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Princeton University Orchestra performs 'Hansel and Gretel,' Dec. 7-8

The Princeton University Orchestra will offer two concert performances of Engelbert Humperdinck's beloved opera "Hansel and Gretel" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

The cast combines members of the voice faculty from Westminster Choir College, Rutgers University and Princeton University, as well as the Westminster Children's Choir, Patricia Thel, director.

The role of Hansel will be sung by mezzo-soprano Barbara Rearick, who made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1993. Gretel will be sung by soprano Martha Elliott, who graduated from Princeton University, earned a master's degree from the Juilliard School and currently teaches voice at Princeton.

Conductor Michael Pratt said the performances will offer something for everyone. "Children are enchanted by the vivid retelling of the timeless tale, and adults find the deeper themes of love and salvation powerfully moving," Pratt observed.

Tickets are priced at $5 for students and $15 for others. They are available at the Richardson Auditorium box office. Reservations can be made with a credit card by calling (609) 258-5000.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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