For the past 15 years, the Brentano String Quartet, comprised of violinists Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin, violist Misha Amory and cellist Nina Lee, has been Ensemble-in-Residence at Princeton University. As part of this residency, the Brentano has assisted with classes and workshops, and has presented concerts to the public each year, many of them free. The last of these public performances took place last Friday night at Richardson Auditorium, as the quartet played a fond musical farewell to
The Princeton University Orchestra presents its final concert of the year on April 25 and April 26. The Daily Princetonian recently had an opportunity to interview conductor Michael Pratt about his work with the orchestra and his views on the upcoming concert.
Composer and percussionist Andy Akiho, currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Composition at Princeton University, has been awarded the prestigious Luciano Berio Rome Prize for Musical Composition. The American Academy in Rome awards the prize that provides fellowships for artists and scholars in the humanities. Akiho was one of two winners in the Musical Composition category. The Rome Prize was given to 30 artists or academics in 11 disciplines in the national competition. The prize's fell
The department of music at Princeton University has chosen So Percussion to be the new Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence at the school. The group replaces the Brentano String Quartet, the performers-in-residence since 1999. So Percussion will teach graduate and undergraduate students, lead workshops, rehearse and perform new works by student and faculty composers, coach chamber music, give master classes and present two concerts from the group’s touring repertoire each academic
It’s spring, and musical renewal is in the air, with two innovative programs offered by Princeton Sound Kitchen and the Lenape Chamber Ensemble. Princeton Sound Kitchen will host the JACK Quartet on Tuesday in a concert of new works by composers in the university graduate program. Among them will be last year’s Pulitzer Prize-winner for music, Caroline Shaw.
Blame it on big brothers. While growing up in Jerusalem, Israel, Gilad Cohen became fascinated with British pop, rock, and progressive rock music that was created long before he was born. His late father, who was a computer programmer at the Bank of Israel, and his mother, a librarian at the Israeli Ministry of Education, were both amateur musicians and loved Israeli folk music and classical music. Perhaps to rebel against their parents’ tastes, Cohen’s older brothers had ro
A do-not-miss for Pink Floyd fans, audiophiles, music lovers… Princeton University is proud to host an interdisciplinary conference celebrating the music, art, and culture of Pink Floyd, April 10-13th 2014. There is SO much fascinating content being packed into this weekend, which culminates with Pink Floyd producer/engineer James Guthrie as the keynote speaker. Here’s a taste of what’s in store, but visit the website for all the details. The weekend starts with an &l
The Richardson Chamber Players focused its final program of the season on “words in the English language that carry poetic promise,” and decided “England” was one of those words. The music selected for Sunday afternoon’s concert in Richardson Auditorium also emphasized spring, and fortunately the weather cooperated. Those who chose to come inside on Sunday afternoon heard pieces which not only evoked England and spring, but also demonstrated the Chamber Players&rsqu
Gabriel Crouch has performed a lot of concerts, and he has appeared with most of Britain's (and therefore the world's) greatest choirs. But nothing could prepare him for the experience of performing in St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany, for which Johann Sebastian Bach wrote so much of his greatest music. "We had two really memorable performances there, on the fourth and fifth of January," Crouch says, "the first time I've ever performed in the Thomaskirche
“Stumble to Grace” is the self-effacing subtitle of Steven Mackey’s recent piano concerto. Mackey, professor of music and chair of the Princeton University Music Department, “stumbles” with an expertise that is enviable. The concerto, a joint commission of the St. Louis Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, received its East Coast premiere last season with the NJSO at Princeton’s Richardson Auditorium. It forms the centerpiece of a new L.A. P