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Scott Burnham

Free Talks, Workshops, Previews and more!

Lectures, pre-performance conversations, workshops, preview performances, open rehearsals, artist round tables and more!

2017: May 7 - Jun 24

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2017 Gala Invitation and Response Card

2017 Princeton Festival Gala

Cocktails, dinner, auction, entertainment, and dancing with the Courtney Colletti Band! For more information and prices, contact [email protected]

2017: Apr 22 @ 6 pm

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Sing Spring! Pre-Season Party

Sing Spring!

A pre-season party on Saturday May 20th from 4-6 pm to celebrate our 2017 season

2017: May 20 @ 4 pm

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Man of La Mancha

Musical Theater: Man of La Mancha

The Man of La Mancha’s dream is Everyman’s dream. His tilting at windmills is Everyman’s great adventure. Somehow, the footlights disappear, time is telescoped and the Man of La Mancha speaks for humankind.

2017: Jun 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 @ 8 pm; Jun 11, 18, 25 @ 4 pm; Jun 24 @ 3 pm

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Fidelio - prison

Opera: Fidelio

The glorious and moving music of Beethoven’s opera Fidelio propels a stirring tale of love, heroism, and the fight for liberty against tyranny.

2017: Jun 18 @ 3 pm, Jun 25 @ 3 pm

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Michelle Djokic - 2015 concert

Chamber Music: Concordia Chamber Players

Brilliant performers, intriguing programming: Kernis, Beethoven, R. Strauss. Concordia returns to The Princeton Festival for the 13th consecutive year.

2017: Jun 3 @ 7:30 pm

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Quartet movie poster

Quartet²: Film & Performance

“Quartet” film screening, followed by a live performance by Princeton Festival artists of quartets and more.

2017: Jun 4 @ 4 pm

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Disney: Concert Around the World

Pops Orchestra with Film

The Princeton Pops Orchestra performs music from The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Frozen, and other favorite Disney films while scenes from the movies appear on a big screen. Fun for the whole family!

2017: Jun 9 @ 8 pm

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Orchestra: Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra

Concertmaster Juan Carlos Zamudio leads the Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra in two concerts on period instruments.

2017: Jun 17 @ 4 pm; Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm

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Peter Martin

Jazz: Peter Martin Trio

Peter Martin is the go-to pianist, arranger, and music director for jazz stars like Dianne Reeves, Chris Botti, and Wynton Marsalis. His superstar trio makes its New Jersey debut in this Princeton Festival performance.

2017: Jun 17 @ 8 pm

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Dance: BalletX

Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, with a focus on “new works of athleticism, emotion and grace”

2017: Jun 24 @ 8 pm

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Choral Concert with Baroque Orchestra

The Festival Chorus and Festival Baroque Orchestra perform works by Handel, Vivaldi, Monteverdi, and Zelenka under the batons of conductors from the Choral Conducting Master Class.

2017: Jun 24 @ 5 pm

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Piano competition

Piano Competition & Finals

Pianists ages 6-24 compete for trophies and cash prizes. Application Deadline: May 1, 2017. Preliminary Rounds: Saturday June 3, 9:45am-2pm & Sunday June 4, 9am-3pm, free and open to the public. Final Round: Sunday, June 11 at 3pm, tickets required.

2017: Jun 3 @ 9:45 am, Jun 4 @ 9 am, Jun 11 @ 3 pm

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Conducting Master Class

This 7-day professional conducting master class is open by application to conductors and auditors.

2017: Master Class Jun 18-24; concert Jun 24 @ 5 pm

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Beethoven Lives Upstairs

Family Film: Beethoven Lives Upstairs

Charming introduction to Beethoven for children ages 6 and up. Running time 52 min. Free and open to the public.

2017: May 7 @ 2 pm

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Presentation: Meet Beethoven

One-man living history show on the times of Beethoven for children ages 10 and up. Free and open to the public.

2017: May 13 @ 1 pm

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John Burkhalter III

Lecture: What’s BAROQUE About Baroque Music?

Early Music musician and specialist John Burkhalter III discusses Baroque music and instruments. Free and open to the public.

2017: May 25 @ 7 pm

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2016 Artists Round Table

Artists’ Round Table

Opera artists and production staff discuss the pleasures and perils faced on stage and off as they bring the opera to life. Free and open to the public.

2017: May 31 @ 6:30 pm

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A-TEAM Art Exhibit

Paintings by A-TEAM artists, affiliated with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, and ArtSpace Artists of HomeFront will be displayed for sale at Thomas Sweet Cafe, Route 206N, Skillman, NJ.

2017: Jun 1 - 30

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Marianne Grey

Lecture: Leonore, a New Kind of Heroine

Popular lecturer Marianne Grey discusses Fidelio’s Leonore as a trailblazer for women in Beethoven’s time. Free and open to the public.

2017: Jun 1 @ 7:30 pm, Jun 14 @ 7 pm

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Andrew Lovett

Discussion: Opera and the Movies

Panel discussion by three experts on music and film preceding Quartet^2 film & performance.

2017: Jun 4 @ 3 pm

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Roberto González Echevarría

Lecture: Don Quixote and the Transformation of Others

Yale professor Roberto González Echevarría discusses Cervantes’ Don Quijote. Free and open to the public.

2017: Jun 6 @ 7 pm

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2017 Opera Workshop: Music That Tells a Story

Registrants will attend a two-hour opera workshop and the final dress rehearsal performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fidelio with a backstage tour.

2017: Jun 7 @ 6:30 pm or Jun 10 @ 10 am or Jun 14 @ 6:30 pm; Jun 16 @ 5:30 pm

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Lara Treacy as Petra in A Little Night Music

Festival Preview

Singers perform and directors discuss June 2017 productions of Fidelio and Man of La Mancha. Free and open to the public.

2017: Jun 8 @ 7 pm

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Timothy Urban

Lecture: Rescued by Beethoven’s Fidelio

Professor Timothy Urban discusses the music and plot of Beethoven’s “Rescue Opera” Fidelio. Free and open to the public.

2017: Jun 14 @ 7 pm, Jun 15 @ 7:30 pm

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Scott Burnham

Lecture: On the Heroic in Beethoven’s Fidelio

Princeton Professor emeritus Scott Burnham discusses modes of heroism in Beethoven’s opera Fidelio. Free and open to the public.

2017: Jun 13 @ 7 pm

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Movie at the Library: Tosca’s Kiss

The music documentary Tosca’s Kiss, upon which the film Quartet was based, will be shown in partnership with the Princeton Public Library. Free and open to the public.

2017: Jun 21 @ 7 pm

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Christine Cox

Pre-Performance Talk: BalletX

BalletX Artistic Director Christine Cox discusses the mission and creative process of Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company.

2017: Jun 24 @ 7 pm

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Lara Treacy as Petra in A Little Night Music

Free Talks, Workshops, Previews and more!

Lectures, pre-performance conversations, workshops, preview performances, open rehearsals, artist round tables and more!

June 1 - 18

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Wine Tasting at the Castle

Wines from CoolVines, light fare, and entertainment by Jessica Medoff, who wowed audiences as Desirée in A Little Night Music.

Oct 15 @ 4-6pm

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2016 Piano Competition

Pianists ages 6-24 compete for trophies and cash prizes. Application Deadline: May 2, 2016. Preliminary Rounds: Saturday June 4 & Sunday June 5, 9am-3:30pm, free and open to the public. Final Round: Sunday, June 12 at 3pm, tickets required.

Jun 4 @ 9 am, Jun 5 @ 9 am, Jun 12 @ 3 pm

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The Fonic

A Cappella Vocal Jazz

A cappella jazz is one of the most popular events in the Festival lineup. This year we proudly present two groups performing a varied program of vocal jazz arrangements from the 1950’s to the 1990’s and beyond: The Fonic and Break from Blue Collar.

Jun 4 @ 8 pm

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Stephen Sondheim

Special Event: “Six by Sondheim” movie

“Six by Sondheim” film screening and discussion lead by Princeton professor Stacy Wolf. Presented in partnership with The Princeton Public Library and The Princeton Garden Theatre.

Jun 6 @ 6 pm

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Voices of Light

Oratorio & Film: Voices of Light

The Princeton Festival, in partnership with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the Princeton Garden Theatre, presents Richard Einhorn’s triumphant oratorio Voices of Light with Carl Dreyer’s legendary 1928 film The Passion of Joan of Arc.

Jun 9 @ 8:30 pm

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Michelle Djokic - 2015 concert

Chamber Music: Concordia Chamber Players

Nicholas Phan, tenor, David Jolley, horn, Yoon Kwon, violin, Michelle Djokic, violoncello, and Orion Weiss, piano, perform works of Benjamin Britten, Arnold Bax, and Johannes Brahms.

Jun 10 @ 7:30 pm

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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)

Musical Theater: A Little Night Music

* SOLD OUT * Husbands, wives, and lovers gather for “A Weekend in the Country” where they explore new romances and second chances. A Little Night Music is full of hilarious, witty, moving moments of adoration, regret and desire. “Send in the Clowns” is just one highlight.

Jun 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 @ 8 pm; Jun 12, 19, 26 @ 4 pm

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

Opera: Peter Grimes

Magnificent music, gripping drama, and believable characters: Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes tells the story of a conflicted dreamer vying against a village that rejects and persecutes him.

Jun 18 @ 8 pm, Jun 23 @ 7:30 pm, Jun 26 @ 3 pm

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Organ Recital: Kristiaan Seynhave

Belgian virtuoso Kristiaan Seynhave will play a recital of music by French composers César Franck and Charles-Marie Widor on the magnificent Mander pipe organ in Princeton University Chapel.

Jun 19 @ 3 pm

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Jazz: Cécile McLorin Salvant

Jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant has dazzled audiences around the world with her expressive style and masterful vocal technique, already garnering two Grammy nominations at age 26.

Jun 19 @ 7 pm

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Orchestra: Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra

Concertmaster Juan Carlos Zamudio leads the Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra on period instruments.

Jun 22 @ 7:30 pm

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2016 Conducting Master Class

This 8-day professional conducting master class is open to conductors and auditors by application.

Jun 18 @ 9 am to Jun 25 @ 5 pm

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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.

Jun 25 @ 5 pm

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Dance: Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Complexions’ unprecedented approach to contemporary ballet makes it “sensationally, jaw-droppingly clear that we live in the age of the super dancer, at a time when technical virtuosity is being redefined as an expressive state.”

Jun 25 @ 8 pm

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Artists Round Table

Artists Round Table

Opera artists and production staff discuss the pleasures and perils faced on stage and off as they bring the opera to life. Free and open to the public.

Jun 1 @ 6:30 pm

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Festival Preview

Singers from the opera and musical will perform scenes from Peter Grimes and A Little Night Music. Free and open to the public.

Jun 2 @ 7 pm

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Timothy Urban

Lecture: Peter Grimes vs. The Masses

Professor Timothy Urban discusses what makes Peter Grimes a masterpiece of contemporary opera. Free and open to the public.

Jun 4 @ 2 pm, Jun 14 @ 7 pm

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Lecture: Peter Grimes and Ellen Orford: Musical Relations – Apocalyptic Outcomes

Professor Stephen Allen, an international authority on Britten, reveals Britten’s musical methods used in Peter Grimes.

Jun 7 @ 7 pm

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Richard Einhorn

A Conversation on “Voices of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc”

Richard Einhorn will speak about the genesis of the work in a conversation with Professors Lovett and Hobbins on composing for film and the trial of Joan of Arc. Free and open to the public.

Jun 9 @ 5pm

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Marianne Grey

Lecture: The Enduring Tale of Peter Grimes

Marianne Grey, a popular lecturer on art and its relation to history, will illustrate how WWII changed the arts of the mid 20th century through literary and artistic examples.

Jun 16 @ 7 pm, Jun 22 @ 7 pm

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Scott Burnham

Lecture: Meeting Peter Grimes

Princeton Professor Scott Burnham introduces Britten newcomers to the special qualities of Peter Grimes. Free and open to the public.

Jun 18 @ 6 pm

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