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Education & Community Enrichment

Lectures, workshops, previews, open rehearsals and more!

Upcoming Events

  • 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 June 1 at 6:30pm

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  • Education & Community Engagement Programs

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

    • Wednesday June 1 through Saturday June 18

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  • Festival Preview

    Singers from the opera and musical will perform scenes from Peter Grimes and A Little Night Music. Free and open to the public.

    • Thursday June 2 at 7pm

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  • Piano Competition

    Young pianists compete for over $2,000 in prize money

    • Application Deadline: registration is now closed
    • Preliminary Rounds: June 4 & June 5
    • Final Round: June 12, free reception immediately follows
  • Lecture: Peter Grimes vs. The Masses

    Timothy Urban, Professor of Music, Rider University discusses Peter Grimes. Free and open to the public.

    • Saturday June 4 at 2pm
    • Tuesday June 14 at 7pm

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  • A Cappella Vocal Jazz

    One of the Festival’s most popular events since its debut in 2013! We proudly present two top groups in a varied program of vocal jazz arrangements from the 1950’s to the 1990’s and beyond. Free “Meet the Artists” reception immediately follows.

    • Saturday June 4 at 8pm

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  • Special Event: “Six by Sondheim” movie

    In partnership with the Princeton Public Library and the Princeton Garden Theatre, the movie Six by Sondheim will be shown at the Garden Theatre, followed by a post-performance discussion led by Stacy Wolf, Princeton Professor of Music Theater.

    • Monday June 6 at 6pm

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  • Lecture: Peter Grimes and Ellen Orford: Musical Relations – Apocalyptic Outcomes

    Stephen Arthur Allen, Professor of Music, Rider University discusses Peter Grimes. Free and open to the public.

    • Tuesday June 7 at 7pm

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  • Opera Workshop: Music That Tells a Story

    Registrants will attend a two-hour opera workshop and the final dress rehearsal of Peter Grimes with a backstage tour.

    • Workshop: choice of Wed 6/8 at 6:30pm or Sat 6/11 at 10am
    • Peter Grimes backstage tour and dress rehearsal: Thu 6/16 at 5:30pm

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  • A Conversation on Voices of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc

    Richard Einhorn will speak about the genesis of the work in a conversation with Professors Lovett and Hobbins on composing for film and the trial of Joan of Arc. Free and open to the public.

    • Thursday June 9 from 5-6:30pm

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  • VOICES OF LIGHT / The Passion of Joan of Arc

    Contemplate the power of faith through Carl Dreyer’s 1928 silent-film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc with Richard Einhorn’s oratorio Voices of Light performed by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and singers from The Princeton Festival.

    • Thursday June 9 at 8:30pm

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  • Concordia Chamber Players

    Nicholas Phan, tenor, David Jolley, horn, Yoon Kwon, Violin, Michelle Djokic, violoncello, and Orion Weiss, piano, perform works of Britten, Bax, and Brahms. Free “Meet the Artists” reception immediately follows.

    • Friday June 10 at 7:30pm

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  • A Little Night Music

    Steven Sondheim’s witty, bittersweet comedy about human relationships includes the breakout hit “Send in the Clowns” plus other memorable songs. Free “Meet the Artists” reception on Opening Night.

    • June 11 through June 26

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  • Lecture:  The Enduring Tale of Peter Grimes

    Marianne Grey, Princeton University Art Museum Docent, discusses changes in the arts during WWII. Free and open to the public.

    • Thursday June 16 at 7pm
    • Wednesday June 22 at 7pm

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  • Conducting Master Class

    Still accepting applications 3/28/16

    This 8-day professional conducting master class with period orchestra and chamber chorus is open to conductors and auditors by application.

    • Saturday June 18 through Saturday June 25, 2016
    • Final Concert: Saturday June 25 at 5pm
  • NYC Bus for Peter Grimes Opening Night

    Ride a charter bus from midtown Manhattan to Princeton for the opening night performance of Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece Peter Grimes.

    • Saturday June 18 at 4pm

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  • Opera in a Day: A Guided Opera Experience

    Registrants will attend Princeton University Professor Scott Burnham’s “Meeting Peter Grimes” pre-performance talk then attend the opening night performance.

    • Pre-performance talk: Saturday June 18 at 6pm
    • Peter Grimes performance: Saturday June 18 at 8pm

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  • Lecture: Meeting Peter Grimes

    Presented by Princeton University professor Scott Burnham. Free and open to the public.

    • Saturday June 18 at 6pm

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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 prior to and during performances of Peter Grimes.

    • Saturday June 18 at 8pm
    • Thursday June 23 at 7:30pm
    • Sunday June 26 at 3pm

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  • Opera: Peter Grimes

    Magnificent music, gripping drama, and believable characters: Peter Grimes tells the story of a conflicted dreamer vying against a village that rejects and persecutes him. Join us on Opening Night for a free “Meet the Artists” post-performance reception.

    • Saturday June 18 at 8pm
    • Thursday June 23 at 7:30pm
    • Sunday June 26 at 3pm

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  • kristiaan seynhave: French Organ Symphonies

    Belgian virtuoso Kristiaan Seynhave performs works of Franck and Widor on the renowned Princeton University Chapel organ.

    • Sunday June 19 at 3pm

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  • Cécile McLorin Salvant

    Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant has taken the jazz world by storm. At age 26, her first two albums were both nominated for Grammy awards and she sells out shows around the world.

    • Sunday June 19 at 7pm

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  • Open Orchestra Rehearsal: Meeting Baroque Instruments

    Registrants will attend rehearsals of the Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra with Concertmaster Juan Carlos Zamudio.

    • Monday June 20 Wednesday June 22

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  • Princeton Festival Baroque OrChestra

    Concertmaster Juan Carlos Zamudio returns with this period orchestra after their popular Festival debut in 2015

    • Wednesday June 22 at 7:30pm

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  • Choral Concert with Baroque orchestra

    The Festival Chorus and Festival Baroque Orchestra perform Bach Cantatas under the batons of conductors from the Choral Conducting Master Class. Free “Meet the Artists” reception immediately follows.

    • Saturday June 25 at 5pm

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  • Overture Program: Experiencing Opera

    Lecture series for residents of 55+ Communities in the Greater Princeton area. Open to community residents only.

    • April – June
  • Complexions Contemporary Ballet

    “Classy and sassy” with creative, athletic choreography

    • Saturday June 25 at 8pm

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Opera Meet & Greet (10)

Welcome, opera cast!

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Relive our 2015 Baroque orchestra and choral concerts on WWFM on May 27 & 31

Job Opening

[Job Posting] Driver needed May 20 – June 27

Haeran Hong and Katherine Whyte

Our educational programs start on June 1st

Whole Foods Pop-up Performance

Pop-up performance on June 1st

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Princeton Sun interview with Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk


“… a real winner … enthralling …” – Bob Brown, Princeton Packet, 6/18/15

“[Director Melissa] Firlit’s cast members make their characters so authentic, peeling away various shields, disguises, and personae to expose human cores.” Neal Zoren, U.S.1, 6/17/15

“… a dazzling and delightful production [of Figaro] …” – Linda Holt, Princeton Packet, 6/18/15

“Musically, dramatically, and visually, this [Figaro] is a top-notch production.” – Elaine Strauss, U.S.1,  6/17/15

“[T]he acting of the entire ensemble … really distinguishes this ‘Figaro.’” – Ross Amico, The Times of Trenton, 6/17/15

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