All composers get two shots at posthumous fame: the anniversary of their year of birth and the anniversary of their year of death. In 1991, the 200th anniversary of Mozart’s death and in 2006, the 250th anniversary of his birth, his compositions glutted the concert calendar. Indeed, one member of a renowned classical string quartet admitted after the first Mozart-anniversary extravaganza that he was glad the season was over so that he could get back to playing the pieces of other composers.
Still, posthumous life is not fair. The 2008-’09 season contains anniversaries for a fistful of composers whose works form the basis of today’s classical repertoire. Franz Joseph Haydn died in 1809. Felix Mendelssohn was born in 1809. George Frederick Handel died in 1759; Henry Purcell was born in 1659. Some might be inclined to make a fuss, also, about Alexander Scarlatti, born 1659; Louis Spohr, who died in 1859; Bohuslav Martinu or Heitor Villa Lobos, who both died in 1959. Olivier Messiaen was born in 1908. However, in our region, none of these anniversary-deprived composers appears to have the appeal of the prolific short-lived Mozart.
Haydn, Mendelssohn, Handel, and Messiaen appear on 2008-’09 programs in central New Jersey , but their presence is not overwhelming. Rutgers’ Mason Gross School promises to include Haydn works in concerts, recitals, lectures, and classes in the spring, but names only a single Haydn piece (a piano trio) in advance. Indeed, Brahms is the most-frequently programmed composer, with Beethoven slightly behind. (This story reflects programs that were announced before U.S. 1 went to press. A full schedule of the fall season appears at the end of this story.)
Of the anniversary celebrants Messiaen fares best. Westminster Choir College of Rider University includes his music in four different events. The Princeton University Chapel Music series devotes an entire program to Messiaen.
Organizational matters and concert formats, rather than composers, appear to be making the biggest splash in the music news of central New Jersey for the new season. Consider the jazz scene, for instance. The CAPPS (Community Arts Partnership at the Peddie School) series in Hightstown has become all jazz, all the time. Its three concerts consist of only jazz; there are no classical offerings.
New Brunswick’s State Theatre’s music programming this season highlights intensive exposure to jazz beginning with its New Jersey Blues and Jazz Festival on three consecutive nights in September (see story "What Jazz Looks Like Across Five Decades" in this issue); the festival provides table-seating at the State’s more intimate Backstage Jazz club, which holds 238.
McCarter Theater offers two series of jazz concerts, a four-event series in the 1,000 seat Matthews Theater, and a three-event series in the smaller Berlind Theater.
The state’s highest-profile musical organization, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, has added both to its geographical coverage and to its format for presenting classical repertoire. Millburn’s Paper Mill Playhouse joins the roster of NJSO venues. The orchestra’s 75-minute “Best of” concerts incorporate short pieces and single movements from multi-movement pieces and take their place alongside NJSO’s traditional classical concerts. In our area the “Best of” series takes place in Trenton’s War Memorial Theater and is preceded by a light supper. Programs in the four-concert series consist of the “best of” Beethoven, Vienna, Shakespearean Romance, and Nature.
NJSO’s traditional concerts take place in New Brunswick and Trenton. The three-concert mid-winter festival in January focuses on French music from Gabriel Faure to Darius Milhaud. Two of the three concerts play in our area.
Music director Neeme Jarvi retires at the end of the 2008-’09 season. He conducts a total of six concerts during the year throughout New Jersey. Five of the 10 NJSO concerts in central Jersey are under Jarvi’s leadership.
Personnel-driven changes are in effect at central Jersey’s music organizations. On July 1 Robert Rund took over as president of Princeton’s American Boychoir School. With a professional history of private school administration and music management, Rund is ideally suited to head the only non-sectarian boarding choir school in the United States. “Two of the chief characteristics of a living organism are growth and change,” he says. “How this will manifest at ABS is still uncertain, but I can assure you that the choir will continue to hold high artistic standards, provide rich and unparalleled experiences for middle-school-aged boys through performance and touring, remain competitive academically, and develop the highest levels of citizenship from all members of our community.” One month into his tenure, the energetic Rund says, “I am getting both feet wet already.”
The ABS season includes more than 100 performances on tour. The choir adds to its roster of appearances with distinguished orchestras and conductors by singing in Mahler’s Symphonies No. 3 and No. 8 at Carnegie Hall with the Staatskapelle Berlin directed by Pierre Boulez. ABS reappears at Princeton’s Richardson Auditorium for its traditional Christmas program. Incidentally, the Symphonic Choir of Westminster Choir College of Rider University appears in Carnegie Hall performances of Mahler’s Symphonies No. 2 and 3. It participates in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 twice: once with the New York Philharmonic in December; once, with the Staatskapelle Berlin in May.
The Princeton Symphony Orchestra has not yet replaced its former leader, Mark Laycock, and will operate, as it did last year, with guest conductors while the search for a new conductor continues. The guest conductors have selected the season’s programs, “offering a preview of each conductor’s personality and approach to the concert experience,” according to an official statement.
Laycock, who parted company with the PSO last year, conducts the Lucerne Festival Strings in a stand-alone concert in October at the Princeton University chapel. Laycock has not vanished from the Princeton music scene. He led two packed-to-the-rafters concerts during the past season: a birthday celebration for philanthropist and Bach scholar William Scheide in January, and a joyous Beethoven evening, supported by Scheide, under the auspices of the Princeton Summer Chamber Concerts series in July.
The Dryden Ensemble honors Scheide with two performances of the Johann Sebastian Bach cantata “Ich Habe Genug” in October. Bach arias are included in the concerts. One takes place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Doylestown; the other in Princeton Theological Seminary’s Miller Chapel.
Adding to the roster of new musical organizations are two created by Rebecca Scott’s Cantabile Chamber Chorale. A children’s chorus for grades three through eight begins rehearsals this month. No auditions are required. Also audition-free is a series of weekly community sings for adults, devoted to choruses of classical music.
Princeton University Concerts covers the spectrum of chamber music in size and in musical periods. Their eight-concert series ranges in size from the Tengstrand-Sun piano duo to the Nash Ensemble of London, a mini-chamber orchestra consisting of winds, strings, harp, and keyboard. The Takacs String Quartet opens the season on September 25. U.S. 1 readers may remember the story on the group’s new female violist, Jerry Walter, on February 14, 2007, just prior to the quartet’s scheduled appearance — then the last minute replacement of the American Quartet when the Takacs was grounded in Denver due to snow. Repertoire to be presented in the series this season ranges from the 17th century to contemporary works. While Jerome Correas’ group, Les Paladins, specializes in the French baroque, the Nash Ensemble ventures into contemporary music. In addition, Princeton University Concerts presents a wide historical spectrum of Viennese music by the Richardson Chamber Players, each of whose three concerts focuses on music of a different century.
Four premieres are included in the announced programs, two of them by Paul Moravec, composer-in-residence at the Institute for Advanced Study. In October the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra officially premieres a Moravec piece with solo piano at Carnegie Hall as part of the Orpheus “New Brandenburgs” commissioning project. Just a few days earlier, Orpheus appears on the Institute’s concert series, which Moravec organizes, presenting an unofficial premiere of the piece. The “New Brandenburgs” commissions project invites composers to create pieces modeled on J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti.
Moravec is featured again in January when guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen leads the Princeton Symphony Orchestra in the premiere of his clarinet concerto, a commission of the PSO. David Krakauer is the soloist.
In December Cantabile Chorale presents the world premiere of Westfield composer Barbara Rogers’ “Eglise: House for All,” which Cantabile commissioned.
October sees percussionist Evelyn Glennie giving the North American premiere of Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tuur’s Symphonie No. 4 (“Magma”). Neeme Jarvi conducts. Glennie recorded the piece with Neeme’s son, Paavo, and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.
A number of concerts are devoted entirely, or almost entirely, to one composer. They are concentrated, perhaps by chance, at New Brunswick’s State Theater. Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter plays in four violin concerti by J. S. Bach with the Camerata Salzburg in October. The Budapest Festival Orchestra plays an almost all Brahms program at the State Theater in January. And the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen puts on an all-Beethoven program in March.
Fewer operatic performances than usual are scheduled during the 2008-’09 season. Opera New Jersey keeps its number of performances intact with three February performances of Johann Strauss’s “Fledermaus,” two in our area. However, Trenton’s Boheme Opera presents only a single opera, Giacomo Puccini’s “Madam Butterfly” in April. Taking the place of a second opera for Boheme, in December, is a semi-staged version of Handel’s “Messiah,” directed by Boheme’s artistic director, Joseph Pucciatti, with the Boheme Opera Chorus and the Greater Trenton Choral Society. Opera is primarily a summer activity in our area.
Princeton University Chapel, 888-BOYCHOIR, www.americanboychoir.org.
Voices of Angels. Traditional holiday favorites. $20 to $42. Sunday, December 21.
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 888-BOYCHOIR, www.americanboychoir.org.
Winter Wonderland. Traditional holiday favorites and audience sing-a-long. $20 to $42. Boys in grades 3 to 7 are encouraged to audition after the concert. No preparation or experience needed. Monday, December 22.
All Saints’ Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton, 212-967-9157, www.artekearlymusic.org.
Hor Che’l Ciel: Madrigals and Monody. Italian Renaissance poetry by Tasso, Petrarch, and Guarini. $20 to $40. Friday, November 21.
Patriots Theater, War Memorial, Trenton, 609-581-7200, www.bohemeopera.com.
Autumn Serenade. A collaborative concert with the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra Strings. Soprano Teresa Eickel. Conductors John Peter Holly and Joseph Pucciatti. Post concert buffet, $50. Concert. $10 to $25. Sunday, October 26.
Immaculate Conception Church, 540 Chestnut Avenue, Trenton.
Handel’s Messiah. Collaborative concert with the Boheme Opera Chorus and Orchestra and the Greater Trenton Choral Society. Soprano Sungji Kim and bass baritone DeAndre Simmons. $30. Saturday, December 6.
5 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, 732-545-6262, www.christchurchnewbrunswick.org.
Vespers and Concert. Triple Play Winds with Kevin Willois on flute, Kenneth Ellison on clarinet, and Ivy Haga on bassoon. Sunday, September 28.
Vespers and Concert. Gail Archer on organ. Sunday, October 5.
Vespers and Concert. Mark Pacoe on organ. Free. Sunday, October 12.
Vespers and Concert. Mason Gross School of the Arts present organ vespers. Free. Sunday, October 19.
Vespers and Concert. Willsonia Boyer, soprano. Free. Sunday, October 26.
Vespers and Concert. Mack Brandon Trio. Free. Sunday, November 2.
Vespers and Concert. Women in a Chord. Free. Sunday, November 9.
Vespers and Concert. Rutgers Collegium Musicum. Free. Sunday, November 16.
Vespers and Concert. David Schelat on organ. Free. Sunday, November 23.
Vespers and Concert. Women’s Schola presents “Medieval Advent Celebration.” Free. Sunday, November 30.
Vespers and Concert. Handel’s Messiah presented the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra and the choir of Christ Church. Free. Sunday, December 7.
Vespers and Concert. Vox Fideles Choir presents “Renaissance Choral Music for Advent.” Free. Sunday, December 14.
Puck, Printer’s Alley, Doylestown, 215-340-7979, www.communityconservatory.org.
Stretched Strings Concert. Tim Farrell and Mark Hanson present concert in fingerstyle guitar. Register. $20. Sunday, October 5.
Trinity Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, PA, 215-862-3982.
Concert. Music of Mendelssohn, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, and Gideon Klein features Anthony McGill, clarinet; Carmit Zori and Yoon Kwon on violin; Robert Rinehart and Mark Holloway on viola; and Michelle Djokic on cello. $10. Sunday, November 16.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, East Oakland Avenue, Doylestown, PA, 609-466-8541, www.gemsny.org.
Johann Sebastian Bach. A tribute to Bill Scheide, Bach scholar and patron of the arts featuring baritone Richard Lalli. $15 to $30. Saturday, October 18.
Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary, 609-466-8541, www.gemsny.org.
Johann Sebastian Bach. A tribute to Bill Scheide, Bach scholar and patron of the arts featuring baritone Richard Lalli. $15 to $30. Sunday, October 19.
First Reformed Church
9 Bayard Street, New Brunswick, 732-545-1005, www.firstreformedchurch.net.
Downtown Lunchtime Recital Series (concert followed by a free lunch):
The Dorian Trio performs Mendelssohn’s Piano Quartet in D Minor. Wednesday, September 24.
Alyson Harvey, mezzo soprano; and Tim Brown, piano present art songs in German and English. Wednesday, October 8.
Polymania features Mari-Jo Policastro and Steven Russell on piano with works of Brahms, Faure, and sacred music. Wednesday, October 22.
The Cambiata Trio features Katherine McClure, flute; Melissa Bohl, oboe; and Ivy Haga, bassoon. Wednesday, November 12.
Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra
Patriots Theater, War Memorial, Trenton, 609-396-5522, www.trentonsymphony.org.
New Year’s Eve Concert. $25 to $65. Wednesday, December 31.
Guild for Early Music
Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 609-689-1089, www.groundsforsculpture.org.
Guild for Early Music. Fourth annual festival features music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, sung and played by regional performance groups. Free with park admission. Sunday, October 19.
Institute for Advanced Study
Wolfensohn Hall, Einstein Drive, Princeton, 609-951-4458, www.ias.edu.
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Paul Moravec’s “Brandenburg Gate” and Hayden’s Symphony No. 59 (Fire Symphony). Register. Free. Saturday, October 11.
Matt Haimovitz and Geoffrey Burleson. Matt Haimovitz on cello and Geoffrey Burleson on piano. Register. Free. Friday and Saturday, November 14 and 15.
91 University Place, 609-258-2787, www.mccarter.org.
Lang Lang. A program featuring music by Schubert, Bartok, Debussy, and Chopin on piano. $50 to $65. Tuesday, October 21.
Emanual Ax and Yefim Bronfman. Piano duo. $45 to $54. Wednesday, November 19.
Michener Art Museum
138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA, 215-340-9800, www.michenerartmuseum.org.
Concert. “Arizona Views” presented by Encore Chamber Players. Pre-concert lecture focusing on Caryn Block’s trio for flute, cello, and percussion inspired by Maxfield Parrish’s painting, “Arizona.” The program features music based on Southwest themes including Native American works. Register. $20. Sunday, October 12.
Nassau Presbyterian Church
61 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-924-0103.
Nassau at Four Concert Series. Volanti Flute Quartet featuring Jill Crawford, Ellen Fisher-Deerberg, Katherine McClure, and Barbara Highton Williams. Concert, free. Post-performance dinner with artists at 5 p.m., register. $5. Sunday, October 12.
Nassau at Four Concert Series. Westminster Choir College Student Showcase. Concert, free. Post-performance dinner with artists at 5 p.m., register. $5. Sunday, November 9.
New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra
Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, 222 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-249-6999, www.newbrunswickchamberorchestra.org.
Israel Lives. Music reflecting the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht and the 60th anniversary of the state of Israel. $17. Sunday, November 2.
Christ Church, 5 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, 732-249-6999, www.christchurchnewbrunswick.org.
Handel’s Messiah. Concert with choir and soloists from Christ Church Choir. Pre-concert lecture at 5 p.m. $17. Sunday, December 7.
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton, 800-ALLEGRO, www.njsymphony.org.
Brahms and Mendelssohn. Vadim Gluzman on violin. Jun Markl conducts. $20. Friday, October 3.
Classical Variations. Simone Dinnerstein on piano. Thierry Fischer conducts program featuring works of Prokofiev, Beethoven, and Schubert. $20. Friday, November 28.
State Theater, New Brunswick, 800-ALLEGRO, www.njsymphony.org.
Brahms and Mendelssohn. Jun Markl conducts. Vadim Gluzman on violin. $20 to $82. Saturday, October 4.
Evelyn Glennie Returns. Neeme Jarvi conducts. Evelyn Glennie on percussion. Program features works of Britten, Tuur, and Elgar. $20 to $82. Sunday, October 12.
Classical Variations. Thierry Fischer conducts. Simone Dinnerstein on piano. Program features works of Prokofiev, Beethoven, and Schubert. $20 to $82. Saturday, November 29.
Patriots Theater, War Memorial, Trenton, 800-ALLEGRO, www.njsymphony.org.
Best of Beethoven. Complimentary light supper followed by concert. $17 to $55. Friday, October 24.
Opera New Jersey
Marriott Hotel, Plainsboro, 609-799-7700, www.opera-nj.org.
Benefit Gala. Opera performance by soprano Veronica Villarroel and tenor James Valenti. Silent and live auctions, cocktails, and dinner. Register. $250. Saturday, November 1.
Practitioners of Musick
First Reformed Church of Rocky Hill, 89 Washington Street, 609-683-7132, www.rockingham.net.
Concert. The ensemble of harpsichord, violin, cello, and recorder will perform pieces that Mrs. Washington is known to have played and that she and General Washington listened to. $5 admission. Presented by Rockingham Association. Pictorial postmark featuring a sketch of a harsichord offered. Saturday, October 18.
Princeton Pro Musica
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 609-683-5122, www.princetonpromusica.org.
Creation. Franz Josef Haydn’s work with soloists Sarah Pelletier, soprano; Scott Murphree, tenor; and Christopher Temporelli, bass. $25 to $45. Sunday, October 26.
Patriots Theater, Trenton War Memorial, Trenton, 609-683-5122.
Handel’s Messiah. Soloists include Christine Brandes, soprano; Elena McEntire, mezzo soprano; and Christopher Burchett, bass. Frances Fowler Slade conducts. $38 to $45. Sunday, December 14.
Princeton University Art Museum, 609-258-9220.
Incandescence. An evening of music and dance exploring the relationship between artist Jasper Johns, Merce Cunningham, and John Cage. Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25.
Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, 609-258-9220
A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Saturday, December 13.
Princeton Symphony Orchestra
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 609-497-0020, www.princetonsymphony.org.
Basking in the Splendor of Romance. Andrew Grams conducts works of Berlioz, Barber, and Brahms. Pre-concert lectures at 3 p.m. $16 to $64. Sunday, September 28.
Princeton, It’s Revolutionary. Tito Munoz conducts a program featuring music of Verdi, Haydn, and Shostakovish. Pre-concert lecture at 3 p.m. $16 to $64. Sunday, November 9.
PSO Pops: The Holiday Concert. Holiday favorites, symphonic classics, Princeton High School Concert Choir, and annual sing-along. $16 to $64. Saturday, December 20.
Princeton University Art Museum
Princeton University, 609-258-3788, www.princetonartmuseum.org.
Concert. Engelchor Consort. Sunday, December 14.
Princeton University Chapel
Washington Road, 609-258-3654.
Concert. Mark Laycock guest conducts the Lucerne Festival Strings in a program of Respighi, Mendelssohn, Sarasate, and Mozart.
Sounds of Salvation. Music for a 15th century Bruges Merchant Capella Pratensis by Dutch vocal ensemble. Lecture demonstration by Jennifer Bloxam, Williams College. Free. Wednesday, October 22.
Musical Mysticism of Messiaen. Ascension Suite, Pentecost Mass, and La Nativite presented by organists Ken Cowan, Alan Morrison, Matthew Lewis, and Eric Plutz. $20. Monday, October 27.
Three, Please. Eric Plutz presents an organ concert of pieces with three names. $15. Friday, November 14.
Harp Extravaganza. Students of harpist Elaine Christy in recital. Free. Wednesday, December 3.
Advent Concert. The First Nowell by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Chapel Choir with orchestra conducted by Penna Rose. Free. Sunday, December 7.
Messiah Sing. Community sing with organ, strings, and trumpet. $5. Monday, December 8.
Candlelight Service. A service of readings and music featuring the Chapel Choir and a cappella groups. Free. Wednesday, December 10.
Princeton University Concerts
Richardson Auditorium, 609-258-4239, www.princeton.edu.
Takacs String Quartet. Mozart’s “Prussian” quartets. $20 to $40. Thursday, September 25.
Richardson Baroque Players. “Vienna Baroque.” $10 to $20. Sunday, October 5.
The Choro Ensemble. Chamber music, jazz, and samba. $20 to $40. Friday, October 10.
The Tengstrand-Sun Piano Duo. Music for two pianos, four hands. $20 to $40. Thursday, October 23.
Les Paladins. “Music for the King’s Mistress.” $20 to $40. Thursday, November 13.
Hopkinson Smith. Concert on lute features works by Bach, Weiss, Sanz, and Guerau. Monday, December 8.
First Presbyterian Church, 31 North Union Street, Lambertville, 609-397-7300, www.riversidesymphonia.org.
Centuries Combined. Concert conducted by Mariusz Smolij features composers Robert Maggio and Paul Lansky with visual artists. Mark Kosower, cellist, solos. $20 to $35. Friday and Saturday, October 3 and 4.
Secular and Sacred. Holiday concert. $20 to $35. Friday and Saturday, December 5 and 6.
New Hope Solebury High School, Bridge Street, New Hope, 609-397-7300, www.riversidesymphonia.org.
Secular and Sacred. Celebration of Christmas. $20 to $35. Sunday, December 7.
15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7469, www.StateTheatreNJ.org.
Camerata Salzburg. Anne Sophie Mutter and Vilde Frang on violin with program featuring works of Bach. $30 to $75. Thursday, October 16.
Spaghetti Western Orchestra. Ennio Morricone music brings the Wild West to life. $25 to $50. Friday, October 24.
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. Antoni Wit conducts; Valentina Lisitsa on piano. $30 to $75. Friday, November 14.
Mannheim Steamroller. Holiday music using electric bass and synthesizers. $45 to $75. Friday, December 12.
Salute to Vienna. Musicians, singers, and dancers from the Vienna City Ballet present waltzes, polkas, and operetta. $45 to $125. Wednesday, December 31.
Steinway Musical Society
Jacobs Music, 2540 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, 609-434-0222, www.princetonol.com/groups/steinway.
Sunday Musicale Series. Jae-Hyuck Cho presents a program of Haydn, Chopin, and Muczynski. Recital and reception benefits the scholarship program. $18. Sunday, October 12.
Sunday Musicale Series. Luiz Simas presents Brazilian music from the early 1900s to the present time. Recital and reception benefits the scholarship program. $18. Sunday, November 16.
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
At Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 609-695-5456, www.trentonsoupkitchen.org.
Benefit Concert. Joan Waite, lyrical mezzo soprano. Reception follows, $20. Sunday, October 12.
At Princeton University Chapel, Washington Road, 609-924-2277.
Service of Lessons and Carols. Trinity’s choirs move to the University Chapel for this special service. Sunday, December 28.
Pennington Presbyterian Church, 13 South Main Street, Pennington, 609-637-9383, www.voiceschorale.org.
Celebrations and Ceremonies. Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” and other holiday favorites. $18 to $25. Friday, December 19.
St. Paul Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-637-9383, www.voiceschorale.org.
Celebrations and Ceremonies. Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” and other holiday favorites. $18 to $25. Saturday, December 20.
Westminster Choir College
Bristol Chapel, 609-921-2663, www.rider.edu.
Kate Johnson. Concert by a soprano. Free. Sunday, September 28.
Elem Eley and J.J. Penna. Works of Henry Duparc and Francis Poulenc. Free. Sunday, September 28.
Mark Moliterno, Nova Thomas, and Laura Ward. Concert featuring music from Verdi’s “La Traviata.” Free. Wednesday, October 1.
Profiles in American Music. Linda Mindlin, mezzo soprano; Kevin Willois, flute; Kenneth Ellison, clarinet; Ivy Haga, bassoon; Melissa Burton Anderson, cello; and Patricia Landy and Carmen Meteiescu, piano. Free. Saturday, October 4.
Eric Hung. Works by Liszt, Albeniz, Lucier, and Robert Schumann on piano and koto. Free. Wednesday, October 15.
Autumn Winds. Chamber music by members of the Westminster Conservatory’s wind, brass, and percussion departments. Free. Saturday, October 18.
Sacred and Profane. Westminster Choir program includes Miserere Mei for choir and solo cello by Rudi Tas. $15. Sunday, November 9.
Fall Concert. Westminster Conservatory Youth Chorale. $15. Saturday, November 15.
I Hear America Singing. Westminster Kantorei explores American choral music. $15. Sunday, November 16.
A Time for Thanksgiving. Westminster Jubilee Singers. $15. Sunday, November 16.
A Messiaen Centennial Celebration. Danielle Sinclair, soprano; Seth Rosenthal, flute; Melissa Bohl, oboe; Clipper Erickson and Galina Prilutskaya, piano. Free. Sunday, November 23.
Cool Yule Jazz VI. Philip Orr, piano; Jerry Rife, clarinet, perform jazz arrangements of holiday favorites. $20. Friday, December 5.
Westminster Concert Bell Choir. “Christmas of the Americas.” Holiday concert. $20. Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7.
Nativitas. Westminster Community Chorus and Chamber Choir present Christmas music from around the world. $15. Sunday, December 14.
Gill Chapel, Rider University, 609-921-2663.
The Caged Spirit Sings. Nancy Froysland Hoerl, soprano; Jill Crawford, flute; Kenneth Ellison, clarinet; Melissa Burton Anderson, cello; and Akiko Hosaki and Clipper Erickson, piano. Free. Sunday, November 2.
Winter Concert. Rider University Choir. Philip Orr conducts. Free. Sunday, December 7.
Niles Chapel, Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-921-2663.
Westminster Conservatory at Nassau. Tara Buzash presents jazz piano. Free. Thursday, October 16.
Westminster Conservatory at Nassau. Nancy Froysland Hoerl, soprano; and James Day, guitar. Free. Thursday, November 20.
Princeton High School Performing Arts Center, 609-921-2663.
Psalms and Songs. Westminster Chapel Choir presents works by Mendelssohn, Paulus, and Lewandowski. $15. Saturday, October 25.
Symphonic Powerhouses. Westminster Conservatory Community Orchestra presents works of Franck and Brahms. $15. Sunday, November 2.
Princeton University Chapel, 609-921-2663.
Mozart Requiem. Westminster’s Festival Orchestra and Symphonic Choir. $30 to $50. Friday, October 24.
Organ Concert. Ken Cowan, Matthew Lewis, Alan Morrison, and Eric Plutz. Free. Monday, October 27.
Gloria. Westminster Schola Cantorum and Williamson Voices. $15. Saturday, November 22.
An Evening of Readings and Carols. Solid Brass and three of Westminster’s choirs. $30 to $60. Friday and Saturday, December 12 and 13.
Rider Uiversity Art Gallery, Lawrenceville, 609-921-2663.
High Winds. Katherine McClure, flute; Melissa Bohl, oboe; and Kenneth Ellison, clarinet, with works of Malcolm Arnold and Josef Doppelbauer. Free. Friday, October 3.
Music for Voice and Guitar. Nancy Froysland Hoerl, soprano; and James Day, guitar. Free. Friday, December 5.
Williamson Hall, Princeton, 609-921-2663.
Concert. Laura Amoriello, piano, presents works by Prokofiev. Free. Sunday, October 12.
Yvonne Theater, Rider University, 609-921-2663.
Winter Concert. Rider University Band conducted by Jerry Rife. Free. Monday, December 1.
Beth El Synagogue
50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor, 609-443-4454, .
Jazz Cabaret. Rick Fiori Jazz Trio. Benefit for American Friends of Magen David Adom and Beth El’s tuition scholarship fund. $18 to $25. Saturday, October 11.
Mount-Burke Theater, Peddie School, Hightstown, 609-490-7550, www.peddie.org/capps.
Jimmy Heath Quartet. Jimmy Heath on saxophone has recorded more than 125 record albums and has written more than 100 compositions. $25. Friday, October 3.
Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes. Piano duo. $25/ Friday, December 5.
Trenton City Museum
Ellarslie, Cadwalader Park, 609-989-3632, www.ellarslie.org.
Clifford Adams. Trombonist presents smooth jazz. $20. Sunday, October 12.
Paul Plumeri Blues Band. Trombonist presents smooth jazz. $20. Friday, November 7.
Eric Mintel Quartet. $20. Sunday, November 23.
91 University Place, 609-258-2787, www.mccarter.org.
Chris Botti. $47 and $50. Monday, October 27.
Eldar. The young musician, who has already released three CDs, plays piano, electric keyboards, and synthesizers. In the Berlind Theater. $45. Friday, October 17.
Jacky Terrasson Trio. In the Berlind Theater. $45. Friday, December 12.
at the War Memorial
Memorial Drive, Trenton, 609-984-8400, www.thewarmemorial.com.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Wynton Marsalis, music director, performs on trumpet. The band has been Lincoln Center’s resident orchestra for more than 18 years. Sunday, October 12.
Richardson Auditorium, 609-258-5000, www.princeton.edu/utickets.
The Klez Dispensers. Celebration of the band’s newest CD, “Say You’ll Understand,” and their 10th anniversary. $15. Thursday, November 6.
15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7469, www.StateTheatreNJ.org.
Pinetop Perkins and the Legends of Blues. Hubert Sumlin and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith. $30 to $45. Thursday, September 25.
Ron Carter Quartet and Lisa Sokolov. Ron Carter on bass, Lisa Sokolov on vocals, and Cameron Brown on bass. $30 to $45. Friday, September 26.
Rod Piazza, the Mighty Flyers, and John Hammond. Blues harpist Piazza with his stagemates, the Mighty Flyers. John Hammond on guitar, harmonica, and vocals. $30 to $45. Saturday, September 27.
Capital Singers of Trenton
First Presbyterian Church of Plainsboro, 500 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, 609-208-2119, www.capitalsingers.org.
Rhapsody in 2. Cabaret cafe featuring real-life couple, John Nanni and Christine Giglio Nanni, with music from Broadway and the Great American Songbook. Richard Loatman on the keyboard. $15 includes desserts. Saturday, October 4.
91 University Place, 609-258-2787, www.mccarter.org.
Randy Newman. Grammy and Oscar-nominated singer and composer. $30 to $45. Saturday, September 27.
Max Raabe and Palast Orchester. Cabaret show features songs of the 1920s and 1930s in Berlin. $38 and $42. Sunday, October 5.
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt. “An Acoustic Evening.” $50 to $65. Monday, October 20.
Dark Star Orchestra. Performance of one of the Grateful Dead concerts. $31 to $36. Sunday, November 16.
Christine Ebersole and Billy Stritch. “Sunday in New York” cabaret show. $48. (Early show is sold out). Saturday, October 18.
Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley. “Opposite You” cabaret show. $45. Saturday, December 13.
Patriot Theater at the War Memorial
Memorial Drive, Trenton, 609-984-8400, www.tickets.com.
Peter Nero and the Philly Pops. “Broadway Showstoppers: Best of the Tonys.” $30 to $75. Register at 609-896-9500. Saturday, September 27.
B.B. King. Riley B. King presents blues. $35 to $100. Saturday, December 6.
Route 28, North Branch, 908-725-3420, www.rvccarts.edu.
Jose Feliciano Christmas. Latin Christmas presented by Grammy Award winning guitarist. $40 and $45. Saturday, December 20.
Sovereign Bank Arena
Hamilton Avenue at Route 129, 800-298-4200, comcasttix.com.
PST Fest. Jordin Sparks, Jesse McCartney, and Secondhand Serenade. Friday, September 26.
Ancient Order of Hibernians
2419 Kuser Road, Hamilton, 609-346-2771, www.trentonirishfestival.com.
Irish Music Festival. Entertainment by the Willie Lynch Band and Bogside Rouges. Also Sunday, October 5, at 1 p.m. $5. Saturday, October 4.
Arts Council of Princeton
102 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-8777, www.artscouncilofprinceton.org.
Mamadou Diabate. African and African-American genres. $35. Saturday, October 11.
California Guitar Trio. $35. Wednesday, October 22.
Roswell Rudd Quartet. $45. Thursday, October 30.
Robert Taub. $25. Friday, November 14.
Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton
Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, 609-655-2507, www.thecrisisministry.org.
Travel the World in Song. Joan Waite, a mezzo soprano, presents a benefit concert featuring 18 songs in 11 languages representing 14 countries across 5 continents. $25. Sunday, October 12.
Integral Yoga Institute Princeton
613 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction, 732-274-2410, www.iyiprinceton.com.
Girish Yoga Vision Tour. Girish and his band present chanting and Kirtan experience. With eclectic roots in jazz and world music, Girish performs on harmonium, tablas, guitar, and voice. Register. $20 to $25. Friday, November 7.
91 University Place, 609-258-2787, www.mccarter.org.
Soweto Gospel Choir. Tribal, traditional, and popular African gospel, spirituals, and pop features choir, musicians, and dancers. $38 to $45. Monday, November 17.
Princeton Church of Christ
33 River Road, Princeton, 609-924-2555, www.princetonchurchofchrist.org.
Charlie Zahm. Celtic music. $10. Sunday, October 5.
Looking Glass Pond, 800 Alexander Road, West Windsor, 609-924-7955, www.luizsimas.com. Park in 782 Alexander Road office complex.
Brazilian Music Series. Luiz Simas on piano and vocals and Sue Terry on sax and flute. Refreshments included. $20. Saturday, September 27.
Brazilian Music Series. Luiz Simas on piano. Refreshments included. $20. Saturday, November 22.
Sovereign Bank Arena
Hamilton Avenue at Route 129, 609-656-3222, www.comcasttix.com.
Reggaetone Explosion. Don Omar, Tego Calderon, and Ivy Queen. $46.50 to $100.50. Saturday, September 27.