Our 2016 Season

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    Cocktails, dinner, dancing, auction and musical entertainment!

    • Saturday April 30 at 6pm

    Save the date!

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  • Piano Competition

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

    • Application Deadline: Monday May 2, 2016 11:59pm EDT
    • Preliminary Rounds: June 4 & June 5
    • Final Round: June 12

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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 4 at 8pm

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  • Music That Tells a Story – Opera Workshop

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

    • Workshop: choice of Thursday June 9 at 7pm or Saturday June 11 at 10am
    • Peter Grimes backstage tour and dress rehearsal: Thursday June 16 at 5:30pm

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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, Michelle Djokic, violoncello, and Orion Weiss, piano, perform works of Britten, Pärt, and Brahms.

    • Friday June 10 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 18 through Saturday June 25, 2016
    • Final Concert: Saturday June 25 at 5pm

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  • 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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  • “Meeting Peter Grimes” Pre-Performance Talk

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

    • Saturday June 18 at 6pm

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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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  • 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.

    • 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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  • 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.

    • Saturday June 25 at 5pm

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  • Complexions Contemporary Ballet

    “Classy and sassy” with creative, athletic choreography

    • Saturday June 25 at 8pm

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Opera News reviews our Marriage of Figaro

Courtney Colletti Band

Save the date for our 2016 Gala – Saturday, April 30, 2016

2016 Season: June 4 to 26

Announcing our 2016 Season

2015 Conductors

2016 Conducting Master Class now open


“… 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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