Welcome to The Princeton Festival Podcast, where we take you behind the scenes of New Jersey’s premier performing arts festival for revealing discussions with musicians, artists, conductors, historians, and more.
Series One, which began in April of 2020, will conclude with four episodes released every Wednesday in June as part of the Festival’s “Virtually Yours” digital season.
June 3: Carmen-Helena Téllez
A successful conductor, producer, composer, and scholar talks about “Women in Music.”
June 10: Marie Miller
“Costuming Operas & Musicals” – from the Festival’s go-to costumer.
June 17: Shai Zohar
A rising star of classical piano describes “Life after the Princeton Festival Piano Competition” (Zohar won 1st prize in the Open Category and “Most Outstanding Performer” in 2018).
June 24: Sylvia McNair
Grammy-winning vocal artist on “An International Career.” Ms. McNair is that rare performer whose star shines brilliantly in both classical and popular music.
Links to past episodes of our podcast are archived below for easy access, with new ones added as they appear.
Mezzo-soprano Rebecca Roy discusses her experience with The Princeton Festival Baroque Chorus and Opera Chorus, as well as the unique challenges of singing period music.
In our fourth episode, Maria Romero discusses her career path as a professional musician, from being a former student in Venezuela’s El Sistema music education program to becoming an accomplished violinist and teacher.
We interview Steven LaCosse for our third episode. Steven has directed many of The Princeton Festival’s most admired opera productions, including the acclaimed 2019 staging of Nixon in China.
Our second episode captures the Artistic Director of Concordia Chamber Players, Michelle Djokic, in a warm conversation about the history of the group and the joys of sharing musical discoveries.
For our first episode, Artistic & Executive Director for The Princeton Festival, Richard Tang Yuk, talks about how the Festival began, what it’s like to plan a multi-genre performing arts festival, and how decisions are made about cast members.