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Orchestra opens with Ivan Moravec, Oct. 19-20

The Princeton University Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Pratt, will open its 2007-08 season with the internationally acclaimed Czech pianist Ivan Moravec in concerts scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

Moravec and the orchestra will perform the Beethoven Third Piano Concerto in C minor during the second half of the program. Moravec is a 2007 Belknap Visitor in the Humanities, and his visit is made possible in part by the Council of the Humanities.

Moravec has performed with virtually every major American symphony orchestra from Boston to Los Angeles and Chicago to Atlanta. He regularly appears as an orchestral soloist and a recitalist in the most prestigious concert venues throughout the world. In 2000, Vaclav Havel, president of the Czech Republic, awarded Moravec the Medal of Merit for Outstanding Artistic Achievement. He has appeared regularly on the Princeton University Concert Series for nearly two decades as a solo recitalist, but this will mark his first performance with an orchestra in Princeton.

Pratt, now in his 30th season at the University, said, "We are deeply honored to be a part of Ivan Moravec's first concerto appearance in Princeton. The many audience members who have heard his artistry at his Richardson recitals know what a treat is in store for them."

For the first half of the program, Pratt has selected two excerpts from Richard Wagner's cycle "The Ring of the Niebelung": the lyrical "Forest Murmers" from Siegfried; and the monumental "Siegfried's Death and Funeral Music" from "Twilight of the Gods." Benjamin Britten's perennial favorite, "A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra," will complete the concert's first half.

Tickets for the concerts, priced at $18 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $5 for students, are available at the Richardson Auditorium box office at (609) 258-5000 and the Frist Campus Center box office at (609) 258-9220, or online through University Ticketing at

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