Beethoven is the most-programmed composer in concerts during the 2007-’08 music season. Some unseen hand appears to guide his large and constant presence on the concert stage.

Last season Neeme Jarvi, artistic director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO), incorporated all the Beethoven symphonies in the year’s concerts. The Beethoven fan had it easy: one musical organization, nine symphonies. This year, six different Beethoven symphonies can be heard — but it will take a certain amount of running around. The NJSO, rebounding from last season’s extravaganza of Beethoven symphonies, limits itself to four Beethoven overtures this season.

The half dozen Beethoven symphonies planned in 2007-’08 are being performed by a half dozen different musical organizations. Princeton Pro Musica plays Symphony No. 1 (Sunday, October 21, Richardson); the community orchestra of Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Symphony No. 2 (Saturday, December 15, Princeton Regional Schools Performing Arts Center); the San Francisco Symphony, appearing at New Brunswick’s State Theater, Symphony No. 3 (Thursday, March 13); the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Symphony No. 5, a piece whose 200th anniversary occurs in 2008 (Sunday, April 27, Richardson); the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, performing in McCarter Theater, Symphony No. 7 (February 19); and the Westminster Symphonic Choir appears with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra led by Claudio Abbado in Carnegie Hall’s gala opening with Symphony No. 9 (Wednesday, October 3).

In fact, more Beethoven has been scheduled during the 2007-’08 season than was scheduled last year. The two all-Beethoven recitals of Colin Carr, cellist, and Thomas Sauer, pianist, on Thursday and Friday, April 3 and 4, under the auspices of Princeton University Concerts, add a hefty eight compositions to Beethoven’s total.

It is no surprise when Beethoven compositions recur. No one is astounded when Bach and Mozart are scheduled. But how to account for Stravinsky being programmed more frequently in 2007-’08 than Brahms, Haydn, or Tchaikovsky? And as much Benjamin Britten as Felix Mendelssohn? And how to explain that there will be more Mahler than Mendelssohn? They are all anniversary-less.

Well, not quite. The year 2007 marks the 100th anniversary of Mahler’s massive Symphony No. 8, the “Symphony of a Thousand,” which requires vast instrumental and vocal forces. The Symphonic Choir of Westminster Choir College (WCC) and the American Boychoir join with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach and two Philadelphia choral groups in the piece. Performances take place in the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia (May 1 through 3) and in Carnegie Hall (May 6).

Neeme Jarvi, by the way, conducted the fastest recording of the piece, taking slightly more than 70 minutes from start to finish for an on-average 80-minute composition.

Mahler-mania seems to have overcome WCC for 2007-’08. His gigantic Symphony No. 8 is only one of four Mahler symphonies WCC presents during the season. On Saturday, October 6, the women of the Westminster Choir join the American Boychoir to sing Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Claudio Abbado at Carnegie Hall.

Westminster Symphonic Choir participates also in two presentations of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“The Resurrection”), both away from home. The first is with the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Moest at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, October 18. The second is about six weeks later with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra under Neeme Jarvi (Friday, November 30, NJPAC).

The 2007-’08 season is short on memorable anniversaries. Still, they are not going completely unnoticed. Danish organist Dietrich Buxtehude died 200 years ago, in 1707, and the Dryden Ensemble presents a program called “Buxtehude’s Daughter (and the men who wouldn’t have her),” Saturday, November 10, at Trinity Church in Princeton). The St. Mary church in Luebeck, where Buxtehude was employed, required that a newly-appointed organist marry the incumbent’s daughter. Buxtehude’s five daughters were singularly unattractive and Handel, among others, withdrew his application for Buxtehude’s position because of the marriage clause.

The birth of Edward Elgar in 1857, the deaths of Edvard Grieg and violinist Joseph Joachim in 1907, the birth of Oliver Messiaen in 1908, and the deaths of Jean Sibelius and Erich Wolfgang Korngold in 1957 are perhaps honored by performances of their music during the 2007-’08 season. However, nobody has scheduled elaborate festivals to mark the dates.

The traditional three-week winter festival of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra takes place at its usual time in January. The theme this season is “Coming to America” and focuses on music by composers with direct connections to the United States. The connection ranges from a single visit by Sibelius to taking up residence in the U.S. as Hindemith, Stravinsky, and Bartok did.

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra again mounts a series consisting of tightly-focused orchestral programs, as well as a Sunday afternoon chamber music series. Concurrent with the rather sudden announcement in an August 1 press release from the PSO board that Mark Laycock “has concluded his long tenure” after 21 years as conductor came the announcement that the orchestra would host several guest conductors in the 2007-’08 season, as it initiates its search for a replacement.

Particularly outstanding in the concert line-up is a program called “The Inspiration of Art,” devoted to pieces inspired by paintings. In collaboration with the Princeton University Art Museum, the orchestra has provided for a post-concert reception in the museum, where the audience can continue to dwell on the overlap between music and visual arts.

Three compositions make up the Sunday, March 16, program. Ottorino Respighi’s “Trittico Botticelliano” attempts to convey the moods of three Botticelli paintings. Gunther Schuller’s “Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee” aims to capture the whimsical spirit of the Swiss painter, who came from a musical family. Paul Hindemith’s “Mathis der Maler” derives from Matthias Gruenewald’s altarpiece in Colmar, France, Princeton’s sister city.

The Sunday afternoon Princeton Symphony chamber music series takes place at Wolfensohn Hall on the campus of Princeton’s Institute of Advanced Study, the Montgomery Center for the Arts’ 1860 House, and the auditorium of Stonebridge, the continuing care community.

The Institute for Advanced Study has appointed composer Paul Moravec its new artist-in-residence. His residency gives him the opportunity to direct the Institute’s own concert series in the intimate Wolfensohn Hall and to pursue his own composition. A Pulitzer Prize recipient, Moravec will be working on his first major opera in Princeton.

“Inasmuch as I was raised in Princeton during the late ‘60s, I regard this residency as a kind of homecoming,” he says. Born in Buffalo, New York, Moravec attended the Lawrenceville School. He has composed more than 90 orchestral, chamber, choral, lyric, film, and electro-acoustic compositions.

Adding to Princeton’s array of concert venues is the Princeton Regional Schools Performing Arts Center, which is housed in an addition to Princeton High School. The center was inaugurated in October, 2006. It consists of a 771-seat auditorium and a black box theater where stage and seats can be reconfigured with a maximum of 200 seats. Intended primarily as a performing space for the Princeton schools, the center is also available to outside presenters for a fee. Four arts entities have been given priority status for using the facility because they have contributed financially to the center. They are Westminster Choir College, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the Dryden Ensemble, and the Arts Council of Princeton.

Opera and Other Music

Opera performances take place at various venues in the region. An anniversary connection exists for Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” which reached Broadway 50 years ago in 1957. Boheme Opera has included Bernstein’s transplanted version of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” into its current season at Trenton’s War Memorial April 12 and 13. Boheme this year departs from its habit of presenting fully-staged versions of primarily Italian operas. Besides Bernstein’s Broadway favorite it has scheduled a semi-staged version of Verdi’s “La Traviata” (Friday, November 2, at Richardson, and Sunday, November 4, at Patriots Theater.)

New Jersey Opera, formerly New Jersey Opera Theater, expands its operations, putting on Verdi’s “Rigoletto” in three locations: the Morristown Community Theater (February 1), Princeton’s McCarter Theater (February 8), and New Brunswick’s State Theater (February 10). In addition, the company presents a semi-staged version of Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” at McCarter (February 1), and the State Theater (February 3). New Jersey Opera has already announced its summer season for July: Verdi’s “La Traviata,” Bernstein’s “Candide,” and Rossini’s “La Cenerentola.”

Westminster Choir College has scheduled three operas this season with Daniel Beckwith, music director, and Mark Verzatt, stage director. The fall productions are L’Enfant Prodigue (The Prodigal Son) by Claude Debussy and L’Enfant et Les Sortileges (The Child and the Enchantments) by Maurice Ravel. The spring production is La Clemenza di Tito by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Two “Barbers of Seville” are to be performed in the region: The Teatro Lirico d’Europa brings their version of the Rossini opera to McCarter on Thursday, February 28, and Tri-City Opera presents the work at New Brunswick’s State Theater on Saturday, May 10.

Operetta and Broadway musicals are also included among the offerings of the 2007-’08 season. They include Westminster Choir College’s “Into the Woods” (Friday through Sunday, November 2 to 4), and “Oklahoma” (Friday through Sunday, February 29 to March 2); and the State Theater’s “Gypsy” (Friday, October 26), “Annie” (Friday, December 14), “Rent” (Wednesday, January 16), and “Evita” (Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5).

A number of repeat performances occur among the array of world music programs scheduled in the area. Audiences can catch the Latin Tango Buenos Aires either at Princeton’s McCarter Theater (Tuesday, October 30) or New Brunswick’s State Theater (Friday, October 19).

The Scottish Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and Band of the Coldstream Guards also appear at both venues (Monday, January 21, at McCarter, and Saturday, January 19 at the State), as do the Irish Chieftains (Friday, March 7, at McCarter, and Sunday, March 9, at the State).

Other ethnically-oriented programs include Mexican and Spanish programs such as the State Symphony of Mexico (Saturday, February 23, at the State), South American musicians such as Venezuelan jazz pianist Gabriela Montero (February 23, at the Peddie School), Celtic concerts such as the choral ensemble Anuna (Saturday, October 13 at the State), and Indian events such as Zakir Hussain’s Percussion Masters of India (Friday, May 16, at McCarter).

The season gives listeners a chance to compare performances of the same piece by different presenters. Princeton Pro Musica presents Mozart’s “Requiem” (Sunday, October 21, Richardson), and the Princeton University Chapel performs the work in April 12. Handel’s “Messiah” is to be performed by both Princeton Pro Musica (Sunday, December 2, Patriot Theater) and the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra (also on December 2, at Christ Church of New Brunswick). In addition the Princeton University Chapel has scheduled a “Messiah” sing, open to the community on Monday, December 10.

We’ve got a big iceberg of classical musical events scheduled for 2007-’08 and space only to talk about the tip.

Classical Music

American Boychoir

Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, 888-BOYCHOIR,

Voices of Angels. Holiday concert features familiar carols and seasonal readings. $10 to $30. Saturday, December 15.

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 888-BOYCHOIR,

Winter Wonderland. Traditional holiday favorites and audience sing-a-long. $20 to $42. Sunday, December 16.


All Saint Church, Princeton, 212-967-9157,

Chamber Music Concert. Italian sacred music from Monteverdi’s Selva Morale with the Artek singers and Enrico Gatti on violin. Register. $10 to $30. Friday, November 16.

Boheme Opera

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 609-581-7200,

La Traviata. Semi-staged performance. Pre-curtain talk at 7 p.m. $28 to $68. Friday, November 2.

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

La Traviata. Semi-staged performance. Pre-curtain talk at 1:45 p.m. $28 to $68. Sunday, November 4.

Bucks County

Choral Society

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Doylestown, 215-598-6142,

Favorites. Alumni are invited to join in afternoon rehearsal, dinner, and performance. Saturday, October 20.

Festival of Christmas Music. Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16.

Community Arts

at the Peddie School

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

Karen Mason. “All That Jazz: The Movie Songbook” by Broadway, off-Broadway, and television star. Her leading Broadway roles were in “Mamma Mia!,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “Carnival,” and “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway.” She has headlined Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Algonquin. $20. Sunday, September 30.

Proteus 7. From Bach to Bacharah with chamber ensemble. $20. Saturday, October 6.

Maude Maggarts Sings Irving Berlin. Cabaret performance. $20. Sunday, November 11.

Christ Church

5 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, 732-545-6262,

Vespers Recital Series. The Vento Trio present music of South America for flute, clarinet, and bassoon. Free. Sunday, September 16.

Vespers Recital Series. Justin Hartz on organ. Free. Sunday, September 23.

Vespers Recital Series. Stephen Rapp on organ. Free. Sunday, September 30.

Vespers Recital Series. Federico Andreoni on organ. Free. Sunday, October 7.

Vespers Recital Series. Parish Choir fall Evensong. Free. Sunday, October 14.

Vespers Recital Series. Elizabeth Wong on organ. Free. Sunday, October 21.

Vespers Recital Series. Evensong Choriseters from St. Peter’s with Brian Harlow on organ. Sunday, October 28.

Vespers Recital Series. All Saints Sunday includes music of the Renaissance by Rutgers Collegium Musicum directed by Andrew Kirkman. Sunday, November 4.

Vespers Recital Series. Kevin O’Malia on organ. Free. Sunday, November 11.

Vespers Recital Series. David Shuler on organ. Free. Sunday, November 18.

Vespers Recital Series. Nick Cutroneo on organ. Free. Sunday, November 25.

The Organ Music of Dieterich Buxtehude. Demonstrations, playing techniques, and a recital. Organist and scholar Elizabeth Harrison, leads the program. Tuesday, November 27.

Vespers Recital Series. An Advent procession with Carols and Vox Fidelis directd by Timothy Smith. Sunday, December 9.

Vespers Recital Series. Thomas Spacht on organ. Free. Sunday, December 23.

Downtown Bordentown Association

Bordentown High School, 318 Ward Avenue, Bordentown, 609-324-9909,

The Eastern Wind Symphony. Concert led by William Silvester. $15. Sunday, September 16.

Dryden Ensemble

Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, 609-466-8541, .

Buxtehude’s Daughter. Bach and Handel for voice, oboes, violins, and organ. Mezzo soprano Barbara Hollinshead solos. $20. Saturday, November 10.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, East Oakland Avenue, Doylestown, PA, 609-466-8541.

Buxtehude’s Daughter. See above listing for details. Saturday, November 10.

Hopewell Valley Chorus

Hopewell Valley High School, 259 Pennington-Titusville Road, Pennington, 609-737-2438,

Rehearsal. Register for fall membership. Monday, September 17.

Pennington Presbyterian Church, 13 South Main Street, Pennington, 609-397-1619,

Holiday Lights. Concert features Mozart’s Vespers, three arrangement of the Ave Maria, and a selection of international carols and songs. Sing-along with familiar carols. $11. Friday, December 14.

Institute for

Advanced Study

Wolfensohn Hall, Einstein Drive, Princeton, 609-734-8175,

Tradition Redefined. David Krakauer and Klezmer Madness. Register. Free. Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6.

Tradition Redefined. Violin and piano duo, Maria Bachmann with Simon Mulligan. Register. Free. Friday, November 30, and Saturday, December 1.

Lawrence Sight

Reading Orchestra

Senior Center, 30 East Darrah Lane, Lawrenceville, 732-438-9704.

Classical musical instrumentalists are invited to work on their skills in works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Brahms. $10. Tuesdays, September 18; October 2 and 16; November 6 and 20; and December 4 and 18.

McCarter Theater

91 University Place, 609-258-2787,

Richard Goode. Piano recital features Baroque, classic, and romantic repertoire. $42 to $45. Tuesday, October 16.

Itzhak Perlman. An evening of chamber music with Itzhak Perlman with 12 string players from the Perlman Music program with works of Mozart and Tchaikovsky. $40 and $45. Tuesday, October 23.

Andrew Manze and Richard Egarr. Program features conductors Manze on violin and Egarr on piano with sonatas by Bach, Schubert, and Mozart. $37 to $40. Monday, October 29.

String Summit. Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, and Edgar Meyer, with special guest, Time for Three. $37 to $43. Friday, November 2.

The Five Browns. Five Juilliard-trained siblings on piano. $32 to $38. Wednesday, November 14.

Bach’s Complete Brandenburgs. All six Brandenburg Concerti with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. $42 to $48. Monday, December 17.

Nassau Presbyterian Church

61 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-924-0103, .

Nassau at Six Concert Series. Sarah Sweet, soprano; and Zachary Sweet, cello. Concert, free; dinner, $5. Wednesday, September 26.

Nassau at Six Concert Series. Mari-Jo Policastro and Steven Russell present piano with four hands. Concert, free; dinner, $5. Sunday, October 21.

Nassau at Six Concert Series. Westminster Choir College student showcase. Concert, free; dinner, $5. Sunday, November 18.

New Brunswick

Chamber Orchestra

Christ Church, 5 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, 732-249-6999,

Handel’s Messiah. Annual performance with the Choir of Christ Church choir. $17. Sunday, December 2.

Lessons and Carols. Music for Advent and Christmas with Christ Church, Saint Cecilia, and Christ Church Youth choirs. Sunday, December 16.

New Jersey

Symphony Orchestra

Patriots Theater, War Memorial, Trenton, 800-ALLEGRO,

Mendelssohn and Mozart. Antti Sllrala on piano. Neeme Jarvi conducts. $20 to $75. Friday, October 19.

Mahler’s Resurrection. Twyla Robinson, soprano; Nancy Maultsby, mezzo soprano; Westminster Symphonic Choir. Neeme Jarvi conducts. $20 to $75. Saturday, December 1.

State Theater, New Brunswick, 800-ALLEGRO,

Rachmaninoff Second Symphony. Karen Gomyo on violin. Kwame Ryan conducts. $20 to $75. Thursday, November 8.

Beethoven Overtures. Terrence Wilson on piano. Neeme Jarvi conducts. $20 to $75. Sunday, November 18.

Canadian Brass Holiday Concert. Holiday cheer. Thomas Wilkins conducts. $20 to $75. Friday, December 7.

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton, 800-ALLEGRO,

Jarvi and the Dance. Brittany Sklar on violin. Neeme Jarve conducts. $20. Friday, November 23.

Patriot Theater

at the War Memorial

Memorial Drive, Trenton, 609-984-8400,

Peter Nero and the Philly Pops. “Broadway Showstoppers: Best of the Tonys” features Doug LeBrecque, Rachel York, and Lisa Vroman. Benefit for the Foundation of Morris Hall/St. Lawrence. $30 to $75. Register for champagne reception following performance at 609-896-9500. Saturday, September 29.

Princeton Early

Keyboard Center

Christ Congregation, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton, 732-599-0392,

The Practitioners of Musick. John Burkhalter, recorders; David Black, cello; and Gavin Black, harpsichord. $15. Sunday, October 7.

Gavin Black. Harpsichord concert. $15. Sunday, November 4.

The Practitioners of Musick. Baroque concert. $15. Sunday, December 9.

Princeton Pro Musica

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

Concert. Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Te Deum, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1. $25 to $45. Sunday, October 21.

Patriots Theater, Trenton War Memorial, Trenton, 609-683-5122,

Concert. Handel’s Messiah. $25 to $45. Sunday, December 2.

Princeton University Chapel

Washington Road, 609-258-3654.

Phantom of the Opera. Silent movie with organ accompaniment, Michael Britt, organist. $10. Friday, October 5.

Concert of Music from the African American Worship Tradition, Friends of Jesus (John 15:15), Rev. William Heard, Princeton University Gospel Ensemble, Chapel Choir. Penna Rose, conductor. $10. Saturday, October 20.

After Noon Concert. Free. Wednesdays through December 5.

Advent Concert, Magnificat and selections from Christmas Oratorio, Johann Sebastian Bach, chapel choir with orchestra. Penna Rose, conductor. Free. Sunday, December 2.

Harp Extravaganza. Students of harpist Elaine Christy in recital. Free. Monday, December 3.

Messiah Sing. Community Sing with organ, strings and trumpet. $5. Monday, December 10.

Candlelight Service of Lesson and Carols. Free. Wednesday, December 12.

Riverside Symphonia

St. John the Evangelist Church, 44 Bridge Street, Lambertville, 609-397-7300,

Four Corners of Europe. Music from Great Britain, Spain, Finland, and Prague. Also, Saturday, October 13. $15 to $35. Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13.

Musical Celebration of Christmas. Holiday concert. Also Saturday, December 1. $15 to $35. Friday, November 30, and Saturday, December 1.

State Theater

15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7469,

Edison Symphony Orchestra. Olga Kern, Russian gold medal winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, in “An Afternoon of Tchaikovsky.” $20 to $100. Sunday, October 14.

Kirov Orchestra. Concert conducted by Valery Gergiev includes Stravinsky’s “Firebird” and “The Rite of Spring.” $75 to $90. Thursday, November 29.

Canadian Brass Holiday Concert. Presented with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. $50 to $75. Friday, December 7.

Feliz Navidad with Jose Feliciano. $40 to $60. Saturday, December 8.

Irish Tenors Christmas Show. $50 to $65. Sunday, December 9.


Musical Society

Jacobs Music, 2540 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, 609-434-0222,

Scott Donald. Mozart, Gershwin, Brahms, and Bernstein. Register. $15. Sunday, October 7.

Shan-shan Sun. Works by Chopin and Ravel. Register. $15. Sunday, November 18.

Trinity Church

33 Mercer Street, Princeton, 609-924-2277,

Advent Lessons & Carols. Sunday, December 2.


Choir College

Bristol Chapel, 609-921-2663,

Faculty Recital. Margaret Cusack, soprano; and pianist J.J. Penna, present “Les Nuits d’Ete” by Hector Berlioz and “Poeme de l’amour et de la mer” by Ernest Chausson. $15. Sunday, September 16.

Faculty Recital. Faith Esham, soprano, and Paul Cohen, saxophone. $15. Sunday, September 23.

Faculty Recital. Ken Cowan, organ, and Lisa Shihoten, violin. $15. Wednesday, September 26.

Recital. Concert by visiting artist, Trefor Smith, on piano. Free. Saturday, October 6.

Faculty Recital. West Meets East featuring Chiu-Ling Lin on piano. $15. Sunday, October 7.

Westminster Williamson Voices. “The Sounds of Serenity and Contemplation.” $15. Sunday, October 14.

Westminster Jubilee Singers. “We Give Thanks.” $15. Sunday, November 11.

Westminster Choir. “The Sun is Daily New and Old.” $15. Sunday, November 11.

Cool Yule Jazz V. Philip Orr, piano; Jerry Rife, clarinet; and guests present jazz arrangements of holiday favorites. $20. Friday, November 30.

Westminster Concert Bell Choir. Handbell Holiday Concert directed by Kathleen Ebling-Thorne. $15. Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2.

Hosanna, Hanukah, and the Holidays. Conducted by Frank Abrahams. $15. Sunday, December 9.

A Ceremony of Carols. Conducted by Devin Mariman. $15. Sunday, December 16.

Niles Chapel, Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, 609-921-2663,

Recital. Esma Pasic-Filipovic and Larissa Korkina, piano duo. Free. Thursday, September 20.

Recital. Kenneth Ellison, clarinet; Marjorie Selden, viola; and Donald Dolan, piano. Free. Thursday, October 18.

Recital. Trio Brillante with Katherine McClure, flute; Melissa Bohl, oboe; and esma Pasic-Filipovic, piano. Free. Thursday, November 15.

Princeton High School Performing Arts Center, 609-921-2663,

Westminster Chapel Choir. Family weekend celebration. $15. Saturday, October 27.

Westminster Community Orchestra. “From Beethoven to Broadway.” $15. Saturday, December 15.

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 609-921-2663,

Westminster Schola Cantorum. “Russian Pathos and the Miracles of Saint Nicolas” with Westminster Community Orchestra. $15. Sunday, October 28

The Playhouse, 609-921-2663,

Opera: L’Enfant Prodique and L’Enfant et les sortileges. Works of Debussy and Ravel. Daniel Beckwith, music director; Marc Verzatt, stage director. $15. Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18.

Williamson Hall, 609-921-2663,

Master Class. Presented by visiting artist, Trefor Smith, on piano. Free. Sunday, October 7.

Morrisville Presbyterian Church, 711 North Pennsylvania Avenue, Morrisville, PA, 609-921-2663,

A Candlelight Christmas. Westminster Williamson Voices conducted by James Jordan. $20. Saturday, December 1.

Gill Memorial Chapel, Rider University, Lawrenceville, 609-921-2663,

Rider Choir Winter Concert. Conducted by Kenneth Howard. Free. Sunday, December 2.

Princeton University Chapel, 609-921-2663,

An Evening of Readings and Carols. Three of Westminster’s choirs and Solid Brass. $25 to $50. Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8.



Richardson Auditorium, 609-258-5000,

Westminster Community Orchestra. “Russian Pathos and the Miracles of Saint Nicolas.” With Westminster Schola Cantorum. Register. Friday, October 26.

Jazz & Pop

Community Arts

at the Peddie School

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

Hiromi’s Sonic Bloom. Concert with pianist and composer Hiromi. Pre-concert chat with the artist. $20. Friday, October 12.

Maude Maggarts Sings Irving Berlin. Cabaret performance. $20. Sunday, November 11.

Karen Mason. “All That Jazz: The Movie Songbook” by Broadway, off-Broadway, and television star. Her leading Broadway roles were in “Mamma Mia!,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “Carnival,” and “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway.” She has headlined Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Algonquin. $20. Sunday, September 30.

Trenton City Museum

Ellarslie Mansion, Cadwalader Park, 609-989-1191,

The Eric Mintel Quartet. “Autumn Jazz,” a sophisticated evening with wine and hors d’oeuvres. $15. Friday, September 28.

McCarter Theater

91 University Place, 609-258-2787,

Joshua Redman Trio and Brad Meldau Trio. Classic jazz presented in sax, bass, drums acoustic trio format. $42 to $51. Monday, October 15.

Taylor Eigsti Trio. Grammy nominee returns with his trio and Julian Lage on guitar. $44. Friday, October 19.

Rain: The Beatles Experience. Multi-media production with costumes, video screens, and live camera projection, combining television commercials and historic video footage from the 1960s and ‘70s. $47 to $55. Tuesday, November 13.

Robert Glasper Trio. Glasper on piano, Vincente Archer on bass, and Damion Reid on drums. $44. Friday, December 14.

Faith Prince. Cabaret performance by Tony Award winner. $45. Saturday, December 15.

Palmer Square

Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-921-2333,

JazzFeast. Annual event sponsored by New Jersey Jazz Society and Palmer Square Management. Performers include the New Legacy Jazz Band, Kenny Werner Trio, Greg Piccolo, Princeton University Jazztet, and the Jon Burr Band. Street vendors and food. Rain or shine. Free. Saturday, September 15.

Allentown/Upper Freehold Municipal Alliance

Allentown Presbyterian, 20 High Street, 609-259-6019, .

Princeton Garden Statesmen. The 40-member group sings well-known songs including holiday songs and traditional favorites, all in four-part a cappella barbershop style. Benefit to prevent alcoholism and drug abuse in the community. $10. Saturday, December 1.

Jersey Harmony Chorus

Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, 732-469-3983, .

. New members are welcome. Mondays through December 17.

Patriot Theater

at the War Memorial

Memorial Drive, Trenton, 609-984-8400,

Michael McDonald. Songwriter. Meet and greet packages to support Artist Against Hunger & Poverty are also available. $30 to $100. Friday, September 21.

Blues Traveler. $30. Friday, October 12.

Loreena McKennitt. $29 to $59. Thursday, October 18.


University Chapel

Washington Road, 609-258-3654.

The Neos Ensemble. Contemporary jazz with organ. $15. Friday, November 9.

Sovereign Bank Arena

Hamilton Avenue at Route 129, 609-656-3222.

Blue Man Group. “How to Be a Megastar Tour 2.1,” a rock concert. $55 and $85. Friday, November 9.

State Theater

15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7469,

New Jersey Jazz Festival. John Pizzarelli Quarter with Jessica Molaskey; Pacquito D’Rivera Quartet with Mark Walker, Alan Yavnia, Oscar Stagnaro, Diego Urcola, and Claudio Roditi; Cedar Walton Trio featuring David Williams, Joe Farnsworth, Holly Hofmann, and Mike Woffard; John Faddis Quartet with Jimmy Heath. The Backstage Jazz Club is a 238-seat club style setting with seating on stage. $25 to $50, table of four, $180. Two-day festival pass, $85 to $155. Friday through Sunday, September 28 to 30.

Natalie MacMaster. Celtic and bluegrass music from her latest album, “Yours Truly.” $30 to $55. Thursday, October 11.

Michael Feinstein and Linda Eder. “Two for the Road.” $45 to $90. Friday, October 12.

Doo Wop Reunion. Friday, November 9.

Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and the Pied Pipers. $05 to $55. Sunday, November 11.

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