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Music at Princeton: Nov. 2017

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A Family Concert  Presented by Princeton University Concerts
Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at 1:00pm
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall
A fun family concert recommended for kids ages 6-12! The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center brings a new magical version of the ancient story about an elephant, monkey, rabbit, and bird who must learn to get along. Featuring instruments from all around the world, musicians from Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Project and Global Musicians Workshop will also join composer and host Bruce Adolphe to play his new and ancient tale plus new and improvised music on unusual instruments.
Tickets $10 General | $5 Kids [BUY NOW]
Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 & Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 at 8:00pm
Wallace Theatre, Lewis Arts complex
The Analysing Engine is a new short comic opera set in a University Science Laborotory. Four students have been recruited as test subjects for a marvelous new machine which can measure love between couples to an unprecedented level of accuracy. What could possibly go wrong?
This semi-staged performance features a mixed cast of professionals and students including Heather O'Donovan, Bradley King, Brandon Gaines, Shruthi Rajasekar, Hansini Bhaskar, and Sebastian Cox. The work is conducted by Gabriel Crouch, directed by Daniel Krane, and with lighting by Victoria Davidjohn
PRE-PERFORMANCE EVENT, 7:00PM: What's Funny About Comic Opera?
Monday, Nov. 6: With Andrew Lovett, Prof. Wendy Heller and Emeritus Prof. Scott Burnham
Tuesday, Nov. 7: With Prof. Wendy Heller and composer Andrew Lovett
FREE and open to the public. No tickets required.
A Discussion hosted by the Composition Colloquia series
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at 4:30pm
The Composition Colloquium series hosts the Emissary Quartet for a discussion. The Quartet is dedicated to expanding the flute quartet repertoire by commissioning and performing new works, creating innovative educational programming, and reaching out to new audiences to advocate for the flute quartet as a genre. Unconstrained by geographical boundaries, the flutists of EQ live across the United States, and meet for performance and teaching residencies throughout the year. Recent activities have taken EQ to New York City, Utah, Pittsburgh, Iowa, and Boston, as well as the National Flute Association Convention in San Diego.
FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.
Thursday, Nov. 09, 2017 at 8:00pm*
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall
*Pre-concert talk by Ruth Ochs at 7:00pm, free to ticketholders
Just past his 24th birthday, Benjamin Grosvenor is quickly becoming one of the world's most decorated young pianists, most recently named the New York Philharmonic's inaugural Ackman Prizewinner. When he signed to Decca Records in 2011, he became the youngest British musician ever to do so. Since then, he has appeared with dozens of major orchestras on five continents, renowned for his electrifying performances and understated virtuosity. 
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816
JOHANNES BRAHMS 4 Klavierstücke, Op. 119
BRETT DEAN Hommage à Brahms
CLAUDE DEBUSSY Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (arr.)
ALBAN BERG Piano Sonata, Op. 1
MAURICE RAVEL Gaspard de la nuit
Tickets $50, $40, $25 General | $10 Students [BUY NOW]
"Yale at Princeton"
Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 7:30pm
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall
The Tigers and Bulldogs wage their friendliest sort of battle as the Princeton University Glee Club, directed by Gabriel Crouch, and the Yale Glee Club, led by Jeffrey Douma, square off in the 104th Football Concert. This spirited tradition, held annually on the eve of the football game between the two rivals for over a century, will feature performances of works by Johannes Brahms, Wolfram Buchenberg, and Joby Talbot, alongside each school's fight songs, comical skits, and college songs.
Tickets $15 General | $5 Students [BUY NOW]
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 at 8:00pm
Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall
Orchestra 2001 with Rinde Eckert present composition faculty Steven Mackey's Lonely Motel: Music from Slide, a GRAMMY Award-winning song cycle. The evening will also feature new works by graduate student composers Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade and Noah Kaplan.
FREE and open to the public. No tickets required.
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at 6:00pm & 9:00pm*
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall
*Dancebreak at 7:30pm: a Galician dance class led by Andres Camano. Free to ticketholders.
The gaita, or Galician bagpipe, has an unmistakable sound: haunting, tender at moments, and ferocious in others. A member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, Cristina Pato is one of its few masters. "She's a virtuoso, and when she opens the floodgates of her technique, the force can knock you back a few steps." (The New York TimesAt 6PM, she samples the diffusion of Latino music from her most recent CD "Latina," and at 9PM the ensemble returns to explore the gaita's folk roots and legacy with selections from "Migrations."
Tickets: $25 General | $10 Students [BUY NOW]
The 6:00pm concert is SOLD OUT. Any available tickets will be released at the door. Limited tickets for the 9:00pm concert remain.
A Parallax View
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 
Masterclass: 4:30pm
Concert: 8:00pm
CoLab, Lewis Arts complex
The Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) presents the Norwegian ensemble Parallax. The group has a wide open approach to improvisation, and draws on a broad range of influences in their music - jazz, folk, electroacoustic, minimalism and noise. They are joined in "A Parallax View" by electronic musician Anders Tveit, who live-processes their performance electronically and moves their sound throughout the space using an array of speakers positioned around the audience.

"A Parallax View" features a 12-speaker setup in a circle in which the audience is placed. The speaker setup and live processing combined with the acoustic sounds lets the audience experience being immersed in sound, and bypasses the conventional point-location of sound sources.
FREE and open to the public. No tickets required.
Eric Plutz, Organ
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at 8:00pm
Princeton University Chapel
A concert showcasing a variety of organ works, gradually moving from somber to joyful, performed by performance faculty organist Eric Plutz.
FREE and open to the public. No tickets required.
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at 8:00pm
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall
Jazz at Princeton University Small Groups perform classic and original material celebrating the centenaries of Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie, directed by Rudresh Mahanthappa.
Tickets $15 General | $5 Students [BUY NOW]
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 at 3:00pm
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall
A musical journey down the Vltava river through works by Czech composers, in a program featuring performance faculty Eric Wyrick, Violin; Jessica Thompson, Viola; Susannah Chapman, Cello; Francine Kay, Piano; Sarah Pelletier, Soprano and students Tabitha Oh '18, Violin and Kristian Qian '18, Violin. 
ANTONÍN DVO?ÁK Quintet No. 2 for Piano and Strings, Op. 81
JOSEF SUK from Life and Dreams for Solo Piano Op. 30
LEOS JANÁ?EK String Quartet No. 1
BED?ICH SMETANA Five Evening Songs for Soprano and Piano, T. 124
Tickets $15 General | $5 Students [BUY NOW]
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 at 7:00pm
Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall
Early Music Princeton, made up of university students, faculty, staff, and members of the surrounding community, presents a program of music related to the myth of Orpheus. 
FREE and open to the public. No tickets required,
A guest artist recital
Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 at 7:30pm
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall
Gary Karr, acclaimed as "the world's leading solo bassist" (Time Magazine), visits campus for a guest artist recital with pianist Harmon Lewis in a program of works by Eccles, Schubert, Grieg, Bottesini, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Myers and Paganini
Tickets $15 General | FREE for Students [BUY NOW]
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 at 8:00pm
Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall
A free concert featuring works by Princeton Graduate students for their General Exams, performed by today's leading performers of contemporary music, including Irish singer Iarla Ó Lionáird.
Featured composers: 
Anna Pidgorna, Chris Douthitt, Anna Meadors, Alyssa Weinberg, Jenny Beck, Annika Socolofsky, Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade, Rodrigo Bathala, Pascal Le Boeuf, Matt McBane, and Molly Herron.
FREE and open to the public. No tickets required.
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at 7:30pm
Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall
Special guest vocalist/composer Theo Bleckmann joins Jazz at Princeton University's Jazz Vocal Collective Ensemble (JVC). Princeton University's elite small jazz ensemble that features solo voice, directed by Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin, will perform a variety of songs from the great American songbook, bebop and contemporary jazz standards, popular songs, and original compositions.
FREE and open to the public. No tickets required.

Edward T. Cone 
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