Tuesday, April 16, 2024

McCarter Announces 2024-2025 Classical Music Series


                                                                                                                       The Crossing, Photo by Christian Stewart


Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen, Executive Director Martin Miller, and Director of Presented Programming Paula Abreu today announced McCarter Theatre Center’s 2024-2025 Classical Music Series – featuring the Renaissance Quartet with Randall Goosby, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing Bach’s The Brandenburg Concertos, Grammy award-winning chamber choir The Crossing, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, and Julia Fischer & Jan Lisieki. This year’s lineup features world-class performers pioneering new frontiers in classical music.


“This season, we are honoring McCarter’s legacy as a stalwart presenter of classical music, while also pushing the boundaries of the genre, integrating traditional compositions with modern interpretations to create something truly unique and extraordinary,” said Paula Abreu. “I’m excited to welcome new and returning audiences to fall in love all over again with this vibrant artform.”


Subscriptions to McCarter’s 2024-2025 Classical Series for new and returning subscribers are now available at or by calling Patron Services at 609-258-2787. Subscribers save 20% on tickets and receive benefits like free exchanges, exclusive pre-sale access, and preferred seating. 



Renaissance Quartet with Randall Goosby
November 21, 2024
Matthews Theatre

‘The group’s performance style projects a visceral rhythmic energy combined with an almost nostalgic lyricism’ -BroadwayWorld

Step into the world of musical innovation with the Renaissance Quartet, a dynamic ensemble led by violinists Randall Goosby and Jeremiah Blacklow, along with violist Jameel Martin and cellist Daniel Hass. Graduates of the prestigious Juilliard School and mentored by the legendary Itzhak Perlman, these four virtuosos blend classical mastery with contemporary flair. Rooted in tradition yet boldly embracing the spirit of the 21st century, their performance is a journey through diverse musical landscapes, infused with jazz influences and remarkable technical prowess.


Mendelssohn: Quartet No. 1 in E flat, Op. 12

Janáček: Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”

Daniel Hass: Quartet No. 1 “Love and Levity”


The Brandenburg Concertos:
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
December 16, 2024
Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on the campus of Princeton University

Hailed by the New Yorker as ‘joyous, effervescent, and yes, festive,’ dive into the unparalleled beauty of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Known for their exceptional performances, the Society brings to life Bach’s captivating melodies, unmatched mastery, and musical ingenuity.


Bach    Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major

Bach    Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major  

Bach    Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major

Bach    Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major

Bach    Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major

Bach    Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major


The Crossing
performing David Lang’s poor hymnal

Donald Nally, Conductor
February 4, 2025
Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on the campus of Princeton University

Prepare to be transported by The Crossing, a trailblazing and Grammy award-winning chamber choir helmed by the visionary Donald Nally. Pushing the boundaries of choral music, The Crossing presents a dynamic fusion of new compositions that delve into pressing social, environmental, and political issues. With an impressive repertoire boasting nearly 170 commissioned premieres, their performances offer a captivating journey through the evolution of choral expression.

Czech National Symphony Orchestra
February 21, 2025
Matthews Theatre

Sandy Cameron, Violin Soloist
Maxim Lando, Piano Soloist
Steven Mercurio, Music Director & Conductor

Celebrated for its vibrant interpretations and broad musical repertoire, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO) brings the heart of Czech musical tradition to the stage.

Founded in 1993 by trumpet maestro Jan Hasenöhrl, the CNSO has flourished under the direction of Libor Pešek, gaining international acclaim and a dedicated following. Whether you're a lifelong classical music lover or new to the symphonic scene, don't miss the chance to see one of Europe's leading orchestras perform live —where music connects history, art, and heart in one harmonious evening.

Julia Fisher, violin and Jan Lisiecki, piano
March 25, 2025
Matthews Theatre

Internationally acclaimed violinist Julia Fischer and piano sensation Jan Lisiecki share a unique musical partnership that brings fresh and innovative interpretations to the stage, inspired by their mutual influences and distinctive perspectives. Experience the seamless harmony and technical mastery of these two musical giants in a program that celebrates the legacy and beauty of classical music.


Mozart Sonata in B major KV 378 

Beethoven No. 5 in F major Op. 24 “Spring” 

Schumann Sonata No. 2 in D minor Op. 121


About McCarter 

McCarter is one of the country's flagship theatres and a vibrant center for community and for the performing arts. Located on the campus of Princeton University, the company is an independent nonprofit, serving as a nationally renowned, multi-disciplinary creative hub of arts and ideas, offering theatre, music, dance, spoken word, and educational programs for all ages. A two-time Tony Award winner, McCarter’s legacy of artistic excellence traces back to the theatre’s first performances in 1930. Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Kaufmann & Hart’s You Can’t Take It with You, and William Inge’s Bus Stop all had their premieres on the McCarter stage, paving the way for a long history of collaborations with playwrights to launch remarkable works that have gone on to tens of thousands of performances reaching millions of audience members around the world. The company is equally revered for presenting global artists on its stages, including Alvin Ailey, Yo-Yo Ma, Samara Joy, Hasan Minhaj, Jon Stewart, Caetano Veloso, Rhiannon Giddens, Patti Smith, Esperanza Spalding, Lake Street Dive, and Herbie Hancock, among many others. Of the 100,000 community members who directly participate in the company’s work every year, more than 5,000 are students taking part in McCarter’s robust educational offerings in Princeton, Trenton, and in schools throughout the region. McCarter leads with values of “justice and joy, and beauty in belonging,” creating stories and experiences that enliven minds, expand imaginations, and engage communities.