2018 Princeton Festival

Each summer, McCarter is pleased to welcome The Princeton Festival – a multi-dimensional, world-class performing arts summer festival. Browse festival offerings below, or learn more at www.princetonfestival.org.

June 10, 15-17, 21-24, 28-30, July 1, 2018

Musical: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

This Tony-winning Broadway farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum combines the infectious energy of classic vaudeville with a plot full of comic twists, plus a lot of wonderful music: “something appealing, something appalling, something for everyone, a comedy tonight!”


June 16, 24, July 1, 2018

Opera: Madama Butterfly

Puccini's tuneful, heart-wrenching, and perennially popular masterpiece, Madama Butterfly, tells the tale of a young Japanese geisha who falls for a U.S. Navy lieutenant stationed in Japan. She marries him in defiance of her family's disapproval, only to be abandoned when he returns to America. Love, longing, betrayal, and sacrifice pulse through some of Puccini's most expressive music. Equally appealing to the new and curious as well as the seasoned opera aficionado, Madama Butterfly is sure to grip your heart.


June 17, 2018

Piano Competition Finals

Young pianists ages 6-24 compete for prizes 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.


June 23, 2018

Princeton Festival Baroque Chamber Ensemble

Concertmaster Juan Carlos Zamudio leads select members of the Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra in this intimate afternoon of chamber music featuring familiar favorites and rare gems by Bach, Biber, Richter, Merula, and Falconieri.


June 23, 2018

Jazz: Peter and Will Anderson Quintet

Led by two astonishing virtuoso brothers on saxophone and clarinet, the Peter and Will Anderson Quintet has recently taken the jazz world by storm with their tighter-than-tight postbop rhythms and vivid improvisations. They regularly headline the nation's top jazz clubs, and this will be the quintet's first Princeton appearance.


June 27, 2018

Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra

Now in its fourth year, the Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra and concertmaster Juan Carlos Zamudio return to Miller Chapel to present a concert in full orchestral glory. Playing to sold-out crowds since 2015, the Orchestra features rising young stars of historically informed performance playing period instruments. Come hear them bring the Baroque legacy to life in a rich and varied program of Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann, Brescianello, and more.


June 30, 2018

Princeton Festival Baroque Chorus & Orchestra

Bach and Handel, the two towering geniuses of the Baroque era, were born in Germany in the same year. They never met, and their lives were as different as their musical styles. The Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Gregory Geehern, will perform Bach's joyful cantata BWV 196, Der Herr denket an uns, and Handel's brilliant Dixit Dominus, both composed in the first flush of genius around 1707, when the two men were 22 years old.