The 2019-20 music season offers wide horizons when it comes to music events with classical tendencies.

Princeton University alone provides a choice of five different series. They range from an eight-item “Concert Classics” series in Prince­ton’s Richardson Auditorium to a three-item “Performance Up Close” series where the audience mingles with performers on the Richardson stage.

As a survey of auditory offerings, the global scope of Princeton music is worth examining in detail. Modestly, the Princeton University Concert (PUC) office bills itself as “one of the country’s oldest and boldest chamber music series.”

Along with other presenters of music, the PUC honors the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth by scheduling his music throughout the season.

That includes one of PUC’s “Icons of Songs” programs that begin in October and include the Wednesday, December 11 presentation with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato accompanied on the piano by Yannick Nezet-Sequin, conductor and music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera.

PUC will also focus on concerts of relatively neglected music and present all of American composer Charles Ives’ violin sonatas on November 7, and continue its “Performances Up Close” series where listeners share space with presenters on stage in Alexander Hall. The first program in the series features the Vision String Quartet on Tuesday, November 12.

Princeton University Concerts presents mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato accompanied on the piano by Yannick Nezet-Sequin on December 11.

And for something different, the PUC presents polyphonic choral works by the Ensemble Basiani, the state ensemble of Folk Singing sponsored by the Russian Georgian Republic. The Princeton University Chapel performance is scheduled for Monday, November 18. 609 258-2800 or go to

In the same time period, the formidable New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) joins other presenters in mounting notable programs in Princeton and New Brunswick. That includes “The Ring Without Words,” an orchestral version of Richard Wagner’s “Ring” (January 17 and 18 in Princeton and New Brunswick). And all five Beethoven Piano Concerti on consecutive days (March 19 in Princeton and March 20 in New Brunswick) as part of the NJSO “Beethoven Birthday Bash.” 800-255-3476 or

The Princeton Department of Music presents internationally known Irish composer and university faculty member Donnacha Dennehy’s “The Hunger,” a narrative music/theater work that deals with Ireland’s famine in the 1840s, on Thursday, September 17.

The department then follows with a 75th-birthday tribute to prominent American composer and professor emeritus Paul Lansky on Sunday, November 10. So Percussion, in residency at Princeton University, performs a program on Friday, September 13, that supplements string quartet sounds with noises made by tapping or plucking with chopsticks, coins, and pencils.

And then there several area groups or presenters that defy simple classification.

The Dryden Ensemble, pursuing its own path for its 25th anniversary, celebrates with an all-Bach organ recital performed by Jacob Street on Friday, October 18, 7:30 p.m., and “A Baroque Tapestry,” featuring baroque period instruments, Sunday, November 10, 3 p.m., both at Princeton Theological Seminary. 609-466-8541 or

The Institute for Advanced Study’s David Lang, reappointed to a second three-year term as artist-in-residence, curates two significant programs, importing Meredith Monk, master of multi-disciplinary works on Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5; and Benjamin Bagby, promoter of the ancient epic “Beowulf” on March 13 and 14.

Fans of 17th-century music need to note the first performances of Lewis Baratz’s period instrument ensemble La Fiocco. They take place Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27.

The Princeton Chapel offers a series of free events that include the weekly Thursday, 12:30 p.m., After Noon Concert Series of local, national, and international organists, starts Thursday, November 7, and the monthly Wednesday, Jazz Vespers, starting Wednesday, October 16, 8 to 9 p.m.

And McCarter Theater is a powerhouse of activity with events that range from Pink Martini, with a twist of classical and dash of Latin and jazz on Saturday, September 28, to the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Thursday, November 21, to the sacred Renaissance music performed by the Tallis Scholars, Friday, December 13.

Two urban-based orchestras are also stepping up with fresh programming.

The New Jersey Capital Philharmonic Orchestra opens its season at the Trenton War Memorial Building on Saturday, October 19, with guest pianist Maja Rajkovic performing Mozart’s Piano Concert No. 21 in C Major, aka “Elvira Madigan,” and a performance of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” accompanied by the Princeton Girl Choir. The company’s annual New Year’s Eve concert, Tuesday, December 31, features music by Offenbach, Strauss, a medley of music from James Bond films, and a pre-concert performance by noted regional organist Brett Miller.

The New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra likewise continues to mount appealing programs where audiences can mix with performers over refreshments. Although the schedule was not solidly in place when U.S. 1 went to press, be prepared for musical and culinary surprises at the events, which take place in Rutgers’ Zimmerli Art Museum.

As noted, the season’s big anniversary is the 250th birthday in 2020. So fans should look for Igor Levit’s McCarter performance of four Beethoven sonatas (May 13) and for the Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s performance of his Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano (May 16 and 17).

Princeton-born twin pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton perform September 21 and 22 with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

The PSO is also commemorating another anniversary, Rossen Milanov’s 10th anniversary as conductor. He starts the season with an all-Mozart concert featuring the Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat performed by Princeton-born twin pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton, Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22.

The season continues with full programs that featuring guest artists: pianist Natasha Paremski performing Rachmaninoff’s “Piano concert No. 2,” Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, and cellist Pablo Ferrandez performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E-Minor, Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27, all at Richardson Auditorium.

New this year is the Princeton Pops series. A collaboration between the PSO and McCarter Theater, it gets on its way on with “An Evening with Sutton Foster,” a two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway veteran, on Friday, November 8 at McCarter. Then in the new year, look for a new clarinet concerto, co-commissioned by New York composer Saad Haddad, January 18 and 19.

In addition to the September 17 concert performance of the above mentioned “The Hunger,” opera fans can look forward to Westminster Choir College’s Opera Theater production of Jules Massenet’s “Cendrillon,” sung in French with English supertitles, Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23, 7:30 p.m.

They should also be ready to reserve space for two Boheme Opera performances: Gian Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” Saturday, December 7, in Trenton, and Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” Friday and Sunday, April 17 and 19, at the College of New Jersey.

And then there is Gilbert & Sullivan Players and Orchestra’s production of the comic operetta “The Mikado,” coming to McCarter Theater on January 25.

Voice lovers should also pay attention to the schedule of the region’s fine choruses and institutions. The venerable Princeton Pro Musica presents Mozart’s “Great Mass in C Minor” at Richardson Auditorium on Sunday, November 3 and Handel’s “Messiah” at the War Memorial, Sunday, December 15.

The Princeton Singers take “Infinite Variety,” a concert of music from Bulgaria, Indonesia, India, and more, to the Princeton University Art Museum, Sunday, September 22, 5:30 and 8 p.m.

And amid Westminster Choir College’s heavy schedule of weekly concerts, look for two noteworthy presentations. “The Stars Rearrange Themselves” is a night of premieres commissioned by Scattered Light Consortium, conducted by James Jordon, and performed by the Grammy-nominated Westminster Williams Voices, a Westminster Choir College ensemble that is also the resident choir of the Choral Institute at Oxford, Sunday, November 3, 3 p.m. And the program “Appear and Inspire — 100 Years of Singing,” a program commemorating Westminster’s 100th year. Joe Miller conducts on Sunday, November 10, 3 p.m. Both are set for Bristol Chapel on the WCC campus.

And let’s not forget Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra. It returns to the Princeton Alliance Church, Chalks Road in Plainsboro to present its Fall Fanfare concert. Saxophonist Jordon Smith joins the orchestra for a program that includes selections from Darius Milhaud’s “Scaramouche” and popular works by Ravel, Hayden, and Sousa. Sunday, September 22.

1867 Sanctuary

101 Scotch Road, Ewing, 609-392-6409.

Emily Waller and Graeme Burgan. $20. Saturday, September 14.

Stanley Alexandrowich. $20. Saturday, September 28.

Classical Crossovers: Barbara Browne. $20. Sunday, September 29.

Capital Philharmonic

Patriots Theater, 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, 215-893-1999.

Capital Philharmonic Orchestra. Performing works by Wagner, Mozart, and Holst. $30-$65. Saturday, October 19.

The Dryden Ensemble performs an all Bach program on October 25.

Dryden Ensemble

Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton.

Bach and the Art of Dance. An all Bach organ recital with Jacob Street. $25. Friday, October 18.

A Baroque Tapestry. $25. Sunday, November 10.

McCarter Theater

91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787.

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Thursday, November 21.

The Tallis Scholars. A capella performances of works by Poulenc, Allegri, Tallis, Messiaen, and more. Friday, December 13.

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 609-258-2787.

Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt. Beethoven, Franck, and Shostakovich for violin and piano. Monday, October 21.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 800-255-3476.

Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Works by Rebel, Grieg, and Brahms. Friday, November 1.

Princeton Pro Musica

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

Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor. Also Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major. $10-$60. Sunday, November 3.

Princeton Symphony Orchestra

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University.

Edward T. Cone Concert: All Mozart. Christina and Michelle Naughton, piano. $30-$100. Register. Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22.

Paremski Plays Rachmaninoff. Natasha Paremski, piano. $30-$100. Register. Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6.

Elgar and Brahms. Pablo Ferrandez, cello. $30-$100. Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27.

Princeton University Concerts

Richardson Auditorium, 609-258-2800.

Concert Classics. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performs works by Burleigh, Dvorak, Bernstein, and Copland. Thursday, October 10.

Takacs String Quartet. With Marc-Andre Hamelin on piano and John Feeney on bass. Thursday, October 17.

Richardson Chamber Players. 200th birthday tribute to Clara Schumann. Sunday, October 20.

Icons of Song. Ian Bostridge, tenor, and Brad Mehldau, piano, perform works by Mehldau and Schumann. Tuesday, October 22.

Concert Classics. Stefan Jackiw, violin, and Jeremy Denk, piano, perform works by Ivens, Robinscon, Root, and more. Thursday, November 7.

Performances Up Close: The Artist as Improviser. With the Vision String Quartet. Tuesday, November 12.

Richardson Chamber Players. “Dvorak and Burleigh: The American Connection.” Sunday, November 24.

Icons of Song. Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano, and Yannick Nezet-Seguin, piano, perform Schubert’s song cycle “Winterreise.” Wednesday, December 11.

Princeton University Chapel, 609-258-2800.

Ensemble Basiani. Performing Georgian folk songs. Monday, November 18.

State Theater New Jersey

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

Matt Haimovitz and Navah Perlman. The cellist and pianist perform works by Beethoven, Handel, Glass, and Corigliano. Register. Sunday, November 17.

Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto. Performing works by Clyne, Rachmaninoff, and Dvorak. Register. Saturday, December 7.

Woolworth Center

Princeton University.

So Percussion. Works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe and Jason Treuting. Free. Friday, September 13.

Westminster Choir College

Bristol Chapel, Princeton, 609-921-2663.

Westminster Choir College Faculty Recital. A performance of Franz Schubert’s “Wintereise.” Free. Sunday, October 6.

Down from the Heavens: Celebrating the Music of R. Nathaniel Dett. An R. Nathaniel Dett birthday tribute featuring piano and chorus works and poetry. $20, $25 students, seniors. Friday, October 11.

Pianist Gonzalo Aguilar. Rinaldi Steinway Westminster Piano Alumni Series performance. Free. Sunday, October 13.

Narratives in Improvisation. A Wesminster Conservatory faculty recital. Sunday, October 20.

Soprano Rochelle Ellis and Pianist Akiko Hosaki. A Westminster Choir College faculty recital. Free. Sunday, October 27.

Westminster Kantorei. Westminster Kantorie performs Renaissance, Baroque, and modern works. $20, $15 students, seniors. Friday, November 1.

Westminster Chapel Choir. A Family Weekend performance of work by Aguiar, Arnesen, Durufle, Handel, Mozart, Orbán and Whitacre. Free, but seating is limited and tickets are required. Saturday, November 2.

The Stars Rearrange Themselves. Westminster Williamson Voices perform work byThomas LaVoy and Sarah Rimkus, Anthony Maglione, James Whitbourn, new Christmas carols by Pilkington, Rimkus, Custer, Scheibe and Hudson, and poetry by Dana Gioia. $20, $15 students, seniors. Sunday, November 3.

Appear and Inspire: 100 Years of Singing. Westminstor Choir performs Benjamin Britten’s “Hymn to Saint Cecelia,” Daniel Elder’s “O Magnum Mysterium,” and Arnold Schonberg’s “Friede auf Erden.” $20, $15 students, seniors. Sunday, November 10.

Flutes a Deux. Flute duets performd by Westminster Conservatory faculty. Free. Sunday, November 10.

Pianist AnnaLotte Smith. A Rinaldi Steinway Westminster Alumni Concert Series performance. Free. Sunday, November 10.

Vespers by the Sea. A performance by the Westminster Community Chorus. $15, $10 students, seniors. Friday, November 22.

My Faith Looks Up to Thee. A performance by the Westminster Jubilee Singers. $20, $15 students, seniors. Sunday, November 24.

Gill Memorial Chapel, Rider University, Lawrenceville.

The Bucket List I. A performance by the Westminster Conservatory faculty, part of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Series. Free. Saturday, November 9.

Nassau Presbyterian Church, 16 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Westminster Conservatory at Nassau. Noon time performance series. Free. Thursdays, September 19, October 17, and November 21.

Jazz, Pop, and World Music

Harlem 100 celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance at McCarter Theater on November 6.

Jazz & Blues

1867 Sanctuary

101 Scotch Road, Ewing, 609-392-6409.

Greg Giannascoli and Ron Stabinsky. $20. Sunday, September 15.

Danny Tobias and Friends featuring Larry McKenna. $20. Saturday, September 21.

Jack Furlong Quartet. $20. Saturday, September 21.

Monika Ryan. $20. Wednesday, September 25.

Candlelight Lounge

24 Passaic Street, Trenton, 609-695-9612.

Blues Jam. $5. Every Thursday.

Saxophonist Frank Catalano. $15, plus $15 drink minimum. Saturday, September 21.

Bassist Matt Parrish. $15, plus $15 drink minimum. Saturday, September 28.

Saxophonist James Stewart. $15, plus $15 drink minimum. Saturday, October 5.

Drummer Winard Harper. $15, plus $15 drink minimum. Saturday, October 12.

Chamber 42

427 Raritan Avenue, Highland Park, 732-354-3047.

Virginia Mayhew Trio featuring Roberta Piket. Chamber 42: Highland Park Great Jazz Series performance. $10, $7.50 students. Friday, September 20.

Hopewell Valley Vineyards

46 Yard Road, Pennington, 609-737-4465.

Jazzy Sundays. Free. Every Sunday.

Jazz on Broad

Hopewell Valley Bistro and Inn, 15 East Broad Street, Hopewell.

Tobias-Colianni-Plowman. Reservations recommended. $15. Thursday, September 12.

Larry McKenna and Warren Vache. Reservations recommended. $15. Thursday, September 19.

Steve Kramer Trio. Reservations recommended. $15. Thursday, September 26.

McCarter Theater

91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787.

Harlem 100. Multi-media show captures the sights and sounds of Harlem. Wednesday, November 6.

Catherine Russell and John Pizzarelli. Tribute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra. Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14.

New Brunswick Jazz Project

Due Mari, 78 Albany Street, New Brunswick.

Jackie Jones Duo. No cover. Friday, September 13.

Alex Collins Duo. No cover. Friday, September 20.

Katie Curran Duo. No cover. Friday, September 27.

George Street Ale House, 378 George Street, New Brunswick.

Emerging Artists Night and Open Session: Ilan Eisenzweig Group. No cover. Tuesday, September 17.

Emerging Artists Night and Open Session: Alex Laurenzi. No cover. Tuesday, September 24.

Tavern on George, 361 George Street, New Brunswick.

Johnny O’Neal Trio. No cover. Wednesday, September 11.

Vincent Herring Quartet. No cover. Thursday, September 12.

Roseanna Vitro’s Music Mondays: Open Session. No cover. Mondays, September 16, 23, and 30.

Chris DeVito Trio. No cover. Wednesday, September 18.

Freddie Hendrix Quartet. No cover. Thursday, September 19.

Lou Watson Trio. No cover. Wednesday, September 25.

Don Braden Quartet. No cover. Thursday, September 26.

Pop Music

1867 Sanctuary

101 Scotch Road, Ewing, 609-392-6409.

Beagles: A Celebration of Motown. $20. Sunday, September 22.

Hopewell Theater

5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, 609-466-1964.

Toshi Reagon. One-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music. Friday, October 18.

Gibson Brothers: Mockingbird Band. Blend of classic ‘70s-infused rock and timeless country. Saturday, October 26.

Sonny Landreth with Cindy Cashdollar. Virtuoso slide guitarist and bandleader Sonny Landreth with dobro, steel guitar, and lap steel player Cindy Cashdolla. Thursday, November 14.

Band of Changes. Chris Harford joined by Dave Dreiwitz, Scott Metzger, and Joe Russo.

Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30.

McCarter Theater

91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787.

Pink Martini. Latin, jazz, cabaret, and cinema scores from Hollywood’s musicals of the 1940s and 50s. Saturday, September 28.

Hiromi. The pianist blends R&B, rock, and avant-garde. Friday, October 18.

Princeton Sound Kitchen

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 609-258-9220.

Alarm Will Sound. The ensemble performs the concert version of Princeton University professor Donnacha Dennehy’s modern cantata “The Hunger.” Free; ticket required. Tuesday, September 17.

Princeton Symphony Orchestra

McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787.

An Evening with Sutton Foster. The Tony Award winner performs Broadway tunes and personal favorites with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. $25 and up. Friday, November 8.

Randy Now’s Man Cave

134 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown, 609-424-3766.

Erin Hill: Harp Oddity. A tribute to David Bowie. $20. Friday, September 13.

Tempest. Celtic rock show. $20. Thursday, September 26.

Dan Bern. $25. Wednesday, October 2.

The Red Elvises. $25. Thursday, October 10.

Pale Moon Gang and Black Light Medusa. $12. Saturday, October 12.

Pale Moon Gang and Black Light Medusa. $12. Saturday, October 12.

Peter Case. $20. Thursday, October 17.

The Richard Lloyd Group. $25. Saturday, October 19.

The Avengers. $25. Monday, October 21.

Tommy Conwell. $15. Saturday, October 26.

Punk Funkers, Bush Tetras. 1980s New Wave show. $20. Friday, November 22.

Trenton Brass Quintet Plus One featuring Karl Megules. Holiday concert. Free. Thursday, December 5.

Rider University

Spitz Studio Theater, Lawrenceville.

A Grand Night for Singing. Rider University Musical Theatre presents the songs of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. Free. Friday through Sunday, December 6 through 8.

State Theater

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

Dream Theater. The progressive rock band celebrates its new album, Distance Over Time, and the 20th anniversary of its original album, Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory. $30 to $99. Friday, October 11.

Tony Bennett. The Grammy Award-winning singer performs classic hits and signature songs. $65-$150. Sunday, October 20.

Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Experience. Virtual, holographic performance. $35-$65. Register. Tuesday, November 12.

Westminster Choir College

Gill Memorial Chapel, Rider University, Lawrenceville, 609-896-7775.

Vox Blue. Selections from the American songbook. Tuesday, December 3.

Robert L. Annis Playhouse, Princeton, 609-921-2663.

Halloween Time!. Westminster Community Orchestra presents works designed to set a spooky mood. Sunday, October 20.

World Music

Bucks County Playhouse

70 South Main Street, New Hope, 215-862-2121.

The Young Dubliners. Celtic rock. Saturday, September 14.

Hopewell Theater

5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, 609-466-1964.

Mike Block and Sandeep Das. Cellist Mike Block and tabla virtuoso Sandeep Das. Friday, October 4.

McCarter Theater

91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787.

Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi. The two musicians trace the journey of the banjo and frame drum through Africa, the Middle East, southern Europe, England, and the Americas. Sunday, September 29.

Plainsboro Presbyterian Church

500 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, 609-454-3877.

Lyra. Four professional singers perform Russian church and folk songs. Sunday, September 22.

Princeton Public Library

65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, 609-924-9529.

Ray Kamalay’s Musical Flea Market. The guitarist and singer covers historical styles including Elizabethan, bossa nova, Delta blues, yodeling, ragtime, jazz, cowboy songs, gypsy guitar, Irish music, and originals. Sunday, September 29.

Princeton Singers

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton. www.princeton­

Infinite Variety. Music from Bulgaria, Indonesia, and India. $15. Sunday, September 22.

Westminster Choir College

Hillman Performance Hall, Princeton.

Westminster Chinese Music Ensemble. Folk and modern music from different regions of China. Free. Sunday, December 8.

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