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Elaine Strauss: Music Preview

The map of the classical music scene for 2001-2002

seems to be on the brink of change. At least that’s how it looks at

the beginning of August, when schedules for the year, with relatively

complete programs, have become available for most performing arts

organizations in the U.S. 1 area. Although opera offerings remain

traditional, and world music remains essentially a grab bag, the shape

of other performances has shifted. Pachelbel’s Canon and Beethoven’s

Fifth Symphony have moved over to make room for the 20th century.

This is a season with as much Bartok as Bach, more Stravinsky than

Schumann, and enough Richard Strauss to fill the three-week New Jersey

Symphony Orchestra festival and flow over into the programs of other

groups.

Even within the mainstream of western music between 1700 and 1900,

there has been a shift. Brahms looms larger than usual, and Bach has

receded. Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven are still substantially present.

Concertgoers who view the standard offerings of the 18th and 19th

centuries as a musical life-preserver will have to work hard to avoid

being submerged. Works outside the mainstream have found their way

even into relatively traditional programs, and more and more classical

artists show their attraction to jazz, gospel, and blue grass by what

they perform in public.

In this survey, Boheme Opera offers the most conservative programming

with Verdi’s "Il Trovatore" and Puccini’s "Madama

Butterfly."

The State Theatre opera series, also standard repertoire, consists

of "Cosi Fan Tutte," "The Merry Widow," and

"Rigoletto."

Opera Festival of New Jersey enters the winter season with a holiday

production of the much-performed but well-loved "Amahl and the

Night Visitors" by Gian-Carlo Menotti.

In the same conservative class is the programming of Princeton Pro

Musica. The group presents oratorios by Bach, Handel, and Mendelssohn,

plus a program of spirituals, gospel music and early American hymns.

Somewhat less conservative are the generous, varied programs at New

Brunswick’s State Theatre, at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre, and the

Princeton University Concerts in Richardson Auditorium with their

offshoot, the Richardson Chamber Players. For orchestras and operas

go to the State Theatre. For recitals and chamber ensembles go to

McCarter and Westminster Choir College of Rider University. The State

Theatre and McCarter offer, in addition, world music events, with

Irish groups prominent, five of them at the State Theatre, two at

McCarter.

Princeton University Concerts at Richardson

distinguishes

itself with an unusual array of performers. The American String

Quartet

expands to a quintet and a sextet as it continues its three-year-long

presentation of all the Quintets and Sextets of Mozart and Brahms,

leavened with a selection of Haydn quartets. Catrin Finch, harpist,

and winner of the Young Concert Artists competition appears. Venetian

Extravaganza, a vocal and instrumental group plays 17th century music.

Allan Feinberg, pianist, joins Princeton University Concert manager

Nathan Randall, speaker, in Richard Strauss’ "Tennyson’s Enoch

Arden," a melodrama for piano and speaker. The "Theatre of

Voices" ensemble performs Elizabethan and 20th-century

compositions,

including the work of Princeton’s Paul Lansky, in a program where

the featured instrument is the theorbo, a 16th-century bass

lute.

Westminster Choir College, a big musical resource in the area, opens

its customary, comprehensive year-long schedule on September 23, with

a Schubert Recital by faculty artists Lindsey Christiansen,

mezzo-soprano,

with James Goldsworthy, piano. Noteworthy events this season include

a Sharon Sweet recital, October 21, and the three-part Music Heritage

series, directed by Luba Sindler, this year focusing on "Music

of the Americas." Short opera works by Menotti are featured in

November and December, with offerings of "Amahl and the Night

Visitors," "The Old Maid and the Thief," and the one-acts

"Introduction and Goodbyes," "A Hand of Bridge," and

"The Telephone." Christmas as Westminster begins its

month-long

run on December 7 with "The Colors of Christmas."

At New Hope’s Concordia Chamber Players, that happy gathering of

excellent

musicians, almost half the pieces of the three-concert series are

20th-century works.

A vivid example of the shift away from the conventional is the season

of the Community Arts Partnership at the Peddie School (CAPPS),

formerly

the Hightstown-East Windsor Concert Association. Abandoning its

practice

of scheduling recitals by rising classical artists, CAPPS sums it

all up in a special performance art event called "Squonk

Opera,"

which blends music, puppetry, humor, projections, and dance. Among

the artists appearing in CAPPS’ five-event Signature Series are

baritone

Jubilant Sykes, who has been seen both at the Metropolitan Opera as

well as the New Orleans Jazz Festival; Le Trio Gershwin, a

guitar-cello-piano

ensemble; Hesperus and Bonny Rideout, exponents of Scots-Irish

traditions;

and Cello, a quartet of classically-trained women, whose repertoire

includes new music, classics, jazz and world music.

The concert season at the Institute for Advanced Study goes beyond

CAPPS in incorporating contemporary works. Under the leadership of

composer Jon Magnussen, its artist-in-residence, the Institute

presents

a five-concert series peppered with Magnussen’s music, which tends

to combine acoustic and electronic instruments. Noel Lee, composer

and pianist, appears in the series in December, performing his own

music, as well as Magnussen’s. Mari Kimura, composer and violinist,

who uses both acoustic and electronic violin, plays her own

compositions

in a May concert.

The provocative programs of Mark Laycock’s Princeton Symphony

Orchestra

manage to avoid Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and Mozart, though some dead

Europeans are included in the five-concert season. Pursuing such

programming

is their established practice. Their inclusion of Haydn’s Symphony

No. 49 ("The Passion") marks their first performance of a

Haydn symphony in more than 15 years. With pianist Anthony Hewitt

the orchestra plays Lowell Liebermann’s 1992 Piano Concerto No. 2.

With violinist Arve Tellefsen, they perform the Sibelius Violin

Concerto.

In addition, in cooperation with the Princeton Theological Seminary,

and with the American Boychoir as soloists, the Symphony performs

a program consisting of 20th century French sacred music along with

the American premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’ "Daytime

Divine,"

which was first heard in Paris in June.

Laycock is a man to watch. Besides being music director

of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, he has been assistant conductor

of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) since November, 2000.

Already known to the NJSO, he is one of the contenders for the job

of Zdenek Macal who announced in January that he would step down as

NJSO’s music director after the upcoming 2001-2002 season. Macal,

who came to the NJSO in 1992, remains at the NJSO as Music Director

Emeritus through 2003-2004. During the 2001-2002 season, he conducts

nine instead of his usual 15 programs. The remaining programs will

be led by guest conductors, in order to expose the orchestra to as

many potential successors as possible.

Macal’s announcement of his resignation took the orchestra by

surprise.

Vigorous at 65, and enjoying exemplary relations with orchestra

personnel,

he revealed his intention to leave at an orchestra rehearsal just

before the press conference announcing the 2001-2002 season. The

season

bears the Macal imprint: a balance between traditional European

orchestral

fare, weighted towards the music of Macal’s native Czechoslovakia;

and contemporary music, including first performances. In addition,

following his pattern of the last few years, Macal has programmed

a three-week long January festival. This season the festival focuses

on the music of Richard Strauss.

While Macal’s sense of vitality makes him unwilling to talk about

a legacy, he knows that he has shaped the NJSO as it now exists. The

man who hired more than a third of the current NJSO musicians, Macal

says, "I am comfortable that the orchestra is in good shape. As

an institution it’s stable. We’ve reached or surpassed all our goals.

The baby is grown and can walk on its own." He describes his

conducting

genius in personal terms. "I have something in my heart, and

somehow

I transfer it to the audience." During his years with the

orchestra,

subscriptions have increased from 8,000 to over 25,000.

In a telephone conversation, Lawrence Tamburri, the NJSO’s executive

manager, provides further details about its current status. By the

definitions of the American Symphony Orchestra League, a trade

organization,

he says, the NJSO, with its annual budget of $14 million, is now a

Group I orchestra, which puts it in the same class as the New York

Philharmonic. "The NJSO," he says, coining his own custom

term, "is a small large orchestra."

Tamburri is unrattled by studies deploring aging audiences at

classical

concerts. He points out that since a groundbreaking study in the

1960s,

the average age of classical audiences has remained steady at 57.

"Going to classical concerts," he says, "depends on having

discretionary spending and having time. The people who go to classical

concerts are empty-nesters. They have the time and money they lacked

earlier."

NJSO concerts in the U.S. 1 area include an eight-concert series at

New Brunswick’s State Theatre, an eight-concert series at Trenton’s

War Memorial, and a four-concert series at Princeton’s Richardson

Auditorium. The overlap among the three series is incomplete.

"God, Mississippi and a Man Called Evers," a world premiere,

is performed in New Brunswick and in Trenton. The composer, Hannibal

Lokumbe, who prefers to be known by the single name Hannibal,

established

himself in New York’s jazz circles in the 1970s.

A Princeton presence shows itself in the NJSO performances in the

area. Choral director for the Hannibal piece is Donald Dumpson of

Rider University’s Westminster Choir College in Princeton. Princeton

resident Robert Taub solos in Bach’s Piano Concerto in D minor as

part of a program that includes Stravinsky and Dvorak works; that

event takes place only in Princeton.

As an institution, the most interesting outfit to watch this season

is the NJSO. It is a good time to reflect on what Macal has

accomplished.

He has made warmth and passion a benchmark for its sound, and has

brought about a responsive playing environment. It is also a good

time to make some wagers on who might become his successor.

Beyond that, listening to the NJSO means exposure to a mix of old

and new that can simultaneously keep listeners conscious of their

musical roots while expanding their horizons. With the

middle-of-the-road

programming of the NJSO, and the availability of many programming

choices both more and less advanced than NJSO, U.S. 1 concertgoers

have a long menu from which to make their choices.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

NJSO at Richardson Auditorium , Princeton, 800-ALLEGRO.

$15 to $49.

Season Opening . DeFalla’s "Nights in the Gardens of

Spain" is highlight in the concert that opens the Princeton season

with conductor Maximiano Valdes and pianist Konstantin Lifschitz.

October 26, 8 p.m.

Vladimir Spivakov . Conductor and violinist Vladimir

Spivakov

makes his NJSO debut in the concert featuring Beethoven’s Symphony

No. 2, with Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. November 23, 8 p.m.

Robert Taub . William Eddins conducts the program featuring

Robert Taub, piano, in Bach’s Piano Concerto in D Minor. January 4,

8 p.m.

Copland, Brahms, and Beethoven . Zdenek Macal leads the

program of works by Copland, Brahms, and Beethoven, featuring Eric

Wyrick, violin, and Jonathan Spitz, cello. March 15, 8 p.m.

NJSO at State Theater, Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick,

800-ALLEGRO. $14 to $57.

Poulenc’s Organ Concerto . The music season opens with

Poulenc’s "Organ Concerto," with soloist Anthony Newman,

organ,

on a program with Janacek’s "Sinfonietta" and Khachaturian’s

"Symphony No. 3." Zdenek Macal, conductor. $13 to $57.

September

16, 3 p.m.

Brahms Symphony No. 1 . Program features Brahms’

"Symphony

No. 1" and a performance by the winner of the 2001 NJSO Young Artists

Auditions. Conductor is Lawrence Foster. $14 to $57. November 1, 8

p.m.

Fantastic Fairy Tales . Program features "Sorcerer’s

Apprentice," Suk’s "Fairy Tales," and Rimsky-Korsakov’s

"Scheherazade." Conductor is Zdenek Macal. $14 to $57.

November

18, 3 p.m.

Strauss Festival . Soloist Vladirmir Felstman, piano, is

featured in a program with Strauss’ "Rosenkavalier Suite,"

"Burleske for Piano and Orchestra," and "Ein

Heldenleben."

Zdenek Macal, conductor. $17 to $65. January 10, 8 p.m.

Strauss Festival . Featured Programs: Strauss’

"Metamorphosen,"

"Four Last Songs," and "Symphonic fragment from Josephs

Legende." Zdenek Macal, conductor; Alessandra Marc, soprano. $17

to $65. January 20, 3 p.m.

Laredo Plays Barber . Featured Programs: Ginastera’s

"Variations

Concertantes," Barber’s "Violin Concerto," and Brahms’

"Symphony No. 4." Jesus Lopez-Cobos, conductor; Jaime Laredo,

violin. $14 to $57. March 3, 3 p.m.

Hannibal’s "God, Mississippi and a Man Called

Evers" .

Leslie Dunner, conductor; Janice Chandler, soprano; NJSO Community

Choir; J. Donald Dumpson, choral director. $14 to $57. March 7, 8

p.m.

Evelyn Glennie Returns . Internationally-acclaimed

percussionist

Evelyn Glennie joins the orchestra in a program featuring Schwanter’s

"Percussion Concerto" and Stravinsky’s "Rite of

Spring."

Marco Parisotto conducts. $17 to $65. April 11, 8 p.m.

NJSO at Patriots Theater, War Memorial, Trenton,

800-ALLEGRO.

$14 to $57.

Spectre’s Bride . Featuring Oksana Krovytska, soprano;

John Aler, tenor; Ivan Kusnjer, bass; and the Westminster Symphonic

Chorale. September 29, 8 p.m.

Brahms Symphony No. 1 . Program also features a performance

by the winner of the 2001 NJSO Young Artists Auditions. Conductor

is Lawrence Foster. November 2, 8 p.m.

A Gospel Christmas . The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

teams up the NJSO Community Chorus in a hand-clapping, soul-stirring

holiday program. $10 to $40. November 30, 8 p.m.

Strauss Festival . Soloist Vladmir Felstman, piano, in

a program with Strauss’ "Rosenkavalier Suite," "Burleske

for Piano and Orchestra," and "Ein Heldenleben." January

11, 8 p.m.

Strauss Festival . "Don Juan," "Horn Concerto

No. 1," and "Alpine Symphony." Hermann Baumann, soloist.

January 26, 8 p.m.

Best of Broadway . Broadway favorites from popular shows

including "West Side Story," "Carousel," "The

King and I", and "My Fair Lady." Conducted by Mark

Laycock.

February 8, 8 p.m.

Hannibal’s "God, Mississippi and a Man Called

Evers" .

With the NJSO Community Chorus, J. Donald Dumpson, choral director.

March 8, 8 p.m.

Evelyn Glennie Returns . The internationally-acclaimed

percussionist. Marco Parisotto conducts. $17 to $65. April 12, 8 p.m.

Art Garfunkel . An evening of songs by the ’60s star. $13

to $53. April 19, 8 p.m.

A Night at the Opera . Program features Rossini’s "The

Barber of Seville. George Manahan, conductor, with the New York City

Opera Singers. $14 to $57. April 27, 8 p.m.

Glenn Miller Orchestra . The legendary swing orchestra

takes center stage to perform popular favorites. NJSO does not perform

on this program. $13 to $53. May 3, 8 p.m.

Bernstein and Mahler . Program features Bernstein’s

"Symphony

No. 1, "Jeremiah." $14 to $57. May 18, 8 p.m.

Pink Martini . Latin and jazz favorites in "Hot

Rhythms,

Cool Jazz." $13 to $53. May 31, 8 p.m.

Princeton Symphony Orchestra

Richardson Auditorium , Princeton University,

609-497-0020.

Mark Laycock, music director. $24 to $30; students $6 & $8.

Sound Spectacular . British pianist Anthony Hewitt is the

featured soloist in the season opener. September 30, 4 p.m.

Land of the Midnight Sun . Violinist Arve Tellefsen is

soloist in a concert featuring Scandinavian works by Nielson,

Sibelius,

and Stenhammer. November 4, 4 p.m.

Family Holiday Concert . Concert featuring a mix of holiday

melodies for the whole family. December 16, 4 p.m.

Winter’s Romance . Concert program features Franck’s

"Le

Chasseur maudit" and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4,

"Romantic."

January 20, 4 p.m.

Easter: Passion and Redemption . Performing pieces by

Cesti-Stokowski,

Haydn, Pfitzner, and Wagner. Concert given in conjunction with the

Princeton University Art Museum’s exhibition "Anthony van Dyck:

Ecce Homo and The Mocking of Christ." March 17, 4 p.m.

Sacred Music Concert . The American Boychoir, joined by

violinist Albert Wang, in a concert featuring works by Martin,

Messiaen,

and Thomas. Mark Laycock, music director. April 28, 4 p.m.

Spring Celebration . The Russian Chamber Chorus of New

York joins the symphony to perform pieces by Bernstein, Piston,

Argento,

Gershwin, and Tchaikovsky. May 19, 4 p.m.

Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra

Patriots Theater, War Memorial , West Lafayette and Barrack

streets, Trenton, 609-396-5522. $15 to $35.

Season Opening Concert . Pianist Marion Zarzeczna is

featured

soloist as GTSO celebrates its 80th anniversary season with conductor

Fernando Raucci. Gala Reception at 6:30 p.m. October 6, 8 p.m.

GTSO at Trinity Cathedral . November 4, 3:30 p.m.

Mozart’s Requiem . Stephen J. Lucasi, conductor; with

Diocesan

Festival Choir and soloists. November 18, 3 p.m.

Christmas Holiday Spectacular . Soprano Marvis Martin of

the Metropolitan Opera is featured soloist. December 16, 3 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Concert . Pianist Clipper Erickson and

soprano

Rochelle Ellis are featured soloists. December 31, 8 p.m.

GTSO at Trinity Cathedral. February 10, 3:30 p.m.

Spring Concert . Fernando Raucci leads the GTSO as they

play Mendelssohn’s "Italian Symophony." March 10, 3 p.m.

GTSO at Trinity Cathedral . April 14, 3:30 p.m.

Princeton University Concerts

Richardson Auditorium , 609-258-5000. $19 to $29; $2

children

and all students.

American String Quartet . Clarinetist Charles Neidich is

soloist as the ensemble in residence continues its survey of all of

Mozart’s Quintets, Brahms’s Quintets and Sextets, and Quartets of

Haydn. Program includes the Clarinet Quintets of both Mozart and

Brahms,

and Haydn’s Quartet in F Minor. September 20, 8 p.m.

The Big Band Thing . The David Murray Big Band, led by

the esteemed tenor sax player. September 22, 8 p.m.

Takacs String Quartet . Concert program features

Beethoven’s

"Harp" Quartet, Brahms’ Quartet in A Minor, and the Fourth

Quartet of Bela Bartok. October 11, 8 p.m.

Big Band Music of Charles Mingus . Trumpeter Anthony D.J.

Branker leads the Jazz Ensemble in a celebration of Charles Mingus’s

big band music. October 13, 8 p.m.

Richardson Chamber Players . The Players open their seventh

season with "Curious Beethoven" featuring three works falling

outside the usual boundaries, including the Septet in E-flat Major.

October 14, 3 p.m.

Andrew Manze & Richard Egarr . Violinist Andrew Manze and

harpsichordist Richard Egarr present a receital of virtuosic Baroque

music featuring music of Bach, Handel, and their predecessors. Egarr

will perform Handel’s sonata "The Harmonious Blacksmith."

October 25, 8 p.m.

Richardson Chamber Players . "Of Foreign Lands and

Peoples," a concert of chamber music evoking a wide variety of

places and eras. December 9, 3 p.m.

Alan Feinberg . Pianist Alan Feinberg is joined by narrator

Nathan A. Randall is a performance of "the Melodrama for Piano

and Speaker: `Tennyson’s Enoch Arden,’" by Richard Strauss.

January

17, 8 p.m.

Duke Ellington Orchestra . Paul Mercer Ellington presents

the band in a program of new work and old favorites. February 9, 8

p.m.

Theater of Voices . An evening of vocal music, directed

by Paul Hillier, features "Love and Metaphysics." February

28, 8 p.m.

Catrin Finch . Program features Catrin Finch, 21-year-old

Welsh harpist. March 14, 8 p.m.

Venetian Extravaganza . Chamber masterworks of the 17th

century. April 4, 8 p.m.

Maria Schneider Orchestra . Princeton debut by one of the

foremost jazz composers and arrangers on the scene. April 20, 8 p.m.

Richardson Chamber Players . "Stravinsky Stories,"

a concert featuring a performance of the complete "L’Histoire

du soldat" and other works by Stravinsky. April 21, 3 p.m.

American String Quartet . Violist Michael Tree and cellist

David Soyer, guests, in Mozart’s Quintet for Two Violins, Two Violas,

and Violoncello. Also Brahms Sextet in B-flat Major. May 16, 8 p.m.

Composing in the Moment . The annual jazz concert presented

by Princeton’s faculty, students, and guest artists. Director is

Anthony

D.J. Branker, trumpet. May 18, 8 p.m.

State Theater

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

to $70.

Orpheus with Itzhak Perlman . The Orpheus Chamber

Orchestra,

a conductorless ensemble, performs in concert with violin virtuoso

Itzhak Perlman, in a program of works by Ravel, Frank Martin, and

Beethoven. September 25, 8 p.m.

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields . Kenneth Sillito

conducts the London string orchestra in a program of works by Mozart,

Dvorak, and Tchaikovsky. October 31, 8 p.m.

Cosi fan tutte . The Western Opera Theatre presents

Mozart’s

opera comedy about the wanderings of the human heart. Sung in Italian

with English supertitles. November 3, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia Orchestra . The distinguished orchestra, led

by award-winning conductor David Robertson, and acompanied by guest

soloist Pamela Frank, violin, performs Copland’s "Appalachian

Spring," Stravinsky’s "Violin Concerto," and Mendelssohn’s

"Italian Symphony." November 5, 8 p.m.

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra . An all-Tchaikovsky program,

featuring the young violin virtuoso Kyoko Takezawa in the Violin

Concerto

in D major, with selections from "The Nutcracker." Yuri

Simonov

leads the orchestra. November 30, 8 p.m.

BBC Orchestra of London . Music of Vaughan Williams,

Schumann,

and Dvorak featuring young musicians, pianist Lucy Parham, and

violinist

Nicola Loud. January 29, 8 p.m.

The Merry Widow . The London City Opera delivers a

Valentine

in the form of Franz Lehar’s romantic comedy in a witty English

translation.

February 14, 8 p.m.

WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne . The German ensemble makes

its American debut featuring duo pianists Katia and Marielle Labeque.

February 22, 8 p.m.

Rigoletto . Verdi’s tragic opera performed by the Teatro

Lirico d’Europa, in Italian with English supertitles. March 22, 8

p.m.

Passover Story . Western wind vocal ensemble with Broadway

star Tovah Feldshuh celebrates Passover in a performance combining

a cappella singing and storytelling. March 24, 3 p.m.

Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg . From Mozart’s birthplace

comes an "eminent" ensemble performing two of the composer’s

most famous symphonies, "Prague" and "Jupiter." Guest

soloist Ingrid Haebler is featured in the Piano Concerto in B-flat

major. April 21, 7 p.m.

Boheme Opera

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

Il Trovatore . Verdi’s grand opera, a fiery story of war,

love, madness, and revenge. Friday and Sunday, October 26 and 28.

Madama Butterfly . Puccini’s tragic story of cultural

clash,

featuring Yunah Lee as Cio-Cio-San. Friday and Sunday, April 26 and

28.

Concordia Chamber Players

Stephen Buck Theater , New Hope-Solebury High School, 180

West Bridge Street, New Hope, 215-297-5972. $20.

Jean Francaix, "Divertissement for Bassoon and String

Quintet,"

October 21, 3 p.m.

Zoltan Kodaly’s "Duo for violin and cello." January

27, 3 p.m.

Mozart’s "Piano Trio in B-flat Major." April 7, 3 p.m.

Princeton Pro Musica

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

J.S. Bach Mass in B Minor . Soloists are Julianne Baird,

Marietta Simpson, Frederick Urrey, and Kevin Deas. Pre-concert lecture

at 3 p.m. October 28, 4 p.m.

Handel’s `Messiah’ . The 120-voice chorus and orchestra

presents the seasonal favorite. December 14 and 15, 8 p.m.

Keeping the Faith II: Spirituals, Gospel, Music & Early

American

Hymns . February 24, 4 p.m.

Felix Mendelssohn’s `Elijah’ . Soloists are Rochelle Ellis,

Ory Brown, Mark Mulligan, and David Arnold. May 4, 8 p.m.

McCarter Theater

91 University Place , Princeton, 609-258-2787. $27 to $40.

Peter Serkin & Friends . Joined by a dozen people from

the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and pianist Pamela Frank.

October 29, 8 p.m.

Duo Recital . Christian Tetzlaff on violin and Lief Ove

Andsnes on piano. January 28, 8 p.m.

Broadway in Concert . George and Ira Gershwin’s "Strike

Up the Band." February 1, 8 p.m.

Three Mo’ Tenors . Three acclaimed African-American tenors:

Victor Trent Cook, Rodrick Dixon, and Thomas Young. February 2, 8

p.m.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo . The a cappella sensation from

South Africa, with guest artist Olu Dara. February 3, 3 p.m.

Joshua Bell . On violin, Simon Mulligan on piano. February

19, 8 p.m.

Barbara Bonney . Soprano, with Malcolm Martineau on piano.

February 26, 8 p.m.

Lang Lang . On piano. March 4, 8 p.m.

Klezmer Conservatory Band . Eastern European Jewish folk

and dance music with Yiddish theater songs and American jazz. March

5, 8 p.m.

P.D.Q. Bach & Peter Schickele . The Jekyll & Hyde Tour.

April 1, 8 p.m.

Andre Watts . The piano virtuoso. April 2, 8 p.m.

Emerson String Quartet . The quartet in concert with the

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. April 15, 8 p.m.

Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg . Featuring Hubert Soudant,

conductor, and soloist Ingrid Haebler on piano. April 17, 8 p.m.

The Mikado . The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players

present

their fully staged production directed by Albert Bergeret. April 18,

8 p.m.

Omara Portuondo . From Cuba, the celebrated jazz artists

of the Buena Vista Social Club. April 19, 8 p.m.

The Boston Camerata . Chamber music. May 6, 8 p.m.

John Williams . Guitar virtuoso. May 23, 8 p.m.

CAPPS

Mount-Burke Theater, Peddie School , Hightstown,

609-490-7550.

$15 & $20.

Jubilant Sykes . A baritone who draws on gospel and jazz

for new dimensions to his classically-trained voice. October 6, 8

p.m.

Russell Malone Quartet . Jazz guitarist Russell Malone

returns to pursue his solo career with a distinctive jazz performance.

October 12, 8 p.m.

Le Trio Gershwin . The music of George Gershwin. November

11, 2 p.m.

Benny Green Trio . After an experienced career in jazz,

Benny Green leads his musical trio in this performance. November 16,

8 p.m.

John Coates Jr. . John Coates, a Trenton native, comes

to Peddie after playing across America, Europe, Japan, and Canada.

January 25, 8 p.m.

Claudia Acuna . Following her debut album, "Wind from

the South," Claudia Acuna entertains with what Newsday has

described

as "the voice of an angel." April 5, 8 p.m.

Dryden Ensemble

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

$18 & $22.

The Exuberant Viol . Masterpieces for the viola da gamba

with oboe, violin, and harpsichord, featuring Lisa Terry and Emily

Walhout. October 7, 3 p.m.

Handel’s Italian Days . Program of dramatic works for

mezzo-soprano,

oboes, violins, and harpsichord. Vocal soloist is Barbara Hollinshead.

January 26, 3 p.m.

Bach’s Birthday . Ninth annual Bach Cantata Fest with

soloists

Jeanne Fischer, soprano; Lori Gratis, alto; Tony Touttee, tenor; and

Brian Ming Chu, bass. March 10, 3 p.m.

Nassau at Six

Nassau Presbyterian Church , 61 Nassau Street,

609-924-0103.

Free concert series. Judy Applegate Strand, October 21, 6 p.m.

Katherine McClure and Esma Pasic-Filipovic, November 18, 6 p.m.

David Higgs, December 16, 6 p.m. The Rautenberg-Saathoff

Duo, January 20, 6 p.m. Joseph McKee, March 17, 6 p.m.

Trevor

Stephenson, April 21, 6 p.m.

Opera Festival of New Jersey

Patriots Theater, War Memorial, Trenton, 609-984-8400.

Amahl and the Night Visitors . Gian Carlo Menotti’s

Christmas

favorite for families. Also December 8 and 9. Tickets by phone,

800-955-5566;

or online, www.tickets.com December 7, 8, and 9.

Concerts at the Crossing

Folk music series at Unitarian Church at Washington

Crossing ,

Titusville, 609-406-1803. $10 to $16.50

An Evening with Christine Lavin . Christine Lavin performs

music from her latest release, "The Subway Series." September

22, 8 p.m.

Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer . The duo that calls their

work "all-original, postmodern, mythic American music."

October

13, 8 p.m.

Groovelily . Pop-folk-rock. November 3, 8 p.m.

Nerissa & Katryna Nields . Alternative folk siblings.

December

1, 8 p.m.

Deirdre Flint, Carla Ulbrich, & Annie Bauerlein . The

singer-songwriters.

February 9, 8 p.m.

Susan Werner . The singer-songwriter, with opening set

by Neil & Leandra. March 16, 8 p.m.

Outta Sights & Sounds

Grace Norton Rogers School Theater , Hightstown,

609-259-5764.

John Gorka . Season opening concert features the powerful

folk favorite. Alice Peacock opens the show. $20. September 22, 8

p.m.

Richard Shindell . The charismatic singer and songwriter

in concert. Amy Rigby opens. $18. September 29, 8 p.m. Outta Sights

& Sounds, Grace Norton Rogers School Theater, Hightstown,

609-259-5764.

Kelly Joe Phelps . Return engagement by guitarist, singer,

and songwriter Kelly Joe Phelps. Although he’s known as a bluesman,

Richard Skelly writes that "his playing is so fluid, dexterous,

and improvised that he has the soul of a jazz musician." Phelps’

CDs include "Shine Eyed Mister Zen" and "Roll Away The

Stone." $15. October 20, 8 p.m.

Ellis Paul & Vance Gilbert . In concert, two widely popular

singer-songwriters who are also good friends. $15. November 10, 8

p.m.

Don Conoscenti . Coffeehouse performance. December 1, 8

p.m.

Westminster Choir College

Bristol Chapel and The Playhouse , Princeton,

609-219-2001.

$7 to $20 adults.

Schubert Recital . "Songs and Chamber Music of Franz

Schubert" with faculty artists Lindsey Christiansen,

mezzo-soprano,

with James Goldsworthy, piano. September 23, 4 p.m.

Faculty Recital . Music of Schubert, performed by Elem

Eley, baritone, with J.J. Penna, piano. October 5, 8 p.m.

Sharon Sweet in Recital . Sharon Sweet, soprano, with J.J.

Penna, piano. October 21, 4 p.m.

Faculty Recital . Anne Ackley Gray, soprano, and Charles

Walker, tenor, with Martin Neron, piano. November 4, 4 p.m.

Music Heritage Series . "Music of the Americas"

is the theme for the fifth annual series, coordinated by Luba Sindler.

November 18, March 17, and May 12, at 4 p.m.

Menotti Double Bill . "Amahl and the Night

Visitors"

and "The Old Maid and the Thief" directed by Bill Fabris.

November 29 and 30, 8 p.m.

Amahl and the Night Visitors . The Opera Theater presents

the Gian Carlo Menotti Christmas favorite directed by Bill Fabris.

December 1 & 2, 2 p.m.

Mini Menotti One-Acts . "Introduction and

Goodbyes,"

"A Hand of Bridge," and "The Telephone," performed

with "The Old Maid and the Thief." December 1 and 2, 8 p.m.

The Colors of Christmas . The Westminster Jubilee Singers

annual celebration of the season directed by J. Donald Sumpson.

December

7, 8 p.m.

A Christmas Musicfest . The Westminster Singers, directed

by Andrew Megill. December 8, 4 p.m.

Handbell Holiday Concert . The Westminster Concert Bell

Choir, directed by Kathleen Ebling-Thorne. December 9, 4 p.m.

An Evening of Readings and Carols . At Princeton University

Chapel. Westminster’s Chapel Choir, Schola Cantorum, Symphonic Choir,

and Concert Bell Choir. December 14 and 15, 8 p.m.

A Modern and Ancient Christmas . The Fuma Sacra ensemble,

directed by Andrew Megill. December 17, 8 p.m.

Faculty Recital . Margaret Cusack, soprano, with J.J.

Penna,

piano. January 20, 4 p.m.

Faculty Recital . Ena Bronstein Barton, piano, with Phyllis

Alpert Lehrer, piano, performing music of Beethoven. February 3, 4

p.m.

Faculty Recital . Phyllis Alpert Lehrer, piano, with Ena

Bronstein Barton, piano, performing music of Schumann and Beethoven.

March 2, 8 p.m.

Westminster Choir College at Patriots Theater, Trenton

War Memorial. "Celebration of Songs: From Spirituals to

Gospel."

Proceeds benefit the Westminster Scholarship Fund. $15 to $35. April

6, 8 p.m.


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