Boheme Opera

">Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra

">McCarter Classical

">McCarter World

">NJSO

">Hightstown East-Windsor Concerts

">Princeton Pro-Musica

">Princeton Symphony

Princeton University Concerts

">Riverside Symphonia

">State Theater

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Season Preview: Music

Preparing to survey the concert offerings for the

season

2000-’01, I let the prospect of musical anniversaries float through

my mind. Nothing much comes. The year 2000, now 75 percent expired,

is anniversaried-out, and the year 2001 is an anniversary-deprived

year. Richard Strauss’ "Also Sprach Zarathustra," with its

tie-in to Stanley Kubrick’s film "2001," emerges as the piece

with potentially the highest profile for the season; however, it is

notable for its absence. The year 2001 is the 100th anniversary of

Verdi’s death, but only the newly renamed Princeton Symphony Orchestra

(formerly the Princeton Chamber Symphony) seems to have noticed. Thus,

this is a music season in which no overriding themes emerge.

A few presenters have made an effort in the waning months of the year

2000 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Bach’s death in 1750,

or the 100th anniversary of the birth of Aaron Copland in 1900. The

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra gets in its last licks with an

all-Copland

program in New Brunswick on Sunday, November 19, and the inclusion

of two Bach violin concertos, performed by Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg,

in its Princeton program, at Richardson Auditorium, on Friday,

November

24.

Princeton University Concerts gives Bach a multi-pronged send-off

for the anniversary by mounting his "Musical Offering" on

Sunday, October 15, and then focusing on his remarkable repertoire

for solo violin. Mark Kaplan plays Bach’s complete works for

unaccompanied

violin in two evenings, Wednesday and Thursday, October 25 and 26.

A challenging set of pieces to perform, because the single performer

has no place to hide, they give the violinist an opportunity both

to orate orchestrally, and to make the instrument sing, while the

artist acts as both judge and jury. Bach’s complete works for solo

violin surface again in transcription for lute to be performed by

Hopkinson Smith on Tuesday and Thursday, November 14 and 16. The lute

program takes place in the intimacy (and comfort) of Taplin

Auditorium,

a venue well suited to the quiet chamber instrument. If the solo

violin

pieces turn you on, their translation to lute is likely to provide

new insights into how Bach put the music together.

McCarter Theater’s entry into the last months of the Bach anniversary

year is an appearance by pianist Andras Schiff on Monday, November

6. It falls within the week during which Schiff plays three times

in Carnegie Hall, performing both books of "The Well-Tempered

Clavier" and the "Goldberg Variations." Earlier this

year, Schiff played all Bach’s other major keyboard works in New York.

I caught two of the three performances, which bore out critic James

Oestreich’s comment in the New York Times about Schiff’s mastery of

Bach: "[The concerts] would be astounding as sheer feats of

memorization

and stamina. But all of that is beside the point, which is that Mr.

Schiff . . . doesn’t so much perform [the music] as emit it, breathe

it."

Regardless of the anniversary, the Dryden Ensemble, a baroque chamber

group, continues its established practice of performing Bach cantatas.

Its eighth annual Bach Cantata Fest takes place on Saturday, January

20,

in Princeton’s Richardson Auditorium.

Ripples of patterns do emerge during the upcoming music season, though

nothing takes on the proportions of a tidal wave. The amount of French

music is substantial. The Dryden Ensemble performs baroque French

music on Saturday, March 3. Le Triomphe de l’Amour, which plays

baroque

music on period instruments, and celebrates its 10th anniversary this

season, offers a program of French music on Saturday, October 14,

and then another on Saturday, March 31. This, the group explains,

is the music they love.

Flutist James Galway and the Orpheus ensemble (noted for performing

sans conductor) play an all-French program at New Brunswick’s State

Theater on Thursday, November 30; featured composers are Ravel, Ibert,

Faure, and Bizet. The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, like the Orpheus,

plays Bizet’s Symphony No. 1 in C. The NJSO sprinkles five other

pieces

by French composers throughout the season. Princeton Pro Musica

performs

the Faure Requiem on Friday, May 11, and pianist Alan Feinberg,

appearing

with Nathan A. Randall as reader in a program called "Music of

Transcendence," includes a work by Messiaen in his concert.

Ethnically speaking, the music scene in central Jersey

is still very much the domain of dead central Europeans. Throughout

the season Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, and Mahler will be very

audible. Music by Americans is much in evidence, and the Russians

are a strong presence. Cantabile, a chamber choir noted for its

innovative

programming, swells the offerings of Italian music by scheduling a

signigicant quantity of music from Italy. Its motive is a tour to

Italy in June. Cantaile performs Sunday, December 10, and Saturday,

April 29, in Piscataway.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra contributes to the Russian presence

with its three-week long Tchaikovsky festival in January. The NJSO

is not alone in programming the Russian giant. The Philharmonia of

the Nations plays his Symphony No. 5 at New Brunswick’s State Theater

on Friday, October 20. The Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra, also at State

Theater, presents his "Coronation March" and his Piano

Concerto

No. 1 on Tuesday, March 20. The strings of Lambertville’s Riverside

Symphonia plays the Scherzo from Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No.

1 on January 20.

The Riverside Symphonia seems to be entering a new phase. Approaching

its 11th season, it has increased the number of its concerts to 11

from the three with which it started in 1990. Egged on by maestro

Mariusz Smolij, who was recently appointed resident conductor of the

Houston Symphony Orchestra, the group this season gives two concerts

for small forces. It also presents, on Friday and Saturday, April

20 and 21, the world premiere of a bassoon concerto composed by its

own bassoonist, Brian Kershner.

The number of new works scheduled for central Jersey is relatively

small. In addition to the Kershner work, NJSO has programmed Richard

Danielpour’s "Toward the Splendid City" (Saturday, September

16); Aaron Jay Kernis’ "Overture in Feet and Meters,"

commemorating

Hugh Wolff’s leaving the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for Frankfurt,

Germany (Friday, January 5); and Thomas Oboe Lee’s "Flauto

Carioca"

(Friday, March 23). This appears to be the entire harvest of area

premieres for the season. Wolff, former music director of the NJSO,

returns to conduct its January concert. Westminster Choir College

will travel to New York to perform a new work by Stephen Paulus with

the New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall; the piece, which marks

the 75th anniversary of the college, is a Westminster commission.

Unfortunately, the NJSO plans to perform some intriguing new pieces

for pipa (a lute-like Chinese instrument), by Bun-Ching Lam and Bright

Sheng only in Newark and Englewood. The instrument is capable of

holding

its own against an orchestra, and also of bridging the music gap

between

east and west. Composers Lam and Sheng, born in China, both now live

in the United States.

With William Bolcom’s "The Miracle," central Jersey can pride

itself on having beaten New York to a first hearing. The Rutgers

University

Orchestra, Choirs and Glee Club present the New York premiere of the

Bolcom work in Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday, April 15. Based on a poem

inspired by a 15th century Italian painting, the piece was first

performed

at a Rutgers University conference in March (U.S. 1, March 1, 2000)

Charles Sundquist, Princeton High School’s Choral Director, (U.S.

1 March 19, 1997) is also the head of the Rutgers University Choir,

which performs Saturday, November 18, and Saturday, April 28.

(Incidentally,

among the classical music protagonists for the season, U.S. 1 has

run stories about more than 20 featured performers.)

The American Boychoir, a frequent presence in the pages of U.S. 1,

which gives over 200 concerts annually, appears, as usual, at major

New York events (in Mendelssohn’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream"

and "St. Paul Oratorio," and Brahms’ "German Requiem"

with the New York Philharmonic; and in Third Symphony with the Vienna

Philharmonic. The Symphonic Choir of Westminster Choir College of

Rider University also participates in the St. Paul). The Boychoir

also has an offering of area performances, including a five-concert

subscription series. Among the area music organizations with which

it collaborates are the Riverside Symphonia in December and the

Princeton

Girlchoir in April. American Boychoir’s director James Litton retires

in August; he will lead a farewell concert on Saturday, June 16.

Opera offerings during the 2000-’01 season lean towards the Italian.

Boheme Opera company presents Puccini’s "Tosca," featuring

Allison Charney in the title role, on October 27 and 29. Its spring

offering is Verdi’s "La Traviata," featuring Helen Todd and

David Arnold, April 27 and 29. Boheme Opera expects to enjoy its

second

season "back home," presenting opera in the restored splendor

of the Trenton War Memorial’s Italian revival theater, with evening

and matinee performances.

"La Traviata" is also performed by the Helikon Opera of Moscow

at New Brunswick’s State Theatre on Thursday, April 5. Other operatic

offerings at the State are "Fledermaus" on Thursday, October

26; "Carmen" on Wednesday, February 14; and "Aida"

on Friday, March 23. Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts mounts

"The Marriage of Figaro" in February.

This season’s choral works span the secular and the sacred. Mark

Laycock’s Princeton Symphony performs Verdi’s "Requiem" in

March with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. The ensemble’s name

change is the second it has made to mark its growth; it was founded

more than two decades ago as The Little Orchestra of Princeton. The

season brochure of the Princeton Symphony notes that 2001 marks the

100th anniversary of Verdi’s death. Frances Slade’s Princeton Pro

Musica presents Brahms’ "German Requiem" on Sunday, November

12, and the "Faure Requiem," along with Paert’s "Te

Deum"

on Friday, May 11.

Some of the season’s events by various performers are worth noting

for their uniqueness. A visit to the area by the New York Gilbert

and Sullivan Players in April should offer a feast for light opera

enthusiasts. At McCarter Theater they perform "The Pirates of

Penzance" on Wednesday, April 18, and "H.M.S. Pinafore"

on Thursday, April 19. At New Brunswick’s State Theater they offer

"The Mikado" on Friday, April 27. If you rent yourself a video

of last year’s sprightly Mike Leigh movie about the duo, "Topsy

Turvy," you could get in on the lives of William Gilbert and

Arthur

Sullivan and create your own Gilbert and Sullivan festival

Another intriguing item on the music menu is a program titled "Mad

Women in the Attic: American Women Poets and Song." The program

is another in a line of imaginative and historical vocal recitals

conceived and performed by mezzo-soprano Laura Brooks Rice and pianist

J.J. Penna. It takes place at Westminster Choir College of Rider

University

on November 12.

The Hightstown East-Windsor Concert Association at the Peddie School

has a strong five-concert series. Opening the season on Sunday,

October

7, is Anoushka Shankar, daughter of Ravi Shankar, and a virtuoso sitar

player in her own right. Featured on the program on Saturday, May

12, is a group called "Quartetto Gelato." Founded in 1996,

this group has a membership that plays multiple instruments including

oboe, English horn, violin, viola, cello, accordion, guitar, and

mandolin.

They consider humor and clowning to be part of their equipment. Peddie

will also host its second annual "Jazz Fridays" series, one

of the area’s strongest, featuring performances by Cyrus Chestnut,

Wycliffe Gordon, and Andy Bey.

The 2000-’01 season promises to be a scatter-shot affair. But what’s

a presenter to do when almost no notable birth or death anniversaries

reach a round number during the calendar year? The good news is that

the season that is being offered looks as varied and colorful as the

view through a kaleidoscope.

— Elaine Strauss

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Boheme Opera

Boheme Opera. War Memorial Theater, Trenton, 609-581-7200.

Tosca. Puccini’s dramatic story of love, politics, and

corruption opens the season featuring Allison Charney in the title

role. Laura Alley directs; Joseph Pucciatti is music director for

the work that is sung in Italian with English supertitles. $20 to

$50. Friday & Sunday, October 27 & 29.

La Traviata. Verdi’s searing romantic drama of love and

sacrifice features Helen Todd as Violetta, with David Arnold as

Germont.

James Marvel directs the production and Joseph Pucciatti is music

director. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Friday & Sunday,

April 27 & 29.

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">Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra

Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra, performing at War

Memorial

Theater, Trenton; Richardson Auditorium; and College of New Jersey,

609-936-8700.

Fall Concert, War Memorial, Trenton. The youth orchestra

presents the first concert of its new season under the baton of

conductor

Fernando Raucci in a program of music by Schumann and Dvorak. $10.

November 12.

Holiday Concert at St. Paul’s Church, December 9.

Family Concert at Richardson Auditorium. The youth

orchestra

presents music of Mozart, Smetana, Copland, Thomas, and Tchaikovsky,

under the baton of conductor Fernando Raucci. $10 adults; $7 children.

February 18, 2001.

Guests Artists Concert at College of New Jersey, Ewing.

The youth orchestra presents music of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and

Williams, under the baton of conductor Fernando Raucci, with solo

and concerto competitions winners, to be announced. $7. May 13, 2001.

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">McCarter Classical

McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, Princeton,

609-258-2787.

Website: www.mccarter.org.

Chanticleer. The vocal ensemble. October 3.

Academy of Ancient Music. Andrew Manze is the conductor

and also a violinist. October 30.

Andras Schiff. Pianist. November 6.

Pinchas Zukerman & Friends. November 11.

Matthias Goerne. Baritone Matthias Goerne with Eric

Schneider,

piano. January 7, 2001.

The Canadian Brass. January 29.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. January 30.

The King’s Singers. February 19.

Midori. The violinist virtuoso with pianist Robert

McDonald.

February 27.

Alfred Brendel. Pianist. April 3.

The Pirates of Penzance. The New York Gilbert & Sullivan

Players. April 18.

HMS Pinafore. New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players. April

19.

Richard Goode. Pianist. April 22.

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">McCarter World

Black Watch Drums, Pipes & Highland Dancers. The pageantry

of the British Isles with the Choir of the Prince of Wales’ Division.

Note special location. October 29.

The Sharion Warriors. November 10.

Kodo Drummers. March 8.

BeauSoleil. BeauSoleil with Michael Doucet, both featuring

in the 2001 Cajun Space Odyssey. March 9.

Aeros. March 13.

Altan. April 2.

Sweet Honey in the Rock. April 20.

Fantastic Fiddlers. Mark O’Connor and Natalie MacMaster.

May 24.

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">NJSO

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, 800-ALLEGRO. Performing

at Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University; War Memorial Theater,

Trenton; and State Theater, New Brunswick.

Respighi’s `Pines of Rome’. Respighi’s "Pines of

Rome",

also Danielpour’s "Toward the Splendid City", and Beethoven’s

"Pastoral" Symphony. Zdenek Macal conducts. September 16.

Josefowicz Performs Prokofiev. Violinist Leila Josefowicz

performs Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Also works by Sibelius,

Delius, and Elgar. Christopher Seaman conducts. September 21 & 22.

Debussy & Brahms. Gerard Schwarz conducts Debussy’s

"Pelleas

and Melisande Suite" and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. October 19.

Jeffrey Swann. Pianist Jeffrey Swann joins Zdenek Macal

and the NJSO for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Also Martinu’s

"Double

Concerto" and Mendelssohn’s "Italian" Symphony. October

27.

Eric Wyrick. Violinist Eric Wyrick performs Mendelssohn’s

"Violin Concerto." Also, Novak’s "Slovak Suite" and

Bizet’s Symphony No. 1. Zdenek Macal conducts. November 3.

Copland Centennial Celebration. Celebrate Copland’s 100th

birthday with performances of his most beloved works —

"Lincoln

Portrait", Symphony No. 3 and "Appalachian Spring". Zdenek

Macal conducts. November 19.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Violinist Nadja

Salerno-Sonnenberg

returns to the NJSO, as Zdenek Macal conducts Strauss’

"Metamorphosen,"

two Bach Violin Concertos, and Schubert’s Symphony No. 5. November

24.

Lara St. John. Violinist Lara St. John and conductor Hugh

Wolff perform Ravel’s "Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra."

Also works by Kernis, Chausson, and Dvorak. January 5.

Tchaikovsky Festival. Cellist Daniel Lee joins the NJSO

for Tchaikovsky’s "Hamlet", "Variations on a Rococo

Theme"

and Symphony No. 4. Zdenek Macal conducts. January 13 & 14, 2001.

Tchaikovsky Festival. The festival continues with

Tchaikovsky’s

Piano Concerto No. 2, "Romeo & Juliet Duet", and

"Francesca

da Rimini, Op. 32." Zdenek Macal conducts, with pianist Gerhard

Oppitz and vocal soloists Sally Wolf, soprano, and John Daniecki,

tenor. January 25.

Young Artists Winner. Debussy’s "Images No. 2,

`Iberia’"

and Rachmaninoff’s "Symphonic Dances". Also, a concerto by

the 2000 NJSO Young Artists Auditions Winner. George Manahan conducts.

February 10 & 11.

Peter Serkin. Pianist Peter Serkin and conductor Stanislaw

Skrowaczewski perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 19 and Bruckner’s

Symphony No. 9. March 2.

Beethoven’s Fifth. Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, also Lee’s

"Flauta Carioca" and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26,

"Coronation."

Zdenek Macal, conductor, Bart Feller on flute and Bruno Leonardo

Gelber

on piano. March 23.

Stewart Goodyear. Pianist Stewart Goodyear and conductor

Andreas Delfs present this celebration of dance. Kabalevsky’s

"Colas

Breugnon Overture", Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Brahms’

"Hungarian

Dances", and Dvorak’s "Slavonic Dances". April 19 & 20.

Mahler’s Sixth. Zdenek Macal conducts Mahler’s

"Tragic"

Symphony. May 6.

`Carmina Burana’. Zdenek Macal conducts Orff’s

"Carmina

Burana", with soloists Joyce Guyer, soprano, John Daniecki, tenor,

and Kevin McMillan, baritone. They are joined by the Pro Arte Chorale,

conducted by David Crone. Also on the program, excerpts from Wagner’s

"Tannhauser". May 17 & 19.

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">Hightstown East-Windsor Concerts

HEW Concert Association at the Peddie School, Hightstown,

609-490-7550.

Anoushka Shankar. The 18-year-old daughter of sitar

virtuoso

Ravi Shankar is a rising music star, following in her father’s

footsteps.

$20. October 7. (Anoushka Shankar performs with her 80-year-old

father,

Ravi Shankar, and two tabla players at NJPAC, Newark, on November

21; box office 888-GO-NJPAC.)

Cyrus Chestnut. This solo pianist’s first album,

"Revelation,"

was named "Best Jazz Album" in an annual poll for "The

Village Voice," and he has toured extensively throughout the world

as pianist for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Wynton Marsalis,

Carl Allen, Terence Blanchard, Betty Carter, and Kathleen Battle are

among the musicians he has performed with. $15. October 13.

John McDaniel. Grammy award winning Broadway star John

McDaniel, guest Anne Runolfsson, perform music of "Broadway and

More." $20. November 12.

Wycliffe Gordon. Wycliffe Gordon, trombone, with his jazz

quartet. A veteran of both the Wynton Marsalis’ Septet and the Lincoln

Center Jazz Orchestra, travels and performs his hard-swing jazz around

the world. Featured in three PBS series, he was on the big screen

in "Tune in Tomorrow." $15. November 17.

Lang Lang. Currently, this multiple award winning,

18-year-old

piano prodigy is enrolled at the Curtis School of Music, Philadelphia,

where he studies with Gary Graffman. His collection of awards includes

a first prize for the Second Tchaikovsky International Young Pianist

Competition of 1995 in Japan. $20. December 2.

Nokuthula Ngwenyama. This violinist, known as Thula, has

performed at the Louvre in Paris, at the White House for President

and Mrs. Clinton, and the Ford Center in Toronto, and on CBS and PBS

television. $20. February 24, 2001.

Andy Bey. A vocalist and pianist since the age of three,

Andy Bey has dazzled his listeners since the early 1950s. After a

20-year hiatus, Bey was ready again to perform and record; his latest

albums are "Ballads, Blues, and Bey" and "Shades of

Bey."

$15. April 6.

Quartetto Gelato. This group has performed coast to coast,

and has released three recordings that can be heard on the soundtrack

of the motion picture "Only You." Their program includes a

mix of classical favorites, operatic arias, traditional melodies,

tangos, and gypsy fiddling. $20. May 12.

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">Princeton Pro-Musica

Princeton Pro Musica. Richardson Auditorium, Princeton

University, Princeton, 609-683-5122.

Ein deutsches Requiem. The new season opens with the

Johannes

Brahms requiem featuring soloists Andrea Matthews and Perry Ward.

November 12.

Holiday Concert. at State Theater, New Brunswick,

performed

with the Chicago Brass. December 14.

Messiah. The seasonal favorite, Handel’s classic oratorio

featuring the chamber chorus and soloists Judith Pannill, Drew Minter,

Jonathan Boyd, and Curtis Streetman. December 16.

Keeping the Faith. The concert of spirituals, gospel

music,

and early American hymns features the Gospel Mass with soprano soloist

Deborah Ford-Bigger. February 25, 2001.

Te Deum. This final concert of the season will include

"Te Deum" by Part, the Faure Requiem with the Princeton

Girlchoir,

and Samuel Barber’s "Adagio for Strings." Soloist is David

Evitts. May 11.

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">Princeton Symphony

Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Richardson Auditorium,

Princeton

University, 609-497-0020.

Ilya Itin. Russian pianist Ilya Itin and the re-named

symphony opens the new concert season with a "Revelry of

Sound,"

featuring Rachmininoff’s "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini."

Also on the program, the suite from "Der Rosenkavalier" by

Richard Strauss and Mussorgsky’s "Picture at an Exhibition."

Mark Laycock is music director. $25 adult; $6 child. September 24.

A Night at the Ballet. Mark Laycock and the Symphony open

the American Repertory Ballet’s season at State Theater, New

Brunswick,

with performances of pieces by Poulenc, Copland, and Bernard Hermann.

October 13 & 14.

Beethoven and Beyond. This all-orchestra program features

works by Beethoven, William Schuman, Honegger, and Mendelssohn.

November

5.

Family Holiday Concert. This holiday performance features

a mix of seasonal favorites. December 17.

Verdi Requiem. This performance of Verdi’s Requiem is

presented in honor of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death.

December 17 & 18.

Winter’s Warm Glow. This program focuses on eastern

European

and Scandinavian works, and features works by Smetana, Mahler, Klusak,

and Sibelius. January 21.

Classical Passion. Featured artist is clarinet player

Jon Manassee performing works by Mozart, Thorne, and Schubert. April

29.

Spring Celebration. Violinist Livia Sohn performs pieces

by Rossini, Copland, Barber, and Dvorak. May 20.

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Princeton University Concerts

Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium,

609-258-2800 (subscriber line) or 609-258-5000.

The Colorado String Quartet. The Chamber Masterworks

season

opens with the Colorado Quartet in a program of works by Mozart,

Shostakovich,

and Mendelssohn. $19 to $29; students $2. September 21.

Jerry Gonzalez. The jazz artist in concert with the Fort

Apache Band. $17 to $26. October 7.

Takacs String Quartet. In the Chamber Masterworks Series,

the Takacs Quartet performs works by Haydn, Bartok, and Mozart. $19

to $29. October 12.

Richardson Baroque Players. The ensemble presents

"J.S.

Bach, The Musical Offering," commemorating Bach’s 250th

anniversary.

$10 to $20. October 15.

Mark Kaplan, violin. Mark Kaplan, violinist, performs

the first of two programs comprising J.S. Bach’s "Complete Works

for Solo Violin." $19 to $29. October 25 and 26.

Muir String Quartet. In the Chamber Masterworks Series,

the Muir Quartet performs works by Dvorak, Haydn, and Shostakovich.

$19 to $29. November 9.

Hopkinson Smith. Lutenist Hopkinson Smith presents the

first of two programs commemorating Bach’s 250th anniversary,

comprising

the complete works for solo violin, transcribed for lute by the

performer.

November 14 & 16.

Pleasant Pastures Green. The Richardson Chamber Players

present a concert program of English chamber music including Vaughan

Williams’ "On Wenlock Edge." $10 to $20; $2 students. December

3.

The Escher Trio. In the Chamber Masterworks Series, the

Escher Trio’s program includes Beethoven’s "Archduke" trio.

$19 to $29. January 18, 2001.

Randy Weston. The jazz artist in concert with the African

Rhythms Band. $17 to $26. February 10.

Tambuco Percussion Ensemble. In the World Music Series.

$10. March 2.

Italian Serenade. The Richardson Chamber Players present

a concert program featuring works by Respighi, Rossini, Hugo Wolf,

and Stravinsky. $10 to $20. March 4.

Ivan Moravec, piano. An All-Chopin recital features

Nocturnes,

Scherzo, Mazurkas, and the "F-Minor Fantasy." $19 to $29.

March 22.

The Nash Ensemble. In the Chamber Masterworks Series,

the Nash Ensemble of London performs works of Ravel, Schumann, and

Weber. $19 to $29. April 5.

Alan Feinberg. "Music of Transcendence," with

Alan Feinberg, piano, and narration by Nathan Randall, with music

and readings from Bach, Ustvolskaya, Liszt, Messiaen, and Ives. $19

to $29. April 19.

All-Russian Program. The Richardson Chamber Players

present

a program of works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Stravinsky. $10

to $20; $2 students. May 6.

The American String Quartet. In the Chamber Masterworks

Series, Arnold Steinhardt, viola, is featured soloist in a program

of works by Brahms, Mozart, and Haydn. $19 to $29; students $2. May

17.

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">Riverside Symphonia

Riverside Symphonia, 609-397-7300, performing at the

Stephen

Buck Auditorium, Route 179, New Hope; the Church of St. John the

Evangelist,

Bridge Street, Lambertville; and First Baptist Church, 57 Bridge

Street,

Lambertville.

Romantic Jewels. An evening of romantic masterpieces

featuring

international star, Ilya Kaler, who will perform the rarely-heard

Karlowicz "Violin Concerto." October 13 & 14.

Musical Celebration of Christmas. The American Boy Choir

rings in the holiday spirit with traditional Christmas favorites.

They will perform Corelli’s "Christmas Concerto," Ott’s

"Christmas

Overture," and excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s ballets. December 1

to 3.

Chamber Concert of String Literature Masterpieces. The

Riverside Symphonia String Ensemble presents Bach’s "Brandenburg

Concerto No. 4," Still’s "Ennaga for Harp," "Piano

and Strings," Tchaikovsky’s "Quartet No. 1 Scherzo,"

Gerber’s

"Ode for Strings" and Mozart "Eine Nacht Musik."

January

20, 2001.

Mostly Czech. Prominent Czech conductor Tomas Koutnik

conducts the masterworks of Czech composers featuring violinist Toby

Hoffman performing "Stamitz’s Viola Concerto No. 1 in D Major"

on an Amati viola of 1628. Also programmed are Smetana’s "My

Fatherland:

The Moldau" and Dvorak’s "Symphony No. 8 in G Major."

February 16 & 17.

Music of the Americas. Some of the best and most original

works by American masters such as Berstein’s "Three Dance

Episodes"

from "On the Town," Villa-Lobo’s "Bachianas Brasileras

No. 5," Gould’s "Latin America Symphonette" and Copeland’s

"Appalachian Spring." April 20 & 21.

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Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Judith Ingolfsson is violin

soloist, with music director Rico Saccani, in a program of music by

Jon Leifs, Khachaturian, Shostakovich, and Sibelius’ Symphony No.

1. October 7.

Philharmonia of the Nations. Alban Gerhardt is cello

soloist,

with music director Justus Frantz, in a program of music by Prokofiev,

Haydn, and Tchaikovsky. October 20.

Veriovka. Direct from Kiev, the 75 dancers, chorus ad

musicians of this company present feats of athleticism, brightly

costumed

dancers, and thrilling folk music in a cultural extravaganza. $20

to $38. October 24.

Die Fledermaus. Western Opera Theater’s production of

Joahnn Strauss’ sumptuous opera. Fully staged, in English, with

orchestra.

October 26.

Les Tambours du Bronx. A group of French percussionists

whose performance includes huge metal drums, compelling choreography,

and unique lighting effects. $20 tp $32. November 8.

Orpheus with James Galway. The Irish flute virtuoso, with

the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, in works by Ravel, Ibert, Faure, and

Bizet. $25 to $45. November 30.

Chicago Brass Quintet & Princeton Pro Musica. An ensemble

of singers and of instrumentalists join for a holiday program. $20

to $32. December 14.

The Vienna Choir Boys. This world famous choir presents

its holiday program filled with traditional Christmas songs, as well

as sacred, secular, and folk music. $20 to $38. December 15.

New Year’s Eve Opera House Party!. Sing in the New Year

with music from opera, operetta, and American musical theater. $25

to $45. December 31.

The Jazz Project. Six prominent jazz musicians pay homage

to be-bop innovator Dizzy Gillespie. The all-star jam features Jon

Faddis, trumpet; Paquito D’Rivera, sax; Slide Hampton, trombone;

Cyrus Chestnut, piano; John Lee, bass; and Dennis Mackrel, drums.

$16-$28. February 9.

Carmen. London City Opera’s production of Bizet’s classic

tale of love and death. In French with English supertitles. February

14.

Festival of Gypsy & Hungarian Music. Performing with

Kalman

Balogh and Csiszar Aladar, the Okros Folk Music Ensemble’s program

consists of csardas, laments, rhapsodies, and story songs. $20 to

$32. February 24.

Pepe Romero. Guitar soloist Pepe Romero, and Lionel

Morales,

piano, are featured soloists with the National Orchestra of Spain

in a program of works by Albeniz, de Burgos, and de Falla. March 3.

Kodo Drummers of Japan. This world-renound group, promises

visual and listening pleasures. $25 to $45. March 7.

The Chieftains. Ireland’s musical ambassadors come to

perform their combination of traditional Irish music and world culture

in time for Saint Patrick’s Day. $25 to $55. March 15.

Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra. Tchaikovsky Competition winner

Denis Matsuev is piano soloist in a program featuring Tchaikovsky’s

Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2. March 20.

Stefon Harris. Vibraphonist Stefon Harris, heralded as

one of the most important young artists in jazz, brings his artistry

and virtuosity to State Theater. $16 to $28. March 22.

Aida. Verdi’s lavish spectacle and human drama performed

by the Teatro Lirico d’Europa and its company of 100. In Italian with

English supertitles. March 23.

Neil Sedaka. This singer-songwriter performs his biggest

hits including "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" and "Calendar

Girl." $25 to $50. March 24.

La Traviata. Giuseppe Verdi’s classic story of decadent

pleasure of true love, performed by the Moscow-based Helikon Opera

company. April 5.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Piano soloist Lang Lang

is featured in a Grieg’s Piano Concerto, with works by Prokofiev and

Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8. April 25.


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