PRINCETON, N.J. — I spent most of the summer in Moscow, treading past kiosks stocked with T-shirts that read, essentially, “Bring on the sanctions.” In retaliation for financial constraints imposed by Washington and Brussels for Moscow’s incursion into Ukraine, which make foreign check card purchases deeply problematic, the Russian prime minister, Dmitri Medvedev, has barred the import of a wide range of American and European foods. The McDonald’s restaurant on Push
Princeton University is steeped in tradition, as is classical music, but music is a continually evolving medium. Well into the second decade of the 21st century, the University’s department of music has established a new residency collaboration with one of music’s most innovative ensembles. So Percussion, a quartet of four human rhythm machines who have been performing together for 15 years, opened its residency with a concert in Richardson Auditorium last Friday night. Following the
In the past two weeks, we’ve taken a look at highlights of the upcoming concert season, devoting columns to some tantalizing orchestral and chamber music performances. This week, we conclude our survey with a look at some of the area’s noteworthy operatic, choral and vocal events.
Gabriel Crouch will present a double bill of Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” and Jonathan Dove’s “Tobias and the Angel” with Princeton University Opera Th
When it comes to So Percussion, a New York Times reviewer noted that “there are two ways to listen to this music: marvel at its ingenuity and structural intelligence, or simply close your eyes and let the hypnotically colorful sound envelop you.” The Brooklyn-based quartet has been redefining the notion of a modern percussion ensemble for over a decade, and now it is bringing its artistry to Princeton University.
The Princeton University Orchestra will begin its season with a program of music by Gershwin, Grieg, Dvoøák, and John Russell (Oct. 17 and 18). In December, the orchestra will perform Dan Trueman & Donnacha Dennehy’s “Four Sean-nós Songs” and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (Dec. 4 and 5). Respighi’s “Pines of Rome” will share a program with concerto competition winners (March 6 and 7). The Princeton University Glee Club will join the or
This spring, Princeton University students found common ground with Princeton-area middle school students over a shared love of music. The two groups, from Princeton University Sinfonia and Community House After School Academy (CHASA), met once a week to play their instruments and learn from one another. Sinfonia is an orchestra comprised of about 60 Princeton undergraduates as well as graduate students. CHASA, a program of the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, offers daily workshops an
"I don’t want people who listen to me sing sitting back and thinking, ‘Oh that sounds pretty’. I want them on the edge of their seats, filled with a sense of excitement.” Elfin and bright, 31-year-old Anthony Roth Costanzo is about to make his European stage debut at Glyndebourne singing the Crusader knight Eustazio in Handel’s Rinaldo. If his reputation in New York is any indication, audiences will be electrified by a sensational addition to the ranks
Gallicantus's latest recording, featuring Lassus' Lagrime di San Pietro has been shortlisted for a 2014 Gramophone Award. The group, dedicated to renaissance music, is directed by Princeton's Gabriel Crouch.
So what? So Percussion! That drumming you’ve heard in Princeton for the past week emanates from the sixth annual So Percussion Summer Institute. The program will roll, rattle and rumble until Aug. 2, with a total of nine concerts, 18 world premieres and 14 performances of works by Princeton-affiliated composers. Many of the concerts are free and take place throughout the Princeton community, in locations such as the Princeton Record Exchange, Small World Coffee and Albert Hinds