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Gustavo Dudamel Conducts Free Concert in Residency Culmination

Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, Princeton University Concerts’ first Artist-in-Residence and current Music & Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will return to the Princeton University campus for the final leg of his residency, from Monday, April 22 through Sunday, April 28, 2019. Events include a performance by and community jam session with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, a showcase by students from the El Sistema-inspired Harmony Program of New York City, conversations with Nobel Prizewinner physicist Kip Thorne and Irish public intellectual Fintan O’Toole, a day of shared music-making by almost 300 students from El Sistema-inspired programs across the East Coast, a film screening at the Princeton Garden Theatre, and two concerts in which Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Princeton University Orchestra and Glee Club—one of which is a free (but ticketed) community concert at the Trenton War Memorial. This most extended and diverse visit is the culmination of Maestro Dudamel’s residency and the perfect celebration of Princeton University Concerts’ 125th anniversary celebration.


Two concerts are at the heart of this residency visit:


On Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7PM, members of the Ensemble Berlin will present works by Franz Schubert, Richard Wagner, and a world premiere by Princeton University faculty composer Steven Mackey in a program curated by Maestro Dudamel that celebrates the intersection of music and nature. Ensemble Berlin is made up of 5 players from the Berlin Philharmonic.  They are joined by another 4 players from KonstKnekt, the orchestra’s training program located in Norway.  A post-concert discussion extending this topic to the intersection between art (broadly defined) and nature will follow with Maestro Dudamel and Nobel Prizewinning theoretical physicist Kip Thorne (California Institute of Technology). All ticketholders are also invited to hear a showcase performance by students from the El Sistema-inspired Harmony Program of New York City at 6PM. Full view tickets are sold out for this evening; obstructed view tickets may be purchased by calling University Ticketing at 609-258-9220, Monday-Friday, 12-5PM.


Maestro Dudamel will conduct the Princeton University Orchestra and Princeton University Glee Club in a program of works by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Felix Mendelssohn, and Franz Schubert. The program includes a narrated performance of Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring actors from the Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts Program in Theater: Victoria Davidjohn ’19, Jacy Duan ’21, and Kateryn McReynolds ’20. The concert on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7:30PM in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, is sold out. However, as part of Princeton University Concerts’ and Maestro Dudamel’s shared mission encouraging access to music for all, this program will be repeated in a FREE (but ticketed) community concert at the Patriots Theater at the Trenton War Memorial on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 4PM. This concert will also include atmospheric video projections by renowned Venezuelan film director Alberto Arvelo. Tickets are released on Monday, April 1 at 12pm online at, or by calling University Ticketing at 609-258-9220. In the event of a sellout, any turnback tickets will be released on Monday, April 22 at 12pm.


Maestro Dudamel will additionally participate in community-focused events beyond his curated concerts:


On Monday, April 22, 2019 at 7:30PM, he has selected “The Liberator,” a film by director Alberto Arvelo, to be screened at the Princeton Garden Theatre. The film, featuring original music composed and conducted by Maestro Dudamel, recounts Simón Bolívar’s struggle to liberate South America. A Q&A will follow. Tickets are on sale at the Princeton Garden Theatre.


On Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 8PM, the community is invited to participate in Princeton University Concerts’ annual Chamber Jam at Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. This opportunity offers amateur players of orchestral instruments to jam with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, one of the world’s greatest orchestras, reading Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 “Pastoral.” This event is free, but registration is required to participate. The event is currently at capacity for participants, with a waiting list available online at or by calling the Concert Office at 609-258-2800. Non-participants are welcome to attend as audience members.


The Princeton University Center for Human Values will host a conversation on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 8PM in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall between Maestro Dudamel and Ireland’s leading intellectual Fintan O’Toole on the subject of “The Artist in Society.” O’Toole is a columnist for The Irish Times and is the Leonard L. Milberg ’53 visiting lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton University. The conversation will be chaired by Melissa Lane, Class of 1943 Professor of Politics and Director of the University Center for Human Values. A reception will follow. This event is free and unticketed.


The final event of Gustavo Dudamel’s residency centers around an initiative very close to his heart: young people making music together. On Sunday, April 28, 2019, in the spirit of an El Sistema “Seminario,” young people from Trenton Music Makers, and their guests from the El Sistema NJ Alliance, plus Play on, Philly! and OrchKids of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, will gather on the Princeton campus for a day of shared music making. The long-standing tradition in the El Sistema movement of bringing students together for a large-scale, communal experience will include Maestro Dudamel meeting the children and working with the programs’ instructors, and sharing his philosophy and invaluable experience. The seminario will culminate in a public concert with an orchestra of some 300 players and singers, performing at 3PM in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.


In addition to these public events, Maestro Dudamel will visit Princeton University student classrooms to participate in discussions about the history of great conductors, the music of Giuseppe Verdi, and the social, political, and aesthetic impact of the human voice. He will be a guest at the Human Values Forum in a discussion with Princeton University students and at the Institute for Advanced Studies.


A complete residency schedule of public events is available and continually updated at 


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