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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
Procter Hall, Graduate College, 609-258-6686. Free. Friday,
4, 8 p.m.
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
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
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 :
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.
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
to treatments and doctor appointments. 973-379-7500.
24-hour hotline for people with problems. Call 609-883-2880.
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