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A Season in Music

Those who grieve for the anticipated demise of classical

music can fuel their chronic gloom by pointing to patches of empty

seats amid white-haired audiences at classical concerts. They can

feel acute pain if they dwell on the disappearance this summer of

Rutgers’ SummerFest, as well as the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s

Amadeus Festival.

However, other evidence shows that the glass may be half full.

During their 2002 season, the Princeton Summer Chamber Music Concerts

consistently turned away potential listeners from their free concerts

because Richardson Auditorium was completely full. Perhaps, but only

perhaps, not having to produce the price of a ticket accounts for

the difference in attendance between Princeton University’s winter

chamber music offerings and those in the summer. Yet despite hefty

ticket prices, the Arthur Ashe Stadium overflowed with tennis fans

who wanted to watch the finals of the U.S. Open. There’s no accounting

for the size of audiences.

The fan of chamber music has to be grateful that the Princeton University

Concert series continues to present a focused program in Richardson,

undeterred by the number of vacant places. The American String Quartet

opens the season on Thursday, September 26, proceeding with its survey

of Haydn quartets, coupled with the quintets and sextets of Mozart

and Brahms; the title of the survey, "Four-Five-Six," tells

it all. A second concert takes place Thursday, May 15, 2003. The American

String Quartet, in addition to its two Princeton concerts, gives three

performances at New York’s Manhattan School of Music playing repertoire

that overlaps its Princeton choices.

Central Jersey’s proximity to New York is a boon to concert goers

here. Sometimes central Jersey venues are ideal for out-of-town try-outs

of New York performances. Sometimes artists who appear in New York

tack on a central Jersey concert, attracted by the lack of geographical

distance. Sometimes concertgoers in our area who want to hear more

can take themselves to the Big Apple for additional performances by

artists who appear here.

Another link between Princeton and New York is the concert performance

offered as one of the prizes to winners of the Young Concert Artists

(YCA) competition. New York-based YCA has been a divining rod for

artists with the potential for big careers; among their discoveries

have been Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode, and Dawn Upshaw. This season

cellist Thomas Carroll is recipient of YCA’s Princeton University

Concerts Prize, with a performance at Richardson, Thursday, March

13.

Princeton’s McCarter Theater, with its varied array of musical temptations,

also presents artists who appear in New York, as does New Brunswick’s

State Theater. Add to the New York duplications the music that originates

in New Jersey, and we have a very rich selection in the Garden State.

Paul Somers, editor of Classical New Jersey, counted 1,678 concerts

in New Jersey during the past season.

Looking over the 2002-2003 possibilities in the immediate

area, I easily tick off several individual concerts that have a high-profile

for me. And, smitten by an attack of honesty, I feel compelled to

disclose my biases. I’m really a fussy listener. It bothers me when

pitches are just a little bit off, when timing is even slightly unsteady,

and when phrases are shapeless. Hands-in-the-air showmanship by pianists

and fancy body language by other instrumentalists strike me as no

substitute for unadulterated musicianship. I’m looking for clarity

and musical tension, not mush. I like to hear new discoveries in familiar

music. I want to be on the edge of my seat. The music I like best

is distinguished by its structure, rather than its mood. For a desert

island, I’ll take Bach and Beethoven, rather than Chopin and Debussy.

Some of my favorite performances this year are by renowned artists.

Early mobilization for purchasing tickets may be in order for these.

Particularly high on my list is cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who plays at McCarter

Theater on Friday, January 24.

Ma’s superb musicianship is a springboard for his enormous curiosity

and flexibility. He has performed live for the Mark Morris Dance Group.

He has explored non-Western music in a three-concert Carnegie Hall

series called "The Silk Road," melding the music of central

Asia with western cello music. Invariably, he operates at the crossroad

of impeccability and adventure.

Also among my top priorities is the performance of soprano

Dawn Upshaw with Orpheus, the conductorless ensemble, at New Brunswick’s

State Theater on Sunday, October 13. This concert should pack a double

wallop: The unspoiled Upshaw manages to preserve the freshness of

middle America in the pressure cooker of jet-set performance; like

Ma, she has an open mind about music. Orpheus, her instrumental backup,

is remarkable in its ability to play precisely without a conductor.

Members of the ensemble claim that the absence of a conductor makes

them particularly sensitive to how they interact musically with their

fellow performers. The functioning of this orchestra has, in fact,

become a model in business schools.

I plan to be on hand for the performance of the King’s Singers at

McCarter Monday, February 24. The six-man a cappella ensemble mixes

its uncannily excellent musicianship with its capacity for mirth.

I’ll be there, as well, for mezzo-soprano Susan Graham’s concert at

McCarter Thursday, April 17. The human voice has a capacity for nuance

that good instrumentalists can only hope to mimic, and Graham’s skill

and sensitivity are spectacular.

In addition, I’ll be competing to hear Midori at New Brunswick’s State

Theater, Saturday, September 29; Awadagin Pratt at the Peddie School

Saturday, October 5; Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg with the New Jersey

Symphony Orchestra, at New Brunswick’s State Theater, Sunday October

13; and violinist Sarah Chang at McCarter, Monday, March 10.

Among the chamber music offerings I’ll pursue are the Concordia Chamber

Players, which opens its three concert season at New Hope’s Stephen

Buck Theater, Sunday, November10. Organized by cellist Michelle Djokic,

the series this year offers beloved chamber works played by musicians

active in the New York chamber music scene. Also intriguing is a new

Sunday afternoon all-Mozart chamber series assembled by the Princeton

Symphony Orchestra (PSO). Taking place at the Montgomery 1860 House,

members of the PSO, formerly known as the Princeton Chamber Symphony

Orchestra, play in small ensembles. "We’re going back to our roots,"

says executive director Josh Worby.

Sometimes the program, as well as the performers, plays a role in

my decision to attend a concert. That Emanuel Ax and clarinetist Richard

Stoltzman play Brahms’ two haunting sonatas for clarinet and piano

on Monday, April 7, at McCarter makes the concert doubly attractive.

The plethora of notable artists and pleasing music in

central Jersey is comparable to that in New York. Writing in the New

York Times, Bernard Holland declares that the music season "spreads

out like a green, well-tended lawn;" he hopes for what he calls

"the odd weed." I eagerly join him in thinking of the word

"weed" as a complimentary metaphor for something out of the

ordinary. In our area there is a cornucopia of unexpected "weeds"

this season.

Andrew Megill’s Fuma Sacra ensemble (the name means "Holy Smoke")

provides a bouquet of them. The vocal ensemble, which handles music

from all centuries with equal transparency combines with an ensemble

of period instruments to perform neglected works of German baroque

mastery on Sunday, September 22, at Bristol Chapel on the Westminster

campus. In Wolfensohn Hall at the Institute for Advanced Study, Fuma

Sacra gives three performances, the first of which takes place on

Wednesday, October 9. The program includes music by Jon Magnussen,

artist-in-residence at the Institute. (Tickets for the Institute’s

free series, tickets should be requested by mail well in advance.)

On Sunday, December 22, the ensemble presents the first of its two

ever-varying annual programs, "A Modern and Ancient Christmas"

in Bristol Chapel.

I happily put non-European or "world" music in the "weed"

category and will listen cheerfully to any music that comes from far

away. As long as the music sounds authentic, I’m satisfied. I don’t

care so much whether it’s familiar or not.

As it happens, I like Indian classical music, with its incisive rhythms,

its bending of pitches, and constant percussive presence, so I’m in

luck this year. Kicking off the season’s offerings of Indian music

is a free two-hour workshop on Indian classical music featuring Mitali

Banerjee Bhawmik at the South Brunswick Public Library on Sunday,

September 22. Anoushka Shankar, the only musician trained by her father,

sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, performs at McCarter Friday, November

8. Ali Akbar Khan, the legendary 82-year old sarodist, appears at

McCarter Wednesday, March 5, joining the return appearance of the

West Coast tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain.

Other non-Western musics are available this season. McCarter is the

site of a Peking Opera performance on Wednesday, April 16; Senegalese

music by Youssou N’Dour on Friday, April 18; and native American music

featuring flutist R. Carlos Nakai on Monday, May 19. At Westminster’s

Bristol Chapel on Saturday, May 31, Marvin Rosen presents little-known

music from Azerbaijan, Greece, and Estonia.

I think of a touch of scholarship as an inviting weed. The Riverside

Symphonia comes through in this category with performances on Saturday

and Sunday, January 18 and 19, of Schubert’s "The Trout" in

two versions: the original vocal version of the work, followed by

the piano quintet version. The concerts take place at Lambertville’s

First Presbyterian Church.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra turns to American musical roots

for its January festival, stressing connections between indigenous

American music and high art. Festival delicacies include works by

Ives and Dvorak, as well as jazz and music of native American origin.

There are other weeds: an appearance by the Orquestra de Sao Paulo,

Brazil at New Brunswick’s State Theater on Saturday, November 2; four

performances of Mark Adam’s opera "Little Women" at Westminster’s

Playhouse, beginning Thursday, November 14; and the Blind Boys of

Alabama at McCarter, Tuesday, February 25.

But wait: are there no chestnuts?

Oh yes, we’ve got them, too. Puccini’s "La Boheme" turns up

in non-less than three full stagings: The Western Opera version at

New Brunswick’s State Theater on Sunday, November 3; the Russian State

Opera version at the State on Thursday, January 23; and Boheme Opera’s

production at Trenton’s War Memorial on Friday and Sunday, April 25

and 17.

Folk singers Peter, Paul and Mary appear at the State Theater Thursday,

November 14; the Princeton University Chapel follows its Halloween

tradition and shows the silent movie "The Phantom of the Opera,"

with organ accompaniment, this year on Friday, October 11. Princeton

Pro Musica puts on "Messiah" for those who want to listen

on Saturday, December 14 in Richardson; and the Princeton University

Chapel provides instrumentalists and soloists for those who want to

make their own "Messiah" in a sing-along on Monday, December

9.

Scanning the above selections from classical music in the immediate

region, it’s clear that even if one counts only the performers, there

will be a lot of people in local venues during the 2002-2003 season.

And that’s not even counting our own baroque stalwarts, all performing

on period instruments: Concert Royal, whose season begins this week,

followed by the Dryden Ensemble, and Le Triomphe de l’amour.

Boheme Opera

Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton, 609-581-7200.

$20 to $55.

Lucia di Lammermoor. Donizetti’s tragic story, directed

by Reegan McKenzie, with music director Joseph Pucciatti. Lorraine

Ernest is featured at Lucia, with Barton Green as Edgardo. Friday

and Sunday, October 25 and 27.

An Evening with Mark Delavan. "A Toast to Tomorrow’s

Superstar" features Princeton-born baritone Mark Delavan. $15

to $35. Saturday, November 30, 8 p.m.

La Boheme. Puccini’s classic story of starving artists

in 19th-century Paris, directed by James Marvel, features Valerie

Bernhardt as Mimi, Thomas Roche as Rodolfo, and Joan Eubank as Musetta.

Friday and Sunday, April 25 and 27.

Community Arts

Partnership at Peddie

Mount-Burke Theater, Peddie School, Hightstown, 609-490-7550.

$20 to $22.

Awadagin Pratt. Classical pianist. $20. October 5, 8 p.m.

Sharon Isbin. Classical guitarist. $20. November 10, 8

p.m.

Bimbetta. Early music ensemble. $22. February 22, 8 p.m.

Concert Royal

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 609-258-5000.

James Richman artistic director. $19 & $27; $10 students.

Baroque Flourishes. Concert Royal opens its 12th annual

season with the "Les Arts Florissants," presented by the baroque

music ensemble and the New York Baroque Dance Company. September 28,

8 p.m.

Goldberg Variations. Harpsichord soloist James Richman

performs the "Goldberg Variations" by J.S. Bach. November

2, 8 p.m.

The Four Seasons. Vivaldi’s "The Four Seasons"

and Brandenburg No. 3 and 6 by J.S. Bach. January 4, 8 p.m.

Bach Evening. Bach’s Brandenburg No. 5 and two Wedding

Cantatas. February 23, 3 p.m.

Viol Madness. Concert features Brent Wissick, viola de

gamba soloist. March 22, 8 p.m.

Dryden Ensemble

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 609-466-8541.

$18 & $22.

Beyond Pachelbel’s Canon. Season opens with masterpieces

of Baroque counterpoint by Pachelbel and his contemporaries. October

20, 3 p.m.

St. John Passion. Bach’s monumental work performed in

collaboration with conductor Scott Metcalfe of the Cambridge Bach

Ensemble. March 21, 7:30 p.m.

At Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary.

Handel Fest. A celebratory program of concertos from Handel’s

London years. Barbara Hollinshead, soloist. January 11, 8 p.m.

Institute for

Advanced Study

Wolfensohn Hall, Einstein Drive, 609-734-8228. Free with

advance ticket request.

Fuma Sacra. Vocal ensemble performs works by Robert Heppener,

Guillaume de Machaut, Steven Stucky, Augusta Read Thomas, and artist-in-residence

John Magnussen. October 9 and 11 at 8 p.m.; October 13 at 4 p.m.

Malcolm Bilson. Piano recital features works by Beethoven

and Schubert. November 20 and 22 at 8 p.m.; November 24 at 4 p.m.

Sanford Sylvan. Baritone Sanford Sylvan, and pianist David

Breitman present works by Duparc, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Wolf, and Jon

Magnussen. February 12 and 14, 8 p.m.

Antigoni Goni. Guitar virtuoso Antigoni Goni presents

works by Nazareth, Brouwer, Takemitsu, Henze, and Jon Magnussen. March

26 and 28, 8 p.m.; March 30, 4 p.m.

Le Triomphe

de l’Amour

Unitarian Church of Princeton, Cherry Hill Road, 609-730-8796.

$15 adult; $5 students.

Bach and Telemann. The baroque music ensemble opens its

12th season with a concert of music by J.S. Bach and G.P. Telemann.

Baroque flutist Laura Ronai, soloist. October 19, 8 p.m.

Rameau and Telemann. Baroque violinist Daniel Elyar joins

ensemble regulars Tom Moore, baroque flute, Donna Fournier, viola

da gamba, and Janet Palumbo, harpsichord. January 18, 8 p.m.

Garrick and His Age. Soprano Laura Heimes is soloist in

a baroque entertainment in the style of 18th-century London. March

8, 8 p.m.

French Baroque Masterpieces. Soprano Laura Heimes is soloist.

April 12, 8 p.m.

McCarter Theater

91 University Place, 609-258-2787.

Academy of Ancient Music. Featuring Vivaldi’s Four Seasons,

plus works by Handel and Telemann. Andrew Manze, conductor and violin

soloist. October 21, 8 p.m.

Anoushka Shankar. The only musician in the world to be

trained completely by her father, the legendary sitar virtuoso Ravi

Shankar. November 8, 8 p.m.

Tokyo String Quartet. The renowned chamber ensemble joins

forces with legendary Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha. November

20, 8 p.m.

Katia and Marielle Labeque. The widely acclamed duo-piano

team. January 20, 8 p.m.

Yo-Yo Ma. Cellist and world music superstar. January 24,

8 p.m.

Bach Concerto Festival. Pianist Peter Serkin with violinist

and conductor Jaime Laredo and the Brandenburg Ensemble in an all-Bach

program. January 27, 8 p.m.

King’s Singers. The popular classical vocal ensemble performs

a variety of music spanning four centuries. February 24, 8 p.m.

Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. Dennis Russell Davies, conductor

and piano soloist in a program of works by Haydn and Tchaikovsky.

March 4, 8 p.m.

Ali Akbar Khan. The revered 82-year-old master of the

sarode, Ali Akbar Khan, in concert with Indian-born tabla virtuoso,

Zakir Hussain. March 5, 8 p.m.

Kodo Drummers. Japan’s all-male power drum corps that

invokes the spirit of the Samurai. March 6, 7:30 p.m.

The Goldoliers. The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players

production. March 8, 8 p.m.

The Mikado. The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players. March

9, 3 p.m.

Sarah Chang. The renowned 21-year-old violinist in concert

with pianist Lars Vogt. March 10, 8 p.m.

Sweet Honey in the Rock. The famed African-American female

a cappella quintet. March 15, 8 p.m.

Emanuel Ax & Richard Stoltzman. Six-time Grammy-winner

on piano accompanied by clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. April 7, 8

p.m.

Krystian Zimerman. The pianist whose dazzling technique

has made him a favorite of orchestras for more than 25 years. April

14, 8 p.m.

The Peking Opera. This 55-member company combines music

with martial arts, acrobatics, juggling, mime. April 16, 8 p.m.

Susan Graham. The mezzo-soprano sings with Malcolm Martineau,

piano. April 17, 8 p.m.

Youssou N’Dour. The vocalist who has made modern Sengalese

music famous throughout the world. April 18, 8 p.m.

R. Carlos Nakai. The Native American flutist with his

ensemble. May 19, 8 p.m.

NJ Symphony Orchestra

At Richardson Auditorium, Princeton, 800-ALLEGRO. $14 to

$54.

Music from Lands of the Northern Lights. Eri Klas, Young

Artists Auditions winner, leads the program of Sibelius’ Symphony

No. 2. October 25, 8 p.m.

Virtuosi of the NJSO. Featuring Rossini’s "Overture

to Semiramide," Dvorak’s "Serande in D minor." Eric Wyrick,

violin. November 29, 8 p.m.

Leila Josefowicz Returns. Roberto Minczuk leads a program

featuring Adams’ Violin Concerto. January 3, 8 p.m.

American Roots Festival: History of Jazz. The Marcus Roberts

Trio. January 24, 8 p.m.

Choral Masterpieces. Faure’s "Requiem" and Haydn’s

Mass in B-flat major. March 14, 8 p.m.

At State Theater, New Brunswick, 800-ALLEGRO. $19 to $72.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Stanislaw Skrowaczewski leads

the orchestra with the violin soloist in a program featuring music

by Rossini, Mendelssohn, and Shostakovich. $19 to $72. October 13,

3 p.m.

Ravel & Strauss. Strauss’ "Also Sprach Zarathustra,"

Roussel’s "Bacchus et Ariadne," Suite No. 2 and Ravel’s "Bolero."

November 17, 3 p.m.

American Roots Festival. Anne Manson leads Ives’ "Emerson

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra," Alan Feinberg, piano. January

9, 8 p.m.

American Roots Festival. Dvorak’s Suite in A major, "American,"

Busoni’s "Indian Fantasy," MacDowell’s Piano Concerto No.

2. Andre Watts and Benjamin Pasternak, piano. January 26, 3 p.m.

Beethoven & Brahms. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and

Brahms symphony No. 3. Jospeh Kalichstein, piano. March 6, 8 p.m.

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. The Herbert & Evelyn Axelrod

Annual Concert. Jonah Kim, cello. Keri-Lynn Wilson, conductor. March

20, 8 p.m.

Young Artists Auditions. 28th annual celebration of New

Jersey’s young musical talent. March 30, 3 p.m.

Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. Zdenek Macal leads program featuring

Philip Glass’s "Concerto Fantasy" and Mahler’s Fifth Symphony.

May 4, 3 p.m.

Beethoven’s Ninth. Zdenek Macal leads program with world

premiere of Danielpour’s "Apparitions." May 15, 8 p.m.

At Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton, 800-ALLEGRO.

$15 to $72.

All-Dvorak Program. With Westminster Symphonic Choir,

works by Antonin Dvorak. Zdenek Macal, conducts. September 27, 8 p.m.

An Evening of Opera. George Manahan leads the New York

City Opera Singers in this all-Puccini program. November 23, 8 p.m.

A Gospel Christmas. NJSO Community Chorus holiday program.

December 14, 8 p.m.

American Roots Festival. Ives’ "Emerson Concerto for

Piano and Orchestra," Alan Feinberg, piano. January 10, 8 p.m.

American Roots Festival. Dvorak’s Suite in A major, "American,"

Busoni’s "Indian Fantasy," MacDowell’s Piano Concerto No.

2. Andre Watts and Benjamin Pasternak, piano. January 25, 8 p.m.

The Clown Princes. The NJSO accompanies screenings of

the silent comedies of Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and Charlie Chaplin.

February 14, 8 p.m.

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Keri-Lynn Wilson leads the

orchestra with soloist Jonah Kim on cello. March 21, 8 p.m.

Marvin Hamlisch. Featuring Broadway favorites, including

selections from Hamlisch’s new show, "The Sweet Smell of Success."

April 11, 8 p.m.

Pops Series: Rhythm & Brass. Popular favorites from Ellington

to the Beatles. May 2, 8 p.m.

Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. Zdenek Macal leads program of

music by Philip Glass and Mahler. May 3, 8 p.m.

Beethoven’s Ninth. Beethoven’s majestic "Choral"

symphony and the world premiere of Danielpour’s "Apparitions."

May 16, 8 p.m.

Bravo Broadway. A concert of Broadway favorites with vocalists

Susan Eagan, Doug LaBrecque, Ron Raines, and the NJSO. May 29, 7:30

p.m.

Princeton Pro Musica

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 609-683-5122.

$25 & $30. Frances Fowler Slade, music director.

Season Opener. The choral group opens its 24th season

with the Mozart Requiem in D Minor. Program opens with Schubert’s

"Unfinished" Symphony No. 8. October 27, 4 p.m.

Messiah. Handel’s classic oratorio. December 14, 8 p.m.

Rachmaninoff Vespers. Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, Opus 37,

"All-night Vigil." May 2, 8 p.m.

At Princeton University Chapel, 609-683-5122.

Durufle Requiem. Zoltan Kodaly’s "Missa Brevis"

and Durufle’s "Requiem." March 1, 8 p.m.

Princeton Symphony Orchestra

Richardson Auditorium, 609-497-0020. Mark Laycock, music

director . $24 to $36; students $10.

Vladimir Ovchinnikov. The professional orchestra opens

its five-concert season with a program featuring guest soloist Vladimir

Ovchinnikov performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. September

29, 4 p.m.

Gerard LeFeuvre. Cellist Gerard LeFeuvre is guest soloist

in a program featuring Tchaikovsky’s "Variations on a Rococo Theme."

November 3, 4 p.m.

Family Holiday Concert. Popular holiday melodies for the

whole family. December 15, 4:30 p.m.

Great Opera Choruses. The 120-voice Mendelssohn Club of

Philadelphia joins for a program of popular works by Wagner, Verdi,

Puccini. January 19, 4 p.m.

Prayer of Remembrance. Concert highlight is a world premiere

by Laurence Bitensky, "A Perfect Rest, A Jewish Prayer of Remembrance."

March 16, 4 p.m.

Christina Castelli. Concert highlight is Ravel’s "Tzigane"

performed by rising star violinist Christina Castelli. April 27, 4

p.m.

Princeton

University Chapel

Washington Road, 609-258-3654. Penna Rose, music director.

Joan Lippincott. Organ concert by Joan Lippincott. $15.

November 23, 8 p.m.

Messiah Sing. Community sing with strings, organ, trumpet,

and soloists. Scores provided. $5 adults; students free. December

9, 7:30 p.m.

David Messineo. Organ concert. Free. February 21, 8 p.m.

Milbank Concert. The choir presents "Dona Nobis Pacem"

and "Serenade to Music" by Ralph Vaughan Williams and solo

violinist Mineko Yajima performs Williams’ "The Lark Ascending."

Free. April 5, 8 p.m.

Reunions Organ Concert. David Messineo, organist. Free.

May 30, 3:30 p.m.

Princeton University Concerts

Richardson Auditorium, 609-258-5000. $20 to $33; students

$2.

The American String Quartet & Friends. Joseph Kalichstein,

piano, and James Dunham, viola, are featured soloists. September 26,

8 p.m.

Triple Helix. The piano trio featuring Bayla Keyes, violin,

Rhonda Rider, cello, and Lois Shapiro, piano, in an all-Beethoven

program. October 24, 8 p.m.

Ivan Moravec. The pianist presents the Paderewski Memorial

Concert featuring works of Chopin and Janacek. November 7, 8 p.m.

Sequenza. Mark Kaplan, violin, Colin Carr, cello, and

Yael Weiss, piano, present an all-Brahms program. February 20, 8 p.m.

Thomas Carroll. The cellist and 2000 Young Concert Artists

winner. March 13, 8 p.m.

The Nash Ensemble of London. Works for piano, strings,

and horn. April 3, 8 p.m.

The American String Quartet & Friends. Cynthia Phelps,

viola, soloist, in works by Haydn and Mozart. May 15, 8 p.m.

State Theater

15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 877-782-8311. $25 to

$45.

Midori. The beloved violinist Midori and pianist Robert

McDonald in a recital program featuring works by Mozart and Strauss.

September 28, 8 p.m.

Orquestra de Sao Paulo, Brazil. A colorful panorama of

Brazilian music. Conducted by John Neschling. November 2, 8 p.m.

La Boheme. The Western Opera Theatre presents the Puccini

classic. November 3, 8 p.m.

The Klezmatics. With influences of jazz and swing. December

5, 8 p.m.

Orpheus with Dawn Upshaw. The fourth annual appearance

by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra featuring guest soloist, soprano

Dawn Upshaw. December 8, 8 p.m.

Vienna Boys Choir. Holiday program to entertain the whole

family. December 11, 8 p.m.

Canadian Brass Christmas Concert. Holiday program. December

14, 8 p.m.

La Boheme. The Russian State Opera presents the Puccini

classic. January 23, 8 p.m.

The Band of the Grenadier Guards. The Pipes and Drums

of The Scots Highlanders. Repertoire ranging from Tchaikovsky to the

Beatles. January 25, 2 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra. Performing works by Beethoven

and Strauss. January 31, 8 p.m.

Il Trovatore. Featuring the rousing "Anvil Chorus"

and the tenor aria "Di quelle pira." February 6, 8 p.m.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo. South African a cappella singing

group. February 13, 8 p.m.

Madama Butterfly. The London City Opera presents Puccini

early 20th-century classic about the clash of cultures. February 19,

8 p.m.

Kodo Drummers. A celebration of Japanese culture and innovative

percussion. March 7, 8 p.m.

The Chieftains. This world-renowned band kicks off an

early St. Patrick’s Day celebration. March 8, 8 p.m.

Hugarian National Philarmonic Orchestra. Featuring pianist

Gergely Boganyi performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat

major. March 11, 8 p.m.

Mary Black. Celtic music. March 14, 8 p.m.

James Galway. With Phillip Moll, pianist. March 26, 8

p.m.

Boris Godunov. Mussorgsky’s grand historical epic of the

tragic Russian Tzar. March 29, 8 p.m.

National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. Program features

Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1. Gerhard

Markson, conductor. April 11, 8 p.m.

Westminster

Choir College

101 Walnut Lane, Princeton; 24-hour concert line 609-219-2001;

box office 609-921-2663. $7 to $25. Website: westminster.rider.edu.

At Bristol Chapel:

Fuma Sacra. "Forgotten Voices," masterpieces of

the German Baroque by Zelenka and Weckman. September 22, 4 p.m.

European Musical Traditions is the theme for the sixth

annual Musical Heritage series, coordinated by Luba Sindler. Opening

program on German music. November 24, 4 p.m.

Youth Chorale. A Concert for Chanukah features music by

J.A. Kawarsky, Joel Phillips, and Daniel Adamczyk. December 1, 8 p.m.

The Colors of Christmas. The Westminster Jubilee Singers’

annual celebration of the season directed by J. Donald Dumpson. December

6, 8 p.m.

Handbell Holiday Concert. The Westminster Concert Bell

Choir, directed by Kathleen Ebling-Thorne. December 7, 8 p.m.; December

8, 4 p.m.

Chamber Singers. The ensemble presents sacred and secular

Christmas music and holiday favorites. Robert Keating is conductor.

December 21, 4 p.m.

A Modern and Ancient Christmas. The Fuma Sacra ensemble,

directed by Andrew Megill, presents its holiday concert. December

22 & 23, 8 p.m.

European Musical Traditions coordinated by Luba Sindler.

Program on France. March 16, 2003, 4 p.m.

Choral Performance. J. Donald Dumpson leads the Westminster

Jubilee Singers in music from the African-American tradition. March

30, 4 p.m.

Choral Performance. Andrew Megill leads Westminster Singers

in music from madrigals to moderns, and from Brahms to Broadway. April

5, 8 p.m.

Spring Concert. The Chapel Choir, conducted by James Jordan.

April 27, 8 p.m.

Chamber Singers. Robert Keating, conductor. May 11, 4

p.m.

European Musical Traditions program on Russia. May 18,

4 p.m.

At Princeton University Chapel:

An Evening of Readings and Carols. Joseph Flummerfelt

is artistic director in a Christmas program featuring Westminster’s

Chapel Choir, Schola Cantorum, and Concert Bell Choir. December 14,

8 p.m.

At The Playhouse, 101 Walnut:

Little Women. The Opera Theater presents Mark Adam’s opera

in English. Bill Fabris directs; Richard Cordova music director. November

14, 15, & 16, 8 p.m.; November 17, 3 p.m.

Carmen. The Opera Theater presents Georges Bizet’s tragedy.

Bill Fabris directs and Richard Cordova is music director. March 6,

7, & 8, 8 p.m.; March 9, 3 p.m.

Westminster

Conservatory

At Bristol Chapel.

Faculty Recital. Chamber music of Milhaud and Bozza for

for winds and piano. September 28, 8 p.m.

Schubert Song Series. Scott McCoy, tenor, and Claude Cymerman,piano.

October 17, 8 p.m.

Sonora Winds Ensemble. October 19, 8 p.m.

Schubert Song Series. Scott McCoy, tenor, and Claude Cymerman,

piano. October 20, 4 p.m.

Laura Brooks Rice, mezzo-soprano, and J.J. Penna, piano,

present works by Schumann, Chausson, Blitzstein, and Weill. November

3, 4 p.m.

Faculty Recital. Chamber music of Beethoven, Ravel and

Brahms. November 17, 4 p.m.

Faculty Recital. Patricia Landy, piano, and Kenneth Ellison,

clarinet. January 11, 4 p.m.

Margaret Cusack, soprano; and J.J. Penna, piano. January

19, 4 p.m.

Nancy Froysland, soprano; and J.J. Penna, piano. January

26, 4 p.m.

Ena Bronstein Barton and Phyllis Alpert Lehrer perform

20th century duo piano music. February 2, 4 p.m.

Music for flute and piano. Katherine McClure, flute; Davor

Busic, flute; and Esma Pasic-Filipovic, piano. February 15, 8 p.m.

Sharon Sweet, soprano; and J.J. Penna, piano. February

23, 4 p.m.

Tribute to America. Lillian Livingston and Ingrid Clarfield,

duo piano music. March 2, 4 p.m.

Duo Piano Recital. Akiko Hosaki and Jose Melendez. March

23, 4 p.m.

Faculty Recital. Piano and vocal works performed by Joy

Bechtler, soprano; and Eric Houghton, piano. April 12, 8 p.m.

Marvin Rosen. The pianist piano presents "Classical

Discoveries" of little-known music from Azerbaijan, Greece, and

Estonia. May 31, 8 p.m.


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