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Opera: Peter Grimes

Alex Richardson as Peter Grimes, Caroline Worra as Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes (photo by Jessi Franko)

Alex Richardson as Peter Grimes, Caroline Worra as Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes (photo by Jessi Franko)

Alex Richardson as Peter Grimes in Peter Grimes (photo by Jessi Franko)

Alex Richardson as Peter Grimes in Peter Grimes (photo by Jessi Franko)

Caroline Worra as Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes (photo by Jessi Franko)

Caroline Worra as Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes (photo by Jessi Franko)

 

Production Photos

Alex Richardson as Peter Grimes (photo by Jessi Franko)

Alex Richardson as Peter Grimes (photo by Jessi Franko)

Caroline Worra as Ellen Orford and William Guhl-Erdie as John (photo by Jessi Franko)

Caroline Worra as Ellen Orford and William Guhl-Erdie as John (photo by Jessi Franko)

(photo by Jessi Franko)

(photo by Jessi Franko)

Kathryn Krasovec as Mrs. Sedley and Sean Anderson as Ned Keene (photo by Jessi Franko)

Kathryn Krasovec as Mrs. Sedley and Sean Anderson as Ned Keene (photo by Jessi Franko)

(l-r) Stephen Gaertner, Eve Gigliotti, Sharon Harms, Jessica Beebe, Elana Bell, Jennifer Kreider (photo by Jessi Franko)

(l-r) Stephen Gaertner, Eve Gigliotti, Sharon Harms, Jessica Beebe, Elana Bell, Jennifer Kreider (photo by Jessi Franko)

(l-r) Christopher Job, Joseph Barron, Casey Finnigan, Logan Webber, Sean Anderson, Taylor Boone, Ryan Zettlemoyer (photo by Jessi Franko)

(l-r) Christopher Job, Joseph Barron, Casey Finnigan, Logan Webber, Sean Anderson, Taylor Boone, Ryan Zettlemoyer (photo by Jessi Franko)

Caroline Worra as Ellen Orford and Alex Richardson as Peter Grimes (photo by Jessi Franko)

Caroline Worra as Ellen Orford and Alex Richardson as Peter Grimes (photo by Jessi Franko)

Caroline Worra as Ellen Orford (photo by Jessi Franko)

Caroline Worra as Ellen Orford (photo by Jessi Franko)

Alex Richardson as Peter Grimes (photo by Jessi Franko)

Alex Richardson as Peter Grimes (photo by Jessi Franko)

Kathryn Krasovec as Mrs. Sedley and Eve Gigliotti as Auntie (photo by Jessi Franko)

Kathryn Krasovec as Mrs. Sedley and Eve Gigliotti as Auntie (photo by Jessi Franko)

(photo by Jessi Franko)

(photo by Jessi Franko)

Alex Richardson as Peter Grimes (photo by Jessi Franko)

Alex Richardson as Peter Grimes (photo by Jessi Franko)

 

“Music That Tells a Story” Workshop”

Assistant Stage Manager Tony Zanghi (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Assistant Stage Manager Tony Zanghi (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Set Designer Jonathan Dahm Robertson and Assistant Stage Manager Tony Zanghi (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Set Designer Jonathan Dahm Robertson and Assistant Stage Manager Tony Zanghi (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Set designer Jonathan Dahm Robertson (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Set designer Jonathan Dahm Robertson (photo by Pia Ruggles)

The orchestra up close and personal (photo by Pia Ruggles)

The orchestra up close and personal (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Backstage tour (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Backstage tour (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Wig & makeup for Kathryn Krasovec (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Wig & makeup for Kathryn Krasovec (photo by Pia Ruggles)

(photo by Pia Ruggles)

(photo by Pia Ruggles)

(photo by Pia Ruggles)

(photo by Pia Ruggles)

(photo by Pia Ruggles)

(photo by Pia Ruggles)

 

a caPPELLA vOCAL jAZZ

The Fonic

The Fonic

The Fonic

The Fonic

The Fonic

The Fonic

The Fonic

Break From Blue Collar (all photos by Carla Edwards)

Break From Blue Collar

Break From Blue Collar

Break From Blue Collar

Break From Blue Collar

Break From Blue Collar

Break From Blue Collar

 

Chamber Music: Concordia Chamber Players

Concordia Chamber Players

Michelle Djokic, Artistic Director & cellist

Michelle Djokic, Artistic Director & cellist

Concordia 2016 artists collage

Clockwise from top left – Nicholas Phan, tenor; Michelle Djokic, cello; David Jolley, horn; Yoon Kwon, violin; Orion Weiss, piano

 

Dance: Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Ashley Mayeux (photo by Rachel Neville)

Ashley Mayeux (photo by Rachel Neville)

Tercell Waters (photo by Rachel Neville)

Tercell Waters (photo by Rachel Neville)

Ballad Unto (photo by Bill Herbert)

Ballad Unto (photo by Bill Herbert)

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Ballad Unto (photo by Bill Herbert)

Complexions Contemporary Ballet perform Ballad Unto

Ballad Unto (photo by Bill Herbert)

 

Jazz: Cécile McLorin Salvant

Cécile McLorin Salvant

(photo by Mark Fitton)

Cécile McLorin Salvant

 

Musical: A Little Night Music

Jessica Medoff as Desirée Armfeldt in A Little Night Music (photo by Jessi Franko)

Jessica Medoff as Desirée Armfeldt in A Little Night Music (photo by Jessi Franko)

Jami Leonard as Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music (photo by Jessi Franko)

Jami Leonard as Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music (photo by Jessi Franko)

Wayne Hu as Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music (photo by Jessi Franko)

Wayne Hu as Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music (photo by Jessi Franko)

Wayne Hu as Fredrik Egerman dances with Jessica Medoff as Desirée Armfeldt while Jami Leonard as Anne Egerman watches in consternation in A Little Night Music (photo by Jessi Franko)

Wayne Hu as Fredrik Egerman dances with Jessica Medoff as Desirée Armfeldt while Jami Leonard as Anne Egerman watches in consternation in A Little Night Music (photo by Jessi Franko)

Jessica Medoff as Desirée Armfeldt, Wayne Hu as Fredrik Egerman, Jami Leonard as Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music (photo by Jessi Franko)

Jessica Medoff as Desirée Armfeldt, Wayne Hu as Fredrik Egerman, Jami Leonard as Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music (photo by Jessi Franko)

Wayne Hu as Fredrik Egerman and Jami Leonard as Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music (photo by Jessi Franko)

Wayne Hu as Fredrik Egerman and Jami Leonard as Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music (photo by Jessi Franko)

PRODUCTION PHOTOS

(l-r) Camella Clark as Countess Charlotte Malcolm and Jami Leonard as Enne Egerman (photo by Pia Ruggles)

(l-r) Camella Clark as Countess Charlotte Malcolm and Jami Leonard as Anne Egerman (photo by Pia Ruggles)

(l-r) Anastasia Zeiler as Fredrika Armfeldt, Jessica Medoff as Desirée Armfeldt, Brook Packard as Madame Armfeldt (photo by Pia Ruggles)

(l-r) Anastasia Zeiler as Fredrika Armfeldt, Jessica Medoff as Desirée Armfeldt, Brook Packard as Madame Armfeldt (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Camella Clark as Countess Charlotte Malcolm and Jesse Malgieri as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Camella Clark as Countess Charlotte Malcolm and Jesse Malgieri as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Summer picnic (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Summer picnic (photo by Pia Ruggles)

The Liebeslieder - (l-r) Nicola Santoro, Karina Sweeney, Michael Kuhn, Katrin Murdock, Matthew Krob (photo by Pia Ruggles)

The Liebeslieder – (l-r) Nicola Santoro, Karina Sweeney, Michael Kuhn, Katrin Murdock, Matthew Krob (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Dinner at Madame Armfeldt's chateau (photo by Pia Ruggles)

(l-r) Jami Leonard, Wayne Hu, Camella Clark, Brook Packard, Jesse Malgieri, Jessica Medoff, James Cochran (photo by Pia Ruggles)

James Cochran as Henrik Egerman and Anastasia Zeiler as Fredrika Armfeldt (photo by Pia Ruggles)

James Cochran as Henrik Egerman and Anastasia Zeiler as Fredrika Armfeldt (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Lance Channing as Frid and Lara Treacy as Petra (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Lance Channing as Frid and Lara Treacy as Petra (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Lara Treacy as Petra (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Lara Treacy as Petra (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Wayne Hu as Fredrik Egerman and Jessica Medoff as Desirée Armfeldt (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Wayne Hu as Fredrik Egerman and Jessica Medoff as Desirée Armfeldt (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Wayne Hu as Fredrik Egerman and Camella Clark as Countess Charlotte Malcolm (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Wayne Hu as Fredrik Egerman and Camella Clark as Countess Charlotte Malcolm (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Wayne Hu as Fredrik Egerman and Jessica Medoff as Desirée Armfeldt (photo by Pia Ruggles)

Wayne Hu as Fredrik Egerman and Jessica Medoff as Desirée Armfeldt (photo by Pia Ruggles)

 

Oratorio & Film: Voices of Light

Voices of Light

Organ Recital: Kristiaan Seynhave

Kristiaan Synhave

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PIANO COMPETITION WINNERS

2016 Princeton Festival Piano Competition Winners with Randy Brown

(l-r) Mia Huang, Petrina Steimel, Stephen Joven-Lee, Isabella Florendo, Kyle Huang, Angeline Ma, Linsy Wang with Randy Brown of Jacobs Music

2016 Piano Competition Winners

(l-r) Mia Huang, Petrina Steimel, Stephen Joven-Lee, Isabella Florendo, Kyle Huang, Angeline Ma, Linsy Wang

Isabella Florendo, winner of Elementary Artists category

Isabella Florendo, winner of Elementary Artists category

Petrina Steimel

Petrina Steimel, winner of Intermediate Artist category

Angeline Ma

Angeline Ma, winner of Junior Artist category

Linsy Wang

Linsy Wang, winner of Senior Artist category

Mia Huang and Kyle Huang

Mia Huang and Kyle Huang, winner of Four Hands category

Stephen Joven-Lee

Stephen Joven-Lee, winner of Open Class

 

Gala – April 30, 2016 (photos by Pia Ruggles)

Gala chairs Susan Rhoda-Hansen and George Hansen

Gala chairs Susan Rhoda-Hansen and George Hansen

Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk and Auction Chair Lisa McComb Graf

Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk and Auction Chair Lisa McComb Graf

Guild and Board member Takako & Tom Lento, Jean & David Brown, Mickey Shriver

Guild and Board members Takako & Tom Lento, Jean & David Brown, Mickey Shriver

Singing along with pianist Harry Fini

Singing along with pianist Harry Fini

Silent auction

Silent auction

Joseph Barron, bass-baritone (Swallow in Peter Grimes)

Joseph Barron, bass-baritone (Swallow in Peter Grimes)

Louise Robichaud, Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk

Louise Robichaud, Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk

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Madolyn Greve, Jerry Odening

Angelyn MacWilliams, Ralph Petricone

Angelyn MacWilliams, Ralph Petricone

 

Other

Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk

Artistic Director
Richard Tang Yuk

Richard Tang Yuk conducting

Richard Tang Yuk in rehearsal

Opera conductor Richard Tang Yuk in rehearsal

Opera conductor Richard Tang Yuk in rehearsal

Kerry Perretta accepts the 2016 People’s Choice Award from Adam Perle of ArtPride New Jersey


Press Releases

PRINCETON FESTIVAL OPERA WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS MEET “PETER GRIMES , LEARN ABOUT OPERA, GET BACKSTAGE TOUR & SEE FULL DRESS REHEARSAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 19, 2016
Marcia Atcheson
856.234.6763
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Repeating last year’s successful “Music Tells a Story” workshop, Dr. Rochelle Ellis, local classical singer and educator, led a 2-part event for area residents who were interested in learning about opera in general, English opera in particular, and the opera Peter Grimes specifically, as it is being performed as part of The Princeton Festival on June 18, 23, and 26 in McCarter Theatre Center.

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THE PRINCETON FESTIVAL’S FULL AND FINAL WEEK:
Opera, Musical Comedy, Dance, Baroque Orchestra, Bach Cantatas, and Free Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 17, 2016
Marcia Atcheson
856.234.6763
[email protected]

There will be no slowing down in the final week of The Princeton Festival, as the pace of high quality, exciting and diverse performances continues. Two performances of Benjamin Britten’s dramatic opera Peter Grimes remain, Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music will play to packed houses four more times, , Baroque orchestra and Bach cantatas will contrast with a sizzling dance troupe, and audiences can attend more free lectures.

Opera-lovers attention focused last week on the opening of Peter Grimes and audience and critical acclaim followed. A strong cast, chorus, and orchestra in an evocative staging served to bring Britten’s masterpiece to vivid theatrical life. The story of a loner in a fishing village that turns against him is told by Britten’s layered and powerful music, with the composer’s “Four Sea Interludes” framing the action. Performances are on Thursday, June 23 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, June 26 at 3 pm in the McCarter Theatre.

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WINNERS IN THE PRINCETON FESTIVAL’S YOUNG PIANISTS COMPETITION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 17, 2016
Marcia Atcheson
856.234.6763
[email protected]

On Sunday, June 12, seven young pianists were declared winners in The Princeton Festival’s annual Competition for Young Artists. The Competition began with over 120 participants competing in six age categories, ages 6 –9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18, Four Hands (under 25), and Open (under 25), each playing a selection from a list of assigned pieces. After the preliminary rounds on June 4 and 5, adjudicators Joanne Polk and Mikhail Yanovitsky sent winners of the preliminaries on to the Finals on June 12.

Jacobs Music was again the sponsor for the Young Pianists Competition, which has been a highly anticipated feature of The Princeton Festival since 2008. Lois Laverty and Glenn Smith were Masters of Ceremonies.

2016 Princeton Festival Piano Competition Winners with Randy Brown

(l-r) Mia Huang (Cranbury NJ), Petrina Steimel (Germantown PA), Stephen Joven-Lee (New York NY), Isabella Florendo (Devon PA), Kyle Huang (Cranbury NJ), Angeline Ma (Berwyn PA), Linsy Wang (Blue Bell PA) with Randy Brown of Jacob Music (click on image to download high res file)


 

IT’S FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR THE PRINCETON FESTIVAL:
Opera, Musical Comedy, Vocal Jazz, Organ Recital, and Free Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 3, 2016
Marcia Atcheson
856.234.6763
[email protected]

The Princeton Festival goes into high gear in its third week. A centerpiece of the 2106 season, the Festival production of Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes opens for the first of three performances, Sondheim’s A Little Night Music continues its hit run, Grammy award-winner Cécile McLorin Salvant brings the audience her vocal jazz magic, the Norwegian organist Kristiaan Seynhave plays French Romantic works, and the popular free lecture series continues.

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MOMENTUM BUILDS AT THE PRINCETON FESTIVAL
A week that brings silent film / oratorio, chamber music, a musical, and free events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 3, 2016
Marcia Atcheson
856.234.6763
[email protected]

The Princeton Festival rolls into a second week filled with a number of season highlights, a multi media event of a classic silent film and live oratorio about Joan of Arc, Concordia Chamber Players, the opening of the musical Little Night Music, the finals of a competition for young pianists, and outstanding free lectures.

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TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE 2016 PRINCETON FESTIVAL:
Three weeks of musical comedy, opera, jazz, film, dance free lectures

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 23, 2016
Marcia Atcheson
856.234.6763
[email protected]

Tickets are now on sale for events in The Princeton Festival’s 2016 season (www.princetonfestival.org), which opens June 4 with an a cappella concert and closes on June 26 with an opera and a musical comedy.

The Festival offers 22 performances in 11 different genres plus a series of free lectures, previews and special events at venues in Princeton and the surrounding area. Offerings range from three performances of the powerful opera Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten to Grammy award‐winning jazz vocalist Cécile McLoren Salvant.

Stephen Sondheim’s musical A Little Night Music runs for 10 performances. The silent film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc will be shown, accompanied by a live performance of Richard Einhorn’s oratorio, Voices of Light, written especially for the film.

Also featured: the dazzling dance group Complexions Contemporary Ballet, the Concordia Chamber Players, baroque orchestra and choral concerts, an organ recital by Kristiaan Seynhave, and more.

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PRINCETON FESTIVAL AUDIENCES WILL HAVE NEW EXPERIENCES
Top vocal jazz, contemporary ballet and a silent film classic with oratorio join the line-up for the three week long program in June

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 12, 2016
Marcia Atcheson
856.234.6763
[email protected]

The Princeton Festival in its twelfth season continues to bring new and different genres to its audiences, and this year’s additions are especially appealing. The Festival, which runs from June 4 to June 26, will feature for the first time vocal jazz with Grammy award-winner Cécile McLorin Salvant, cutting edge modern dance with the dazzling Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and the silent film classic “The Passion of Joan of Arc” with a live performance of Richard Einhorn’s oratorio for orchestra, chorus and soloists. They join the wide program of opera, musical comedy, chamber and choral music, Baroque orchestra, organ recital, a cappella jazz, and last but not least the Festival’s own piano competition for young artists.

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PRINCETON FESTIVAL INTRODUCES “PETER GRIMES” AT ARTISTS ROUND TABLE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 12, 2016
Marcia Atcheson
856.234.6763
[email protected]

The many experiences of opera performance will be the subject of an Artists Round Table presented by The Princeton Festival Guild on Wednesday, June 1. The artists and production staff of Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes” will interrupt rehearsals to discuss how they develop their roles, interpretations, and staging of the opera. They will also share their personal insights learned from their varied careers in opera. Marian Burleigh-Motley of the Metropolitan Museum of Art will moderate the one-hour forum. This free event will take place in Erdman Center for Continuing Education at Princeton Theological Seminary at 6:30pm.

For more information and a link to ticket sales (handled by McCarter Theater), visit www.princetonfestival.org. To purchase tickets by phone, call McCarter Theatre at 609-258-2787.

 

FREE LECTURES AND EVENTS ENHANCE, ENRICH, ENLIVEN THE PRINCETON FESTIVAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 7, 2016
Marcia Atcheson
856.234.6763
[email protected]

The mission of The Princeton Festival Guild is to create and support the Festival’s many educational and community engagement programs, all of which are designed to excite, inform, and inspire. Most importantly, the programs are free and open to the public. The programs can be divided into two categories: Lectures and Community Engagement Programs.

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2016 PRINCETON FESTIVAL OFFERS THREE WEEKS OF MUSICAL COMEDY, OPERA, JAZZ, FILM, DANCE, FREE LECTURES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 28, 2016
Marcia Atcheson
856.234.6763
[email protected]

Eleven Events, Twenty-Two Performances: Britten’s Opera “Peter Grimes,” Grammy-winning Jazz Singer, Contemporary Dance, A Cappella Jazz, Chamber Music, Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music,” Silent Film/Oratorio, Choral Concert, Baroque Orchestra, Organ Recital; also Nine Free Lectures plus Previews and Special Events

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THE PRINCETON FESTIVAL SEEKS YOUNG PEOPLE FOR JUNE OPERA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 24, 2016
Contact:
Marcia Atcheson
856.234.6763
[email protected]

The Princeton Festival has announced plans to cast a number of local children in their upcoming production of Benjamin Britten’s opera “Peter Grimes”. The Festival plans to cast a half-dozen boys and girls, ages 7-12, in non-singing villager roles. They also plan to cast one additional boy, age 8-10, in the role of Grimes apprentice. Parents are asked to contact [email protected] by April 4, to receive more information and a copy of the schedule of required rehearsals.

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THE PRINCETON FESTIVAL RECEIVES NEW JERSEY AWARD FOR BEST OPERA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 4, 2016
Contact:
Marcia Atcheson
856.234.6763
[email protected]

The Princeton Festival has once again received the JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Award for Opera. The Awards, which take place annually to honor the work of New Jersey’s vibrant arts community, saw more than 21,000 ballots cast statewide. The Princeton Festival was among the more than 110 arts organizations and downtown districts nominated for the Awards.

For detailed results and more information, visit JerseyArts.com/peopleschoice. A photo from today’s presentation is available on our Press Room webpage. For information about The Princeton Festival and its upcoming June, 2016 season, including the Benjamin Britten opera PeterGrimes, visit www.princetonfestival.org.

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GRAMMY AWARD WINNER COMING TO PRINCETON
Cécile McLorin Salvant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 23, 2016
Contact:
Marcia Atcheson
856.234.6763
[email protected]

Grammy award-winning jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant will be coming to Princeton for a concert on June 19 at 7pm in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center as a featured performer in this summer’s Princeton Festival. Ms Salvant’s album For One to Love was named Best Jazz Vocal Album at the February 15 Grammy award ceremony..

Tickets for The Princeton Festival, including Cécile McLorin Salvant’s concert on June 19, go on sale on March 15.

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