Thursday, May 30, 2019

Free Princeton Festival events, entertainment through June 12

Schedule of Free Princeton Festival Lectures, Workshops, Outdoor and Indoor Performances

WHEN: May 29-June 12

Lecture Topics Include Women in Musical Theater, 20th Century Music, Baroque Music in China

The Princeton Festival ( will present an exceptionally varied program of lectures and other events from now through the end of June. All are free and open to the public, but some require advance registration. More information is available HERE.

Exhibit of Music-Inspired Art by A-TEAM

WHEN: Now through May 31
: Thomas Sweet Café, Skillman

Paintings by A-TEAM artists, affiliated with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, will be displayed for sale.

Performance | Music Under the Stars

WHEN: May 31, 7:00 pm
: Pettoranello Gardens Amphitheater, Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve, Route 206 and Mountain Avenue, Princeton

Young artists from the casts of the Festival’s 2019 opera Nixon in China and musical She Loves Me will sing audience favorites. Partner: Princeton Public Library.

Opera Workshop | Music That Tells a Story

Part 1: Workshop, choice of three times/venues starting June 1.
For full information see

Two-part intergenerational program: opera workshop, plus backstage tour & performance of Princeton Festival’s Nixon in China. Pre-registration is required.

Lecture | Women in the American Musical Theater

WHEN: June 4 at 7 pm
: Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon, Princeton

Princeton University professor Stacy Wolf discusses what women do in musical theater and why it matters, from the 1950s to today – including She Loves Me.

Festival Preview

WHEN: June 6 at 7 pm
  Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton

Sneak peek: singers perform selections from this season’s opera Nixon in China and musical She Loves Me. Directors discuss the productions.

Film | From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China

WHEN: June 10 at 7:30 pm
Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton

Academy Award-winning documentary of the great violinist’s tour of mainland China. The first Western musician to visit after the disastrous Cultural Revolution, Stern gives concerts and master classes to music students.

Lecture | 20th Century Music: John Adams

WHEN: June 11 at 7 pm
Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton

Rider University professor Stephen Arthur Allen will show how the composer of Nixon in China uses orchestral color and other techniques to give the audience a rich experience in sound.

Lecture | The Emperor’s New Sounds: Baroque Music in China

WHEN: June 12 at 7 pm
Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, 64 Washington Road, Rocky Hill

Scholar, musician, and director of a Baroque music ensemble, John Burkhalter will discuss the impulse behind the study of Western music and instruments by Chinese emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Pre-registration is required.

For ticket information and a complete listing of event in the Princeton Festival 2019 season, visit or call 609.258.ARTS (2787).