Music at Princeton April 2012
DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES APRIL 2012 EVENTS
All events are free, unless otherwise noted.
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY CHAMBER CHOIR
The Princeton University Chamber Choir conducted by Gabriel Crouch will give a performance titled “One Equal Music” — Settings of John Donne by Orlando Gibbons, Hubert Parry, William Harris and Richard Rodney Bennett. The first performance will be on Sunday, April 1 at 4:00PM at the First Presbyterian Church in Titusville, NJ, The second will be on Tuesday, April 3 at 8:00PM at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton, NJ. As the greatest metaphysical poet of his age, Donne was the originator of countless proverbs and aphorisms which have endured the four centuries since his death, and the wit and penetrating wisdom of his writing resonates as much in our century as in his. A surprisingly small number of composers have risen to the challenge of setting Donne to choral music, but the British composers spotlighted here have created works of immense beauty and rich complexity, very much in keeping with the texts that inspired them. Featured on the program are two great works for double choir by William Harris, the final two movements of Hubert Parry’s Songs of Farewell - and a pair of movements from a cycle composed by Richard Rodney Bennett on Donne’s Sermons and Devotions.
COMPOSERS ENSEMBLE AT PRINCETON
Composers Ensemble at Princeton, directed by Barbara White and Michael Pratt, will give a performance with Riley Lee, shakuhachi (or bamboo flute) titled “1.8” on Tuesday, April 3 at 8:00PM in Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall. The concert will feature new works by Princeton University graduate students enrolled in the recent seminar on writing music for shakuhachi: Leila Adu-Gilmore, Andy Akiho, Quinn Collins, Wally Gunn, David Molk, Caroline Shaw, and Jonathan Russell. Pianist Kate Campbell and several seminar members will perform the works. Riley Lee has been instrumental in creating a professional presence of traditional Japanese music in Australia. He has introduced the shakuhachi to a diverse audience as both a soloist and with other performers of diverse instruments from harp to didgeridoo.
Renowned Sitarist Ustad Shahid Parvez will perform with Ashutosh Thakur ‘14, Tabla, on Saturday, April 7 at 7:00PM in Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall. Mr. Parvez has performed in major musical festivals in India and abroad including the Festival of India held in the United States, Europe, USSR, Canada, Africa, Middle East and Australia, The event is co-sponsored with the Program in South Asian Studies.
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY LAPTOP ORCHESTRA (PLOrk)
For the first time in three years, the Princeton University Laptop Orchestra returns to Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on Saturday, April 7 at 8:00PM. Joined by New York pianist Kathy Supové, PLOrk will perform works by Professor Dan Trueman as well as new works by Michael Early and Lainie Fefferman. Additionally, the concert will feature the return of PLOrk co-founder and computer musician Perry Cook and the premiere of his new work LOrX Aeterna as well as works by Jascha Narveson, Konrad Kaczmarek, and Anne Hege. Tickets $10 general, $5 students. Call University Ticketing at (609) 258-9220 or visit www.princeton.edu/utickets.
Professor Gianmario Borio from the University of Pavia will give a Musicology Colloquium titled The Indeterminate Status of the Audiovisual Experience on Monday, April 9 at 4:30PM in Woolworth Center’s Room 106. This event is co-sponsored with the Lewis Center for the Arts.
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY OPERA
Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring will be performed by Princeton University Opera conducted by Gabriel Crouch on Friday, April 13 at 8:00PM and Saturday, April 14 at 8:00PM in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. Tickets are free. Call University Ticketing at (609) 258-9220.
THE BRENTANO STRING QUARTET
The Brentano String Quartet, Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence, will give their second annual free performance at Princeton on Sunday, April 15 at 3:00PM (PLEASE NOTE NEW CONCERT TIME) in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. They will perform works by Busoni and Beethoven. A pre-concert talk at 2:00PM will be given by Professor Scott Burnham. Tickets to both are free by calling University Ticketing at (609) 258-9220.
Independent scholar Barbara Sparti will give a Musicology Colloquium titled The Multi-faceted Moresca: The Italian Tradition of Pantomimic Dance on Monday, April 16 at 4:30PM in Woolworth Center’s Room 106. This event is co-sponsored with the Program in Italian Studies. Charles Atkinson from Ohio State University will present The Vatican Anonymous in speculo the next afternoon, Tuesday, April 17 at 4:30PM in McCormick Hall Room 106.
Kevin Laskey ‘12 will present his senior thesis featuring original compositions for jazz sextet, soprano and chamber ensemble, and the premiere of Suite for Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, April 22 at 1:30PM in the Rockefeller College Common Room.
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY GLEE CLUB AND CHAMBER CHOIR
The Princeton University Glee Club, Chamber Choir and Nassau Sinfonia conducted by Gabriel Crouch present the annual Walter L. Nollner Memorial Concert on Sunday, April 22 at 3:00PM in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. The program features the Fauré Requiem with Baritone Mischa Bouvier. Additional works include Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs and Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis. Tickets are $20 general, $10 seniors, $5 students. Call University Ticketing at (609) 258-9220 or order online at www.princeton.edu/utickets.
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA
The Princeton University Orchestra conducted by Michael Pratt will perform their annual Stuart B. Mindlin Memorial Concerts on Friday, April 27 at 8:00PM and Saturday, April 28 at 8:00PM in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. Soprano Sarah Pelletier will sing Three Pieces from Berg’s Wozzeck. The orchestra will also perform Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Tickets are $15 general, $13 seniors, $8 students. Call University Ticketing at (609) 258-9220 or order online at www.princeton.edu/utickets.
The Princeton University Department of Music hosts many concerts each season, in addition to those detailed here. For more information, or for a complete calendar, please visit princeton.edu/music. One may also follow the department on Twitter - @PUMusicDept.