2015 Season Performances

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  • Musical Preview at The Grounds For Sculpture

    Young artists will present music from the 2015 season’s productions. Free preview, park admission required.

    • Sunday May 31 at 1pm

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  • Lecture: Mozart and Le Nozze di Figaro

    Catherine Sprague, historian, Mozart expert and pianist will focus on Mozart at the peak of his career during the years 1784-1786, when he achieved tremendous success in Vienna.

    • Tuesday, June 2nd

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  • Lecture:  Figaro, A New Opera Hero

    Marianne Grey, Princeton University Art Museum Docent

    • Thursday June 4 at 7pm
    • Thursday June 25 at 7:30pm

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  • Festival Preview

    Singers from the opera and musical will perform scenes from Le Nozze di Figaroand The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

    • Thursday June 4 at 7:30pm

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  • Piano Competition

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

    • Application Deadline: closed
    • Preliminary Rounds: June 6 & June 7
    • Final Round: June 14

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  • Lecture: A Marriage of Music and Mayhem: Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro

    Timothy Urban, Professor of Music, Rider University

    • Saturday, June 6th at 2pm

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  • Indian Dance Demonstration & Workshop

    Indian Dance group Pradhanica will conduct a free demonstration and workshop.

    • Saturday June 6 at 4pm

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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.

    • Saturday, June 6 at 8pm

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  • Falkner Evans Jazz Piano Quintet

    Falkner Evans, a New York-based pianist and composer, is an artist “who makes you listen carefully to discover the complexities he has configured beneath his music’s attractive but subdued surface.” (Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times)

    • Sunday June 7 at 4pm

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  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

    An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Winner of the TONY and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book,

    • June 12 through June 28

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  • Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro

    The Marriage of Figaro has something for everyone: screwball comedy, touching love story, madcap bedroom farce, snarky social satire, heartfelt longing, slapstick humor, and uplifting moral sentiment.

    • June 13, 21 & 28

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  • Opera Opening Night Reception

    Everyone is invited to meet the artists following the opening performance of Le nozze di Figaro!

    • Saturday, June 13 at approx. 10pm

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  • Lecture: The Technology of Le Nozze di Figaro

    You will be amazed to learn what stage and home-media technologies were available in 1786, when this opera premiered in Vienna.

    • Monday, June 15

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  • Lecture: Creating The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

    Michael Unger, theater and opera director

    • Tuesday, June 16 at 7pm

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  • Lecture:  A Conversation on Directing Opera and Theater Productions

    Stephen Wadsworth, Director of Opera Studies, Juilliard School
    Steven LaCosse, Assistant Dean, Fletcher Opera Institute of the University of North Carolina

    • Thursday, June 18 at 7:30pm

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  • Conducting Master Class

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

    • Saturday, June 20 through Saturday, June 27
    • Final Concert: Saturday, June 27

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  • Concordia Chamber Players

    Works of Mozart, Edward T. Cone and Mendelssohn

    • Saturday, June 20

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  • Striking Matches

    Thrill to an afternoon of acoustic country music from Striking Matches, featuring Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis and their band.

    • Sunday June 21 at 7:30pm

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  • Princeton Festival Baroque Orhestra

    Concertmaster Juan Carlos Zamudio leads an eclectic program of Bach, Biber, Handel and Muffat.

    • Wednesday, June 24

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  • Fei-Fei Dong: All Chopin Recital

    The 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Finalist, praised for her “natural musicality and beauty of tone,” performs an all-Chopin program.

    • Friday June 26 at 8pm

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  • Choral Concert

    Dr. Jan Harrington and conductors from the Choral Conducting Master Class perform works of Bach, Handel and Haydn.

    • Saturday June 27 at 4:00 pm

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  • Indian Music & Dance: Pradhanica

    Fast-paced footwork, dizzying spins, and dynamic drumming come together in an accessible and engaging performance by Kathak dance and music ensemble Pradhanica.

    • Saturday, June 6 – Free demonstration and workshop
    • Saturday June 27 – Performance (tickets required)

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IN THE NEWS

The Last Word: Richard Tang Yuk
Interview by Nancy Plum
Princeton Magazine, May/June 2015

The Princeton Festival fills the summer culture void
– Ronni Reich, The Star-Ledger, 5/26/15

Princeton Festival features eclectic lineup
– Bill Nutt, myCentralJersey.com, 5/23/15

15 New York-Area Summer Music Festivals for 2015
– NYC classical station WQXR blog

17 Music Festivals to Make Your Summer Rock
New Jersey Monthly

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