Celebrating 250 Years


Day Camps


For Parents

Please Donate



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This column was prepared for the March 22, 2006 issue of U.S. 1

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Celebrating 250 Years

To commemorate 250 years of Presbyterian presence in Princeton, the

combined chancel and adult choirs of Witherspoon Street and Nassau

Presbyterian Churches will be joined by the choir of the Princeton

Theological Seminary for a performance

of the Mozart Requiem. The event takes place Sunday, March 26, at

Richardson Auditorium.

Conductor James Litton (inset) brings a unique anniversary twist to

the concert. Litton, interim director of music at Nassau Presbyterian

Church and former music director of the American Boychoir, sang the

Mozart Requiem with the

Westminster Choir College Symphonic Choir and the New York

Philharmonic Orchestra as a student in four performances and a

recording under the direction of legendary conductor Bruno Walter,

celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mozart’s birth

50 years ago, in March, 1956.

It is a well-known fact that Mozart made a major attempt to complete

the Requiem during his final illness, and that soon after his much too

young death at the age of 35, his widow made every effort to have the

work completed by his

students. This was accomplished so that she could receive the full

commission fee in order to ward off poverty as much as possible.

Dramas and movies have added a great deal of myth to this rather

dramatic end of Mozart’s life. Over the

years there have been many composers and scholars who have made effort

to finish the Requiem, and in several situations, to correct

"mistakes" made by those who sought to complete the work shortly after

his death.

For the performance in Richardson Auditorium, Litton will be using the

edition and completion of the Requiem by Robert D. Levin, which had

its premiere in 1991 and has become the preferred performing version.

Levin is a professor of music

at Harvard University. Soloists for the performance are Beverly Owens

and Patricia Holmes, sopranos; Carol Fagundus, alto; Stephen

Williamson, tenor; and William Walker, baritone. The concert opens

with the short and well-loved Mozart "Ave

verum corpus" for choir and string orchestra.

Mozart Requiem, Sunday, March 26, 4 p.m., Richardson Auditorium, on

the Princeton University campus. $20. Visit www.princeton.edu/utickets

or call 609-258-5000.

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Bucks County Playhouse, 70 South Main Street, New Hope, PA,

www.buckscountyplayhouse.com. Children’s theater audition on Saturday,

March 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, March 26, 1 to 3 p.m. Prepare

16 bars of a musical theater piece and

a short monologue. Bring sheet music, a photo, and a resume. Visit

website for times for age groups. No phone calls.

Somerset Valley Players, Amwell Road, Hillsborough,

www.svptheatre.org, 908-369-7469. Auditions for "The Prince and the

Pauper," Saturday, March 25, 1 p.m.; Sunday, March 26, 7 p.m. Boys and

girls ages 8 to 15, and adults of all ages.

VSA Arts of New Jersey is accepting registration for Partners in the

Arts Festival on Thursday, June 1, at Middlesex County College in

Edison. It provides opportunities for children and adults with and

without disabilities to engage in an

accessible celebration of the arts featuring performances, exhibits,

and arts workshops. Free. Call 732-745-3885. Deadline is Thursday,

April 20.

Dramatists Workshop Series at the Peddie School invites Nw Jersey

playwrights to submit works for consideration for public reading in

the 2006-07 season. Information at www.peddie.org/capps or call

609-490-7550. Deadline Saturday, April 15.

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Day Camps

Pennsbury Manor, 400 Pennsbury Memorial Road, Morrisville, PA,

215-946-0400. Accepting registration for Colonial Camp program

featuring hands-on history, arts and crafts, games, writing with a

quill pen, candle making, and meeting the

animals. Monday to Friday, July 10 to 14, or July 24 to 28, 10 a.m. to

3 p.m. For children who have completed first through sixth grade.

Plainsboro Recreation presents Lenape Day Camp in four two-week

sessions from Monday, June 26, to Friday, August 18. The camp will be

in the Millstone River School on Grovers Mill Road with afternoon

aquatics at High School North. Each

session is $180, half day; $250, full day. Visit www.plainsboronj.com

or call 609-799-0909, ext. 331for more information.

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Pennsbury Manor, 400 Pennsbury Memorial Road, Morrisville, PA,

www.pennsburymanor.org. 215-946-0400. Seeking volunteers to share

American heritage including history, gardening, animals, and

demonstrating crafts. Workshops on Saturdays,

March 25, April 8, April 22, and May 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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For Parents

Kids’ MusicRound offers free sample classes for families with young

children through March 29. For information visit

www.kidsmusicround.com or call 609-333-0100.

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Please Donate

KPMG Princeton "Suit for Success" program is collecting women’s

business suits to help women join the workforce. Clothing can be new

or used, clean and on hangars. Call 973-467-9650 for information.

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55-Plus offers a trip to Duke Farms Estate and Gardens and lunch at

Ryland Inn on Thursday, May 25. The bus departs at 9 a.m. from the

Princeton Jewish Center. Cost is $85 including bus, admissions, lunch,

tip, and tax. Contact Samuel

Goldfarb at 609-924-2008 for information.

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New Jersey Lightning of the Jersey Shore is accepting new registrants

ages 10 to 24. Kickurass Sports organizes current teams with new

venues, new ways, and new teams to play. Visit fatheadsportsonline.com

or call 732-978-4453.

Central Jersey Royals Baseball team is holding open tryouts for spring

and summer teams. Players ages 10 to 24. Apply online at

www.fatheadsportsonline.com or call 732-978-4453.

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