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Orchestra opens season with alumni soloists

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, 3 p.m. Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

The Princeton University Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Pratt, will open its 2009-10 season at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The concerts will feature solos by two acclaimed Princeton alumni.

The concert will open with Sergei Prokofiev's setting of the Hans Christian Andersen tale "The Ugly Duckling," to be sung by soprano Martha Elliott. Elliott, a 1982 graduate, has been heard many times by Princeton audiences in opera, concert, chamber music, new music and early music performances. She has appeared at major U.S. festivals and has sung internationally. She is a founding member of the Richardson Chamber Players and teaches voice at the University.

The program then moves to Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat, played by pianist Jennifer Chu, a 2006 Princeton graduate. Chu, who is a doctoral fellow at the Juilliard School, has toured as a recitalist throughout Spain, performed in venues such as Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, and is a member of the New Juilliard Ensemble. Both Elliott and Chu were awarded the Helen and Isadore Sacks Prize for performance upon graduation from Princeton.

The orchestra also will perform Maurice Ravel's Spanish-flavored "Alborada del Gracioso" and the Ninth Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich.

Tickets are $5 for students, $15 for senior citizens and $18 for the general public. They can be purchased at the Frist Campus Center box office or Richardson Auditorium box office, or through University Ticketing.

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