News & Announcements
Princeton Festival Presents Readings by Nine Poets from Around the World during National Poetry Month
Poems on “Love and Loss” Will Stream Online in April; Writers Are from US, China, Italy, Japan, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Venezuela, Vietnam
March 29, 2021
The Princeton Festival (www.princetonfestival.org) will stream online readings by nine distinguished poets from the US and around the world during April as a tribute to National Poetry Month. The poems, written on the topic of “Love and Loss,” will be read in their original languages with English subtitles, accompanied by imagery from the poets’ native countries.
“We are proud to present a group of highly regarded poets from Europe, Asia, and the Americas for our fourth annual poetry reading,” said Gregory Geehern, the Festival’s Acting Artistic Director. “Amanda Gorman’s reading at the recent Presidential Inauguration showed how positive a force poetry can be in our culture and our lives. We feel this event makes a fitting prelude to our June season of performing arts.”
Each poet will read one piece, approximately two minutes long. The readings will premiere via the Festival’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/princetonfest/) and its Instagram (princetonfest) and YouTube accounts on the dates below.
- April 7: Lucilla Trapazzo (Italy/Switzerland)
- April 9: Đặng Thân (Vietnam)
- April 12: Sabrina De Canio (Italy)
- April 16: Peihang “Marshall” Li (China)
- April 19: Mariela Cordero (Venezuela)
- April 21: Mari Kashiwagi (Japan)
- April 23: Vladimir Baboshin (Russia)
- April 27: Iskra Peneva (Serbia)
- April 29: Allison Adelle Hedge Coke (USA)
Readings can be accessed through the Festival website, and will remain available until June 30. Links to the readings will also be available through the Princeton Public Library website (www.princetonlibrary.org).
Princeton Festival to Launch Online “Virtually Yours” Performing Arts Season: A Free Event Every Day in June
May 19, 2020
The Princeton Festival has announced “Virtually Yours,” a free online festival of live and recorded performances of instrumental and vocal music, musical theater, opera, and poetry, plus educational presentations. There will be different events every day from June 1 to June 28; a full schedule is available at the www.princetonfestival.org.
“When the coronavirus threat forced cancellation of our regular season, we responded by creating ‘Virtually Yours’ as another way to bring the inspiration of the performing arts to our community,” said Richard Tang Yuk, Executive and Artistic Director.
“This online program maintains the high artistic quality Princeton Festival audiences have come to expect in a variety of genres, both classical and popular. It includes totally new material prepared especially for us by leading artists, plus performances from our recorded archives. We’re confident audiences will find it to be an exciting and engaging series of events.”
Highlights of the “Virtually Yours” online festival include the following. All times are EDT.
- Videos of four Festival opera productions, each streamed just once on Sundays at 1 pm. The operas are Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (June 7), Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (June 14), the acclaimed 2016 production of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes (June 21), and Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman (June 28).
- A “Live Musical Theater Revue” (Saturday, June 20, 8 pm).
- Broadcasts of 2019 Festival concerts by Concordia Chamber Players, Van Cliburn competition pianist Rachel Cheung, and the Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra and Chorus, airing Fridays at 8 pm on WWFM radio, 89.1 FM in the Trenton area and worldwide over The Classical Network at wwfm.org.
- Videos of musical artists performing from their homes (various days).
- Latin band Fleur Seule on Saturday, June 13.
- A series of podcasts launched each Wednesday on such topics as “Women in Music” and “Costuming Operas and Musicals,” along with interviews with Shai Zohar, pianist, and Sylvia McNair, soprano.
- Twelve renowned poets from the U.S., Japan, and China, reading poems on the theme of women, in a compilation of videos made especially for the Festival. To be released on Monday, June 22.
- An Opera Workshop for people who want to learn more about the art form, starting Tuesday, June 9; and a Musical Workshop for aspiring singers beginning Monday June 15.
- Lectures by prominent experts: Professor Timothy Urban on “Why We Love Opera” (Thursday, June 4) and Professor Stacy Wolf on “Beyond Broadway: The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Theater across America” (Thursday, June 18).
A full roster of “Virtually Yours” events, plus periodic updates to the schedule, may be viewed at https://princetonfestival.org/virtually-yours/.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak
April 6, 2020
Dear Festival friends,
I hope you are all doing well in this unprecedented situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
After extensive discussion with the Board of Trustees, it is with deepest regret that we must announce the cancellation of our June 2020 season.
Some of the significant reasons that guided this decision include the orders and guidelines put in place by federal and state government and health officials, the closing of performance and rehearsal venues, and our deep concern for the welfare and safety of all of our valued artists, staff, and patrons. We believe cancelling is the responsible path forward for The Princeton Festival.
We will be reaching out to our ticket buyers over the next several days, and we ask for your patience while our customer service team navigates this process with all our patrons.
Many of you have asked how you can help ensure the future of the Festival. Donating your tickets back to the Festival, purchasing a gift certificate for future performances, or making a donation are all ways that you can have an immediate impact. New COVID-related legislation may now make it even easier for you to support The Princeton Festival; read more here.
We are already hard at work planning our future events, including possible performances this Fall. In the meantime, I thank you all for your support and please stay safe and healthy. I hope to see you soon.
Richard Tang Yuk
Executive & Artistic Director