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Education & Community Enrichment
Lectures, workshops, previews, open rehearsals and more!
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Family Film: Beethoven lives upstairs
Winner of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Program in 1993, this film is a charming introduction to Beethoven for children ages 6 and up. Running time 52 min. Free and open to the public.
- Sunday May 7 at 2 pm
Presentation: meet Beethoven
Actor and musician Dennis Kobray presents a program on Beethoven, ages 10 and up. Free and open to the public.
- Saturday May 13 at 1 pm
Lecture: What’s Baroque about Baroque Music?
John Burkhalter III, musician and Artistic Director of “Practitioners of Musick,” discusses the music and instruments of the “Age of the Baroque.” Free and open to the public.
- Thursday May 25 at 7 pm
Education & Community Engagement Programs
Lectures, pre-performance conversations, workshops, preview performances, artist round tables and more!
- Thursday May 25 through Saturday June 24
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 pm
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The 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
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
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
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
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
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
- Sunday June 25 at 3 pm
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
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
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
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
“Every year the festival is fresh, creative and offers unexpected marvels.” –Toby Grace, Out in Jersey, 6/27/16
“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
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
“… sure to put a smile on the face of everyone who’s lucky enough to see it.” –Anthony Stoeckert, Princeton Packet, 6/1516
VOICES OF LIGHT
“ … 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
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