Using laptops, tablets, and six sided speakers, Princeton University's Laptop Orchestra teaches students the art of creating and coding music. It's neither Mozart nor Star Wars.
The concluding work on coLABoratory, the American Composers Orchestra’s April 5 Zankel Hall concert, was an extremely effective symbiosis of music and film called New York: A City Symphony by Troy Herion. Throughout its roughly fifteen-minute duration, audience members occasionally gasped or laughed—not a frequent occurrence at a performance of contemporary classical music. I know I was at the edge of my seat for most of it.
When running a kitchen, it’s important to stock all the essential ingredients, of course. But you need to start with the hardware. The Princeton Sound Kitchen grew out of the basic necessity of providing a performance ensemble for Princeton University composers. In fact, before its sharp name change, it was known simply as the Composers Ensemble.
This month, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra welcomes pianist Orli Shaham for the East Coast premiere of Princeton University professor and composer Steven Mackey’s Stumble to GraceConcerto for Piano and Orchestra. The NJSO co-commissioned the concerto with the St. Louis Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Recently, Mackey chatted with NJSO: Backstage about the concerto’s creation and the NJSO’s performances of the work in his own state.
Does music have to have rhythm? Are leaves rustling in the breeze music? How might a spoken word poem inspire a composer? The 20 Princeton students in the new course "The Improvising Ensemble" are discovering answers to these kinds of questions as well as pushing the boundaries of their own concepts of what music is and can be
Princeton professors Scott Burnham has received the University's Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities. Burnham, the Scheide Professor of Music History, has been a Princeton faculty member since 1989. He is known as a musicologist with a gift for writing. His most influential books include "Mozart's Grace," published by Princeton University Press last year; "Beethoven and His World"
The two works performed in the Princeton University Orchestra’s concerts this past weekend paid particular tribute to the performance’s honoree — former orchestra percussionist Stuart B. Mindlin. The music of early 20th-century France was marked by coloristic orchestral effects, many of which were scored into the percussion section. The compositions of Francis Poulenc and Maurice Ravel presented Friday night (the concert was repeated Saturday night) at Richardson Auditorium mad
The Princeton University Orchestra and the Princeton Glee Club come together this weekend for two concerts strong on contrasts.
The orchestra and chorus will perform Maurice Ravel’s “Daphnis and Chloe” and Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria.” The concerts will take place tonight and tomorrow at Richardson Auditorium, in Alexander Hall, on the campus of Princeton University.
When Simon Morrison heard that ballerina Svetlana Lunkina had left Russia’s famed Bolshoi Ballet and was living outside of Toronto, he knew he wanted to figure out a way to bring her to Princeton. Mr. Morrison, a professor of music at Princeton University and a well-known authority on 20th century Russian and Soviet music and dance, approached Michael Cadden, who heads the University’s Lewis Center of the Arts.
A major east-west campus walkway linking the Lewis Center for the Arts as well as the new Department of Music building to the science buildings that house genomics, neuroscience and psychology has been named by the Board of Trustees in honor of President Shirley M. Tilghman, who will step down at the end of this academic year after serving 12 years as president.