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Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts Announces 48th Season of Free Chamber Music Concerts in Richardson Auditorium


May 14, 2015 [Princeton, NJ]  - Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts announces its 48th season of free chamber music concerts in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on the Princeton University campus.  Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts will offer four free chamber music concerts to the public again this summer in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on the Princeton University campus.

This season features the Aeolus String Quartet on Thursday, June 18; the Vienna Piano Trio on Thursday, July 2; the Ariel String Quartet on Tuesday, July 7;  and Trio Valtorna on Wednesday, July 22.

Summer Chamber Concerts was founded in 1968 by music journalist, pianist and cellist Barbara Sand.   In the early years Ms. Sand readied the outdoor performance space by pruning tree branches. She recruited local children to sell lemonade and collect contributions. During the concerts the children sometimes perched in the trees to hear the music. To this day audience members recall sitting on the Graduate College lawn with blankets and picnic baskets.                                       

Renovations at the Graduate College—and the inconvenience of insects, imperfect acoustics and soaring humidity—prompted a change of venue in 1991 to Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.    

Summer Chamber Concerts has always given young professional musicians an opportunity to perform. Among the Summer Concerts fledgling groups that have become renowned international chamber music ensembles are the Emerson, Shanghai and Tokyo String Quartets.              

Funding for Summer Concerts is provided by individual contributors, foundations, local corporations and a grant from the Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission.                    

Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, on the Princeton University campus.  Tickets are free and available “first come, first served” at 6:00 p.m. at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office on the night of each concert. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Further information, including ticket information for those with disabilities, is at or (609) 570-8404.

Valid from 05/14/2015 to 07/23/2015

Princeton Pro Musica Presents Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, at Richardson Auditorium May 22, 2011


Princeton Pro Musica to bring rare performance to Richardson


Ralph Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony, text by Walt Whitman,

in New Jersey for the first time in a quarter century


On May 22, 2011 Princeton Pro Musica will present Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, at Richardson Auditorium at 3PM for the first time in New Jersey in over 25 years.  Soprano Rochelle Ellis and baritone Christopher Burchett will join the 95-voice chorus and full orchestra.  Founder and Music Director, Frances Fowler Slade will conduct. 


Slade says, “From the opening, which will knock your socks off, to the transcendent final section – A Sea Symphony is a true masterwork.  The opportunity to perform or hear this glorious music is a real privilege.” 


A Sea Symphony was Vaughan Williams’ first symphony premiering in England in 1910.  It is one of the most familiar of the many sea-oriented works written in England during the early part of the century.  Vaughan Williams brought the free verse of Walt Whitman across the sea to England when he set four poems from Leaves of Grass for the four movements of the symphony. Vaughan Williams, an agnostic, was attracted to Whitman’s broad spirituality.


Rochelle Ellis, the soprano soloist, has distinguished herself in a broad repertoire from Bach to Verdi and Barber to Gershwin.  She is frequently engaged by leading conductors around the world from Carnegie Hall and the New York City Opera to Indianapolis, Houston, and Oregon symphonies to the National Opera of China and the Prague Autumn Music Festival.  Ms. Ellis has previously performed with Princeton Pro Musica in the Brahms Requiem 5 years ago and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in 2003.


As baritone soloist, Christopher Burchett’s rich voice and unfailing stagecraft have earned him a place on opera company stages throughout the United States from New York to Palm Beach, Santa Fe, Eugene, Utah, Indianapolis, Kentucky, St. Louis and Omaha.  Followers of Princeton Pro Musica may remember him in the 2008 performance of the Messiah at Patriot’s Theater at the Trenton War Memorial. 


This May 22nd performance at 3PM in Richardson Auditorium is underwritten by the Margaret L. Thomas Fund and the family of Joseph Higham in honor of his birthday. 


A Sea Symphony ticket prices range from $25-$55.  For tickets, please visit or call 609-683-5122.   


Princeton Pro Musica was founded in 1979 by Frances Fowler Slade and has grown to be the premiere adult chorus in Central New Jersey.  The 100 voice auditioned chorus and orchestra exist to perform choral masterworks and other choral literature with uncompromising excellence.

Princeton Pro Musica is supported by the New Jersey Council on the Arts, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, and the Edward T. Cone Foundation.    


Valid from 05/06/2011 to 05/23/2011

Single Tickets For Mandolinist Chris Thile's October 24 Richardson Auditorium Concert On Sale July 1 (Online Only)


Single Tickets – Just $35 ($10 for Students) – Go On Sale Online Only On July 1

Princeton University Concerts, in collaboration with McCarter Theatre, is thrilled to present the celebrated solo mandolin player Chris Thile at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on Thursday evening, October 24 at 7:30PM.  A former member of the trio Nickel Creek and current member of the Bluegrass quintet Punch Brothers, Mr. Thile has won multiple Grammy Awards and was a 2012 recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.  A versatile artist who transitions between genres with the greatest of ease, Mr. Thile recently teamed up with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bassist Edgar Meyer and fiddle player Stuart Duncan on the Grammy-winning recording "Goat Rodeo Sessions" and his music was included on the soundtrack to the box office smash The Hunger Games.  This August Mr. Thile will release an album of Bach Sonatas and Partitas transcribed for mandolin on Nonesuch Records.  
Mr. Thile’s Princeton program features Bach transcriptions from his new CD as well as his own compositions and other contemporary works. Single tickets for this special event go on sale online only on July 1 and are just $35, please visit to purchase.  Patrons who plan to attend 3 or more events can save 10% on single tickets by making their own series.  Please call 609-258-2800 or visit for more information.  Starting September 3, single tickets will be available for all concerts of the 2013-14 season online, by phone, and at the Frist Campus Center Box Office. 


Valid from 06/28/2013 to 07/30/2013

Princeton University Concerts Announces Family Concert Novemeber 8 at Richardson Auditorium


Princeton University Concerts kicks off its Meet The Music Series, a family concert series featuring the world-class musicians of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The first concert, "The Magical World of Maurice Ravel," will take place on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 1pm at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. Hosted by Bruce Adolphe, Director of Family Programs at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, this program tells the story of a young pianist who is struggling to play a piece by Ravel. The pianist has a dream in which the composer himself appears and explains the musical mysteries of his magical-sounding music. Will the young pianist play better upon awakening? Find out what happens—and learn the secrets of Ravel's entrancing music. Featuring chamber music by Ravel. This concert is recommended for kids ages 6 and up.

"Through these interactive concerts, we aim to sow the seeds of curiosity and help grow the next generation of concertgoers," said PUC Director Marna Seltzer. "We want to offer young people something memorable and unique – a transformative musical experience. And we want these concerts to be accessible to everyone. For that reason, ticket prices are family friendly – just $10 for adults and $5 for children." Last year's Meet The Music concerts sold out very quickly. We encourage patrons to purchase tickets early.


In conjunction with this concert, PUC has collaborated with the Arts Council of Princeton's Art & Music mini-camp "Music, Magic, and Mixed Media Mash-up!", which will take place November 6 & 7 (during the NJEA fall break) from 9am-3:30pm. For more information about the mini-camp, please visit


Bruce Adolphe, Host and Maurice Ravel
Anna Polonsky, Piano
Katie Hyun, Violin
Jessica Lee, Violin

Mark Holloway, Viola
Nicholas Canellakis, Cello

The next concert in the Meet The Music series, "Inspector Pulse Pops a String," will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 1PM.

"Meet the Music" seeks to spark a life-long love of music that will begin the moment a child "meets the music" in person in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. Kids (suggested ages six and up) will embrace the joys of classical chamber music in this renowned program of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, hosted by composer Bruce Adolphe, Director of Family Programs at CMSLC. A 21st Century embodiment of composer/educator Leonard Bernstein and comedian/performer Victor Borge, Adolphe makes the discovery -- or rediscovery -- of chamber music a hoot for the whole family.

For further information please contact Catherine Ugolini at 609-258-6024 or ###


Valid from 10/16/2014 to 11/09/2014

Family Concert at Richardson Auditorium Nov 7


"My Brother Franz Schubert" Featuring The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Princeton University Concerts has a lot in store for kids this 2015-2016 season. The first family event will be offered on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 1PM in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall when Bruce Adolphe, Director of Family Programs at The Chamber Music Society (CMS) of Lincoln Center, presents a program titled "Meet the Music: My Brother Franz Schubert." Mr. Adolphe will tell a fun version of the true story about how Franz Schubert's older brother, Ferdinand, tried desperately to compose a good accompaniment to the "Trout" melody. Although Franz ultimately came up with the option known to us today in his seminal "Trout" Quintet, the humorous and good-natured sibling rivalry sheds a familiar light on the legendary music that will be performed by esteemed musicians from the CMS.

As this concert will occur during the last weekend of the NJEA fall break, Princeton University Concerts has again partnered with the Arts Council of Princeton to offer a complimentary ticket for this concert to all kids who register before November 2nd for the "Faces & Places" mini-camp taking place November 5-6 from 9AM-3:30PM. For more information, please visit artscouncilofprinceton.orgTICKETS: $10 General; $5 Students. Tickets are available online at?, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to the concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office. Last season's? ?concerts sold out quickly. Please buy your tickets early.

Although this concert is recommended for kids ages 6 and up, the Family Series will be expanded later this season to include an event for youngsters ages 3-6 in March: "Baby Got Bach: Principally Percussion" will be hosted by renowned pianist Orli Shaham in collaboration with Princeton's own resident percussion ensemble, S? Percussion. Also new this year is the PUC125: Performances Up Close series. Only one hour long, very casual, and at an earlier time in the evening, the concerts in this series provide families the opportunity to sit on stage with the artists and enjoy a pre-dinner/pre-homework intimate encounter with music.


Bruce Adolphe, Host and Ferdinand Schubert

Yekwon Sunwoo, Piano

Kristin Lee, Violin

Mark Holloway, Viola

Dane Johansen, Cello

David Grossman, Double Bass

Christopher Herbert, Baritone

The next concert in the All in the Family series, "Baby Got Bach: Principally Percussion" for kids ages 3-6 will take place on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 1PM


"Meet the Music" seeks to spark a life-long love of music that will begin the moment a child "meets the music" in person in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.  Kids (suggested ages six and up) will embrace the joys of classical chamber music in this renowned program of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, hosted by composer Bruce Adolphe, Director of Family Programs at CMSLC.  A 21st Century embodiment of composer/educator Leonard Bernstein and comedian/performer Victor Borge, Adolphe makes the discovery—or rediscovery—of chamber music a hoot for the whole family.

Valid from 10/13/2015 to 11/08/2015

Richardson Auditorium


Valid from 04/22/2010

PSO Music Director Rossen Milanov Conducts Concerts for 2,500 School Children at Richardson Auditorium


Princeton, NJ, April 28, 2010 … On Tuesday, May 18, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra will present three performances of “BRAVO! Tells Tales,” a free, school-day concert for children who participated in this year’s BRAVO! music education program. More than 2,500 students from throughout Central New Jersey will attend the concerts, the culmination of a year-long curriculum to encourage young audiences to incorporate music in their lives.


“BRAVO! Tells Tales,” featuring Francis Poulenc’s “The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant” and Gioachino Rossini’s Overture to “William Tell,” will be conducted by PSO Music Director Rossen Milanov. “Babar” will be narrated by Michael Boudewyns and Sara Valentine of the acting ensemble Really Inventive Stuff, which provides vaudeville-inspired performances for orchestras, museums, libraries and theaters. The PSO will perform at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on the Princeton University campus.


Mr. Milanov’s active participation in “BRAVO! Tells Tales” is part of his ongoing advocacy of music appreciation in Princeton area classrooms, from kindergarten to college. “I feel that being personally involved in programming and conducting education concerts is one of the most important missions in my professional life as a musician,” says Mr. Milanov. “We have the responsibility not only for providing exposure to the arts but, most importantly, to pass on our love and passion for music to the next generation.”


Mr. Milanov will further promote the upcoming concerts by taking on the role of narrator in a 45-minute family presentation of “The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant” on May 15 in the Community Room of the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon St. Open to the general public, with free admission, the mini-concert features Francis Poulenc’s piano arrangement of “Babar,” played by Sylvie Webb. For more information, click to


About Rossen Milanov, PSO Music Director


Rossen Milanov’s place as “one of the most promising figures in the upcoming generation of conductors” (The Seattle Times, February 2009) has recently been recognized with his appointment as Music Director of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. This season, he makes a series of international debuts, including performances conducting the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington), the Rochester Philharmonic, the Hyogo Symphony (Japan), the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, and the China Philharmonic. He continues to serve as Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and is Associate Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra.


A committed supporter of youth and music, Mr. Milanov is Music Director of the New Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria) and Symphony in C, one of the USA’s leading professional training orchestras. He has led a tour with the Australian Youth Orchestra, concerts with the Aspen Chamber Symphony, and was Music Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony from 1997 to 2001.


Mr. Milanov studied conducting at the Juilliard School, where he received the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship; the Curtis Institute of Music; Duquesne University, and the Bulgarian National Academy of Music. He has received the Award for Extraordinary Contribution to Bulgarian Culture, awarded by the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture. In 2005, he was chosen as Bulgaria’s Musician of the Year. 


About the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and BRAVO!

Founded in 1980 by Portia Sonnenfeld, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra has been hailed by critics as New Jersey’s “virtuoso orchestra.” Over the course of its 30-year history, the orchestra’s leadership has invested in artistic excellence as well as community and educational concerts and programs that contribute broadly to civic life and establish the PSO in partnerships with local educational, arts and social service organizations. The PSO has been designated as a Major Arts Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and is a multiple recipient of the council’s Citation of Excellence.


The BRAVO! program enriches music education in local schools by providing a comprehensive and sustained introduction to the symphony orchestra, integrated within a school’s regular music curriculum. BRAVO! establishes PSO musicians in permanent teaching partnerships at more than 30 public, private and special needs elementary schools throughout Central New Jersey. BRAVO! also sponsors master classes for talented high school instrumentalists, conducting workshops for regional youth orchestras, and the Listen Up! program for middle-school students. Listen Up! invites students to create art in response to what they hear at PSO concerts. All BRAVO! participants and their families may purchase discounted tickets to the PSO’s Classical Series concerts.


The Robert Wood Johnson 1962 Charitable Trust is the lead funder of PSO’s BRAVO! programs. The May 18 BRAVO! concerts at Richardson Auditorium are made possible, in part, by gifts from donors who attended the PSO’s annual benefit gala, with corporate support from Verizon Wireless, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Ortho-McNeil-Janssen, WithumSmith+Brown, Cardinal Partners, Tyco International, Integra Neuro Sciences and Wells Fargo Advisors. Princeton University has underwritten PSO’s children’s concerts for more than 10 years.


Please visit our website at or call the PSO at (609) 497-0020.





Melanie Clarke

PSO Executive Director

(609) 497-0020

Valid from 04/29/2010 to 05/19/2010