Our June 2018 Season

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  • Lecture |  More About What’s Baroque about Baroque Music?

    John Burkhalter, independent scholar and Artistic Director of The Practitioners of Musick, discusses the music and instruments of the “Age of the Baroque.” Free and open to the public.

    • Thursday June 21 at 7 pm

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  • Musical Theater | A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

    Sondheim’s joyous, musical romp through Rome has desperate lovers, scheming neighbors and secrets behind every toga. Free “Meet the Artists” reception on Opening Night.

    • June 10 through July 1

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  • Princeton Festival Baroque OrChestra

    Concertmaster Juan Carlos Zamudio returns with this favorite Festival ensemble for two different period orchestra performances.

    • Saturday June 23 at 5 pm
    • Wednesday June 27 at 7:30 pm

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  • Jazz  |  Peter and Will Anderson Quintet

    Peter and Will Anderson are known for their unique renditions of classic jazz songs and innovative original music. They are featured on the 2014 Grammy-winning soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks.

    • Saturday June 23 at 8 pm

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  • Opera | Madama Butterfly

    The intensely moving drama, combined with Puccini’s heartfelt music, set Madama Butterfly apart as not just a crowd-pleaser, but a masterpiece.

    • Saturday June 16 at 7:30 pm – free “Meet the Artists” reception immediately follows
    • Sunday June 24 at 3 pm
    • Sunday July 1 at 3 pm

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  • Exhibit  |  Music-Inspired Art

    Paintings by A-TEAM artists, affiliated with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, will be displayed for sale at Thomas Sweet Café in Skillman, NJ throughout May and at the Madama Butterfly performances on June 16, June 24, and July 1.

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  • Lecture |  Before Butterfly: 17th-Century Dutch & Japanese Music

    John Burkhalter and Glenn Shōyū Swann discuss the convergence of cultures resulting from the arrival of the Dutch East India Company in Japan and perform 17th c. and Dutch-inspired Japanese music. Free and open to the public.

    • Monday June 25 at 7 pm

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  • Education & Community Engagement Programs

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

    • Friday February 18 through Sunday July 1

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  • Lecture  |  Madama Butterfly Goes to Paris; Isabella Stewart Gardner Goes to Japan

    Marianne Grey, Princeton University Art Museum Docent, discusses the West’s embrace of all things Japanese in the decades preceding Madama ButterflyFree and open to the public.

    • Tuesday June 12 at 7 pm
    • Thursday June 28 at 7 pm

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  • Choral | Princeton Festival Baroque Chorus & Orchestra

    Princeton Festival Baroque Chorus and Baroque Orchestra perform an uplifting, celebratory cantata by Bach and Handel’s brilliant, lively Dixit Dominus.  Gregory Geehern conducts these youthful works. Period instruments provide an authentic sound. Free “Meet the Artists” reception immediately follows.

    • Saturday June 30 at 7 pm

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Congratulations to the 2018 Piano Competition Winners

Shuttle Bus from Wawa to McCarter: June 16 only

(from left) Patrick James as Senex, Michael Caizzi as Pseudolus, Michael Bartkiewicz as Hysterium, Jordan Bunshaft as Lycus (photo by Jessi Franko Designs LLC)

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” reviews starting to come in …

Ticket Watch: What’s sold out?

Piano Competition Finalists


Yulia Lysenko

Opera Metro interviews Yulia Lysenko, our Cio-Cio-San

Explore the wine and food of Southern Italy!

Piano keys

Piano Competition registration NOW CLOSED

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Mark your calendars for WWFM broadcasts of 2017 Concerts – 5/20, 5/25, 6/8 & 6/15

@princetonfest on Twitter & Instagram


Madama Butterfly

Beautiful production and a pleasure all around.” – Paula Fishman on Facebook

A very moving and beautiful production amazing young lyric tenor, Matthew White … a voice to follow, friends – an old school Tenor sound with American Idol looks” –@premiereoperainternational on Instagram

“Magnificent performance …. Yulia Lysenko was outstanding.” –Randy Larrimore on Facebook


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

“Fantastic; incredible; amazing; marvelous; wonderful; couldn’t have been better!” –Patron Sydney Taggart after opening night 6/10/18

“… a wild, tuneful, stripped-down ‘Forum’ … simultaneously slapdash, as it must be, and tight. Caizzi and company honor the book with slapstick most frenetic.” –John Timpane, Philadelphia Inquirer, 6/12/18

“All of [Director Michael Dean] Morgan’s players do their jobs efficiently and amusingly. One does more … Michael Bartkiewicz’s intelligent performance makes the most of every opportunity and nuance.” –Neal Zoren, U.S. 1, 6/13/18

“The casting … merits the highest praise…. This performance moved at lightning speed and had my attention gripped tight right from the opening number.” –Toby Grace, Out In Jersey, 6/18/18


Concordia Chamber Players

“Concordia Chamber Players open Princeton Festival with musical finesse” –Nancy Plum, Town Topics, 6/13/17