We've been awarded a Dodge Foundation Grant!
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has awarded us a grant in recognition of our production of Porgy and Bess and in support of our 2015 season! The Dodge Foundation is a major supporter of the arts in New Jersey, providing highly sought-after grants to organizations that "pursue and demonstrate the highest standards of artistic excellence in the performing and visual arts; enhance the cultural health and richness of New Jersey communities, inspire learning and understanding; and contribute to our state’s creative economy." We are tremendously honored by their support!
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Our 10th anniversary season enjoyed record attendance overall, with the A Cappella and Ola Fresca concerts and all three performances of Porgy and Bess selling out. (Note to self - buy your tickets by early June next year!) Critics called Porgy and Bess "absolutely breathtaking" and unexpectedly moving; audience approval was loud and prolonged, with the standing ovations starting for the "most impressive" chorus, not just the principals.
Thanks to the generosity of our many, many donors as well as our abiding commitment to conservative financial management, we can proudly proclaim that we continue to operate without debt. As we begin planning for our 11th season, we look forward to your continued support so that we may bring you another outstanding program in our 2015 Season ... stay tuned to our eNews for a Fall announcement!
- Richard Tang Yuk, General & Artistic Director
- Costa Papastephanou, Board Chair
Porgy and Bess was a hit!
All three performances of Porgy and Bess sold out and were exuberantly received by cheering audiences ... but don't take our word for it! Hear from our patrons in the video at right, and read our reviews –
Porgy and Bess was absolutely breathtaking ... words fail me and I need to find words that can convey some small idea at least of the resonance, the majesty, the sheer beauty of the voices we were treated to in this production. – Toby Grace, Out in Jersey magazine (6/22/14)
"The stellar Princeton Festival cast includes almost 20 principal singers and two choruses. Principal singers were invariably excellent." – Elaine Strauss, U.S.1 (6/25/14)
"Ms. Burnett [as Bess] demonstrated a full command of dramatic and forceful singing while floating notes in the upper register.... As Porgy, Richard Todd Payne brought a full sense of both jazz and passion to the role of the gentle cripple." – Nancy Plum, Town Topics (6/25/14)
"The most unexpected thing about the Princeton Festival’s current production of “Porgy” is just how moving it is.... The most impressive aspect ... is its uniformity of ensemble. The chorus is transcendent." – Ross Amico, The Times of Trenton (6/27/14)
Congratulations to these young artists, Finalists in their categories, and especially to the Winners in bold -
- Elementary (ages 6-9) Finalists – John Kim, Angela Qian, and Bert Tian
- Intermediate (ages 10-12) Finalists –Andy Wu, Elizabeth Yang, and Michael Zhang
- Junior (ages 13-15) Finalists - Brandon Li, Quentin Pompliano, and Sara Qu
- Four-Hands (under 25) - Iris Kwak/Crystal Chiu and James Yang/Elizabeth Yang
- Senior (ages 16-18) - Neeraja Aravindan, Lia Chen, and Elena Wu-Yan
- Open Class (under 25) - Angela Zhao, Asher Severini, and Farshad Zadeh
And a special congratulations to Asher Severini, winner of the Richard L. Tang Yuk Award for Most Outstanding Performer!
Recent Awards & Grants
April 2014 – The Horizon Foundation For New Jersey awarded us another grant in recognition of our "Excellence in Opera." The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey promotes health, well-being, and quality of life across our state by supporting charitable organizations.
April 2014 – We were tickled pink to be one of only 11 recipients in New Jersey of an Arts Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, our fourth NEA grant! This year's award supports our production of Porgy and Bess and the many free educational lectures and previews we have in store for you.
February 2014 – Thanks to your votes, we were named "Favorite Opera Company" in the 6th Annual JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards following a record-breaking 12,000 ballots cast! A full list of awards can be found at jerseyarts.com/peopleschoice.
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