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Between the Lines
Every December we at U.S. 1 face the same dilemma that
a lot of you do: Our show (or newspaper or business meeting) must
go on, but business-as-usual seems somewhat inappropriate in the middle
of the festive holiday spirits.
Planners of business meetings schedule appearances by choral groups;
networking organizations have socials instead of seminars and ask
participants to bring Toys for Tots instead of business cards. And
here at U.S. 1 we put out a cover that highlights the holiday listings
that dominate our daily entertainment calendar.
Among the highlights of this season:
holidays they give concerts on the last weekend before Christmas,
on Saturday, December 21 at the Princeton University Chapel and on
Sunday, December 22, at Richardson Auditorium. If you can’t wait for
the homegrown treble voices, the Vienna Boys Choir is at the State
Theater on Wednesday, December 11.
let the Christmas season go by without hearing the hymn "Once
in Royal David’s City" which opens the traditional Ceremony of
Lessons and Carols. It is scheduled in Yardley on Saturday, December
7, in Trenton on Saturday, December 14, in New Brunswick on Sunday,
December 15. Cathedral song will also be presented by the world-class
Princeton Singers at their Christmas concert in Princeton on
Friday, December 13.
scheduled in December, including "sing-alongs" on December
8, 9, and 21, plus a performance by the Princeton Pro Musica
on Saturday, December 14, and by the Masterwork Chorus on Sunday,
Rutgers’ and Princeton’s concerts are on Friday and Saturday, December
6 and 7, College of New Jersey is Saturday, December 7, and Rider
University is December 8. Princeton High School’s annual candlelight
concert at the University chapel is Thursday, December 19,
are in a class by themselves. The banquet of Christmas programs is
its most popular. Saturday, December 7, features the bell choir. Both
the faculty and the brass quintet perform Sunday, December 8. The
major concerts at Princeton University Chapel are Friday and Saturday,
December 13 and 14, and other opportunities are December 21, 22, and
Westminster Choir College), Saturday, December 14 (with the New
Jersey Symphony at the War Memorial), and Sunday, December 29 at
the Sovereign Bank Arena.
annual family concert by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra on
Sunday, December 15, and the Boston Pops plays at the Sovereign Bank
And the Greater Trenton Symphony has a family concert on Sunday,
December 22. Check this week’s listings for the Hopewell Valley Chorus
(December 6), the New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus (December 7),
and the Community Christian Choir (December 8). Judy Collins
makes her fifth appearance at the State Theater with a holiday concert
on December 5, joined by the Princeton Pro Musica Chorus.
guess there are abundant Nutcrackers. The American Repertory Ballet
performs with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in Newark on Friday
and Saturday, December 6 and 7, then returns to New Brunswick on Saturday
and Sunday, December 21 and 22, followed by two performances at the
Patriots Theater of the War Memorial in Trenton on Saturday, December
Other renditions are offered by the Belle Mead Ballet on December
7 and 8, and by Suburban Dance Force on December 8; both companies
repeat on December 21 and 22. Both Hamilton Ballet Theater and
the West Windsor Plainsboro Dance Theater offer their versions
on December 14 and 15. The Moscow Ballet comes to Raritan Valley
Community College on December 21. And New Jersey Ballet’s glittering
production with the Paper Mill Orchestra plays in Millburn from December
20 to 30.
A different kind of Nutcracker, the Laser Nutcracker Spectacular plays
daily at the New Jersey State Museum Planetarium through Sunday, January
5. Lights, sounds, and colors in 3-D are the stars here.
season, so do the memorable words of Charles Dickens. You may find
your office chilly on a winter morning — as ours is as the paper
goes to press — and you are sure to hear jokes about Bob Cratchit
and how many pieces of coal the Scrooge boss will allow on the fire.
For the toast at a holiday dinner, someone is sure to say "To
the Founder of the Feast" or "God bless us everyone."
McCarter Theater presents the annual community favorite with
12 children from the area from December 9 to 29. The familiar story
is told from the ghost’s point of view in "Jacob Marley’s Christmas
Carol" at Bristol Riverside Theater to December 22. The
Villagers Theater in Somerset has an adaptation of the play
to December 22, and the musical "Scrooge" plays the Ritz to
Find details on these holiday dates in this week’s Preview. For dates
later in December go to the event database at www.princetoninfo.com
You can search for the events by date or just plug in your request
for "music," "dance," or "drama," and print
out the latest information we have received from each of the performing
groups, updated as of December 3.
As Tiny Tim keeps on saying, "God bless us, everyone."
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