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To subscribe, visit the Princeton Symphony Orchestra website at princetonsymphony.org or call 609-497-0020.
The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is showcasing top talent on its 2023-2024 Season. Guest artists include 2022 Avery Fisher Career Grant winner, saxophonist Steven Banks, 2022 Grammy Award winners, violinist Jennifer Koh and Metropolitan Opera star and Princeton University graduate Anthony Roth Costanzo, trailblazing pianist Sara Davis Buechner, Westminster Symphonic Choir led by James Jordon, and 2023 Grammy Award-winning trio Time For Three.
Edward T. Cone Music Director Rossen Milanov has programmed works by no less than seven living composers including Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winners Caroline Shaw, Kevin Puts, and John Luther Adams. Caroline Shaw was a graduate student at Princeton University and occasional second violinist with the PSO. Others with local ties are Princeton native composer Sarah Kirkland Snider and Princeton University doctoral candidate in music composition Nina Shekhar. The PSO will also play works by Missy Mazzoli and Gregory Spears, and modern classics by Henri Tomasi, William Dawson, and Marin Goleminov.
Fans of the
classics will enjoy core symphonies by Jean Sibelius, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky,
and Robert Schumann, and important works by Felix Mendelssohn,
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Frideric Handel, and Sergei Prokofiev.
forward-looking season, Maestro Milanov says, “People are craving
music and artists of the moment who are bursting with creative genius and
virtuosity. They look to be excited by what they witness onstage – to absorb
the energy that only live music can bring.”
Rossen Milanov conducts all but one concert.
Bean, in his third season as
assistant conductor, conducts performances in October.
Opening weekend is September 9-10, and features Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Forward into Light, inspired by women suffragists, and saxophonist Steven Banks (left; photo by Chris Lee) performing Henri Tomasi’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra. Also on the program is William Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony, one of the first full-length works by a Black composer to be performed by a major US orchestra.
The annual Edward T. Cone Concert takes place October 14-15. Violinist Jennifer Koh (right; photo by Juergen Frank) performs Missy Mazzoli’s Violin Concerto (Procession), a work created especially for her. Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides Overture and Sibelius’ Second Symphony complete the program, which will be conducted by Kenneth Bean.
11-12’s concerts featuring
the Westminster Symphonic Choir are centered on Mozart’s unfinished
Requiem in D Minor with new movements to complete it by Gregory Spears.
Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte leads off the program. The work was
premiered at Princeton University in 2011 by the Brentano String Quartet.
The PSO celebrates its connection to opera January 13-14 with performances by star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo (left; photo by Matthew Placek). He sings the aria “Quella Fiamma” from Arminio, an opera by George Frideric Handel, and Gregory Spears’ Love Story with words by Tracy K. Smith. Also on the program are Nina Shekhar’s Lumina, which received an ASCAP Foundation prize in 2021, and Tchaikovsky’s powerful Symphony No. 4 in F Minor.
9-10, patrons will be
treated to Time For Three’s performance of Kevin Puts’ 2023
Grammy Award-winning composition, Contact. The work was written for the
trio of Ranaan Meyer, double bass, Nick Kendall, violin, and Charles
Yang, violin, and garnered them their first Grammy Award in 2023 for “Best
Classical Instrumental Solo.” Lush orchestral suites drawn from Marin Goleminov’s
The Fire Dancer and Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and
Juliet ballets complete the program.
Pianist Sara Davis Buechner plays Beethoven’s first piano concerto with the PSO May 11-12. The orchestra is spotlighted with performances of John Luther Adams’ nature-inspired Become River and Robert Schumann’s bold fourth symphony.
Health and Safety
The Princeton Symphony Orchestra is closely monitoring and adhering to
the New Jersey Department of Health’s COVID-19 Requirements. Attendees will
receive information regarding safety procedures, entry, seating directions,
etc. in advance of their selected live performance(s).
The Princeton Symphony Orchestra is committed
to ensuring all programming is accessible for everyone, working with venues
such as Richardson Auditorium to provide needed services. Contact ADA
Coordinator Kitanya Khateri for questions about available services at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-905-0973. Note: some services require at
least two weeks’ notice to arrange.
ABOUT THE PRINCETON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is a cultural centerpiece of the Princeton
community and one of New Jersey’s finest music organizations, a position
established through performances of beloved masterworks, innovative music by
living composers, and an extensive network of educational programs offered to
area students free of charge. Led by Edward T. Cone Music Director Rossen
Milanov, the PSO presents orchestral, pops, and chamber music programs of the
highest artistic quality, supported by lectures and related events that
supplement the concert experience. Its flagship summer program the Princeton Festival brings an array of
performing arts and artists to Princeton during multiple weeks in June. Through
PSO BRAVO!, the orchestra produces
wide-reaching and impactful education programs in partnership with local
schools and arts organizations that culminate in students attending a live
orchestral performance. The
PSO receives considerable support from the Princeton community and the New
Jersey State Council on the Arts, regularly garnering NJSCA’s highest honor.
Recognition of engaging residencies and concerts has come from the National
Endowment for the Arts, and the PSO’s commitment to new music has been
acknowledged with an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and a Copland Fund
Award. The only independent, professional orchestra to make its home in
Princeton, the PSO performs at historic Richardson Auditorium on the campus of