The Princeton Festival Guild

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Celebrate, Participate, Relate

 

Celebrate

Do you love music, theater, dance, film? Celebrate the performing arts with us by joining the Princeton Festival Guild, dedicated to introducing young and old alike to the joy and inspiration of great performances. The Guild is the driving force in creating the Festival’s many educational and community engagement programs designed to excite, inform, inspire, and invite discovery and engagement.

 

Participate

Guild volunteers participate in every aspect of the many educational and community enrichment programs The Princeton Festival is known for, an essential element of the Festival’s mission. In addition, Guild members play a critical role in the overall success of the Festival by assisting at Festival events, organizing fund raisers, and providing cast hospitality.

Join the Guild to get involved!

Email: [email protected]

Join / Renew (exp. 12/31/17)

 

For 2017, the Guild is developing these types of programs and welcomes your involvement:

  • 2017 Guild Events

    • Art Tour – Thursday, June 8, 2017


      Tour by Michal Padgett, curator at the Princeton Art Museum, of the exhibition, The Berlin Painter and His World: Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early Fifth Century B.C.
      For Guild members and their guests.
      At the Princeton Art Museum at 4 PM.

      Learn more

  • 2017 Education & Community Engagement Programs

    • Artist Round Table – Wednesday, May 31, 2017

      2016 Artrist Round Table
      An intimate conversation with the operas principal artists and directors.

      • 6:30 pm: Round Table

      Learn more

    • Music that Tells a Story – June 2017

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      Intergenerational Opera workshop plus admission to the dress rehearsal of Fidelio with backstage tour.

      Learn more

    • A-TEAM Partnership – June 2017

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      Music inspired Art Exhibition:

      • Lobby of McCarter Theater
      • Thomas Sweet Café
      • Reception at Thomas Sweet Cafe

      Learn more

 

» Read more about ALL 2017 Education & Community Engagement Programs

» Read more about past Guild events

 

Relate

But that’s not all! We are also a fun-loving community whose members enjoy relating with like-minded arts-lovers while enjoying benefits available only to Guild members. These benefits include early access to tickets, reserved seating at selected general admission performances, invitations to closed events such as dress rehearsals or conducting master class sessions, and meeting Festival artists in social settings.

General Member’s Meeting – Sunday, Feb 26, 2017

Guild members enjoyed an afternoon with delicious refreshments at the beautiful home of Janet Perkins. Artistic director, Richard Tang Yuk, presented a preview of the Princeton Festivals 2017 season and Guild Chair, Bobette Lister, gave a summary of our 2016 activities and our plans for 2017.

2/26/2017 Guild Meeting

2/26/2017 Guild Meeting

Marie Miller & Marvin Cheiten

Marie Miller & Marvin Cheiten

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General Member’s Meeting – Sunday, Feb 21, 2016
2/21/2016 Guild Meeting

2/21/2016 Guild Meeting

TPF Artistic Director

TPF Artistic Director

RTY & Harry Fini

RTY & Harry Fini

Nancy & Avis

Nancy & Avis

2/21/2016 Guild Meeting

2/21/2016 Guild Meeting

Guild Chair, Bobette Lister

Guild Chair, Bobette Lister & RTY

Tom, Patricia, Bobette

Tom, Patricia, Bobette

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2/21/2016 Guild Meeting

 


PAST EVENTS Involving the Guild


IN 2017, THE GUILD PRESENTED THESE PROGRAMS:

 

Sing Spring Fundraising Event – Saturday, May 20, 2017

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Guild members and their guests enjoyed an afternoon of wine, hors d’oeuvres and a preview of this year’s musical, The Man of La Mancha, in a lovely Princeton home.

5/20/2017 Sing Spring

Cast Members

Guild Members

 

Meet Beethoven – Sunday, May 13, 2017

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Actor and musician Dennis Kobray presented a program on Beethoven for ages 10 and up. At the Princeton Public Library at 1:00 PM
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5/13/2017 Meet Beethoven

Dennis Cobray



 

Beethoven Lives Upstairs – Saturday, May 7, 2017

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1992 film for families, ages 6 and up, directed by David Divine.
At the Princeton Public Library, at 2:00 PM.
Free
Learn more

IN 2016, THE GUILD PRESENTED THESE PROGRAMS:

 

A-TEAM Partnership, June & December 2016

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Trenton Community A-TEAM – December 1-31, 2016
Exhibition of Music-Inspired Art by visual artists who are patrons of The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.
Thomas Sweet Cafe, Route 206N, Skillman, NJ
Tuesday, December 20th:

  • Meet the Artists reception – Noon-2:30 PM
  • Celebrate the Arts reception – 4:30-6:30 PM

Learn more

 

The Princeton Festival’s Annual Fall Fundraising Event – Saturday, October 15, 2016

TPF’s annual wine tasting party was held at the historic home of Hope and Kevin Cotter, The Hopewell Castle. Entertainment was provided by Jessica Medoff and pianist Michael Bunchman.

The Hopewell Castle

The Hopewell Castle

Jessica Medoff entrances an audience of all ages

Jessica Medoff entrances an audience of all ages

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven

 Baroque Concert Open Rehearsal – Monday, June 20, 2016

Guild Members and a young audience were invited to the Rehearsal of the Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra.
Children exploring the Harpsichord:

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Music that Tells a Story – June, 2016

Music that Tells a Story was a free Intergenerational Opera Experience for teens accompanied by an adult family member or friend. It started with a workshop to familiarize participants with this exciting art form. The workshop was conducted by Rochelle Ellis, noted classical singer and educator. Participants received free admission to a full professional performance at the final dress rehearsal, where they also saw the backstage activities that help bring the opera to life. Our partners provided the workshop venue and helped us register participants. The 2016 season we were partnering with the Princeton Public Library, the Trenton Children’s Chorus, the Turning Point United Methodist Church in Trenton, the YWCA Princeton ESL and the Princeton Girlchoir.

Set designer J Robertson

Set designer J Robertson


Backstage tour

Backstage tour

Wig & makeup behind the scenes

Wig & makeup behind the scenes

Assistant Stage Manager Tony Zanghi

Assistant Stage Manager Tony Zanghi

Backstage

Backstage tour

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Artist Round Table  – Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Marian Burleigh-Motley, a renowned interviewer and director at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, moderated a Roundtable discussion on the insides of Britten’s Peter Grimes with TPF Artistic Director Richard Tang-Yuk, director Steven LaCosse and the principal Singers.
Guild Members enjoyed a Pre-Discussion Dinner with the Artists at the Erdman Center.

6/1/16 Artists Round Table

6/1/16 Artists Round Table

Anderson

Anderson, Gigliotti, Harms

Audience

Audience

Tang-Yuk, Burleigh-Motley

Tang-Yuk, Burleigh-Motley

Beebe, Krasovec, Brown, Lister

Beebe, Krasovec, Brown, Lister

LaCosse, Richardson, Orford

LaCosse, Richardson, Orford

Krasovec, Gaertner, Beebe, LaCosse

Krasovec, Gaertner, Beebe, LaCosse

Orford, Modzelewski

Orford, Modzelewski

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In 2015, the Guild presented these programs:


Wine & Beer Tasting FUNraising event – Sunday, October 25, 2015

A FUN time was definitely had by all!

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Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk announces the 2016 season

AD Richard Tang Yuk announces the 2016 season

Wines & beers, courtesy of CoolVines

Wines & beers, courtesy of CoolVines

Richard Bolster from The Vault Brewery in Yardley PA

Richard Bolster from The Vault Brewery in Yardley PA

Ocean Country Band

Ocean Country Band

Cynthia & Robert Hendrickson with Richard Tang Yuk

Cynthia & Robert Hendrickson with Richard Tang Yuk

From right, Richard Tang Yuk with his assistants Nicole Benvenuti and Scott Johnson and Scott's fiancee

Richard Tang Yuk with his assistants

Want to get involved? Join the Guild!

Want to get involved? Join the Guild — email [email protected]

Opera Experience for All, June 2015

Music that Tells a Story was a free Intergenerational Opera Experience for teens accompanied by an adult family member or friend. It starts with a workshop to familiarize participants with this exciting art form. The workshop is conducted by Rochelle Ellis, noted classical singer and educator. Participants then get free admission to a full professional performance at the final dress rehearsal, where they will also see the backstage activities that help bring the opera to life. Our partners provide the workshop venue and help us register participants. This season we are partnering with YWCA Princeton, the Trenton Children’s Chorus, and Turning Point United Methodist Church in Trenton, NJ.

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Rehearsal, Princeton, June 11, 2015

Marriage of Figaro Rehearsal, Princeton, June 11, 2015

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Lecture, Trenton, June 6, 2015

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Funding for Opera Experience for All was provided by Janssen Phamaceuticals, the Park Lento Charitable Fund, and Guild members.

 

A-TEAM Partnership, June 2015

A-TEAM Artist

The Trenton Community A-TEAM  (TCAT), a group of visual artists and poets who are patrons of the services of The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK), are creating works inspired by and related to the opera: themes, the opera genre, as well as the life and works of Mozart. TPF Guild will arrange the display and sale of the works. Proceeds will benefit the artists participating in TASK’s mission to encourage self-esteem, self-sufficiency, and enhance patrons’ overall quality of life.

  • A-Team Exhibition, June 1 – 30, at Thomas Sweet Cafe in the Montgomery Shopping Center
  • A-Team Exhibition, June 13, 21, and 28 in main lobby at McCarter Theatre during performances of The Marriage of Figaro
  • Reception, June 23, 5-7 PM, at Thomas Sweet Cafe
  • Meet the Artist, June 30, 2-4 PM, at Thomas Sweet Cafe

Funding for the A-TEAM Project is provided by Guild members, with Thomas Sweet Café donating its Gallery space

 

Artist Round Table – Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Artists Round Table

Artists Round Table

Moderator: Marian Burleigh-Motley
Venue: Princeton Theological Seminary, Scheide Hall, Gambrell Room (next to Miller Chapel).

Following a one-hour conversation with the principals and directors of The Marriage of Figaro opera, a reception was held for the audience to meet the artists.The event was free and open to the public. 

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Meet and Greet Breakfast – Monday, May 18, 2015

The Guild sponsored a breakfast on the first day of opera rehearsal for the Artists and their host families at the Nassau Presbyterian Church.

 

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