With Thanksgiving dinner but a memory and the Palmer Square tree officially alight, the holiday season is in full swing. On campus, another noteworthy event lingers on the horizon as students make that final dash to Friday, December 14: the final day of classes for the fall semester. Festive winter events seem to emerge everywhere.
This column — like the groundhog — will be hibernating for the next few months, eager to resurface when the spring semester begins. What follows is a small sampling of upcoming events on the Princeton University campus. For a complete schedule, visit www.princeton.edu/events. Events are free unless otherwise noted. A campus map is available at etcweb.princeton.edu/pumap.
Sunday, December 2, 2:30 p.m. An Advent Concert, Princeton Chapel Choir.
The Princeton Chapel Choir always occupies an important position for the university and local community alike. As the holidays approach, the Princeton Chapel Choir assumes an especially prominent position in the Princeton arts scene and will feature an impressive series of seasonal performances in weeks to come. For its Advent Concert, the Choir will be performing “St. Nicholas,” a cantata dedicated to the patron saint of children and travelers, written by the seminal 20th-century composer, Benjamin Britten. The performance will be conducted by choir director Penna Rose and will feature tenor M. Roger Holland II as Nicholas.
In the days that follow, the choir will lead a community-wide singing of the “Messiah” (Monday, December 10, 7:30 p.m.), perform a candlelight service of carols in collaboration with five student-run groups including the Glee Club and the Nassoons (Wednesday, December 12, 7:30 p.m.) and will hold a special Christmas Eve service (Monday, December 24, 7:30 p.m.).
Call 609-258-3654 for details about the choir’s upcoming performances or information about singing in the choir or visit www.princetonchapelchoir.com. Contact Penna Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org. Princeton University Chapel.
Thursday and Friday, December 6 and 7, 9 p.m. PURE Presents “Plug In.”
Though rock music is perhaps the last thing one might associate with the staid Princeton image, it’s important to remember PURE, the Princeton University Rock Ensemble. PURE claims to be Princeton’s first student rock group and is an eclectic one at that. Though it welcomes the usual rock band suspects like guitarists and drummers, it includes an orchestra and chorus, which add a special dimension to the character of the ensemble.
For its winter show, PURE presents “Plug In.” Given the group’s eclectic taste in music — they’ve been known to perform pieces from all eras of rock music history, from the 1960s to the present — this promises to be a lively, surprising event. It will also provide a unique way to ring in the season!
Tickets are $7 for students and $8 for non-students and may be purchased at any University ticketing booth or at 609-258-9220. Frist Film /Performance Theater (Frist 301).
Tuesday, December 11, 8 p.m. Thursday, December 13, two shows starting at 8 and 10 p.m. Princeton University Ballet, The Winter Show.
The Daily Princetonian has been lauding the Princeton University Ballet, a student-run dance company, since its inception in 2008. If past years are any indication, this year’s program will be a blend of classical and modern arrangements. The group operates as a forum for dancers to continue practicing their art during their time at Princeton. Often, members of the company have studied at noteworthy institutions such as Juilliard, the American Ballet Theater in New York City, and the San Francisco Ballet School. Some began their dancing careers when they were three years old! The Winter Show gives these young talents an opportunity to perform for a local crowd.
To purchase tickets by phone, please call 609-258-9220. Frist Campus Center’s Film /Performance Theater (Frist 301).
Saturday, December 15, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 16, 4 p.m. The 75th Anniversary: two winter concerts by The American Boychoir.
Ever a mainstay in the world of music, the American Boychoir has a special reason to sing this year, which marks its Diamond Jubilee. In honor of this landmark, the Boychoir will be joined by celebrated baritone Nathan Gunn, who has performed at such august venues as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony (to name a few U.S. venues).
Saturday’s concert, titled “Voices of Angels,” will feature the “Lessons and Carols,” part of a tradition dating back to 17th-century England. Sunday’s concert, “Winter Wonderland,” exudes a different kind of energy, and the choir will perform favorites old and new, such as “The First Nowel” and “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch.” Whatever your mood, these performances are likely to please.
Saturday’s “Voices of Angels” will be held in the Princeton University Chapel. Sunday’s “Winter Wonderland” will take place in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. Tickets may be purchased by calling 609-258-9220. They may also be procured online at purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase.
Friday, November 30, 8 p.m., “Hollywood Science Gone Bad,” East Pyne Hall 010.
This special screening of “The Core,” a 2003 science-fiction film, is accompanied by an open discussion about “good” and “bad” science as depicted in film. The discussion will be led by professor of geosciences, Jeroen Tromp. The event will be hosted by the Princeton Undergraduates Geosciences Society.
Sunday, December 9, 1 to 5 p.m., EMERGE! A Global Bazaar 2012, Chancellor Green Rotunda, Upper Hyphen.
EMERGE is a multicultural fair featuring traditional crafts, cultural performances, ethnic foods from over twenty countries. Part market, part hands-on education, EMERGE addresses global challenges as well with presentations on issues such as human rights and economic stability.
Monday, December 10, 4:30 p.m. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.
Thanks to the James Madison Program, the controversial, high-profile Justice Scalia will be delivering the Annual Vaughn Lecture on America’s Founding Principles. The visiting justice’s presence on campus also provides the opportunity to highlight the current Supreme Court’s connection to our region. While Trenton-born Scalia attended Harvard, fellow justices Sonio Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and the Hamilton Township raised Samuel Alito Jr. are Princeton University graduates. This event is free, but requires a ticket for entry. Tickets for the general public will be available Tuesday, December 4 at 6 p.m. at Richardson Auditorium. Distribution will continue until 7 p.m. or until supplies last. Each guest is limited to two tickets.