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December 2016 Music Events at Princeton University

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PRINCETON UNIVERSITY CREATIVE LARGE ENSEMBLE
[PROGRAM IN JAZZ]
 
December 3, 2016 at 8:00pm
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall
 
The debut of celebrated bandleader and composer Darcy James Argue, who has joined the department as conductor of the Princeton University Creative Large Jazz Ensemble
 
The GRAMMY and JUNO-nominated artist, Guggenheim Fellow, and Doris Duke Artist will make his debut leading the Creative Large Ensemble in a program including everything from beloved classics - Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, Mary Lou Williams - to more recent works and arrangements by today's leading artists. The concert will also feature saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, the new Director of Jazz at Princeton University.
 
[Tickets just $5 students/$15 general, available HERE or at 609-258-9220]
Games Violet: Alex Dowling and Emma O'Halloran
BUILD AND GAMES VIOLET 
[PRESENTED BY PRINCETON SOUND KITCHEN]
 
December 6, 2016 at 8:00pm
Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall
 
A free concert featuring works by Princeton Graduate and Faculty Composers, performed by Build and Games Violet.
 
Build is a Brooklyn-based instrumental band consisting of Matt McBane, violin; Andrea Lee, cello; Michael Cassedy, piano; Ben Campbell, bass; and Adam D. Gold, drums.
 
Games Violet is an Irish band based in Philadelphia, founded by graduate students Alex Dowling and Emma O'Halloran
 
FREE and open to the public. No tickets required. 
 
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY 
SMALL GROUPS
[PROGRAM IN JAZZ]
 
December 7, 2016 at 7:30pm
Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall
 
Join Rudresh Mahanthappa, the new Director of Jazz at Princeton University, and his two wonderful student small groups as they explore the wide musical spectrum that is jazz.  In performing the works of masters and contemporary legends such as Thelonius Monk and Sonny Stitt, as well as fresh student compositions, these ensembles express this truly modern art form at its highest level of depth and beauty.
 
Few musicians share the ability of alto saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa to embody the expansive possibilities of his music with his culture. What has materialized is a sound that hybridizes progressive jazz and South Indian classical music in a fluid and forward-looking form that reflects Mahanthappa's own experience growing up a second-generation Indian-American. The current manifestations of that trajectory include his latest project Bird Calls (2015), which was named #1 album of the year by both DownBeat and NPR Music's Jazz Critics Poll. 

FREE and open to the public. No tickets required. 
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA
 
December 8 & 9, 2016 at 7:30pm
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall 
 
The Princeton University Orchestra continues an exciting 2016-17 season with a WORLD PREMIERE event. 
 
Maestro Michael Pratt will lead the world premiere of Guggenheim Fellow composer Juri Seo's Piano Concerto, with the composer at the piano. A member of the composition faculty since 2014, Seo has been awarded the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship from the University of Illinois, and the Otto Eckstein Fellowship from Tanglewood.
 
[Tickets just $5 students/$15 general, available HERE or at 609-258-9220]
 
 PROGRAM:
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture, Op. 62
JURI SEO Piano Concerto *WORLD PREMIERE*
Juri Seo, piano
GEORGE GERSHWIN Porgy & Bess: A Symphonic Picture
IGOR STRAVINSKY Firebird Suite
MASTERCLASS WITH PIANIST GILBERT KALISH
 
December 9, 2016 at 1:00pm
Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall
 
Pianist Gilbert KalishLeading Professor and Head of Performance Activities at Stonybrook University, and member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, will work with talented Princeton undergraduate pianists in a workshop free and open to the public. 
 
Celebrated for his profound influence on the musical community as educator and as pianist in myriad performances and recordings, Kalish is a major figure in American music making.

FREE and open to the public. No tickets required. 
Members of Op. 21. Photo by Sadie van Vranken.
OPUS 21 CHAMBER MUSIC COLLECTIVE
 
December 10, 2016 at 3:00pm
Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall
 
After successful concerts at the Princeton Club of New York and Columbia University, Opus 21, Princeton University's premier student chamber music ensemble, will close its 2016 season with an end-of-semester concert.  The program threads together diverse traditions in the history of Western Art Music. From the passionate Russian trios of Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff to the quiet nobility of Schubert's Nocturne, from the fiery tangos of Piazzolla to the sometimes dark and rich, sometimes exuberantly joyful Idylls of Frank Bridge, each part of the program tells a story of struggle, victory, bliss, and repeated disillusionment, culminating in the ultimate triumph of Dvorak's Piano Quintet. 
 
FREE and open to the public. No tickets required.
STRAVINSKY IN PRINCETON: 
A 50TH ANNIVERSARY
 
December 11, 2016 at 3:00pm
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall
 
The Princeton University Glee Club and ensemble-in-residence So Percussion will celebrate the 50th anniversary of a momentous event in the musical history of Princeton: the residence of the great composer Igor Stravinsky. 
 
The concert will include works that were performed during Stravinsky's residency half a century ago, alongside one of Stravinsky's great choral masterworks Les Noces (1923), for chorus, soloists, percussion ensemble, and four pianos. Appearing alongside the chorus and percussion ensemble will be soloists Jacquelyn Stucker (soprano), Adele Grabowski (mezzo-soprano), Jonas Budris (tenor), and Joseph Beutel (bass-baritone). The ensemble of four pianists consists entirely of current and former students at Princeton University: Dasha Koltunyuk ('15), Paul von Autenried and Min Joo Yi (both '16) and Seho Young ('19). 
 
[Tickets just $5 students/$15 general, available HERE or at 609-258-9220]
December 12, 2016 at 4:30pm
Room 102, Woolworth Center
 
Tim Carter (David G. Frey Distinguished Professor of Music) was born (1954) in Sydney, Australia, and studied in the United Kingdom at the University of Durham and then under Nigel Fortune at the University of Birmingham. His research focuses on music in late Renaissance and early Baroque Italy; on Mozart's Italian operas; and on American musical theater in the mid-twentieth century. He is particularly concerned with the development of appropriate historical, analytical and critical tools to deal with problematic works that sit on several cusps and forge new musical languages; the careful garnering and analysis of sources and documentary evidence; the elucidation of text-music relationships, with particular reference to the influence of poetic structures on musical form and process; and the embedding of contemporary performances (and performers) within surviving scores and the intertextual and performative issues that arise.
 
FREE and open to the public. No tickets required. 
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY WIND ENSEMBLE: A WINTER CONCERT
 
December 12, 2016 at 7:30pm
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall
 
The Princeton University Wind Ensemble will present its annual holiday concert featuring some of the most classic winter music to help ring in a good new year. The program also includes a series of adventurous pieces that will take you to rather warmer but no less festive places. 
 
[Tickets just $5 kids/ $6 students/ $10 general, available HERE or at 609-258-9220]
PRINCETON SOUND KITCHEN PRESENTS
 
December 13, 2016 at 8:00pm
Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall
 
A free concert featuring works by Princeton Graduate and Faculty Composers written for strings, electronics and piano, performed by today's leading performers of contemporary music. 
 
FREE and open to the public. No tickets required. 
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY SINFONIA
Ruth Ochs, conductor
Lou Chen, assistant conductor
 
WILLIAM TREGO SINGERS
Renata Dworak Berlin, conductor
 
December 15, 2016 at 7:30pm
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall  
 
The Princeton University Sinfonia along with the William Trego Singers will perform a festive program sure to lift your spirits.
 
 Program:
CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS Danse Bacchanal from Samson and Delilah
CHRISTOPHER ROUSE Karolju (selections)
SERGEI PROKOFIEV Lieutenant Kijé Suite
EDWARD ELGAR Nimrod from Enigma Variations
GALLUS ZEILER Magnificat in B-flat Major
ALEXANDER BORODIN Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
  And a special performance by the Sinfonia Flute Choir, directed by Jayn Rosenfeld.
[Tickets just $5 students/$10 general, available HERE or at 609-258-9220]

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