"Porgy and Bess" is the crown of this year’s Princeton Festival."
– Ross Amico, The Times of Trenton

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2015 Gala & Auction:
Fandango in a Spanish Garden

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Greenacres Country Club
Lawrenceville NJ

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2015 Piano Competition
(deadline: May 4)
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2015 Conducting Master Class
(June 20-27, rolling admission)
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Behind the Scenes video
2014 Videos

Porgy and Bess Workshop Q&A
(June 29, 2014)

Porgy and Bess Audience Reviews
(June 22, 2014)

West Side 5 (June 17, 2014)

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People Choice Awards winnerThanks, you've made us #1 ... again!

Thanks to your votes, we have retained our title of "Favorite Opera Company" in this year's 7th Annual JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards following nearly 15,000 ballots cast! We are honored by and so appreciative of your votes of confidence in us ... hope to see you all in June!

A full list of awards can be found at jerseyarts.com/peopleschoice.

2015 Season Update

Fei-Fei DongWe’ve been busy adding more events to our website and getting our season brochure ready! You can now read all about ...

We expect tickets to become available through the McCarter Ticket Office in early March and of course, you’ll hear about it first through our eNews! To subscribe, just go to princetonfestival.org/signup.

Gala Save-the-Date postcardSave the date for our Spring Gala – Saturday April 25th

Cocktails at 6pm
Dinner, Auction, Dancing, Entertainment

Stay tuned or subscribe to our eNews for more details on registration, prices and auction items!

Guild offers opera tour to Europe

Princeton Festival Guild logoIf you're an opera lover, the Princeton Festival Guild is offering an opportunity for you to experience your favorite art form at its source. The Guild has just announced plans for a 10-day trip to Zurich, Munich, and one other city, including tickets to new and exciting productions at major opera houses. Final details of the Fall excursion will be available in March, after the opera companies release their 2015-16 schedules.

To receive full information as soon as it becomes available, email the Guild at guild@princetonfestival.org and indicate your interest in joining the tour.

2015 Conducting Master Class Info and Application available

Conducting Master Class flyer (header)Our 8-day professional conducting master class is an opportunity for conductors to hone their skills under the tutelage of a master clinician, Dr. Jan Harrington. Eight conductors from all stages of their professional careers and selected by application will have the opportunity to develop their gesture, learn useful rehearsal techniques, study and perform examples of Baroque and Classical repertoire, undertake performance-practice tutorials, and lead daily rehearsals with the Festival chamber chorus and orchestra.

Conductors and auditors will participate in daily master-class sessions with Dr. Jan Harrington and each conductor will conduct the Festival chorus twice daily and 4 rehearsals with the chamber orchestra. The master-class will culminate in a public performance on June 27th, led by the participant conductors.

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2015 Piano Competition Repertoire and Application

Abstract piano keyboard graphicInformation about our annual piano competition is now posted at princetonfestival.org/pianocompetition. Six categories will again be offered – four by age, an open class and a four-hands section.

Application deadline is 11:59pm on Monday, May 4, 2015 and preliminary rounds will be held on Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7, 2015 with the final round on Sunday June 14, 2015.

Please read the detailed information at princetonfestival.org/pianocompetition thoroughly before contacting us at pianocompetition@princetonfestival.org with questions. Thank you for your interest!

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Recent Awards & Grants

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation logo

July 2014 – The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation 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!

The Horizon Foundation For New Jersey
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.

NEA Arts Works logoApril 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.

People's ChoiceFebruary 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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