Friday, May 24, 2024

Princeton Symphony Orchestra Announces Special 2024-25 Season

2024-2025 SEASON

WHEN: select Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 4pm 
Richardson Auditorium on Princeton University’s campus, Princeton, NJ
Initially, these concerts are available only by subscription, with single tickets going on sale over the summer. Full Season subscriptions start at $189. Youths 5-17 receive a 50% discount with an adult purchase. 
To subscribe, visit the Princeton Symphony Orchestra website at or call 609-497-0020.

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) announces a very special 2024-25 Season capturing the passions of guest artists including violinists Leila Josefowicz and Aubree Oliverson, pianist Orli Shaham, Princeton University’s Performers-in-Residence Sō Percussion, and pianist Natasha Paremski with programming designed to showcase their extraordinary artistry and technical prowess.

In celebration of his 60th Birthday, Edward T. Cone Music Director Rossen Milanov has created an extraordinary line-up of favorite works, including concertos by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Igor Stravinsky, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Viet Cuong’s Re(new)al. Ludwig van Beethoven’s Triple Concerto will display the talents of PSO concertmaster Basia Danilow and principal cellist Alistair MacRae with pianist Steven Beck. (Photo: PSO staff)

Maestro Milanov says, "I'm thrilled and excited to celebrate with the musicians of Princeton Symphony by performing works by some of my favorite composers. This season promises to bring to life spectacular music, with emotionally charged performances by passionate artists that I love to share the concert stage with."

In addition to Viet Cuong, other living composers include Gemma Peacocke, Michael Abels, and Carlos Simon. There are also symphonies by Johannes Brahms, Sergei Prokofiev, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven, an all-Mozart concert conducted by Gérard Korsten, plus choral music by Brahms and Tchaikovsky performed by Rider University’s Westminster Symphonic Choir.

All performances take place on Rossen Milanov conducts all but the all-Mozart program in February.

The season opens September 14-15, and features the PSO debut of dynamic, young violinist Aubree Oliverson in performances of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Violin Concerto. Princeton composer Gemma Peacocke’s Manta draws inspiration from nature’s magnificent manta ray, and Brahms’ sweeping fourth and final symphony concludes the program. (Photo by Nick Bayless)

On October 19-20, the PSO draws from its own talented roster, highlighting concertmaster Basia Danilow and principal cellist Alistair MacRae, joined by pianist Steven Beck, in Beethoven’s “Triple” Concerto. 2023 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Michael Abels, well known for his film scores, takes inspiration from Vivaldi for his More Seasons. Prokofiev’s first symphony channels the classical style and bears the hallmarks of the composer’s unmistakable voice.

At January 11-12’s Edward T. Cone Concert, Rossen Milanov celebrates his milestone sixtieth birthday with one of his most valued collaborators and some of his favorite works. Powerhouse violinist Leila Josefowicz returns to the PSO with Stravinsky’s brilliant neoclassical Violin Concerto. Tchaikovsky’s monumental symphony Manfred, a rarely-heard masterpiece and one of the Maestro’s favorite works to conduct, utilizes the forces of an expanded orchestra. (Photo by Tom Zimberoff)

The PSO celebrates the later music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart February 8-9 with an all-Mozart concert led by South African conductor Gérard Korsten. Referred to by The Chicago Tribune as “a first-rate Mozartean,” Orli Shaham brings her expert interpretation to Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20. At the request of his commissioners, Mozart wrote a fifteen-minute ballet to be performed within his opera Idomeneo, the music of which stands on its own as a stately example of Mozart’s best work. The program concludes with the effervescent Symphony No. 39, a classic in the repertoire. (Photo by Christian Steiner)

March 8-9, spring-minded patrons will be treated to Beethoven’s pastoral sixth symphony. Described by the composer as “Recollections of Country Life,” it evokes scenes of nature and the serene beauty of the countryside. Carlos Simon’s lively Four Black American Dances showcases dance styles with cultural significance to Black American communities. Princeton’s own Sō Percussion performs Viet Cuong’s Re(new)al, a fascinating work inspired by the power of hydro, wind, and solar energies.

Audience favorite Natasha Paremski returns to the PSO stage May 10-11 with Rachmaninoff’s fiendishly demanding third piano concerto, a perfect showcase for her expert technique and dynamic style. The Westminster Symphonic Choir features in two works: Tchaikovsky’s beautiful a capella “Hymn of the Cherubim,” drawn from his Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, and Brahms’ Schicksalslied (“Song of Destiny”), an example of the great composer’s exceptional choral writing.

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 Mika Godbole for questions about available services at or (609) 905-0931. Note: some services require at least two weeks’ notice to arrange.

Programs, artists, dates, and times are subject to change.