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CURRENT AND UPCOMING Seasons
Click on each of the series headings below to see the full list of upcoming events!

2016 Princeton Festival2016-17 Theatre Season2016-17 Music Season2016-17 Dance Season2016-17 Signature Season 

2016 Princeton Festival
The Princeton Festival presents
A Cappella Vocal Jazz

June 4, 2016

Every year the A Cappella Vocal Jazz concert draws a full house of fans to hear top groups sing a varied program of unaccompanied vocal arrangements of classic tunes, newer songs, and their own originals. For 2016 we present the finest in all-male a cappella, The Fonic and Break from Blue Collar.

The Princeton Festival presents
Voices of Light / The Passion of Joan of Arc

June 9, 2016

The Princeton Festival, in partnership with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the Princeton Garden Theatre, presents the legendary silent film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, with a live performance of a ravishing score by award-winning composer Richard Einhorn.

The Princeton Festival presents
Concordia Chamber Players

June 10, 2016

The brightest talents of the chamber music world come together to perform as members of the Concordia Chamber Players. Individually, they enjoy active careers as soloists and chamber musicians at the major chamber music festivals such as Tanglewood, Marlboro, and the Lincoln Center Festival; and have performed with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony.

The Princeton Festival presents
A Little Night Music

June 11-2, 16-19, 23-26, 2016

Witty, elegant, and often downright hilarious, A Little Night Music was nominated for 12 Tony awards at its premiere and won six, including Best Musical. It is an operetta with a modern twist, offering a wry but affectionate look at human relationships. Hal Prince, its original producer and director, famously characterized its mood as “whipped cream with knives.”</

The Princeton Festival presents
Piano Competition Finals

June 12, 2016

Young pianists ages 6-25 compete for trophies and over $2,000 in prize money in four categories by age, an Open Class, and a Piano Four-Hands category. In addition, the Richard L. Tang Yuk Award will be presented to the Most Outstanding Performer in the competition.

The Princeton Festival presents
NYC Bus for Opera Opening Night

June 18, 2016

New Yorkers can enjoy a carefree outing to see The Princeton Festival’s opening night performance of Benjamin Britten’s 20th century opera masterpiece Peter Grimes by leaving the driving to someone else!

The Princeton Festival presents
Peter Grimes

June 18, 23, 26

Peter Grimes, Benjamin Britten’s first full-scale opera, is quite simply, a masterpiece: an opera of immense dramatic force communicated through powerful and evocative music. Its story explores themes of alienation and the fate of the antihero by pitting a conflicted dreamer against a village that rejects and persecutes him. Like many other great operas it is a tragedy, yet audiences find it uniquely satisfying due to the haunting beauty of its music and its insight into the human psyche.

The Princeton Festival presents
Kristiaan Seynhave

June 19, 2016

Kristiaan Seynhave was organist-titular of the National Basilica in Koekelberg-Brussels, the fifth largest church in the world. Today he is much in demand as a solo performer at international music festivals (Brussels, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Kiev, Edinburgh, Bonn,…). He has performed the complete organ works of J.S. Bach, C. Franck and F. Liszt many times, and has made several acclaimed recordings. He comes to Princeton as part of an American tour that also sees him play at Trinity Church and King’s Chapel in Boston, and at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

The Princeton Festival presents
Cécile McLorin Salvant

June 19, 2016

Her range is phenomenal, from the gut-bucket blues of the Bessie Smith era (and earlier) to her own very modern songs. At one concert in Paris she performed John Lennon’s “Oh, My Love,” Erik Satie’s “Je Te Veux,” and the Cole Porter classic “Love for Sale.” A French critic declared that her singing of each of these very different songs made the hair stand up on the back of his neck.

The Princeton Festival presents
Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra

June 22, 2016

The Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra debuted in 2015 to wide acclaim, allowing patrons to hear music of the 18th century and earlier played on instruments of that time. “Period” instruments produce a sound that is very different from what we hear from today’s orchestras – textures are lighter and more transparent. The strings have a distinctly different sound, due to two predominant factors: the strings are made of catgut, as opposed to the steel strings of modern instruments; and the bows are arched and weighted towards the “frog” (the end of the bow held by the player) in contrast to the modern bow which is heavier and has a more equal distribution of weight along its length.

The Princeton Festival presents
Choral Concert with Baroque Orchestra

June 25, 2016

The Princeton Festival Chorus and the period-instrument Princeton Festival Orchestra perform four of Johann Sebastian Bach’s glorious cantatas. They are led by talented professional conductors who have honed their skills in the Festival’s week-long conducting master class. The beautiful acoustic and natural light of Miller Chapel at the seminary adds an extra dimension to the occasion.

The Princeton Festival presents
Complexions Contemporary Ballet

June 25, 2016

Complexions makes it “sensationally, jaw-droppingly clear that we live in the age of the super dancer, at a time when technical virtuosity is being redefined as an expressive state” (Dance Magazine). Under the artistic direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions continues to lead the way with its unprecedented approach to contemporary ballet. Complexions performs in Princeton for the first time after repeatedly selling out their Joyce Theater season in NYC.
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New Jersey State Council on the Arts
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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