featuring musicians from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with host Bruce Adolphe.   Inspiring and educating, these critically acclaimed programs are sure to encourage a love of classical music in young listeners and delight audiences of all ages.

From Greece and Denmark to Poland and Uzbekistan, "PUC" has drawn performers from an international pool of the best of today's classical musicians.  The concerts will be presented in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, regarded as one of the finest spaces to hear classical music in the country.  PUC will present a total of 15 concerts, including 2 special events, as well as its Richardson Chamber Players series. 

THE 2013-14 SEASON
(organized chronologically)
All concerts take place in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, unless otherwise noted
* Indicates Princeton University Concerts debut

Thursday, September 26 and October 3, 2013  7:00-8:30 pm
THE BARTOK STRING QUARTETS DECONSTRUCTED
A CLASS OFFERED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE PRINCETON ADULT SCHOOL
Princeton University Concerts salutes the Princeton Adult School on its 75th Anniversary by teaming up to give audiences an in-depth look at musical repertoire that is rarely presented. Béla Bartók's six string quartets stand beside Beethoven's quartets as the core of the string quartet repertoire. Professor Derek Katz from the University of California, Santa Barbara, will demystify these important and compelling works and will prepare audiences to fully appreciate the works played live by the Takács Quartet on the opening concerts of our season.  For more information or to register for the class visit princetonadultschool.org

Thursday and Friday, October 10 and 11, 2013 8 pm
Pre-concert talks given by Professors Steven Mackey and Scott Burnham at 7 pm. 
Free to ticketholders.
TAKÁCS STRING QUARTET
All 6 Bartók string quartets performed in two evenings:
October 10:  Quartets Nos. 1, 3 & 5
October 11:  Quartets Nos. 2, 4 & 6
Under any circumstance, hearing all six of Bartók's string quartets is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. To hear them played by chamber music royalty like the Takács Quartet will be truly memorable.  The Takács Quartet will talk about the experience of playing these cornerstone works, and will answer questions in a post-concert "TALK BACK" session following both concerts.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 7:30 pm
CHRIS THILE, Solo Mandolin*
PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH MCCARTER THEATRE
Transcriptions of the BACH Violin Sonatas and Partitas, plus original compositions and other contemporary works -- "The instrument's brightest star," according to the New York Times and member of the Bluegrass quintet Punch Brothers, will bring his peerless musicianship and virtuosity to the intimate venue of Richardson Auditorium, playing repertoire from his recently released Bach recording on the Nonesuch label. 


Thursday, November 7, 2013 8 pm
ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET
Pre-concert event at 7 pm.  Free to ticketholders
Late Night Jam Session with the Quartet.  Free to ticketholders.
HAYDN Quartet in D Major, Op. 71, No. 2
R. MURRAY SCHAFER Quartet No. 3
DVORAK Quartet in A-flat Major, Op. 105
Said Alex Ross in The New Yorker, "The St. Lawrence are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection."  Schafer's quartet was described by Mr. Ross as a "spellbinding spectacle."  Following the concert, members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet will invite all amateur string players to the stage for a late night jam session where the quartet will lead amateurs in a reading of Haydn's String Quartet Op. 76, No. 3 ("Emperor").  The audience is invited to stay and hear the result.  This concept, piloted last season with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, celebrates the intersection of professional and amateur music-making, and celebrates a shared love of music.  It will also give observers a behind-the-scenes chance to see musicians at work in an informal setting.  More information will be posted on our website -- princetonuniversityconcerts.org

Sunday, November 10, 2013 3 pm
RICHARDSON CHAMBER PLAYERS
"BRASS BONANZA"
Princeton's resident ensemble of performance faculty, distinguished guest artists and supremely talented students will play mixed chamber works featuring brass by Gabrieli, Gershwin, Boehme, Sanford and Brahms.

Saturday, November 16, 2013 1 pm
MEET THE MUSIC -- FAMILY CONCERT FOR KIDS AGES 6 & UP
PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE PRINCETON ARTS COUNCIL
"A TRILLING EVENT"  - Musicians from The Chamber Society of Lincoln Center will join Inspector Pulse, a wacky private ear who must determine the identity of a highly ornamented tune for a desperate client.  The tune has a familiar ring, but it is so full of trills, trinkets, and decorative doodads that the Inspector must investigate all the ways a melody can be embellished in order to solve the mystery.  Featuring music of Telemann, Handel, Bach, and more.

Thursday, November 21, 2013 8 pm
BEHZOD ABDURAIMOV, Piano*
Pre-concert event at 7 pm.  Free to ticketholders.
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 23 in F Major, Op. 57, "Appassionata"          
CHOPIN  Fantasia in F Minor, Op. 49
LISZT Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude, S. 173/3
SAINT-SAËNS/LISZT/HOROWITZ  Danse Macabre Op.40
"Rip-roaringly exciting" and "a gift from God" are among the breathless reviews this 23-year-old native of Uzbekistan and First Prize-winner of the London International Piano competition has elicited.

Thursday, February 6, 2014 8 pm
DANISH STRING QUARTET*
Pre-concert event at 7 pm.  Free to ticketholders.
NIELSEN String Quartet No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 14
JANACEK String Quartet No. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata"
A JOURNEY THROUGH SCANDINAVIAN FOLK MUSIC
These modern Vikings call themselves "your friendly neighborhood string quartet with above average amounts of beard."  Add that to their immense talent and unusual repertoire -- a recipe for success!

Thursday, February 27, 2014 8 pm
LEONIDAS KAVAKOS, Violin
ENRICO PACE, Piano
Pre-concert event at 7 pm.  Free to ticketholders.
ALL-BEETHOVEN:
Sonata No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 23
Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, "Spring"
Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96, "The Cockcrow
One of classical music's hottest properties, Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos regularly concertizes with the world's greatest orchestras, but his recitals in this country are a precious few.

Sunday, March 2, 2014 3 pm
RICHARDSON CHAMBER PLAYERS
"QUIET CITY"
Princeton's resident ensemble of performance faculty, distinguished guest artists and supremely talented students will play mixed chamber works by American composers including
Elliott Carter, Walter Piston, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland and Roy Harris.

Sunday, March 9, 2014 3pm
Richard Goode, piano
C.K. Williams, poet
Pre-concert discussion between C.K. Williams and Professor Jeff Dolven at 2 pm.  Free to ticketholders.
Works by Beethoven, Schumann, Mozart, Chopin, Bach, and Janacek, plus poems read by C.K. Williams -- Two superlative artists, one a Grammy-winning pianist and the other a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, partner for an afternoon of music and the spoken word. This concert was rescheduled from the 2012-2013 season.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 1 pm
MEET THE MUSIC -- FAMILY CONCERT FOR KIDS AGES 6 & UP
PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE PRINCETON ARTS COUNCIL
"LEAVE IT TO LUDWIG" -- Beethoven's instrumental music creates powerful stories.  But what is the tale?  His music tells of everyday human life, full of action and emotions.  Beethoven himself will appear in Richardson to help a young pianist play his music as he meant it to be played.  Featuring music of Beethoven and musicians from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, hosted by Bruce Adolphe

Thursday, March 27, 2014 8 pm
JOYCE DIDONATO, Mezzo-Soprano*
CRAIG TERRY, Piano
Pre-concert event at 7 pm.  Free to ticketholders.
Songs and arias by composers including Vivaldi, Fauré, Rossini, Schubert, Schumann, Michael Head, and Hahn -- Composer Jake Heggie said the Kansas-born mega-star's staggering artistry "reminds us that in any generation there are few giants...  Joyce sings and the world is suddenly brighter."  Princeton audiences will be treated to Ms. DiDonato's only recital in the United States in this season.

Thursday, April 3, 2014 8 pm
THE NASH ENSEMBLE OF LONDON
Amelia Freedman CBE, Artistic Director
Pre-concert event at 7 pm.  Free to ticketholders.
Mixed chamber works by Schumann, Mozart, Dvorak and world premieres of works by two Princeton composers: Viet Cuong and Matt Marble
Adventurous programming and virtuoso performances are hallmarks of this London-based chamber collective, the resident Ensemble of London's Wigmore Hall. Presented in collaboration with Princeton's Music Department, the Nash musicians will premiere works by graduate students written expressly for them.  As a result, audiences will have the rare opportunity to see and hear the creative process that brings a new piece to life, while stealing a glimpse of one or two of the country's next great composers.

Sunday, April 6, 2014 3 pm
RICHARDSON CHAMBER PLAYERS
"THIS ENGLAND"
Princeton's resident ensemble of performance faculty, distinguished guest artists and supremely talented students play mixed chamber works by English composers including Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten, Arnold Bax and Edward Elgar.

 

Saturday, April 12, 2014 7:30 pm
Procter Hall at The Princeton Graduate School
GALLICANTUS, Renaissance Vocal Ensemble*
Gabriel Crouch, Director
"The Word Unspoken," music of William Byrd and Philippe de Monte -- Dedicated to Renaissance music and directed by Gabriel Crouch, Princeton's Director of Choral Programs, the membership of this early music group boasts a wealth of experience in consort singing.  The program reveals the real William Byrd, a composer with expressive and emotive powers beyond any of his contemporaries.

Thursday, May 1, 2014 8 pm
PIOTR ANDERSZEWSKI, Piano*
Pre-concert event at 7 pm.  Free to ticketholders.
Works by Bach, Schumann, and Schubert -- "It can be hard," the New York Times opined, "not to wax hyperbolic when confronted with Anderszewski's sensitive touch and potent imagination." This inspirational artist will close the Princeton University Concerts season.

TICKET INFORMATION

Single Tickets:
Concert Classics: $45, $35, $20 general; $10, $5 student (Bartok String Quartet concert on October 11:  $25, $20, $10 general, $5 student)
Richardson Chamber Players: $15 general; $5 student

Chris Thile: $35 general; $10 studentadd this event to a Full or CLASSIC subscription and receive a 20% discount off single ticket prices. 
Gallicantus:  $15 general; $5 student, add this event to a FULL or CLASSIC subscription and receive a 20% discount off single ticket prices.
Goode/Williams: $45, $35, $20 general; $10 student
Meet The Music:  $10 adults, $5 kids
Bartok Quartets Deconstructed:  Two classes without concert tickets: $30.  Classes with concert tickets: $70

How to buy Single Tickets:
By Phone: 609-258-9220

Online: princeton.edu/utickets

In Person:
 Frist Campus Center Ticket Office (open Monday-Friday, 12-6pm)
; Richardson Auditorium Ticket Office (open two hours prior to the performances at Richardson Auditorium)

Bartok Quartets Deconstructed:  Register for the Princeton Adult School class by visiting princetonadultschool.org

Subscriptions (the best deal):
Full Concert Classics Series, 9 concerts, includes both Takács String Quartet programs, save up to 30%: $259, $209, $129
Classics Series, 8 Thursday night concerts:  $249, $199, $119
Make Your Own Series, choose 3 or more different concerts from all of our offerings and save 10% off single tickets prices.

Richardson Chamber Players, all subscriptions just $39 or add these concerts to a FULL or CLASSIC series for just $24.
Meet The Music, 2 new concerts for kids ages 6 and up and their families. Buy both concerts now for just $16 adults, $8 kids and save 20% off single ticket prices
All subscriptions must be bought through the Concert Office. To subscribe, call 609-258-2800 or visit princetonuniversityconcerts.org

For further information please contact Catherine Ugolini at 609-258-6024 or cugolini@princeton.edu

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