The Princeton Festival 2015 Gala
Cocktails, dinner, dancing, auction and musical entertainment!
- Saturday April 25 at 6pm
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
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
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
Lecture: Figaro, A New Opera Hero
Marianne Grey, Princeton University Art Museum Docent
- Thursday June 4 at 7pm
- Thursday June 25 at 7:30pm
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
Indian Dance Demonstration & Workshop
Indian Dance group Pradhanica will conduct a free demonstration and workshop.
- Saturday June 6 at 4pm
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
Young pianists compete for over $2,000 in prize money!
- Application Deadline: May 4
- Preliminary Rounds: June 6 & June 7
- Final Round: June 14
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 5pm
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
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
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
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
Lecture: Creating The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Michael Unger, theater and opera director
- Tuesday, June 16 at 7pm
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
Concordia Chamber Players
Works of Mozart, Edward T. Cone and Mendelssohn
- Saturday, June 20
Conducting Master Class
This 8-day professional conducting master class is open to conductors and auditors by application.
- Saturday, June 20 through Saturday, June 27
- Final Concert: Saturday, June 27
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
Princeton Festival Baroque Orhestra
Concertmaster Juan Carlos Zamudio leads an eclectic program of Bach, Biber, Handel and Muffat.
- Wednesday, June 24
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
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
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)
Praise for the Festival
“The most unexpected thing is just how moving this production is.”
– Ross Amico, The Times of Trenton
“Porgy and Bess was absolutely breathtaking … words fail me.”
– Toby Grace, Out In Jersey
“Elegantly played … one could hear every turn in the melodic line.”
– Nancy Plum, Town Topics