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Education & Community Enrichment

Lectures, workshops, previews, open rehearsals and more!

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  • Artists’ Round Table

    Opera artists and production staff discuss the pleasures and perils faced on stage and off as they bring the opera to life. Free and open to the public.

    • Wednesday May 31 at 6:30 pm

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  • Music-Inspired Art Exhibit

    Paintings by A-TEAM artists, affiliated with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, and ArtSpace Artists of HomeFront will be displayed for sale at Thomas Sweet Cafe, Route 206N, Skillman, NJ.

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  • Lecture:  Leonore, a New Kind of Heroine

    Marianne Grey, Princeton University Art Museum Docent, discusses Fidelio’s Leonore as a trailblazer for women in Beethoven’s time. Free and open to the public.

    • Thursday June 1 at 7:30 pm
    • Wednesday June 14 at 7 pm

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  • Piano Competition & Finals

    Young pianists compete for over $2,300 in prize money & Grand Prize

    • Application Deadline: /May 1, 2017  *REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED*
    • Preliminary Rounds: Saturday June 3 & Sunday June 4
    • Final Round: Sunday June 11 at 3 pm, free reception immediately follows

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  • Concordia Chamber Players

    Brilliant performers, intriguing programming: Kernis, Beethoven, R. Strauss. Concordia returns to The Princeton Festival for the 13th consecutive year. Free “Meet the Artists” reception immediately follows.

    • Saturday June 3 at 7:30 pm

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  • Education & Community Engagement Programs

    Lectures, pre-performance conversations, workshops, preview performances, artist round tables and more!

    • Thursday May 25 through Saturday June 24

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  • Discussion:  Opera and the Movies

    Andrew Lovett, Moderator, Composer and Professional Specialist Princeton University
    Michael Wood, Critic and Professor of English, Princeton University
    Sara McDermott, Film maker, screenwriter, and founder of the Princeton Independent Film Festival

    • Sunday June 4 at 3 pm

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  • QUARTET²: Film & Performance

    In celebration of the rejuvenating effects of music, the movie Quartet will be shown at The Princeton Garden Theatre followed by a live performance of quartets and more by Princeton Festival artists.

    • Sunday June 4 at 4 pm

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  • Lecture: Don quixote and the transformation of others

    Roberto González Echevarría, professor at Yale University, discusses Cervantes’ Don Quixote and his radical transformation of himself and others. Free and open to the public.

    • Tuesday June 6 at 7 pm

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  • Opera Workshop: Music That Tells a Story

    Two-hour opera workshop and the final dress rehearsal of Fidelio with a backstage tour. Pre-registration required.

    • Workshop at choice of Lawrence Library, TPUMC, Trenton or Princeton Public Library
    • Fidelio backstage tour and dress rehearsal: June 16

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  • Festival Preview

    Singers from the opera and musical will perform scenes from Fidelio and Man of La Mancha. Free and open to the public.

    • Thursday June 8 at 7pm

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  • Disney in Concert: Around the World

    Family fun: a live orchestra performs favorite music from Disney films like The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Mulan, and The Lion King while scenes from the movies play on a big screen.

    • Friday June 9 at 8 pm

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  • Man of La Mancha

    Who hasn’t heard The Impossible Dream or used the phrase “tilting at windmills”? This play-within-a-play, based on Cervantes’ Don Quixote, is a poignant story of a dying old man whose impossible dream takes over his mind. Free “Meet the Artists” reception on Opening Night.

    • June 10 through June 25

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  • Lecture:  On the Heroic in Beethoven’s Fidelio

    Scott Burnham, Scheide Professor Emeritus of Music, Princeton University, discusses modes of heroism in Beethoven’s opera Fidelio. Free and open to the public.

    • Tuesday June 13 at 7 pm

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  • Lecture:  Rescued by Beethoven’s “Fidelio”

    Timothy Urban, Professor of Music, Rider University discusses the music and plot of Beethoven’s “Rescue Opera” Fidelio. Free and open to the public.

    • Wednesday June 14 at 7 pm
    • Thursday June 15 at 7:30 pm

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  • Princeton Festival Baroque OrChestra

    TWO concerts this year! Concertmaster Juan Carlos Zamudio returns with this favorite Festival ensemble for two different period orchestra performances.

    • Saturday June 17 at 4 pm
    • Wednesday June 21 at 7:30 pm – free “Meet the Artists” reception immediately follows

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  • Peter Martin Trio

    Peter Martin is one of the most in-demand pianists in jazz. He regularly tours with top names like Wynton Marsalis and Dianne Reeves. His trio boasts two other charismatic musicians, Kendrick Scott and Reuben Rogers. Their playing will leave you exhilarated.

    • Saturday June 17 at 8 pm

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  • Conducting Master Class

    This 7-day professional conducting master class with period orchestra and chamber chorus is open to conductors and auditors by application.

    • June 18 – 24th, 2017
    • Final Concert on June 24, 2017 at 5 pm

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  • June 2017 Opera: Fidelio

    Fidelio is a stirring tale of  love, personal heroism, and the overthrow of tyranny set to some of the most glorious and moving music ever composed for the stage. The work’s emotional charge and uplifting subject matter will sweep you away.

    • Sunday June 18 at 3 pm – free “Meet the Artists” reception immediately follows
    • Sunday June 25 at 3 pm

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  • Movie at the Library:  Tosca’s Kiss

    Tosca’s Kiss, the music documentary upon which the film Quartet was based, will be shown in partnership with the Princeton Public Library. Free and open to the public.

    • Wednesday June 21 at 7 pm

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  • Choral Concert with Baroque orchestra

    The Festival Chorus and Festival Baroque Orchestra perform works by Handel, Vivaldi, Monteverdi, and Zelenka under the batons of conductors from the Choral Conducting Master Class. Free “Meet the Artists” reception immediately follows.

    • Saturday June 24 at 5 pm

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  • Pre-Performance Talk:  BalletX

    Christine Cox, Artistic and Executive Director of BalletX, will discuss the mission and creative process of Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company.

    • Saturday June 24 at 7 pm

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  • BalletX Contemporary Ballet

    Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, with a focus on “new works of athleticism, emotion and grace”

    • Saturday June 24 at 8 pm

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Mark your calendars for WWFM rebroadcasts of 2016 Concerts – 5/25, 5/30, 6/1, 6/5

The Princeton Festival 2017 collage

A-a-a-a-a-nd we’re off!

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Sneak peek at our 2017 Program Book

Irving Kessler

Irving Kessler (1940-2017)

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Piano competition registration is now closed

April 22nd Gala

“Lucky 13” was lucky indeed!

2017 Season Calendar

2017 Season Calendar

Announcing new piano competition prizes: for teachers and a Grand Prize

People's Choice Awards Winner for Opera

Thanks to you, we’re the “People’s Choice” for Opera!


“Every year the festival is fresh, creative and offers unexpected marvels.” –Toby Grace, Out in Jersey, 6/27/16


Peter Grimes

“Remarkably tight musical results” –David Shengold, Opera News, 6/26/16

“An ensemble cast without a weak link” –Ross Amico, The Times of Trenton, 6/22/16

“Profoundly moved by this powerful production” –Bob Brown, Princeton Packet, 6/23/16

“Unquestionably … worth traveling for.” –David Patrick Stearns, The Inquirer, 6/21/16



“… sure to put a smile on the face of everyone who’s lucky enough to see it.” –Anthony Stoeckert, Princeton Packet, 6/1516



“ … the sublime voices of the chorus seemed to linger in the air like a polyphonic mist” –Toby Grace, Out In Jersey, 6/9/16



“Concordia Chamber Players … showed what chamber music can be.” –Nancy Plum, Town Topics, 6/15/16