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Concert notes 75th anniversary of organ in University Chapel
Sound, Sensation and Celebration," a concert marking the 75th anniversary of the organ in the University Chapel, is planned for 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.
Principal University organist David Messineo at the keyboard in the chapel.
David Messineo, principal University organist since 2000, will perform music with historical significance to the organ.
The instrument was constructed and installed in 1928 by the Skinner Organ Co. of Boston. Over the years, various University organists have altered the 109 stops and 8,000 pipes to suit changing styles of performance.
In May 1990, the organ was completely dismantled for repair and renovation. By December 1991, the Mander Organ Co. of London had restored the majesty of the French Romantic conception of the original organ, and revived the clarity and precision of its Baroque alterations.
Messineo has called the Mander organ "one of the best in this part of the country." A church organist since age 11, Messineo earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School. He has served as organist at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark, Glen Ridge (N.J.) Congregational Church and New York's Radio City Music Hall and as professor of organ at Montclair State University. Messineo, who rebuilds organs in his spare time, has won the American Guild of Organists' New York City chapter competition three times and has twice been a finalist in the national competition.
His program on Nov. 15 will open with "Toccata, Adagio and Fugue" by J.S. Bach. It also will include music by Marcel Dupré, the noted French organist, who served as a consultant to Princeton on the original Skinner organ. Other works will be: "Piéces de fantaisie" by Louis Vierne, a piece dedicated to Alexander Russell, director of music at Princeton when the organ was installed, and Ernest Skinner, builder of the organ; "Fantasie Dialogue" by Léon Boëllmann, which was on the program for the organ's first recital and demonstration on Oct. 13, 1928; and "O God Beyond All Praising" (Thaxted) by Gustav Holst, which will feature members of the Chapel Choir.
Tickets are $15 for general admission and free for students. For more information, contact Penna Rose, director of chapel music, at 258-3654 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Author, peace advocate to speak
Israeli author and peace advocate Amos Oz will lecture at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, in McCosh 50.
Oz, a prominent figure in the Peace Now movement since 1977 and one of Israel's leading novelists, will speak on "Israel: Peace and War." He was among a group of Israeli and Palestinian politicians, human rights advocates and intellectuals that recently unveiled a new blueprint for peace in the Middle East after two years of secret talks.
Since the 1967 war, Oz has published numerous articles and essays about the Israeli/Arab conflict, campaigning for a compromise based on mutual recognition and co-existence between Israel and a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.
A visiting professor at Princeton in 1997, Oz currently holds the Agnon Chair of Hebrew Literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is the author of works including "Where the Jackals Howl," "My Michael" and "Black Box." In 1998 he won the Israel Prize for literature.
Oz's talk is designated as the Walter Edge Lecture and is part of the University's Public Lectures Series. Arrangements were made through the B'nai B'rith Lecture Bureau. The event will be Webcast; for viewing information, visit <www.princeton. edu/webmedia>.
Veterans Day observance planned
On Tuesday, Nov. 11, the Office of the Recording Secretary is sponsoring a gathering of University staff, faculty, students and alumni from 8:30 to 9 a.m. in the Faculty Room of Nassau Hall in observance of Veterans Day.
Participants will be encouraged to reflect upon the service and sacrifice made by prior generations and upon those being made by men and women in uniform today.
The ceremony will include the presentation of the colors by the Princeton Army ROTC unit; the singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "America the Beautiful" by Kenneth Grayson, foreman in the University electrical shop; an invocation and benediction by the Rev. Deborah Blanks, associate dean of religious life and of the Chapel; and remarks by retired Brig. Gen. George Eggers Jr., a member of Princeton's class of 1947. Retired Rear Adm. Kirk Unruh Jr., director of development relations and recording secretary, will serve as master of ceremonies.
All veterans and other members of the University community are welcome to attend.
Panel marks 40th anniversary of King speech
A panel discussion titled "After King's Dream: A Panel in Honor of the 40th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington" is set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Eddie Glaude Jr., associate professor of religion at Princeton, will moderate the forum. Panelists will include: Devon Carbado, professor of law at the University of California-Los Angeles; Michael Eric Dyson, who earned a Ph.D. in religion from Princeton in 1993 and is the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities and professor of African-American and religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania; Diane McWhorter, journalist and author of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize winning book, "Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama -- The Climatic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution"; and Zoharah Simmons, assistant professor of religion at the University of Florida, who worked on voter registration and desegregation activities in the South during the 1960s.
The discussion is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in African-American Studies.
The Triangle Club, featuring its signature all-male kickline, will present its 113th annual show at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14-15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at the McCarter Theatre Center. This year's musical revue, "For Love or Funny," takes on reality TV. For ticket information, call 258-2787 or visit <www.mccarter.org>.
Gala University opening of Roger S. Berlind Theatre features 'Big Love'
The Program in Theater and Dance will present Charles Mee's critically acclaimed comedy, "Big Love," as the gala University opening of the Roger S. Berlind Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Nov. 14-16, and Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 20-22.
Faculty member Davis McCallum will direct the New Jersey premiere of this play, which won a special citation at the 2001-02 Obie Awards.
Inspired by what some believe to be the earliest surviving play in Western literature, Aeschylus' "The Suppliant Women," "Big Love" tells the story of 50 sisters who flee an arranged marriage to their 50 cousins. The production uses spectacle and text, music and movement to tell a story that is part romance, part gender war and part exploration of what it is to be a man and a woman in today's world.
"Charles Mee has the uncanny ability to blend various disciplines such as poetry, sculpture, music, choreography, performance art and physical schtick," McCallum said. "For a director and actors, he offers a canvas on which to create a mind-boggling theatrical event -- tragic at one moment, farcical the next."
The Roger S. Berlind Theatre, the dynamic new performance space at McCarter Theatre Center, is named after the distinguished Broadway producer and 1952 Princeton alumnus. The building, designed by renowned theater architect Hugh Hardy, a 1954 alumnus, is a shared venue of the Program in Theater and Dance and McCarter Theatre.
For ticket information, call the box office at 258-2787 or visit <www.mccarter.org>.
Exhibition in Frist honors Gesner
An exhibition in memory of Princeton alumnus and composer Clark Gesner is on display in the main gallery of the Frist Campus Center through Sunday, Nov. 16.
The display, "Happiness Is Honoring Clark Gesner '60," honors Gesner, longtime member, supporter and trustee of the Triangle Club, who created the musical, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." He died in August 2002. It coincides with the club's 113th annual production playing at the McCarter Theatre Center Nov. 14-16 (see photo on page 4).
In collaboration with staff from the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, members of the Triangle Club have assembled materials from Gesner's personal and professional papers, which were donated by his family to the library. The display focuses on Gesner's contributions to the Triangle Club as a member and as unofficial archivist of Triangle memorabilia. It also includes historical materials from "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," which was performed on and off Broadway.