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Concerts planned in Cone's memory, Oct. 18 and 23

Two concerts in memory of Edward T. Cone, noted pianist, composer, author and longtime member of the Princeton music faculty, are scheduled for the coming week. Cone died Oct. 23, 2004, at age 87.

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, the Brentano String Quartet will perform at 8 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, in the first of a series of annual concerts in Cone's memory. On Sunday, Oct. 23, Princeton Pro Musica will perform Cone's "Two Psalms for Chorus and Orchestra" at 4 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium.

For the Oct. 18 Edward T. Cone Memorial Concert, the Brentano String Quartet will feature works by Haydn, Shostakovich and Debussy. The ensemble has been Princeton's quartet-in-residence since 1999.

"It is extremely fitting that the inaugural concert feature the Brentano String Quartet: they played beautifully at Mr. Cone's memorial service last fall, and the Edward T. Cone Foundation has been a primary contributor to the Ensemble-in-Residence Program at Princeton," said Scott Burnham, chair of the music department.

The Oct. 23 concert, which also is being supported by the Edward T. Cone Foundation, will feature the premiere of "Two Psalms." Cone composed these settings of Psalm 90 and 91 in 1947-48 in response to the horrors of World War II. Princeton Pro Musica performed "Psalm 90" by itself in 1999.

Cone earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton in 1939 and was one of the first recipients of a master of fine arts degree in music at Princeton in 1942. He joined the music faculty in 1946 and retired in 1985. The University awarded him an honorary degree in 2004.

The Oct. 18 concert will be free and open to the public; complimentary tickets may be obtained at the Richardson Auditorium box office on the evening of the performance.

Tickets for the Oct. 23 concert are $30 and $35 and may be obtained by calling (609) 683-5122 or visiting the Princeton Pro Musica Web site. <www.princetonpromusica.org>.

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