Michael Pratt, director of Princeton University’s program in musical performance, is conducting Gustav Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 3 — again. “This is my third time conducting (Mahler’s Third),” Pratt says from his home in Skillman. “I seem to do it in 11-year cycles. I did it in 1992 and 2003. This time around it’s 2014.” Written between 1893 and 1896, Mahler’s Third is the longest piece in the standard symphonic repertoire,
The modern percussion ensemble Sō Percussion has been named the Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence at Princeton University. As active participants in the Department of Music, the four-member group will teach graduate and undergraduate students; coach student chamber music ensembles; give master classes; workshop, rehearse and perform new works by student and faculty composers; and present two concerts from their touring repertoire each academic year. The renewable three-year appointment wil
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
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