What’s Coming Up

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019

Trinity Irish Dance Company

Everything you expect and nothing you’d imagine, Trinity Irish Dance Company brings a cutting-edge, integrity-filled vision to the stage. A dance legacy that is rooted in tradition yet forward-looking and ever evolving.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2019

Joan Baez

This performance is currently SOLD OUT.

With a career that has spanned over sixty years, Joan Baez remains a musical force of incalculable influence—the “First Lady” of the folk music movement. Her most recent album, Whistle Down The Wind, was released in the Spring of 2018 and includes songs by Tom Waits, Josh Ritter, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Rolling Stone called it “a moving reflection and summation of her life as a singer, musician and activist”.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2019

Chris Botti

There’s nothing like a Chris Botti concert. He’s the complete package: a dazzling trumpeter at home in everything from jazz to pop to rock, a brilliant bandleader who lets his players shine, and a born showman whose joy at being onstage is infectious. See him live and you’ll understand why musical stars from Sting to Paul Simon to Joni Mitchell have been eager to share his stage.

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May 3–June 2, 2019

Skylight

By David Hare
Directed by Emily Mann

When is desire not enough?
Former lovers attempt to rekindle their passionate relationship, only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

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SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019

GALA 2019: Leslie Odom, Jr.

Best known for his Tony and Grammy Award- winning breakout role as ‘Aaron Burr’ in the smash hit Broadway musical, Hamilton, Leslie Odom, Jr. has taken the entertainment world by storm with his immense talent spanning Broadway, television, film, and music.

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TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2019

"The New Yorker Radio Hour": Live Taping with Robert Caro and David Remnick

From WNYC Studios & The New Yorker

Join us for a special evening in Princeton as David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, sits down for a conversation with two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Caro for a live taping of "The New Yorker Radio Hour."  They'll discuss Caro's latest book, Working, among other subjects.

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SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019

Air Play

Acrobuffos

Ride the wind and dream with AIR PLAY, a modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe with flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen.

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FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

Mark Morris Dance Group

McCarter favorites present a suite of works set to the quirky and irrepressibly kinetic music of the American composer Lou Harrison.

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SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019

Ahmad Jamal

This living legend of jazz’s influence on the art of improvisation is indisputable, stretching across generations from the big-band era to bebop to cool jazz to electronic styles. These days, Jamal reserves his rare live appearances to “special occasions” – and McCarter is lucky enough to be one of them.

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MONDAY, MAY 20, 2019

Dark Star Orchestra

Performing to critical acclaim for over 20 years, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. By recreating set lists from the past, and by developing their own sets of Dead songs, DSO offers a continually evolving artistic outlet within this musical canon. The New Yorker calls it: “flashback-inducing meticulousness.”

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FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2019

Cécile McLorin Salvant

with Fred Hersch, piano

Cecile McLorin Salvant returns to McCarter after picking up her third Grammy this year for The Window. Joining her will be the indispensable pianist Fred Hersch, who has re-invented the jazz standard repertoire with 14 Grammy nominations and over 50 recordings as composer, bandleader, and innovator of individualistic jazz.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019

Christian McBride & Tip City

with Emmet Cohen, piano
Dan Wilson, guitar

Bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, educator, curator and administrator, Christian McBride, has been one of the most important and most omnipresent figures in the jazz world for 20 years.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019

Bill Frisell Trio

with Tony Sherr, bass
Kenny Wollensen, drums

There are lots of jazz guitarists, but only one Bill Frisell, a pioneer whose influence on several generations of guitarists is incalculable. His luminous vision of Americana folk-jazz fusion has made him a brand unto himself.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019

Bill Charlap Trio

with Peter Washington, bass
Kenny Washington, drums

For twenty years, Bill Charlap’s name has been synonymous with the Great American Songbook—you might even say he owns it. Whereas other jazzmen of his generation play the harmonies and the tune, this mainstream master plays the song—the whole song—with his innate sense of time, place, and melody.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019

Vijay Iyer Sextet

with Graham Haynes, cornet, fluegelhorn & electronica
Mark Shim, tenor sax
Steve Lehman, alto sax
Stephan Crump, bass
Tyshawn Sorey, drums

If jazz today has a Renaissance man, it is Vijay Iyer—pianist, bandleader, composer, educator, Harvard professor, MacArthur Award fellow, and regular winner of every jazz poll under the sun.

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SEPTEMBER 7 – OCTOBER 7, 2018

The Age of Innocence

By Edith Wharton
Adapted for the stage by Douglas McGrath
Directed by Doug Hughes

Adapted from Edith Wharton’s novel by Douglas McGrath (EmmaNicholas Nickleby) and directed by Doug Hughes (JunkThe Father on Broadway), The Age of Innocence is both ravishingly romantic and heartbreakingly unsentimental.

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OCTOBER 17 & 18, 2018

BalletX

The Pride of Philadelphia

This pillar of the Philadelphia contemporary dance scene brings a program featuring several premieres, including two by founding choreographer Matthew Neenan.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018

The Improvised Shakespeare Company

These costumed improvisers weave a play in the complex, often rhyming language and themes of Shakespeare’s time, complete with spontaneous songs.

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OCTOBER 9-28, 2018

Detroit ′67

By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Jade King Carroll

NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS OUTSIDE, YOU ALWAYS HAVE FAMILY.

It’s the summer of 1967, and the songs of Motown are breaking records and breaking barriers. Chelle and her brother, Lank, are running an unlicensed after-hours joint out of their basement. Pent-up emotions erupt, and they must navigate the chaos both outside and within.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2018

FRIENDS! The Musical Parody

FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is the hilarious new musical that lovingly lampoons the TV hit—celebrating the wacky misadventures of your favorite group of 20-something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan. You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll Unagi!

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2018

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Sometimes Just the Sky
With Special Opening Performance by Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards

Singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter celebrates her upcoming album, Sometimes Just the Sky, which revisits her most well-loved songs, many of which have become an indelible part of the American songbook.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2018

Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, and Edgar Meyer

Masters of the banjo, tabla, and bass fiddle respectively, these three genre-benders move with ease among the worlds of classical, bluegrass, and world music.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018

Jessica Lang Dance

Tesseracts of Time (and other works)

Master of visual composition Jessica Lang brings a program including her collaboration with Steven Holl, architect of the Lewis Arts Complex at Princeton University.

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November 16, 17, 2018

Legally Blonde, The Musical

Presented by Lewis Center for the Arts’ Programs in Theater and Music Theater

In this non-traditionally cast version of the hit Broadway musical based on the film of the same name, audiences are invited to explore a world in which Elle, a woman of color, must navigate a new environment in her pursuit of love as she leaves her hometown and heads to Harvard Law School.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018

The New Chinese Acrobats

This troupe of gymnasts, jugglers, acrobats, and tumblers will leave family audiences spellbound with their daring demonstrations of strength, agility, balance, grace, and unique artistry.

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November 23-25, 2018

Nutcracker

American Repertory Ballet brings the beloved classic Nutcracker to the stage with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, thrilling choreography and a cast of more than 100. A holiday tradition for more than 50 years (1964), American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker is one of the longest, continuously running Nutcracker productions in the nation.

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NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 2, 2018

Princeton Dance Festival

Features repertory works by Robert Battle, staged by Elisa Clark; Mark Morris, staged by Tina Fehlandt; and Crystal Pite, staged by Alexandra Damiani, along with the premiere of new works by choreographers Marguerite Hemmings, Malcolm Low and Abby Zbikowski, one of the inaugural Hearst Choreographers in Residence, performed by Princeton students.

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DECEMBER 6 & 7, 2018

diSiac 2.0

diSiac 2.0 is a celebration of diSiac Dance Company’s 20th year of bringing dance to the Princeton community and beyond. This special performance features new works in both contemporary and hip hop styles, and we are also thrilled to be restaging two past pieces as a way to honor the alumni who have made the company what it is today.

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December 14 & 15, 2018

The Hot Sardines

The Hot Sardines are back for two nights of “hot” songs this holiday season.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2018

The King's Singers

McCarter favorites since 1983, The King’s Singers bring a 50th anniversary program that is especially designed for the holiday season.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2018

A Christmas Carol Sensory-Friendly Performance

By Charles Dickens
Adapted by David Thompson
Directed by Adam Immerwahr

Sensory-friendly performances provide a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all individuals who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues and their families.

Follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a magical journey through Christmas past, present, and future and watch as our entire community—including 35 members from the greater Princeton area—brings this story to life around you!

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December 4-29, 2018

A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens
Adapted by David Thompson
Directed by Adam Immerwahr

This annual holiday tradition will usher you into the spirit of the season with all the joy, wonder, and generosity that Scrooge himself discovers.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019

"We Shall Overcome" A Celebration of MLK, Jr.

Featuring Damien Sneed & Band

An evening of repertoire from across the African American music traditions interwoven with spoken word from Dr. King’s speeches.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2019

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

A triple bill of Eric Carle favorites. A Black Light Production with puppetry and original music from the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.

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JANUARY 25 at 7:00pm

Our Dear Dead Drug Lord

Written & Directed by Alexis Scheer

Four high school girls. An elite club. A treehouse. Pablo Escobar. This wild thriller tests the limits of imagination and what happens when teenagers’ harmless fun turns into something much more threatening.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019 (2 shows)

Potted Potter

The Unauthorized Harry Experience
This gloriously goofy parody takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing (or “potting”) all seven Harry Potter books, and a real-life game of Quidditch involving the audience, into 70 hilarious minutes.

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JANUARY 28 at 7:00pm

Untitled Aging Play

By Jiehae Park
Directed by Knud Adams

In this delicate, moving McCarter commission, a couple contemplates and explores the effects of aging on their bodies, their minds, and their relationships.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2019

All-Star Piano Quartets

McCarter welcomes four greats from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for a program that includes piano quartets by Brahms, Dvořák, and Czech Romantic composer Josef Suk.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2019

The Midtown Men

Four stars from the Original Broadway Cast of Jersey Boys

After sharing the stage for over a thousand performances of Broadway sensation Jersey Boys, four stars of the original cast bring their signature sound to audiences everywhere, breathing life into their favorite 1960’s hits. 

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FEBRUARY 4 at 7:00pm

POTUS Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

By Selina Fillinger
Directed by Jennifer Chambers

A hilarious, female-driven farce that follows the President’s closest colleagues and confidants as they try to get him through a single day in office without the White House erupting into chaos.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2019

Andy Borowitz

The New York Times best-selling author and comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998 is taking his satirical news column on the road. Join Andy Borowitz for an evening of conversation & storytelling. VIP ticket upgrades are available for this performance.

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January 11–February 10, 2019

The Niceties

By Eleanor Burgess
Directed by Kimberly Senior

Discussions of grammar and Google between a professor and student turn to race and reputation. And before they know it, they’re in dangerous territory, facing stunning implications that can’t be undone.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2019

Pirates of Penzance

Savoyards rejoice! The masterful New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players return with one of the duo’s all-time favorites, The Pirates of Penzance. Set sail with this musical comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019

Swan Lake

National Ballet Theatre of Odessa will delight audiences with Swan Lake, the all-time favorite classic, set to the familiar Tchaikovsky score.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019

Dianne Reeves

Be My Valentine
Masterful jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves returns with a special Valentine’s Day program.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14

Black Poetry: A Gala Reading

Presented by Princeton Lewis Center for the Arts

In connection with Black Poetry: A Conference, Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts/Program in Creative Writing, Bain-Swiggett Fund/Department of English, Humanities Council, Department of African American Studies, University Center for Human Values, Department of Comparative Literature, Program in Canadian Studies, Program in American Studies, and Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities present a gala reading.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019

Living a Creative Life: A Conversation with Questlove and Imani Perry

Princeton University’s Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students is honored to host iconic musician and author Questlove, the drummer and joint frontman for The Roots, in conversation with Imani Perry, The Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2019

I'm With Her

Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan
With opening performance by Billy Strings (solo)

Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan have honed a special, family-like chemistry, garnering acclaim for their unique blend of instrumental interplay, combined with their indelible harmonies. The New York Times describes a live performance: “…when the three women sang together, their voices became one instrument, sharing every breath.” 

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FEBRUARY 15, 16, and 17, 2018

Elevator Repair Service: Gatz

Gatz is Elevator Repair Service’s most ambitious and critically-admired theatrical endeavor: an entertaining dramatization of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece—word for word.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019

Jordi Savall & Le Concert des Nations

Music inspired by the film Tous les matins du monde

Jordi Savallthe world’s most celebrated gambist, has brought humanity, unique artistry, and virtuosity to his tireless exploration of early music that has spanned half a century. In his McCarter debut, his ensemble will play the music inspired by the 1992 French hit film Tous le matins du monde (starring Gérard Depardieu) by Marin Marais, Couperin, Lully, Rameau and others.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019

Farruquito

Return of a Flamenco Legend

The grandson of legendary flamenco founder “El Farruco,” Farruquito is the modern-day repository of a tradition dedicated to preserving the art in its purest form.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2019

Eric Owens & Lawrence Brownlee

Eric Owens, bass-baritone
Lawrence Brownlee, tenor
Craig Terry, piano

Two mega-stars of today’s opera stages join forces for the first time in a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019

Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains

The Chieftains are the embodiment of Irish music and dance. Their show always incorporates a host of other performers and guest artists to keep you guessing—including Irish step-dancers or even a bagpipe band.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2019

Isaac Mizrahi

I&Me

The award-winning fashion icon, author, and performer makes his McCarter debut with a new show that offers a fun, casual look at life through his eyes, from growing up gay in a small Jewish community in Brooklyn, to scaling the heights of the fashion world. A collage of stories, songs, and the dazzling sounds of the Ben Waltzer Jazz Quartet. The New York Times calls Mizrahi a “founding father of Alt Cabaret.”

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SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2019

Laurie Berkner Sensory-Friendly Performance

Laurie Berkner will be back at McCarter this year with a special solo acoustic Sensory-Friendly Performance. Known as the “Pied Piper of Pre-Schoolers” or the “Queen of Kindie Rock,” Laurie Berkner is an industry unto herself. She has been a long-time fixture of children’s television (Noggin, Jack‘s Big Music Show and Sing It, Laurie!) and her original songs, music videos, books, and three original off-Broadway musicals have made her ubiquitous in American households.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2019

The Laurie Berkner Band

The “Pied Piper of Pre-Schoolers” returns to McCarter for a performance that will delight parents and children alike.

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March 12–31, 2019

Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy

Directed by Amanda Dehnert

McCarter favorite Ken Ludwig (Baskerville, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express) is back with a hilariously divine new play filled with madcap mayhem, a touch of romance, and lots of laughs.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019

Ranky Tanky

This Charleston-based jazz quartet performs the timeless music of Gullah culture that has shaped much of American art, food, and language.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2019

Wu Man, pipa

With Yang Yi, zheng

As the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, Wu Man has given the lute-like instrument a new role in both traditional and contemporary music. McCarter audiences may be familiar with her work already as one of the founding members and lead soloists of the Silk Road Ensemble, alongside prodigious cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Her return to Princeton will be accompanied by Yang Yi playing the zheng.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2019

Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita

Transparent Water

The renowned world-jazz composer, pianist, and 7-time Grammy nominee Omar Sosa joins forces with the Senegalese kora master and vocalist Seckou Keita and Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles for a performance which reaches for the sublime.

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MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019

Jan Lisiecki

Impactful Polish-Canadian pianist performs a program he calls Night Music, incorporating many facets of this genre of piano repertoire, including Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit, Schumann’s Nachtstucke Op.23, and Chopin’s Scherzo No. 1 in b.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2019

Pat Metheny: Side Eye

With James Francies & Nate Smith

Side Eye is jazz guitarist Pat Metheny’s latest musical project: a new playing environment that features a rotating cast of new and upcoming musicians that have particularly caught his interest along the way.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019

Bollywood Boulevard

A Live Journey Through Hindi Cinema

Through live music, dance, and multimedia visuals, Bollywood Boulevard brings to life 100 years of Bollywood cinema classics, connecting the memories and nostalgia of lifelong fans while providing a deeper glimpse into the world of Hindi cinema for new audiences.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019

Momix

Viva Momix

Momix celebrates its 37th anniversary season with selection of company favorites including excerpts from Botanica, Alchemia, Remix, Opus Cactus, and Lunar Sea.

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MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2019

An Evening with David Sedaris

With special guest Akhil Sharma

The annual visit of McCarter favorite—America’s pre-eminent humor writer, David Sedaris.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019

Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding & Leo Genovese

The Spring Quartet

Jazz masters Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Leonardo Genovese, and Esperanza Spalding collaborate in this expansive, freewheeling rampage.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019

Angélique Kidjo

For her latest album, Angelique Kidjo, one of the most electrifying performers in the pop world today, has re-imagined Talking Heads’ 1980 breakthrough album, Remain in Light. Kidjo has enhanced the originals with more direct connections to the guitars and horns of African pop, imbued with the soul and annunciatory power of her remarkable voice.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2019

The Migration Plays

A Collection of Ten-Minute Plays
By Adam Gwon, Martyna Majok, Heather Raffo, Mfoniso Udofia, Karen Zacarías
Directed by Elena Araoz

McCarter has commissioned five theater artists to write short plays inspired by the research and programming of the PIIRS research cohort “Migrations: People and Across Cultures and Borders.” Since the spring of 2018, these artists have engaged with the Migrations cohort by attending seminars and symposia, meeting with scholars, and exploring the Princeton campus to create pieces that explore the nature of migration, how it is represented culturally, and the ways in which it shapes the world.

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MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2019

Midori & Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Midori, violin
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Violinist Midori and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet perform sonatas by Schumann, Fauré, Debussy, and Enescu. 

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MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019

Harrison Greenbaum, magician

What Just Happened?

This magician, mentalist, and comedian takes audiences on a gut-busting, jaw-dropping ride through both the hilarious and astonishing.

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MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019

Emanuel Ax, piano

Pianist Emanuel Ax was born in Lvov, Poland, and performs in recital and with major symphony orchestras around the world. His program will include Schumann’s Fantasiestücke Op.12, Ravel’s Valses nobles et senimentales, and works by Brahms, Chopin, and George Benjamin.

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