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Education & Community Engagement
Lectures, workshops, previews, and more!
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Education & Community Engagement Programs
Lectures, pre-performance conversations, workshops, preview performances, artist round tables and more!
- Friday February 18 through Sunday July 1
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 Butterfly. Free and open to the public.
- Tuesday June 12 at 7 pm
- Thursday June 28 at 7 pm
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
“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