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Violin & Guitar Duo Kick Off a Reimagined 2016-17 PUC125: Performances Up Close Series

August 30, 2016

Making their Princeton debut, Grammy-award winning violin phenomenon Augustin Hadelich and Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas bring highlights from their popular album, Histoire du Tango, to Princeton University Concerts (PUC). With audience seated around them directly on the stage, the artists will trace the history of Argentina’s national dance in Astor Piazzolla’s title track and stir up folk, gypsy and flamenco dances. Transforming the Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall into an Argentine nightclub with the help of light-designer Kate Ashton, the duo will present two performances, each an hour long, at 6pm and 9pm on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Tickets are just $25 general admission, and $10 for students. Seating capacity is limited, and patrons are encouraged to buy their tickets soon.

Bringing listeners right on stage with the musicians through interactive, short programs was an instantly popular initiative launched by PUC last season. The concert-stage was stripped of all formality, fostering an accessible, casual setting in which to enjoy music performed by the stars of a new generation of classical musicians. New this year, the stage will be transformed even further. The performers, in collaboration with multimedia artists, will tailor the space to uniquely support and contribute to the program. To enhance Histoire du Tango, the musicians worked with Ashton to create lighting that Hadelich describes as “atmospheric, reinforcing the character and emotional message of each work…We want the audience to reflect upon where the pieces take them, and to make their own connections.”

The next concert on the PUC125: Performances Up Close series will be on February 14, 2016, when percussionist Colin Currie performs feats of percussion acrobatics in an interdisciplinary program entitled “Percussion Alive!”

WHEN: Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 6:00pm and 9:00pm
WHAT: “Histoire du Tango” – works by PIAZZOLLA, DE FALLA, and YSAŸE
WHERE: Princeton University Concerts, Stage of Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University
TICKETS: $25 General; $10 Students. Tickets are available online at After September 6, they will be available by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to the concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office. Seating capacity on the Alexander Hall stage is limited.

For further information please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at or 609-258-6024

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Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk
Phone:  609-258-6024