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Interlude for Princeton’s Organ

Organist Joan Lippincott, Princeton University’s


organist, is an ebullient person. While some people train themselves

to believe that the glass is half full rather than half empty,


native tendency seems to be believing that the glass is always at

least 80 percent full.

Confronting upheaval in the scheduling of events at the Princeton

University Chapel because of needed renovations about to get underway

and estimated to take two years, she declares that "we are doing

fabulous things during the restoration this spring." Lippincott

underlines the word "fabulous" with genuine enthusiasm in

her voice. "We’re really flourishing," she adds. She lists

a Hymn Sing in February; a celebration of Bach’s birthday in March;

and Bach’s St. John Passion in April.

The chapel is soon to be sheathed in scaffolding, both inside and

out, while glass is removed and re-leaded, and the masonry is


The wholesale cancellation of mid-week events has been announced.

However, weekend worship services and special events will continue

to take place.

To protect the chapel’s prized pipe organ during the renovations,

a three-manual electronic organ will be used in its place. "The

chapel’s Mander organ is a world class instrument," Lippincott

says. "The substitute does not compare, but we’re going to rise

to the challenge. We will also use guest instrumentalists, the piano,

and other things."

Meanwhile, Lippincott is the ringleader of an exuberant performance

called "Joan Lippincott and Friends" that takes place at


Hall of Princeton’s Graduate College on Sunday, February 4, at 8 p.m.

The "friends" are 10 Princeton graduate students with


backgrounds in music, although only three of them are studying music.

Coordinated by Ulrich Struve of the Graduate College, the performance

is free and open to the public.

The group puts on an extremely varied show ranging from tried and

true Johann Sebastian Bach ("Passacaglia in C"), played on

the organ by Lippincott, to the world premiere of a piano piece by

Cynthia Diane Rudin, whose field is applied mathematics.

Among the pieces on the program are a concerto by Antonio Vivaldi

performed by Lippincott on organ and Giulio Boccaletti on ocarina;

a work by Alan Hovhaness performed by Lippincott on organ and


Brittle, trumpet; a classical Indian piece for sitar and tabla; pieces

by Colby Leider for computer and tape; and Claude Debussy’s


Rhapsodie" for clarinet and piano.

Participants and their fields of study are Elizabeth Brittle,


biology; Giulio Boccaletti, atmospheric and oceanic sciences; Alan

Frederic Shockley, music composition; Benjamin Binder, musicology;

Farrell Brumley, mathematics; Adrian Banner, mathematics; Colby


composition; Manjul Bhargava, mathematics; and Cynthia Diane Rudin,

mathematics. Pandit Kinnar Kumar Seen is guest sitar player.

— Elaine Strauss

Joan Lippincott & Friends, Princeton University,

Procter Hall, Graduate College, 609-258-6686. Free. Friday,


4, 8 p.m.

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New Jersey Transit Corporation is seeking artists to join

its Transit Arts program. Area artists are invited to submit an


of Interest" letter for two or three-dimenstional artwork,


sculpture, seating, paving, or tile work, to be installed at the


Rail Station. Artists will need to submit a letter (7 copies)


their relevant experience in the creation of outdoor art pieces by

Monday, February 14. For complete guidelines, call Ron Martin at


The State Theater and New Brunswick Tomorrow are

offering area seniors free admission to a variety of 10 a.m. matinee

performances beginning Monday, February 7, with "King Lear"

by London’s Aquila Theater Company. Also offered is "Swan Lake

on Ice" by St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet on March 29, and


Hall Jazz Band on April 4. Call New Brunswick Tomorrow at


Princeton Garden Statesmen will deliver a singing


by one of its Barbershop Quartets, February 12, 13, and 14. Two songs

and a silk rose for $45. Call 609-252-1515 or visit :

Barnes & Noble and Mercury Sable are sponsoring

an Independent Thinkers Essay Contest. Choosing from a list of 100

current books on the cutting edge, contestants submit an essay, up

to 250 words, explaining why they believe the book is innovative.

Adults and high school students are eligible to enter the contest

that closes on Wednesday, March 15. For an application, call Nancy

Nicholson at 609-716-1570.

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Call for Entries

The Ewing Historic Preservation Society seeks entries

for its Historic Sites Art Contest. Students in grades 6 through 12

who attend school or live in Ewing are eligible. The subject is an

interior or exterior scene from an old or historically significant

Ewing building. Deadline is Friday, February 18. Contact Heidi



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Cancer Care of New Jersey needs volunteers to drive


to treatments and doctor appointments. 973-379-7500.

CONTACT of Mercer County needs volunteers to staff its

24-hour hotline for people with problems. Call 609-883-2880.

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