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Fall Arts: Classical Music


The 2011-’12 concert season bristles with imaginative programming and willing collaborations. It promises an abundance of stimulating programs heavy on innovation and novelty. A surprising number of presenters have liberated themselves from convention. Yet, the classics turn up so often that concertgoers with traditional tastes need not be alarmed. Full listings appear at the end.

First, to reassure those who shun music written after 1800, consider the varied three-concert Princeton Pro Musica series with choir and orchestra. An entire concert is devoted to George Frederic Handel’s “Messiah”; another offers Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Mass in B minor.” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s works make up the season’s opener with two solely orchestral numbers and the “Great Mass in C minor.”

Similarly, Triomphe de l’Amour and the Dryden Ensemble assemble their programs from composers no more contemporary than Mozart, who died in 1791.

The adventurous spirit of the upcoming season has many sources. Among them are unexpected juxtapositions, content that defies convention, and joint planning by institutions with different missions.

Westminster Choir College presents a concert with the unlikely combination of music by Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377) and Duke Ellington (1899-1974). Born 600 years apart, both men dominated the music of their time until their century was more than 70 years old. Called “I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good),” the program by four performers, using about two handfuls of instruments, is chamber-sized. Artists are Nancy Froysland Hoerl, soprano; Timothy Urban, baritone, medieval winds and plucked strings; Flora Newberry, trumpet, cornetto and recorder; and Peter Plomchok, guitar and lute. The Duke’s observation about the task of a performer could be a watchword for all performing artists. “You’ve got to find a way of saying it without saying it,” he notes.

That nugget of wisdom could apply to dancers, as well as musicians. Audiences can check it out when the singularly imaginative Princeton University Concerts presents a counter-tenor recital wedded to a dance world premiere. Choreographer Mark Morris insists on live music for his dance performances and engages leading artists to provide the music. This time Morris collaborates with countertenor David Daniels and pianist Martin Katz. Morris and Daniels joined forces previously for the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Willibald Gluck’s “Orfeo.” The Princeton program includes works by Gluck, Handel, and Johannes Brahms. A pre-concert lecture precedes the performance.

2011-’12 is the first Princeton University Concerts season shaped by Marna Seltzer, who took over as concert manager in the fall of 2010. Last season she oversaw events that had already been planned. However, her impact was palpable from the start. Audiences grew noticeably. Dramatically-designed printed programs started to include comments by Princeton experts. And a contagious atmosphere of warmth and joy began to fill Richardson Auditorium. Even the lighting over the audience, in the past much brighter (which pleased those who like to read their programs throughout the performance), has been dimmed to create a more concert hall setting more akin to the great classical music performance venues, according to Seltzer.

This season PU Concerts singles out the works of Ludwig van Beethoven. Almost all of its concerts include at least one of his pieces. Seltzer has enlisted Princeton University professor Scott Burnham, a Beethoven expert, to give seven pre-concert lectures.

Burnham’s musical knowledge has not stifled his playful behind-the-lectern manner. The evidence: explaining the music of Franz Liszt at the Golandsky Piano Institute, held on campus in July, Burnham first observed that Liszt’s harmonic shifts followed a downward pattern. He then played a Liszt excerpt so listeners could hear what he was talking about. And, for dramatic emphasis, with each downward harmonic shift, he systematically sank his body lower behind the lectern until eventually his head was no longer visible.

In addition to the department of music, PU Concerts collaborates with two other partners this season. Joining with the Princeton School of Architecture, the concert office presents the group Time for Three. The musical spectrum of the Curtis Institute-trained ensemble — two violins and a double bass — includes blue grass, country western, and jazz. Time for Three appears as part of a new annual event, New Horizons, geared toward students. The group will give a dozen or so informal concerts in unexpected venues on campus in advance of its Richardson appearance. Architecture students will design a temporary installation for the informal performances.

A second collaboration unites PU Concerts and McCarter Theater, which jointly present the Tallis Scholars at Richardson on Monday, December 12. The renowned vocal ensemble performs a holiday program consisting of Magnificats by composers who range from the Renaissance (Michael Praetorius and Girolamo Palestrina) to contemporaries (John Tavener and Arvo Part).

McCarter Theater in Princeton peppers its series with several events within a full season of diverse performances. Pianist Andras Schiff joins members of the Salzburg Marionette Theater for Claude Debussy’s children’s ballet, “La Boite a Joujoux.” The program will be given in only two places; the other venue is Carnegie Hall.

At McCarter pianist Alfred Brendel answers the question, “Does Classical Music Have To Be Entirely Serious?” in a lecture, presumably loaded with hilarious musical examples. Just in case anybody needs to know, Brendel may look like Big Bird, but he’s a very funny guy.

In addition, McCarter’s classical series brings in a joint recital by Christian Tetzlaff, violin, and Lars Vogt, piano; the pianist Yundi; Fabio Biondi and Europa Glante performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons; a joint recital by Vladimir Spivakov, violin, and Olga Kern, piano; the King’s Singers; and pianist Emanuel Ax. McCarter also offers more than half a dozen world music events ranging from Spain and Portugal to South Africa, China, and Japan, offered under the theater’s Signature Events series.

World music makes up a substantial swath of programming at New Brunswick’s State Theater. China, Spain, Russia, and Ireland are represented. Four visiting European orchestras, two of them from Russia, also take part in an assorted collection of programs.

Princeton Symphony Orchestra reaches out to art forms other than music during its five-concert classical series. Collaborating with the Princeton University Art Museum, the orchestra’s opening program, “Visions of America,” includes an invitation to a post-concert private tour of American portraits and landscapes at the museum. A week after its concert devoted to Russian music, PSO collaborates with Princeton University’s music, drama, and dance departments on a world-premiere performance of a recently-recovered theatrical adaptation of Alexander Pushkin’s verse-novel “Eugene Onegin.”

Pursuing the goal of informed audiences, PSO presents three sets of programs. “PSO Soundtracks” at the Princeton Public Library lays bare the background of concert-giving. “Behind the Music,” March 17, at Princeton Public Library with composer Lowell Lieberman, and May 12, at the Arts Council of Princeton with composer Sarah Kirkland Snider presents discussions about the creative process of music. “More than a Concert,” a partnership with the Princeton Adult School, analyzes pieces in the PSO Classical Series concerts.

In addition, PSO continues to offer chamber music in intimate settings. Its four-concert chamber series given at the Institute for Advanced Study’s Wolfensohn Hall in collaboration with the Institute is also performed at Stonebridge and Princeton Windrows retirement communities.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents concerts in Princeton, Trenton, and New Brunswick. Actually, all of the seven venues where the NJSO performs are within reach of the enterprising Princetonian. Outside the immediate area, the NJSO performs in Newark, Red Bank, Morristown, and Englewood.

The NJSO has multiple special relationships with Princeton. With men from the Princeton-based Westminster Symphonic Choir the orchestra performs at Carnegie Hall’s second annual Spring for Music Festival. Selected during Jacques Lacombe’s first year as music director, the NJSO is one of six orchestras invited to showcase adventurous programming at this festival. At a press conference announcing the season, Lacombe said that participating orchestras were told to “do whatever wild things you want.” He chose pieces by Edgard Varese, Kurt Weill, and Ferruccio Busoni.

Since taking on the leadership of the NJSO, Lacombe has set in motion several continuing initiatives. Lacombe’s New Jersey Roots project brings to the public pieces by composers associated with New Jersey. The 2011-’12 season includes seven pieces of the 20 to be given a hearing within the next five years. Among the composers is the late Edward T. Cone, long-time Princeton University faculty member.

Continuing the “Man and Nature” theme for its January festival, the NJSO turns to fire in 2012. An unusual collaboration is the presence of actors and dancers when the orchestra plays Beethoven’s “The Creatures of Prometheus” as part of the festival.

A tradition of innovations has been the habit of Derek Bermel, composer in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study, acting as an impresario. Once again this season he has assembled four programs where one can expect the unpredictable.

Rebecca Scott, director of Cantabile Chorale, takes us to her concert-planning process with a summary of her thinking behind Cantabile’s first concert of the year. It could well apply to other organizations. “I try to balance Jewish, Christian, and secular music,” she says. “The thrust of the program is to have the listener connect the old and the new, and to connect the Jewish and Christian music traditions that have affected the music of today, while enjoying the variety of sounds created by wonderful composers with new ideas, built on the old.”

But wait. We’ve had no almanac for the concert season yet. So here’s a quick handbook for the year. Composers with round anniversaries in 2011 or 2012 are Franz Liszt (born 1811, 200 years ago) and Claude Debussy (born 1862, 150 years ago).

Still, among works announced in advance, Liszt has been scheduled no more frequently than Mozart. And Bach leads Debussy, as do Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, and Mozart. So far Beethoven is the composer most frequently announced in advance for the 2011-’12 season.

Two October concerts honor Liszt. Westminster Choir College celebrates him with a program combining his piano transcriptions of songs, and the songs from which he derived the transcriptions. Soprano Danielle Sinclair and baritone Timothy Urban are the singers. The team of pianists includes Ikumi Hiraiwa, Fang-Ting Liu, Kathy Shanklin, Esma Pasic-Filipovic, and Rebekah So.

The NJSO pays tribute to Liszt with two of his piano concertos in October.

Opera fans have plenty to look forward to. Boheme Opera plays Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” Sunday, December 11, and Mozart’s “Magic Flute” Friday and Sunday, April 20 and 22. The NJSO and Opera New Jersey put on Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca” (February 3, 2012, at McCarter Theater). Rutgers’ Mason Gross School presents Benjamin Britten’s “Beggar’s Opera (Sunday, November 20, at the Nicholas Music Center), Jules Massenet’s “Cendrillon” (January and February), and Puccini’s “La Boheme” (April).

Fans of choral music will want to know that Voices Chorale will be presenting two holiday family concerts on Saturday, December 3, and a formal holiday concert, “Once in David’s City,” featuring favorites from England, Scotland, and Wales spanning several centuries on Saturday and Sunday, December 17 and 18. In the spring the ensemble will present “Irish Heartsong,” an all-Irish concert, with a return visit from Irish singer Gerry Dignan on March 10 and 11, and a Young Composers concert on April 16. In a significant collaboration, they will close their season with a joint concert with the Bucks County Choral Society in “Two to Tango,” June 2 and 10. Venues vary so check listings below.

Westminster Williamson Voices, conductor James Jordan, and organist Ken Cowan from Westminster Choir College of Rider University are featured on “Living Voices,” a new CD just released on Tuesday, September 6, on the Naxos label, of works by composer James Whitbourn, whose music has been called a “celebration of light” by NPR’s All Things Considered. Opening with Whitbourn’s “Son of God Mass,” the recording features works associated with life and death, many of them world premieres, including the “Requiem canticorum” and “Living Voices,” a work to commemorate the dead of 9/11.

“Living Voices” was first commissioned by the BBC as part of a broadcast from Westminster Abbey of a service held after the 9/11 attacks and first performed live in a concert in New York on the first anniversary of the attacks. The choir will perform music from the CD on Saturday, November 19.

Not surprisingly, the classical music scene in our area this season pays attention to the perennially noteworthy. Programs include tried-and-true composers and tried-and-true works. Anniversaries are noted.

However, the 2011-’12 season also loosens limits. It erases lines between musical categories. It dissolves boundaries between artistic genres and institutions. Programs are geared to what listeners are ready to hear. New insights are not dumped on listeners, but introduced to them. Like outstanding restaurants, presenters are combining unlikely ingredients for the surprise and pleasure of their consumers.

#b#American Boychoir#/b#

Princeton University Chapel, 888-BOYCHOIR, www.americanboychoir.org.

Voices of Angels. Traditional holiday favorites. $15 to $32. Saturday, December 17.

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 888-BOYCHOIR, www.americanboychoir.org.

Winter Wonderland. Traditional holiday favorites and audience sing-a-long. $20 to $42. Sunday, December 18.

#b#Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra#/b#

Princeton Alliance Church, 20 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro, 609-790-9559, www.bravuraphil.org.

Journey Into a Musical Fantasy. Season opening pops concert features Chiu-Ling Lin of West Windsor on piano. Program includes music by Liszt, Ravel, and themes from the Harry Potter movie soundtrack. Chiu-Tze Lin is music director and conductor. $12 to $25. Sunday, September 25.

Holiday Concert. Chiu-Tze Lin is music director and conductor. $12 to $25. Sunday, December 4.

#b#Bucks County Gilbert & Sullivan Society#/b#

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 84 East Oakland Avenue, Doylestown, PA, www.bucksgilbertandsullivan.org.

Autumn Cabaret. Selections from the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire along with well-known Broadway musical selections. $15 to $20. Sunday, October 16.

Bucks County Performing Arts Center

Yardley Community Center, 64 South Main Street, Yardley, PA, 215-493-3010, www.bcpac.org.

Romantic Chamber Music. Musical program with Tanya Dusevic Witek on flute, Cyrus Beroukhim on violin, Arash Aminion cello, and Barbara Podgurski on piano. $15. Saturday, October 15.

Motyl Chamber Ensemble. “Beautiful Music Rescued During the Holocaust” with Aleeza Wadler and Julie Artzt Becker on violin, Anoush Simonian on viola, and Ellen Rose Silver on violin and cello. $15. Saturday, November 19.

David Leonhardt Jazz Group. “A Winter Jazz Holiday Concert” with David Leonhardt on piano, Larry McKenna on saxophone, Matt Parrish on bass, Paul Wells on drums, and Nancy Reed on vocals. $15. Saturday, December 3.

#b#Cantus Novus#/b#

Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton, 215-968-3414, www.cantusnovus.org.

Rejoice: A Musical Feast for Mary. New artistic director John P. Leonard presents concert. $20. Sunday, December 11.

Newtown Presbyterian Church, Newtown, PA, 215-968-3414, www.cantusnovus.org.

Holiday Concert. $20. Friday and Sunday, December 2 and 4.

Trinity Episcopal Church, New Hope, PA, 215-968-3414, www.cantusnovus.org.

Holiday Concert. $20. Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3.

#b#College of New Jersey#/b#

Mildred and Ernest Mayo Concert Hall, Ewing, 609-771-2585, www.tcnj.edu.

Brown Bag Series. Moscow String Quartet performance presented by the TCNJ Center for the Arts. E-mail artsfac@tcnj.edu for more information. Free. Friday, September 30.

The Moscow String Quartet. Free. Saturday, October 1.

Oral Moses and the Georgia Spiritual Ensemble. Saturday, October 29.

Music Building, Ewing, 609-771-2585, www.tcnj.edu.

New Jersey Flute Society and David DiGiacobbe. Free. Sunday, October 9.

TCNJ Chorale. $10 to $15. Tuesday, October 11.

TCNJ Wind Ensemble. $10 to $15. Thursday, October 13.

TCNJ Strings. $10 to $15. Friday, October 14.

TCNJ Chamber Music. Free. Wednesday, November 30.

TCNJ Percussion Ensemble. Free. Friday, December 2.

TCNJ Choirs. $10 to $15. Sunday, December 4.

TCNJ Concert Band. $10 to $15. Tuesday, December 6.

TCNJ Orchestra. $10 to $15. Friday, December 9.

#b#Concordia Chamber Players#/b#

Trinity Church, Upper York and Sugan road, New Hope, 215-297-5972, www.concordiaplayers.org.

Concert. “Sacred and Profane” with Nancy Allen, harp; Mindy Kauffman, flute; Calvin Weirsma and Carmit Zori, violin; Robert Rinehart, viola; and Michelle Djokic, cello. $25. Sunday, October 23.

#b#Dryden Ensemble#/b#

Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary, 609-466-8541, www.drydenensemble.org.

The Art of Singing. Soprano Julianne Baird recreates the art of the celebrated singers from Handel’s London and Italy. $35. Saturday, November 19.

Autumn Benefit. “Dryden’s London” featuring soprano Julianne Baird, actor Paul Hecht, and the ensemble in an intimate chamber concert. Location in a Princeton historic home. Saturday, October 1.

#b#First Reformed Church#/b#

9 Bayard Street, New Brunswick, 732-545-1005, www.firstreformedchurch.net.

Downtown Lunchtime Recital Series. “Music for Colonists, Patriots, and Presidents” presented by Practitioners of Music co-founder John Burkhalter on English and small flutes and member Donovan Klotzbeacher on harpsichord. Lunch follows recital. Free. Wednesday, September 21.

Downtown Lunchtime Recital Series. Jazz and folk-tinged originals, folk and rock standards presented by Flora Newberry on trumpet, recorder, and guitar; and Mike Riley on guitar and voice. Free. Wednesday, October 12.

Downtown Lunchtime Recital Series. Gulia Gurevich on violin and Anastasia Dedik on piano present works by Chopin and Massanet. Free. Wednesday, October 26.

Downtown Lunchtime Recital Series. Ena Bronstein Barton presents works by Liszt and Debussy on piano. Free. Wednesday, November 9.

#b#Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra#/b#

Patriots Theater, War Memorial, Trenton, 609-396-5522, www.trentonsymphony.org.

New Year’s Eve Concert. $25 to $65. Saturday, December 31.

#b#Institute for Advanced Study#/b#

Wolfensohn Hall, Einstein Drive, Princeton, 609-734-8228, www.ias.edu.

Edward T. Cone Concert Series. “Harmonic Series” with artist-in-residence Derek Bermel and pianist composer Timothy Andres. Free. Friday and Saturday, November 4 and 5.

Edward T. Cone Concert Series. “Harmonic Series” with jazz pianists and composers Uri Caine and Mario Laginha. Free. Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3.

#b#Mason Gross School of the Arts#/b#

Kirkpatrick Chapel, 81 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, 732-932-7511, www.masongross.rutgers.edu.

Kirkpatrick Choir. $10. Friday, November 4.

Collegium Musicum. Free. Monday, November 21.

Christmas in Carol and Song. $20. Sunday and Tuesday, December 11 and 13.

Nicholas Music Center, 85 George Street, New Brunswick, 732-932-7511, www.masongross.rutgers.edu.

Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. Program of Beethoven and Brahms conducted by Shinik Hahm with Daniel Epstein on piano. $20. Saturday, October 1.

Rutgers Jazz Ensemble. “A Jazz Trumpet Celebration.” $10. Tuesday, October 4.

Rutgers Wind Ensemble. Kraig Williams conducts. Free. Friday, October 14.

Rutgers Jazz Ensemble Too. Free. Monday, October 17.

Rutgers Symphony Band. $10. Thursday, October 20.

Helix Music Ensemble. Free. Sunday, October 23.

Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. “The Inextinguishable,” a program of Dorman, Franck, and Nielsen. $25. Saturday, October 29.

Rutgers Wind Ensemble. Kraig Williams conducts. Free. Friday, November 11.

Rutgers Percussion Ensemble. Free. Sunday, November 13.

Rutgers Sinfonia and University Choir. Faure’s Requiem. Free. Wednesday, November 16.

Opera Institute. “The Beggar’s Opera.” $10. Friday and Sunday, November 18 and 20.

Rutgers Jazz Ensemble Too. Free. Monday, November 28.

Rutgers Jazz Ensemble. Free. Tuesday, November 29.

Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. Program of music by Barber and Strauss. $25. Friday, December 2.

Sounds of Chamber Music. Karina Bruk coordinates event. Free. Sunday, December 4.

Rutgers Symphony Band. Darryl Bott conducts. Free. Thursday, December 8.

Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. Holiday Pops concert. $20. Friday, December 9.

Rutgers Wind Ensemble. Kraig Williams conducts. Free. Monday, December 12.

Rutgers University Choir. Shannon Chase conducts. Free. Tuesday, December 13.

Rutgers Children’s Choir. Rhonda Hackworth conducts. Free. Sunday, December 18.

Schare Recital Hall, New Brunswick, 732-932-7511, www.masongross.rutgers.edu.

New Approaches to Mozart. “The Digital Mozart Edition” presented by Ulrich Leisinger. Free. Monday, October 24.

Franz Liszt 200th Anniversary Gala. Min Kwon directs piano students. Free. Wednesday, November 2.

Rutgers Jazz Chamber Ensemble. Free. Thursdays, December 1 and 7.

Voorhees Chapel, 5 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick, 732-932-7511, www.masongross.rutgers.edu.

Voorhees Choir Candlelight Concert. Free. Saturday, December 3.

#b#McCarter Theater (Berlind)#/b#

91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787, www.mccarter.org.

Tyne Daly. $40 and $48. Saturday, October 22.

#b#McCarter Theater (Matthews)#/b#

Audra McDonald. “Build a Bridge.” $40 to $55. Thursday, October 6.

Mary Chapin Carpenter. “The Age of Miracles.” $40 to $55. Saturday, October 8.

An Evening with Anthony Bourdain. “No Reservations.” $40 to $60. Monday, October 24.

Lars Vogt and Christian Tetzlaff. Joint recital with Lars Vogt on piano and Christian Tetzlaff on violin. $20 to $52. Tuesday, October 25.

Alfred Brendel. “Strictly Speaking: Does Classical Music Have to Be Entirely Serious?” $30. Tuesday, November 1.

Bela Fleck and the Original Flectones. With Howard Levy. $40 to $50. Wednesday, November 9.

#b#Nassau at Four#/b#

Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street. 609-924-0103.

Four concerts featuring young, emerging, and community performing artists. The one-hour recitals begin at 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. Free-will offering. Reception follows each concert: Sundays, September 25, October 23, November 27, and January 22.

#b#New Jersey Symphony Orchestra#/b#

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 800-ALLEGRO, www.njsymphony.org.

Liszt the Pianist. Jacques Lacombe conducts. Andrew Laplante on piano. $20 to $82. Friday, October 28.

Jarvi Returns. Neeme Jarvi conducts. Eric Wyrick on violin. $20 to $82. Friday, November 25.

State Theater, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 800-ALLEGRO, www.njsymphony.org.

Liszt the Pianist. Jacques Lacombe conducts. Andre Laplante on piano. $20 to $82. Saturday, October 29.

Jarvi Returns. Neeme Jarvi conducts. Eric Wyrick on violin. $20 to $82. Sunday, November 27.

#b#Opera Project#/b#

Prallsville Mill, Stockton, 908-268-1264, .

Concert. “Opera at the Mill” includes world premieres of works by Lambertville composer Rick Tocce. Vocalists include Behrooz Salminejad, Steven Snow, Don Sheasley, Sarai Johnson, Nichole Guberman, Amy Jean Suznovich, Alajandra Garrido, Gabrielle Antonini $15. Friday, September 30.

#b#Philomusica Chorale#/b#

Our Lady of Peace Church, 227 Washington Place, North Brunswick, 888-744-5668, www.philomusica.org.

Choir Concert. $18. Saturday, December 3.

Choir Concert. $18. Sunday, December 4.

#b#Princeton Friends of Opera#/b#

Smith House, Plainsboro, 609-610-6896, www.princetonfriendsofopera.org.

Reception and Tea. French arias. Refreshments. Register. $10. Sunday, October 9.

#b#Princeton Presbyterian Church#/b#

545 Meadow Road, West Windsor, 609-987-1166, www.princetonpresbyterian.org.

David Kim. Concert with violinist and concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, with Paul S. Jones on piano. The program include works of Handel, Grieg, Massenet, de Sarasate, and more. $20. Sunday, October 9.

#b#Princeton Pro Musica#/b#

Meadow Center, 545 Meadow Road, West Windsor, 609-683-5122, www.princetonpromusica.org.

W.A. Mozart. Mass in C minor with Rochelle Ellis, Sarah Pelletier, Steven Brennfleck, and Charles Wesley Evans. $25 to $55. Sunday, October 23.

War Memorial, Trenton, 609-683-5122, www.princetonpromusica.org.

G.F. Handel. Messiah with soloists Julianne Baird, Amy Zorn, Scott Murphree, and Elem Ely. $25 to $55. Sunday, December 11.

#b#Princeton Symphony Orchestra#/b#

Institute for Advanced Study, Wolfensohn Hall, 609-497-0020, www.princetonsymphony.org.

Chamber Series Concert. Music of Ewald, Mozart, Ellington, Bach, and Bernstein. Register. Free. Sunday, October 9.

Chamber Series Concert. Music of Grunenwald, Villa-Lobos, Poulenc, and Debussy. Free. Sunday, November 20.

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 609-497-0020, www.princetonsymphony.org.

Classical Series. “Visions of America” includes music by Charles Ives, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and Antonin Dvorak. Lara St. John on violin is featured. $25 to $68. Sunday, October 2.

Classical Series. “Dreams, Memories, and Truth” includes music by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Edward T. Cone. Performing with the orchestra are Disella Larusdottir, soprano; Melissa Fajardo, contralto; Zach Borichevsky, tenor; Grigory Soloviov, bass baritone; and Westminster Schola Cantorum. $25 to $68. Sunday, November 13.

Holiday Pops!. Holiday favorites and annual sing-along. $38. Saturday, December 17.

#b#Princeton Theological Seminary#/b#

Miller Chapel, 609-497-7760, www.ptsem.edu.

Chamber Concert. The David A. Weadon Memorial Concert features Fuma Sacra celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Andrew Megill conducts. Program includes music from the early 17th century and modern settings of texts from the Bible. Free. Thursday, October 27.

Christmas Service. “Carols of Many Nations” includes readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols led by the seminary choir, international students, and seminary staff members. Free. Wednesday, December 7.

#b#Princeton University#/b#

88 College Road West, Princeton, 609-258-3654, www.princeton.edu.

Carillon Concert. Concert on the fifth largest carillon in the country. Free. Sundays, September 18 to December 18.

Chapel, 609-258-3654, www.princeton.edu.

After Noon Concerts. Free. Thursdays, September 15 through December 8.

Jazz Sundays. Free. Sunday, October 16.

Spectrum Concerts. Screening of the silent movie “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” with organ accompaniment by Michael Britt. $10. Wednesday, October 19.

Jazz Vespers. Free. Wednesday, November 9.

Spectrum Concerts. “Vive la France! Part Deux” featuring Eric Plutz on organ. Free. Friday, November 11.

Spectrum Concerts. “Harp Extravaganza” featuring students of Elaine Christy. Free. Wednesday, November 30.

Spectrum Concerts. “Advent Vespers” with music of Bach by the Chapel Choir. Penna Rose conducts. Free. Sunday, December 4.

Spectrum Concerts. “Messiah Sing” with organ, strings, and trumpet. Free. Monday, December 12.

Spectrum Concerts. “Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols” featuring the Chapel Choir and a cappella groups. Free. Wednesday, December 14.

#b#Princeton University Concerts#/b#

Richardson Auditorium, 609-258-9330, www.princeton.edu/utickets.

Brentano String Quartet. All Beethoven program. Pre-concert talk by Scott Burnham, author of “Beethoven Hero” and a professor of music history at Princeton. Register. Free. Friday, September 16.

Concert Classics Series. Emerson String Quartet with works of Beethoven, Barber, and Shostakovich. Pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. $20 to $40. Thursday, October 6.

Richardson Chamber Players. Works by Ravel, Chausson, and Messiaen presented by the resident ensemble. $15. Sunday, October 16.

Princeton University Orchestra. Music of Verdi, Sibelius, and Ney Rosauro. Ruth Ochs conducts. $15. Friday, October 21.

Princeton University Orchestra. Music of Verdi, Sibelius, and Ney Rosauro. Ruth Ochs conducts. $15. Saturday, October 22.

Concert Classics Series. Alisa Weilerstein on cello and Inon Barnatan on piano with a program of works by Beethoven, Barber, Stravinsky, and Chopin. Pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. $20 to $40. Thursday, November 10.

Princeton University Glee Club. Football concert conducted by Gabriel Crouch. $10. Friday, November 11.

Princeton University Orchestra. Music of Grieg, Erik Satie, and Brahms. Hobart Earle conducts. $15. Friday, December 9.

Princeton University Orchestra. Music of Grieg, Erik Satie, and Brahms. Hobart Earle conducts. $15. Saturday, December 10.

Taplin Auditorium, 609-258-9330, www.princeton.edu/tickets.

Making Tunes Series. Alasdair Frasier on fiddle with Natalie Haas on cello. Thursday, September 22.

Making Tunes Series. Bruce Molsky, a multi-instrumentalist, presents Appalachian music. Thursday, September 29.

Princeton University Glee Club and Chamber Choir. Concert conducted by Gabriel Crouch. $10. Sunday, November 20.

Princeton University Glee Club and Chamber Choir. Readings, carols, and seasonal music conducted by Gabriel Crouch. $10. Friday, December 2.

Woolworth Center, 609-258-9330, www.princeton.edu/utickets.

Musicology Colloquium. Anthony Sheppard, a professor of music at Williams College. Monday, September 26.

#b#Rider University#/b#

Gill Chapel, Lawrenceville, 609-258-9220, www.rider.edu/arts.

Autumn Winds. Chamber music for wind and brass instruments. Free. Sunday, October 30.

Family Weekend Concert. Sun Min Lee conducts. Free. Saturday, November 5.

Holiday Concert. Rider University Chorale conducted by Sun Min Lee. Free. Saturday, December 3.

Yvonne Theater, Lawrenceville, 609-921-2663, www.rider.edu/arts.

Princeton Brass Band. Halloween concert. Free. Sunday, October 23.

Princeton Brass Band. Holiday concert. Free. Sunday, December 4.

St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church

1900 Brooks Boulevard, Hillsborough, 908-725-0615.

European Seminary Choir. Concert of sacred music from the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Europe. Free-will offering. Friday, September 30.

#b#State Theater#/b#

15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7469, www.StateTheatreNJ.org.

Opera in Cinema. “Tosca” captured live at the Royal Opera House. $22. Wednesday, November 2.

Opera in Cinema. “Aida” captured live at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. $22. Wednesday, November 16.

G.F. Handel Messiah. New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra and an 80-member chorus. Soloists include Marvis Martin, soprano; Leah Summers, alto; and Keith Spencer, baritone. $35 to $75. Friday, December 2.

Opera in Cinema. “Don Giovanni” captured live at the Teatro alla Scala. $22. Thursday, December 8.

#b#Steinway Musical Society#/b#

Jacobs Music, 2540 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, 609-434-0222, www.princetonol.com/groups/steinway.

Sunday Musicale Series. Konstantinos Papadakis performs “The Short Liszt,” a program of Franz Liszt’s miniature masterpieces along with the B minor sonata. $18. Sunday, September 18.

Sunday Musicale Series. Esma Pasic Filopovic and Larissa Korkina present works by Liszt, Schubert, and Mendelssohn. $18. Sunday, October 9.

Sunday Musicale Series. Joanna Chao, piano, and Robert McMahan, accordion, present works by Bach, Walker, Rachmaninoff, and a world premiere of McMahan. $18. Sunday, November 13.

#b#Villa Victoria Academy#/b#

376 West Upper Ferry Road, Ewing, 609-298-9445, .

Save the Harp. West Chester University Harp Ensemble directed by Gloria Galante present a benefit concert for the repair of Villa Victoria’s historic harp and to support the music scholarship program. Register. Sunday, October 16.

#b#Voices Chorale#/b#

Bob Egan’s Supper Club and Cabaret, Ramada Inn, 6426 Lower York Road, New Hope, PA, 609-637-9383, www.voiceschorale.org.

Fall Cabaret. Concert featuring show tunes from Broadway musicals to benefit community outreach programs for seniors and children. Register. $25 plus $15 minimum for food and drinks. Sunday, October 23.

Music Together, 225 Pennington-Hopewell Road, Hopewell, 609-924-7801, www.musictogetherprinceton.com.

Holiday Concert. Festive songs and holiday favorites for children of all ages. $10; $25 per family. Saturday, December 3.

Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, 609-799-2211, www.voiceschorale.org.

Holiday Concert. “Once in Royal David’s City" featuring holiday favorites from England, Scotland, and Wales spanning several centuries. Saturday, December 17.

#b#Westminster Choir College#/b#

Bristol Chapel, 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton, 609-921-2663, www.rider.edu.

Les Meslange des Plaisirs. Kathleen Scheide on harpsichord and lautenwerk with Timothy Urban on records and voice perform music by Bach, Caccini, Castello, Phillips, and others. Free. Sunday, September 18.

Elizabeth Sutton. Recital by a soprano. Free. Saturday, September 24.

Melodies and Songs of Benjamin C.S. Boyle. Works by Westminster faculty member presented by sopranos Jennifer Aylmer, Rebecca Siler, and Kathryn Stewart; tenor Jeffrey Dinsmore; and Baritone Randall Scarlata; with J.J. Penna on piano. Free. Wednesday, September 28.

Robin Leigh Massie and Steven Condy. Recital by a soprano and a baritone. Free. Sunday, October 2.

Songs With and Without Words: Liszt’s Transcriptions. Concert in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Franz Liszt presented by Danielle Sinclair, soprano; Timothy Urban, baritone; and Ikumi Hiraiwa, Fang-Ting Liu, Kathy Shanklin, Esma Pasic-Flipovic, and Rebekah So on piano. Free. Sunday, October 16.

Liszt Festival Performances. Recitals and lectures in conjunction with a two-day conference focusing on the works of Franz Liszt. $15. Friday, October 21.

Liszt Festival Performances. Recitals and lectures in conjunction with a two-day conference focusing on the works of Franz Liszt. $15. Saturday, October 22.

Sandstrom World Premiere. Westminster Kantorei premieres a new work by Sven-David Sandstrom, a composer from Sweden. The concert concludes a day-long celebration of new music for the church and explores the future of sacred music. Andrew Megill conducts. $20. Saturday, October 29.

Phyllis Alpert Lehrer and Friends. Phyllis Alpert Lehrer and Ena Bronstein Barton on piano; Jayn Rosenfeld on flute; and Elizabeth Thompson on cello perform solos, duos, and trios by Franz Liszt, Mel Bono, Claude Debussy, and others. Free. Sunday, November 6.

Clipper Erickson in Recital. Program features the world premiere of Laurie Altman’s Sonata No. 5, as well as works by Bach and Liszt. Free. Sunday, November 13.

Westminster Williamson Voices. “Transcendence” explores music by Lassus, Arvo Part, Bo Hansson, Charles Ives, and others. The choir also performs music for Advent from its new CD, “Living Voices: The Music of James Whitbourn.” $20. Saturday, November 19.

Westminster Jubilee Singers. Fall concert. $20. Sunday, November 20.

Westminster Choir. “The Clear Blue Morning” features sections by Bo Hansson, Rachmaninoff, and others. $20. Sunday, November 20.

Westminster Concert Bell Choir. Kathleen Ebling Shaw conducts the concert featuring arrangements of holiday favorites. $25. Saturday, December 3.

Westminster Kantorei. “O Magnum Mysterium: Christmas” features music of the season from the 14th to 21st centuries. Andrew Megill conducts. $25. Sunday, December 4.

Westminster Concert Bell Choir. Kathleen Ebling Shaw conducts the concert featuring arrangements of holiday favorites. $25. Sunday, December 4.

Westminster Community Chorus and Chamber Choir. “A Festive Christmas” features Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata” and Stephen Chatman’s “Christmas Joy.” $15. Devin Mariman conducts. Friday, December 16.

Westminster Community Chorus and Chamber Choir. “A Festive Christmas” features Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata” and Stephen Chatman’s “Christmas Joy.” $15. Devin Mariman conducts. Saturday, December 17.

Luedeke Art Gallery, Rider University, Lawrenceville, 609-921-2663, www.rider.edu.

Bring in the Season. Music for vocal duet with Danielle Sinclair, soprano and Denise Mihalik, mezzo soprano. Kathy Shanklin on piano. Free. Friday, December 2.

Princeton Regional Schools Performing Arts Center, Princeton High School, Walnut Lane at Franklin Avenue, 609-921-2663, www.rider.edu.

Westminster Opera Theater. Opera: TBA. $20. Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3.

Princeton University Chapel, 609-921-2663, www.rider.edu.

Matthew Lewis. Organ concert. Free. Saturday, November 5.

An Evening of Readings and Carols. Holiday music for choir, organ, and brass. Register. $40 to $70. Friday, December 9.

An Evening of Readings and Carols. Holiday music for choir, organ, and brass. Register. $40 to $70. Saturday, December 10.

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 609-921-2663, www.rider.edu.

Dreams, Memories, and Truth. “The Bells” by Rachmaninoff with Westminster Schola Cantorum and Princeton Symphony Orchestra. $25 to $68. Sunday, November 13.

Williamson Hall, 201 Walnut Lane, Princeton, 609-921-2663, www.rider.edu.

Rich Woo. Concert on piano features works by Bach, Beethoven, and others. Free. Sunday, November 20.

Peter Plonchok. Concert on guitar and lute contrasts the music of 14th century musician Guillaume de Machaut with the music of 10th century Duke Ellington. Free. Monday, December 5.

#b#Westminster Conservatory#/b#

Niles Chapel, Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-921-2663, www.rider.edu. Faculty series. Free.

Larissa Korkina and Esma Pasic-Filipovic, piano. Thursday, September 15.

Faculty members. Thursday, October 20.

Trio@Play with Kevin Willois, flute; Kenneth Ellison, clarinet; and Lynda Saponara, piano. Free. Thursday, November 17.

Yvonne Theater, Lawrenceville, www.rider.edu/arts.

Rider University Band. Concert with the Blawenburg Band. Free. Monday, December 5.

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