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Music Preview: Here Comes Brahms
The years 2004 and 2005 are lean ones for musical anniversaries. And in the Route 1 corridor presenters are not straining to invent celebrations.
Among composers whose birth or death occurred in 2004 or 2005, Anton Dvorak has the highest profile. The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) paid its respects to the composer, who died in 1904, in its January, 2004, festival, and, petering out, has programmed some Dvorak events during the new season. Dvorak fans are still waiting for the NJSO’s release of an interactive DVD promised originally for the January festival.
Besides Dvorak one might honor Michael Glinka and Johann Strauss, both born in 1804, Luigi Boccherini, who died in 1805, or Charles Ives, who died in 1954. But there’s no feeding frenzy. The NJSO’s Viennese New Year program (December 29) includes music by Strauss. The Princeton Symphony includes Ives’ “The Yale-Princeton Football Game” (November 7). Nobody’s making a fuss that rivals the extensive 1991 commemorations 200 years after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s death, whose pervasiveness made even a member of the Tokyo Quartet yearn for a respite.
For 2004-’05 Mozart has been programmed only seven times, exactly as frequently as Charles Debussy or Maurice Ravel. Year after year Ludwig van Beethoven leads the listings and this season is no exception; a dozen of his compositions are mentioned in advance.
But surprisingly, Johannes Brahms outdistances even Beethoven. The volume of programming devoted to the German composer is all the more remarkable because the centenary of his death in 1997 slipped by with little attention. It was as quiet as if he had just turned 40. This season, however, Brahms’ music is present on a number of orchestral programs, and that’s just for starters.
Westminster Choir College of Rider University (WCC) has planned a four-day extravaganza (October 21 through October 24) that gathers together Brahms’ works for voice, piano, chorus, and chamber ensembles. Special presentations put Brahms in perspective both historically and musically.
The WCC festival sets the scene for the Westminster Symphonic Choir’s performances of Brahms’ “German Requiem” with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (in Trenton and Newark November 19-21) and with the Dresden Philharmonic (at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall November 8). Joseph Flummerfelt, WCC’s conductor laureate, who has trained choruses for some of the world’s leading orchestras, plays a significant part in the homage to Brahms. He prepares the WCC singers for both the NJSO and the Dresden Philharmonic concerts. He also participates in a recital at Westminster’s Brahms festival.
I, for one, am delighted at the magnitude of Brahms programming this season, having become intimate with the composer by memorizing his “Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel,” and playing it for a few friends in my living room. Working on the piece gave me new respect for Brahms’ craftsmanship, inventiveness, organizing genius, and the breadth of his sonic palette. From the measured Handel theme, Brahms teases out 25 imaginative variations, and crowns them with a 10-page fugue. Each variation is fresh and unexpected, even when Brahms re-uses musical material. He generates soothing segments and taut moments, sprinkles among them Hungarian dancers and ghosts, tosses in a lullaby and a music box, and adds irresistible forces, immoveable objects, and spring showers.
Luckily, the piece is relatively unfamiliar. It is possible to scramble out of performance difficulties without listeners noticing unduly. That’s one of the advantages of performing alone.
Neeme Jarvi, music director designate of the NJSO, doesn’t have that luxury. Working with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, he directs a Brahms piece where improvisation is not an option. He commands a full orchestra and chorus when he appears on the podium in November. Jarvi conducts six weeks of the 18-week NJSO 2004-’05 season.
In January the Estonian-born conductor returns for two of the three weeks of “Northern Lights,” the NJSO midwinter festival, which focuses on the music of Scandinavia. The eighth annual NJSO festival’s integrated programs include orchestral performances, lectures, chamber concerts, and educational projects in participating schools.
A Swedish-oriented send-off for the NJSO festival takes place when Rebecca Scott’s Cantabile Chamber Chorale presents a program of carols (December 5). The group, which has won prizes for innovative programming, travels to Sweden for three concerts in June and July.
During its season, the NJSO with Jarvi offers the opportunity to hear soloists who appear on their own elsewhere. Jarvi conducts when Yujia Wang, a 16-year-old Beijing-born pianist, plays Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto as part of the “Northern Lights” festival (January 13 in Trenton and January 16 in New Brunswick). He also conducts when the Eroica Trio solos with the NJSO in the Beethoven Triple concerto for piano, violin, and cello (May 19 in New Brunswick and May 21 in Trenton). Audiences have a chance to hear these Jarvi collaborators in a different context through the Community Arts Partnership at the Peddie School (CAPPS) in Hightstown.
The inviting CAPPS “Signature Saturdays” series in the Peddie School’s intimate Mount-Burke theater presents recitals by the Eroica Trio (February 26) and Wang (April 2). That makes for opportunities to contrast performing as an orchestral soloist and performing as a recitalist. The CAPPS series includes non-standard fare in a concert by Eugenia Zukerman, flute, and her daughter Arianna Zukerman, soprano (October 2) and the innovative Turtle Island String Quartet (May 21)
Opera is a substantial presence in the 2004-’05 season for the U.S. 1 area. Both full operas and operatic excerpts have been scheduled. Overwhelmingly, the opera programs consist of well-known works, however there are two novel events. Rutgers’ Mason Gross School, collaborating with Rutgers’ Italian Studies department presents “Opera in the time of Galileo” (October 31). Westminster Choir College puts on Hector Berlioz’ “Beatrice and Benedict,” a retelling of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing (March 3-6).
Now in its 16th season, Boheme Opera, which traditionally twice a season twice fills the 1,812 seats of Trenton’s War Memorial, continues its crowd-pleasing tradition. The double bill of Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” plays on October 22 and 24. Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” is scheduled for April 15 and 17.
McCarter Theater is host to Mozart Festival Opera for a performance of “Don Giovanni” (January 25). The Princeton Symphony adds opera to its programming with Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata (January 23).
New Brunswick’s State Theater has the largest number of musical theater performances during the season. Standard opera fare consists of Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” (January 27), Charles Bizet’s “Carmen” (February 11), and Giacomo Rossini’s “Barber of Seville (March 12). Also playing at the State are “Miss Saigon (November 3 and 4), “Fiddler on the Roof,” (December 3 and 4), and “The Mikado” (April 21).
The distribution of musical forces for the new season is primarily traditional: no pipas, no accordions. Percussion, however is a notable presence. Evelyn Glennie appears with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (April 14 in New Brunswick).
Expanding the number of its concerts, the prize-winning Rutgers Percussion Ensemble has scheduled five programs. Listening to their adroit and uninhibited approach to music may help explain why “Exit Nine,” a Rutgers-based quintet, beat out 45 other groups to win a Maryland chamber music competition and why the Percussion Ensemble has been chosen to appear at a national percussion convention.
Orchestral concerts make up the bulk of instrumental performances for the season. Concerts featuring soloists outnumber stand-alone orchestral concerts by almost four to one. Violin soloists barely edge out piano soloists. The rare cello soloist in the region is Yo-Yo Ma, who appears with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra at New Brunswick’s State Theater (March 1).
At Rutgers Kynan Johns leads the University Orchestra in three concerts (October 8, November 5, December 10). The barely 30-year-old Australian-born conductor continues to hone his international reputation. He was invited on short notice to substitute for Wolfgang Sawallisch, who withdrew from conducting concerts of the Israeli Philharmonic this spring, and is poised to be invited back.
Chamber music fans have a slightly smaller array of concerts to choose from than orchestra afficianados. Princeton University Concerts has scheduled eight chamber groups in its concert classics series, three programs by the Richardson Chamber Players, and two concerts on Renaissance lute by Hopkinson Smith.
The Concordia Chamber Players bring in an assortment of seasoned performers for three concerts across the river in New Hope (November 7, February 13, and April 10).
Two series at McCarter Theater present five concerts apiece of chamber music and recitals. In addition, other McCarter programs qualify as chamber music. The impossible to categorize banjo player Bela Fleck, and his Flecktones, return for the fourth time (October 1). The master of vocal sound, Bobby McFerrin, appears with tap dancer Savion Glover (November 17). The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet program co-opts percussionist Colin Currie and includes a piece commissioned from Princeton’s Steve Mackey (March 4). Sitarist Ravi Shankar appears with his daughter Anoushka (April 29).
In an off-year for births and deaths there is still more to hear in our area than any one pair of ears can handle. Next season, it’s likely to be similar, but with a different shape. Dmitri Shostakovich was born in 1906.
91 University Place, 609-258-2787 www.mccarter.org.
Three Mo’ Tenors, Three acclaimed African-American tenors, Ramone Diggs, Kenneth Gayle, and Marvin Scott, join forces for a unique evening of music that includes opera, Broadway, jazz, blues, gospel and spirituals. $39 to $45. Tuesday, September 28.
The English Concert,one of the world’s leading period instrument group. Conducted by violinist Andrew Manze, the program includes works by baroque and classical composers, including Vivaldi and Mozart. $37 to $43. Monday, October 25.
Moscow Virtuosi. Vladimir Spivakov plays violin and conducts the chamber orchestra he founded in 1979. The program includes works by Mozart, Bach and Shostakovich. $39 to $45. Monday, November 1.
The Tallis Scholars. Renaissance sacred vocal music performed at Richardson Auditorium on the Princeton University campus. $35 to $41. Monday, December 13.
Bach’s Brandenburgs. Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in concert. Note that the location is on Princeton University campus. $39 to $45. Monday, December 20.
Leif Ove Andsnes. Piano recital by Leif Ove Andsnes features music of Grieg and Schubert. $33 to $39. Tuesday, January 18.
Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Mozart Festival Opera Company perform Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” Fully staged and costumed, with chorus and orchestra of 40, the opera will be performed in Italian with English subtitles. $42 to $48. Tuesday, January 25.
Ben Heppner, Tenor. Songs from Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Tosti, and folksong arrangements by Benjamin Britten. Craig Rutenberg on piano. $39 to $45. Wednesday, January 26.
Venice Baroque Orchestra, one of Europe’s leading ensembles, is devoted to period instrument performance. The Labeque Sisters, a widely acclaimed duo piano team, perform all three of Bachl’s Concertos for two keyboards on twin fortepianos. $37 to $43. Tuesday, March 1.
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Music for four guitars by Liszt, Stravinsky, Chick Corea and Princeton’s own Steve Mackey, with percussionist Colin Currie. $27 to $33. Friday, March 4.
Emerson String Quartet. The winners of six Grammy Awards performs with pianist Jeffrey Kahane, the music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. $33 to $39. Tuesday, March 29.
Viktoria Mullova, Katia Labeque. Winner of the gold medal at the Tchaikovsky competition in 1982, violinist Mullova makes her McCarter debut in collaboration with pianist Labeque, a Grammy nominee and winner of Grand Prix du Disque. $33 to $39. Tuesday, April 12.
Mitsuko Uchida, piano, artist-in-residence with the Cleveland Orchestra. Her McCarter recital will include works by Schubert. $33 to $39. Wednesday, April 20.
Prudential Hall and other venues, Newark, 888-466-5722 .
Garrison Keillor & Orchestra. Joined by members of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Keillor provides his original narration to the “William Tell Overture” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” $14-$61. Sunday, September 26.
Pianist Maurizio Pollini, makes his NJPAC recital debut. $14 to $65. Sunday, October 10.
Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, led by conductor Herbert Ohisson, performs the Brahms Piano Concert No. 1 and Symphony No. 2. $17 to $71. Friday, October 22.
Tosca, performed by the Stanislavsky Opera Company of Moscow. Presented in Italian with English supertitles. $14 to $65. Friday, October 29.
Vladimir Spivakov, violinist and conductor, leads the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra in the Strauss Sextet for Strings, Mozart Violin Concert No. 2 in D, Bach Concerto in C for Violin, Oboe & Strings, and Bartok Divertimento for String Orchestra. $14 to $56. Sunday, October 31.
Pianist Andre Watts performs works by Chopin, Liszt, and more. $14 to $56. Sunday, November 28.
Vienna Choir Boys return to Prudential Hall. $12 to $50. Friday, December 10.
Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart, performs seasonal favorites. $20 to $82. Sunday, December 12.
New York Philharmonic led by conductor Lorin Maazel, performs the Dvorak Symphony No. 9 and Beethoven Symphony No. 7. $20 to $86. Friday, January 14.
Ben Heppner, tenor, performs with the NJ Symphony Orchestra, Julius Rudel conducts. $20 to $77. Saturday, January 29.
Orchestre National de France, led by conductor Kurt Masur and featuring Jean-Yves Thibaudet on the piano, performs the Debussy Fantasy for Piano & Orchestra, the Ravel Piano Concerto in G, and the Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade. $17 to $71. Friday, February 25.
Philadelphia Orchestra led by conductor Christoph Eschenbach features Barbara Bonney, soprano. $20 to $81. Friday, March 11.
Carmen, performed by the Teatro Lirico D’Europa. $14 to $65. Friday, March 18.
Kirov Orchestra, led by conductor Vallery Gergiev features Irina Mataeva, soprano, Olga Borodina, alto, and the Dessoff Choirs. $17 to $73. Friday, April 1.
Pianist Evgeny Kissin performs. $14 to $65. Sunday, April 3.
Dresden Staatskapelle Orchestra, led by conductor Bernard Haitink. Program includes the unfinished Schubert Symphony No. 8 and the Brahns symphony No. 4. $17 to $71. Saturday, April 16.
War Memorial, Trenton, 800-ALLEGRO www.njsymphony.org.
Debussy’s La Mer. Stanislaw Skrowaczewski conducts a program that includes Excerpts from Romeo et Juliette, Op.17, Berlioz; Concerto for Orchestra, Skroqaczewski; La Mer, Debussy. $20 to $72. Also, Tuesday, November 16 Saturday, November 13.
Brahms Requiem. Neeme Jarvi and Joseph Flummerfelt direct the Westminster Symphonic Choir in Brahm’s Liebeslieder Waltzes and Ein deutsches Requiem. $24-$82. Friday, November 19.
POPS Series, K. Geoggrey Fairweather conducts NJSO Community Chorus as they perform “A Gospel Christmas.” $18-$67. Friday, December 10.
Northern Lights Festival, Neeme Jarvi, conductor, and Per Tengstrand, piano. Program includes Finlandia, Op. 26, Sibelius. $24-$82. Saturday, January 8.
Northern Lights Festival, Anu Tali, conductor, and Yujia Wang, piano. Program includes Piano Concert in A minor, Op.16, Grieg. $20 to $72. Friday, January 14.
POPS Series, “Gotta Dance!” Scenes from classic movies accompanied by the live orchestral sounds of the NJSO. $18-$67. Friday, February 11.
Jarvi Champions Youth. Neeme Jarvi conducts the 2004 Young Artist Auditions winner. $20 to $72. Friday, February 25.
Hilary Hahn Returns. Vassily Sinaisky, conductor, and Hilary Hahn, violin, perform the world premiere of Sound Investment Commission, Goodyear. $24-$82. Friday, March 18.
POPS Series, Take a nostalgic Grammy Award-nominated journey with Patti Austin in a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. $18-$67. Friday, April 1.
POPS Series, hot rhythms and cool jazz of Pink Martini. $18-$67. Friday, April 22.
POPs Series, Toni Tennille will perform “Love Will Keep Us Together” in addition to love songs by Gershwin, Berlin, and more. $18-$67. Friday, May 13.
Mahler in May. Neeme Jarvi will conduct Eroica Trio and Kaia Urb, soprano. Program includes Concerto for piano, violin, and cello in C major, Beethoven, and Symphony No. 4 in G major, Mahler. $24-$82. Saturday, May 21.
Bell Plays Tchaikovsky, Gerard Schwarz, conductor, and Joshua Bell, violin. Program includes: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.35, Tchaikovsky; Symphony No. 11 in G major, Op.103” The Year 1905,” Shostakovich. $24-$82. Sunday, October 10.
Northern Lights Festival, Neeme Jarvi, conductor, and Per Tengstrand, piano. Program includes Finlandia, Op. 26, Sibelius. $24-$82. Thursday, January 6.
Northern Lights Festival, Anu Tali, conductor, and Yujia Wang, piano. Program includes Piano Concert in A minor, Op.16, Grieg. $20 to $72. Sunday, January 16.
Jarvi Champions Youth, Neeme Jarvi conducts the 2004 Young Artist Auditions winner. $20 to $72. Thursday, February 24.
Beethoven & Mendelssohn, Joseph Silverstein, conductor and violin. $20 to $72. Sunday, March 6.
Young Artists Auditions, 30th annual celebration of New Jersey’s young musical talent. $10. Sunday, April 3.
Galactic Glennie, Anne Manson, conductor, and Evelyn Glennie, percussion. Program includes UFO, Daugherty, and Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Brahms. $20 to $72. Thursday, April 14.
Opera Amore. George Manahan conducts the New York City Opera Singers. Program includes Tosca, Act I, Puccini, and Falstaff, Act III, Verdi. $20 to $72. Sunday, May 1.
Mahler in May. Neeme Jarvi will conduct Eroica Trio and Kaia Urb, soprano. Program includes Concerto for piano, violin, and cello in C major, Beethoven, and Symphony No. 4 in G major, Mahler. $24-$82. Thursday, May 19.
The following concerts are at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North on Grovers Mill Road in Plainsboro.
Family Concerts: Dvorak in America, Music of Dvorak and his American contemporaries. $14-$19. Sunday, October 24.
Family Concerts, Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Woolf.” $14-$19. Sunday, February 13.
Family Concerts, Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” with shadow puppets from Underground Railway Theater. $14-$19. Sunday, April 24.
Bach to Beethoven, Jon Kimura Parker, piano, Kathleen Nester, flute, Brennan Sweet, violin. Program includes: Brandenburg Concert No. 5 in D Major, Bach; Octet for Winds, Stravinsky; Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op.37, Beethoven; Prometheus Overture, Op.43, Beethoven. $18-$58. Friday, October 29.
Beethoven’s 5th, Neeme Jarvi, conductor, and Eric Wyrick, violin. Program includes Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky, Arensky, Violin Concerto No. 5, Mozart, and Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Beethoven. $22-$62. Friday, November 26.
A Viennese New Year, Julius Rudel conducts music by Strauss, von Suppe, and Lehar. $22-$62. Wednesday and Thursday, December 29 and 30.
Northern Lights Festival, An evening of music with one of Scandinavia’s leading ensembles, the Oslo String Quartet. $25. Friday, January 21.
Brahms Serenade, Keri-Lynn Wilson, conductor, and Gary Graffman, piano. Program includes Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op.11, Brahms. $18-$58. Friday, March 11.
Route 18 at George Street, New Brunswick, 732-932-7591.
Mason Gross Faculty Concert Series, with She-e Wu, percussion and Ole Eirik Ree, cello. Free. Friday, September 17.
Mason Gross Faculty Concert Series. Min Kwon, piano with guests Arnold Steinhardt, violin, Paul Neubauer, viola and Jonathan Spitz, cello. Free. Thursday, September 23.
Rutgers Glee Club, “Back on the Banks.” $10. Saturday, September 25.
Mason Gross Faculty Concert Series. Maureen Hurd, clarinet with Susan Starr, violin and Jonathan Spitz, cello, performing Brahm’s Trio, Opus 114. Free. Tuesday, September 28.
Rutgers Percussion Ensemble, led by She-e Wu, free. Friday, October 1.
Fall Faculty Concert Series, Antonius Bittman, organ, will be joined by the Rutgers Brass Ensemble. Free. Sunday, October 3.
Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, with Kynan Johns conducting works by Mahler, Prokofiev, Kabalevsky. $10 to $20. Friday, October 8.
Helix, New Music Ensemble, performs with guest conductor John Eaton, a recipient of MacArther “genius” award. Free. Sunday, October 10.
Rutgers Wind Ensemble, William Berz conducts. $10 to $20. Friday, October 15.
Musica Raritana, Patrick Gardner conducts “Musica Raritana,” featuring the new Taylor and Boody portative organ. $10 to $20. Sunday, October 17.
Opera in the time of Galileo, Free. Sunday, October 31.
Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Kynan Johns conducts works by Strauss, Debussy, MacDowell. $10 to $20. Friday, November 5.
Rutgers Percussion Ensemble, directed by She-e Wu. Free. Sunday, November 7.
Mason Gross Faculty Concert Series, Conversations. Free. Tuesday, November 9.
Rutgers Wind Ensemble, William Berz conducts the Rutgers Wind Ensemble. $10 to $20. Friday, November 19.
Rutgers University Choir, David Kimock conducts. Free. Wednesday, December 1.
All Dvorak Piano Music Marathon. Mason Gross piano faculty and students perform. Free. Friday, December 3.
Rutgers Philharmonia, Gordon Tedeschi conducts, free concert. Sunday, December 5.
Rutgers Symphony Band, conducted by William Berz. Thursday, December 9.
Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kynan Johns in program of works by Stravinsky, Ravel and Prokofiev. $10 to $20. Friday, December 10.
Christmas Concert. The wind ensemble comprised of Rutgers alumni and residents of surrounding areas features holiday and Broadway selections. Nicholas Santoro directs the band. Free. Saturday, December 18.
Christmas in Carol and Song, Concert by the Rutgers Youth Orchestra, free. Sunday, December 19.
Memorial Drive, Trenton, 609-984-8400 www.thewarmemorial.com.
Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, Concert to benefit St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center. $30 to $75. Saturday, October 30.
Itzhak Perlman, Gala concert featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman with pianist Rohan De Silva. Benefit for Chabad Lubavitch in Mercer and Bucks counties. $75 to $150. Thursday, November 11.
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 609-683-5122.
Bass, Haydn and Mozart, Bass’ “Gloria,” Haydn’s “Symphony No. 94 in G (Surprise)” and Mozart’s “Mass in C minor, K. 427 (The Great).” Soloists are Danielle Munsell Howard, Julianne Baird, Brad Diamond, and Elem Eley. West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North Concert Choir and the Trenton Children’s Chorus High School Division join the choir. $30 and $35. Saturday, October 23.
A Holiday Tradition, Handel’s “Messiah.” Soloists include Mary Ellen Callahan, Roger Isaacs, Mark Mulligan, and Elem Eley. $30, $35. Saturday, December 11.
Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. Soloists include Jeanne Brown, Laura Brooks Rice, Scott McCoy, and Kevin Deas. $30, $35. Sunday, May 1.
Patriots Theater, War Memorial, Trenton, 609-683-5122.
A Holiday Tradition, Handel’s “Messiah.” $30, $35. Sunday, December 12.
Nassau Presbyterian Church, Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-683-5122.
Keeping the Faith, IV In Support of Human Rights, with Dave Brubeck’s “Hold Fast to Dreams,” with soloists Rochelle Ellis and Charles Evans. $10, $15 and $20. Saturday, February 12.
Richardson Auditorium, 609-497-0020 www.princetonsymphony.org.
Masterworks: 25th Anniversary Gala Opening, Season opens with an anniversary overture by Sir Malcom Arnold, who received an Oscar for his winning score for “The Bridge on the River Kwai.” Also, Mozart’s Little G Minor Symphony No. 25, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. $14 to $48. Sunday, October 3.
PSO Pops! Plays Broadway, Premiere of an evening of Broadway music featuring Tony nominees Rebecca Luker and Stephen Bogardus in songs of Gershwin, Rogers, Bernstein, and Sondheim. $14 to $48. Saturday, October 30.
Bravo@ Marking Ten Years of Reaching Out. A tribute to the orchestra’s educational outreach program features Britten’s “A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” Ives’ “The Yale-Princeton Football Game, Smith’s “A Major-minor Mystery,” and Bartok’s “Concerto for Orchestra.” $14 to $48. Sunday, November 7.
Holiday Family Concert. Guest performers include New Jersey Tap Ensemble and the Princeton High School chorus. Mark Laycock, music director. $30 adult; $18 child. Sunday, December 12.
Viva Verdi! Opera in Concert. Concert performance by Meagan Miller, Stuart Neill, Todd Thomas, Brian McIntosh, and Serena Benedetti. $14 to $48. Sunday, January 23.
Discovery: Always Something Different. Pianist Thomas Pandolfi performs with the orchestra on Armando’s “Primavera Overture,” Liszt’s “Piano Concert No. 1,” and Dukas’ “Symphony in C Major. $14 to $48. Sunday, March 13.
Pas de Trois: Great Ballet Music. The orchestra performs Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” Stravinsky “The Rite of Spring,” and Ravel’s “Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2. Westminster Symphonic Choir joins for the finale. $14 to $48. Sunday, April 24.
Montgomery Center for the Arts, Skillman, 609-497-0020 www.princetonsymphony.org.
Sunday Afternoon Chamber Series, Small ensemble program. $20. Sunday, October 24. Also December 5, January 16, February 13, March 20, and April 17.
Richardson Auditorium, 609-258-2800 .
Tokyo String Quartet,performs selections by Haydn, Zemlinksy and Smetana. $20 to $35, students $2. Thursday, September 23.
Richardson Chamber Players. An Evening at Joseph Joachim’s, with music by Brahms, Robert and Clara Schumann and friends. $20 to $35, students, $2. Sunday, October 10.
Takacs String Quartet, performs selections by Haydn, Borodin, and Beethoven. $20 to $35, students $2. Thursday, October 14.
Sequenza, performs selections by Debussy, Ravel. $20 to $35, students $2. Thursday, November 11.
Clarinetist Jose’ Franch-Ballister, 2004 young concert artists winner, performs. $20 to $35, students $2. Thursday, January 13.
Netherlands Wind Ensemble, performs selections by Haydn, Mozart. $20 to $35, students $2. Thursday, February 3.
Richardson Chamber Players, Without a Care! Music from the Court of Frederick the Great, by C.H. Graun, J.S. Bach and C.P.E. Bach. $20 to $35, students, $2. Sunday, February 27.
Pianist Ivan Moravec,performs selections by Schumann, Debussy and Beethoven. $20 to $35, students $2. Thursday, March 10.
The Nash Ensemble of London, with James Gilchrist, tenor performs selections by Finzi, Bliss, Walton, Howells and Gurney. $20 to $35, students $2. Thursday, April 7.
Juilliard String Quartet, performs selections by Schubert, Haydn and Franck. $20 to $35, students $2. Thursday, May 12.
Richardson Chamber Players, The Last Laugh, music from the 1930s by Hindemith, Kurt Weill and others. $20 to $35, students, $2. Sunday, May 15.
Municipal Building, Roosevelt, 609-443-4421 .
Alan Mallach Performs Piano Music of the 1910s. Works by Bartok, Prokofiev, Debussy, Satie, Monpou, and Rachmaninov. Saturday, December 11.
Ron Orlando and Friends, American-roots music include cuts from his new CD, “Jasper, Texas.” Saturday, January 8.
Soundscapes and Landscapes. Composers Brad Garton, Wiska Radkiewicz, and Wes John-Alder, share the stage with architect Kate John-Alder, in an evening of discussion, images, and music. Saturday, April 2.
Roosevelt String Band. Members include David Brahinsky, Paul Prestopino, Ed Cedar, Howie Jacobson, and Sarah Houtz. Also, April 23, 8 p.m. $10. Note that this event may be moved to a May date. Friday, April 22.
81 Hamilton Avenue at Route 129, Trenton, 609-520-8383 www.sovereignbankarena.com.
Spirit of the Dance, $25 to $45. Saturday, October 2.
Boston Pops Holiday Concert. $35 to $50. Sunday, December 12.
15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 877-782-8311 www.StateTheatreNJ.org.
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Yuri Temirkanov conducts with Vadim Repin on violin in a program of works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev. $25-$60. Saturday, October 23.
Stanislavsky Opera Company, established in 1918 as an opera studio of the Bolshoi Ballet, performs a program of arias and ensembles, including highlights from La triviata and Tosca. $25 to $50. Friday, November 5.
Vienna Choir Boys, carry on the rich traditions of Vienna’s living musical heritage. $18 to $34. Thursday, December 9.
Mozart Festival Opera. The Marriage of Figaro, is a fast-paced tour de force of inspired comedy featuring some of Mozart’s most glorious music, presented on Mozart’s birthday. $25-$50. Thursday, January 27.
Prague Symphony Orchestra. Peter Altrichter conducts in an all-Beethoven program. $25-$60. Tuesday, February 22.
Singapore Symphony Orchestra with Yo-Yo Ma, cellist. $25-$75. Tuesday, March 1.
The Barber of Seville, Teatro Lirico D’Europa performs the classic opera in Italian with English supertitles. $25-$50. Saturday, March 12.
Emmanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman, classical pianists perform in a program of works by Debussy and Stravinsky. $25-$45. Tuesday, March 15.
New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, perform The Mikado, the most popular piece of musical theater written in English. $20 to $40. Thursday, April 21.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Yuri Temirkanov conducts in a program of works by Shostakovich, Debussy and Kancheli, featuring Gidon Kremer on violin. $25-$60. Thursday, April 28.
Bristol Chapel, 609-921-2663 westminster.rider.edu.
Conservatory Recitals at Nassau, Music for flute and piano by Donald Dolan, piano; and Barbara Highton Williams, flute. Free. Thursday, September 16.
Westminster Early Music Series, Caledonia, Music from 17th and 18th Century Scotland presented by Eugene Road, chamber organ and harpsichord; John Burkhalter, English flutes; Jill Crawford, German flute; Ellen Tepper, Baroque harp; Patrick Wood, violin; and David Black Baroque violoncello. Pre-concert talk by Burkhalter at 3:15 p.m. $20. Sunday, September 19.
Faculty Recital, The Piano Men, music by Chopin and Liszt. Sunday, September 26.
Faculty Recital, An Evening of Song. Saturday, October 2.
Faculty Recital, Steps Through Time Benefit Concert. Saturday, October 9.
Westminster Choir: Fall Concert, Sunday, October 10.
Special Event, Rolf Schutle, violin, James Goldsworthy, piano. $5 to $15. Friday, October 15.
Faculty Recital, Autumn Winds. Saturday, October 16.
Otto Kramer in Recital, free. Wednesday, October 20.
Brahms Festival: Westminster Kantorei— Blessed German Requiems Before Brahms. $15 and $20. Friday, October 22, and Saturday, October 23.
Brahms Festival: Brahms Liederabend. $15 and $20. Sunday, October 24.
Westminster Symphonic Choir and Solid Brass, presents Music for Choir, Organ and Brass. $15 to $35. Saturday, October 30.
Westminster Jubilee Singers, A Time to Give Thanks. Saturday, November 6.
Handbell Holiday Concert, Westminster Concert Bell Choir. $15 and $20. Saturday, December 4, and Sunday, December 5.
Family Christmas Concert, Conservatory Children’s Choir. $15 and $20. Saturday, December 11.
An Evening of Readings and Carols. Saturday, December 11.
Conservatory Community Chorus and Chamber Choir: In Sweet Joy, including choruses from Handel’s Messiah. $10 and $15. Saturday, December 18.
Fuma Sacra: Noel Nouvelet: Christmas in Ancient France, Andrew Megill, artistic director. $15 and $20. Sunday, December 19, and Monday, December 20.
Faculty Recital, clarinet and friends. Sunday, January 9.
Faculty Recital, Dialogo Angelico. Saturday, January 15.
Faculty Recital, Margaret Cusack in Recital. Sunday, January 16.
Westminster Jubilee Singers, Living the Dream. $10 and $15. Saturday, January 22.
Faculty Recital, A 20th Century Quilt, Both Near and Far. Saturday, January 29.
Faculty Recital, All French Program. Sunday, January 30.
Faculty Recital, Of Deliberation and Spontaneity. Sunday, February 6.
Faculty Recital, Nancy Froysland Hoerl in Recital. Sunday, February 13.
Kaleidoscope Chamber Series, Westminster Conservatory Faculty. Sunday, February 20.
Westminster Choir Spring Concert. Saturday, February 26.
Westminster Conservatory Youth Chorale, 10th Anniversary Concert. Sunday, February 27.
Faculty Recital: Beethoven to Barber. Saturday, March 12.
Early Music Series, Baroque Music from Mexico, Guatamala, Peru and Bolivia. Sunday, March 13.
Faculty Recital, Sonora Winds Saturday, March 26.
Faculty Recital, Extravaganza for Strings and Piano. Saturday, April 2.
Faculty Recital, Kramerspiegel, Op. 66. Sunday, April 3.
Music for Two Choirs, Westminster Symphonic Choir. Thursday, April 7.
Conservatory Community Chorus presents “Of Heaven and Rest.” Saturday, April 9.
Westminster Chapel Choir, Spring Concert. Saturday, April 16.
Westminster Jubilee Singers, Spring Concert. Sunday, April 17.
Westminster Kantorei, Tenebrae. Saturday, April 23.
Westminster Concert Bell Choir Spring Concert. Sunday, April 24.
Early Music: Fuma Sacra Italia mia. Saturday, April 30.
Faculty Recital, Two Pianos, Two Nations Sunday, May 1.
Conservatory Youth Chorale, Spring Concert. Sunday, May 1.
Kaleidoscope Chamber Series, with Westminster Conservatory Faculty. Sunday, May 8.
Westminster Community Orchestra and Chorus present an opera gala. Saturday, May 14.
Richardson Auditorium, 609-258-5000.
Westminster Community Orchestra and Community Chorus presents a program of Schubert and Handel. $5 and $10. Friday, December 10.
Westminster Community Orchestra presents a program of Berlioz and Bartok. $5 and $10. Saturday, March 19.
Westminster Community Orchestra, Westminster Symphonic Choir, and Princeton Symphony join forces. $5 and $10. Sunday, April 24.
Westminster Opera Theater
The Playhouse, 101 Walnut Lane, 609-921-2663 westminster.rider.edu.
Conservatory Youth Chamber Singers, presents the spring concert. Saturday, March 12.
Westminster Music Theater presents “The Threepenny Opera.” Thursday, April 28 to Sunday, May 1.
Westminster Opera Theater presents Mostly Mozart Opera Scenes. Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7.
George and Hamilton streets, New Brunswick, 732-932-7237. www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu.
Lieber Abend. Joseph Civale offers an introduction to the rich history of German Lieder in both musical and literary aspects. Soprano Caroline Worra and pianist Steven Mosteller present the “Music and Poetry of German Romanticism.” Free. Sunday, November 21.
The Art of Music. Lisa Suslowicz, violist of the Boston Pops and violist for the Boston Philharmonic, presents two major works of the viola repertoire by German composer Paul Hindemith. Pre-concert lecture introduces the music, history, art, and culture of the Weimar Republic. Free. Sunday, March 20.
Princeton University Chapel, 888-BOYCHOIR www.americanboychoir.org.
A Ceremony of Carols, Concert. $10 to $25. Saturday and Sunday, December 18 and 19.
Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton, 609-581-7200 www.bohemeopera.com.
Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, Double bill about love and betrayal. Both in Italian with projected English subtitles. $20 to $55. Also Sunday, October 24. Friday, October 22.
Don Giovanni. Mozart’s opera is a tale of wine, women, a duel, and revenge. In Italian with projected English subtitles. $20 to $55. Also Sunday, April 17. Friday, April 15.
Mount-Burke Theater, Peddie School, Hightstown, 609-490-7550 www.peddie.org/capps.
Signature Saturdays. Mother and daughter duo, Eugenia Zukerman, flutist, and Arianna Zukerman, soprano. $20. Saturday, October 2.
Signature Saturdays. Eroica Trio, chamber ensemble. $20. Saturday, February 26.
New Jersey Saxophone Quartet plays the music of Mark Zuckerman. $10. Sunday, March 6.
Signature Saturdays. Pianist Yujia Wang. $20. Saturday, April 2.
Signature Saturdays. Turtle Island String Quartet. $20. Saturday, May 21.
100 South Street, Morristown, 973-539-8008 www.communitytheatrenj.com.
Guarneri String Quartet performs in its 40th anniversary tour. $30 to $42. Sunday, October 17.
Cadwalader Park, 609-989-3632 www.ellarslie.org.
A Night of Blues. Joe Zook, Doris Spears, and Georgie Bonds. Friday, October 8.
Jazz Concert. Wing Dam Holiday Jazz. Thursday, December 2.
Cole Porter. Fred Miller presents. Friday, April 15.
Washington Road, 609-258-3654. Concerts at 8 p.m. unless specified.
After Noon Concerts, Free, 12:30 to 1 p.m. Weekly, Wednesday, September 15 to Wednesday, October 20. Continuing in November 3 to 17, December 1 and 8, and a dozen more Wednesdays starting in February.
Organ Concerts at the Graduate College, on First Thursdays, 609-258-3654. Free noon concert followed by a light lunch. $5. October 7 to May 5.
Phantom of the Opera, Spooky screening of the original 1925 Lon Chaney silent classic with live organ accompaniment at 9 p.m. The chapel’s most popular event of the season, so plan to arrive early — and in costume. $10 adults; $5 students. Friday, October 8.
Jazz at the Chapel, Sunday services at 11 a.m. Sunday, October 17 and February 27.
Jazz Vespers, Jazz Vespers Ensemble conducted by Anthony D. J. Branker. Free. Wednesdays, November 10, January 12, March 9, and April 6.
David Messineo Memorial Organ Concert, Memorial concert for the principal organist for the chapel. Concert organist is Gordon Turk. $15. Saturday, November 13.
Amahl and the Night Visitors, Gian-Carlo Menotti’s masterpiece features Margaret Meyer, “05, and Jameson Creager, with the chapel choir and orchestra at 2:30 p.m. Free. Sunday, December 5.
Messiah Sing, Community sing with soloists, organ, strings, and trumpet at 7:30 p.m. Bring a score or borrow one at the door. $5. Monday, December 6.
Candlelight Service, A service of lessons and carols with music provided by various campus singing groups at 7:30 p.m. Free. Wednesday, December 8.
Organ Concert, $15. Friday, February 25.
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