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Renowned Festival Strings Lucerne to perform in PUPP benefit

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, 8 p.m. University Chapel

The Princeton University Art Museum will present a concert by the Festival Strings Lucerne at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the University Chapel.

The performance, sponsored by William and Judith Scheide of Princeton, will benefit the Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP), a rigorous academic and cultural enrichment program that supports high-achieving, low-income high school students from Ewing, Princeton and Trenton public schools.

"We have become enthusiastic advocates of the mission of the Princeton University Preparatory Program," said William and Judith Scheide. "PUPP not only expands the visions of the students involved but enhances their prospects for the future."

Founded in 2001 by the Princeton University Program in Teacher Preparation, PUPP is a multi-year, tuition-free program that prepares students for admission to and ongoing success within selective colleges and universities. The art museum collaborates with PUPP to provide interactive museum visits and hands-on activities for PUPP scholars throughout the program. All proceeds from the concert will support the PUPP's art curriculum.

"The Princeton University Preparatory Program is a successful educational initiative with more than 70 percent of graduates currently enrolled in the nation's finest colleges and universities," said Jason Klugman, director of PUPP. "Cultural enrichment is one of the core values of PUPP, and we extend our gratitude to William and Judith Scheide for bringing this world-class string orchestra to Princeton in support of this vital component of the program."

As one of Switzerland's most widely touring orchestras, the Festival Strings Lucerne has performed throughout Europe and South and North America. The orchestra has a broad repertoire, ranging from works for string ensemble to extended chamber orchestra and from Baroque to contemporary music. More than 100 works by such major composers as Frank Martin, Bohuslav Martinu, Sandor Veress, Iannis Xenakis, Milko Kelemne and Peter Ruzicka have been commissioned for and premiered by the orchestra.

Under the baton of Maestro Mark Laycock, Festival Strings Lucerne will perform Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances Suite no. 3; Mendelssohn's String Symphony No. 9 in C major, "Swiss"; Bach's Arioso; Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25 for Violin and Orchestra, with soloist Daniel Dodds; and Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" K. 525.

Tickets are $20, and group discounts are available. They are available by contacting University Ticketing online or at (609) 258-9220.

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