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Concert to feature music by Edward T. Cone

Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, 8 p.m. · Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall

A free concert of music by Edward T. Cone, long associated with Princeton University and its music department, is set for 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in Fine Hall's Taplin Auditorium.

"Cryptic Brilliance" will cover 55 years of Cone's work. The first half of the concert will include "Two Women," written in 1987, a short song cycle for soprano and piano on texts by Christina Rossetti and Emily Brontė; the "Second String Quartet" from 1949; and "Sphinxes: 25 Aphorisms for Piano," written in 1974.

The second half will draw from Cone's late work and will include the first performance of his last choral work, "Songs of Innocence and Experience," on texts by William Blake; the first performance of the final revision of the "Sonata for Violoncello Solo"; and Cone's last work "Three Songs From Pippa Passes," a song cycle for soprano and piano on texts by Robert Browning.

Performers will include singers Martha Elliot and Mimmi Fulmer, pianist Margaret Kampmeier, violinists Sunghae Anna Lim and Lisa Shihoten, violist Burchard Tang, cellist Thomas Kraines and the Princeton University Chamber Choir conducted by Richard Tang Yuk. Jeffrey Farrington, New England Conservatory and Princeton University alumnus, has coordinated the project.

Cone was a member of the University's class of 1939 and one of the Princeton's first three recipients of a master of fine arts degree in music. He joined the Princeton faculty in 1946, teaching music theory, history and composition. With the exception of two years of graduate work at Columbia University, service in World War II and visiting professorships, he spent his entire professional life at Princeton. He died in 2004 and age 87.

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