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Princeton University Concerts Announces New Outdoor Live Music Meditation Series

Princeton University Concerts (“PUC”) will transition its popular “Breathe in Music” program, conceived in partnership with the Princeton University Office of Religious Life, to an outdoor format this October. A series of eight Live Music Meditation: Outdoors events—four afternoon sessions at 2PM at the Princeton University Graduate College Courtyard, and four twilight sessions at 5:30PM at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center Campus, surrounded by Greenway Meadows park—will invite listeners to experience a guided meditation to live music performed by the next generation of classical music stars:

Sunday, October 3: Jordan Bak, Viola

Sunday, October 10: Alexi Kenney, Violin

Sunday, October 17: Joshua Roman, Cello

Tuesday, October 26: S? Percussion with Beth Meyers, Viola

            with meditation instruction by Matthew Weiner, Associate Dean in the Office of Religious Life

Tickets for the hour-long programs ($25 General/$10 Student) will be released on Thursday, September 23 at 11AM online at In the case of inclement weather, tickets will be refundable.

The Breathe in Music program, launched in 2015, is a groundbreaking and internationally-acclaimed endeavor that bridges mindfulness practice with music performed by the world’s greatest professionals to create a highly visceral listening experience. Quickly becoming one of PUC’s most popular offerings, the program is designed to make listening to classical music as immersive, personal, deeply-engaging, and accessible as possible. The new outdoor format, co-sponsored by D&R Greenway Land Trust and the Princeton University Graduate College, draws on the beauty of the outdoors to heighten the experience. The new program is also intended to reinforce mental well-being during the stress of the pandemic, and provide a COVID-19-safe outlet for listening to live music. The events will be PUC’s first live, in-person events since the start of the pandemic. After experiencing a test-run of the new format, an attendee remarked how “the silence from which the music emerged and into which it faded was a far more natural silence than the thick one that envelopes us when listening to music in Richardson Auditorium...It felt more relaxed, and I loved that the violin faded into a chorus of cicadas and bird songs."

A Breathe in Music podcast will soon be launched by Princeton University Concerts as well, with breath-size music meditation episodes available to stream from the comfort of home. To learn more about the Breathe in Music program, visit


Jamaican-American violist Jordan Bak has firmly solidified his standing as a star in the making through sweeping prizes at several major competitions in past years, including the Sphinx, Concert Artists Guild, and Tertis International Viola Competitions. In addition to making his debuts at some of the world’s most prestigious stages, including Wigmore Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Verbier Festival, he has been a proud champion of contemporary music, working with today’s leading composers on commissions and premieres. He was also selected as one of six artists constituting WQXR’s inaugural Artist Propulsion Lab in 2021.

The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2020 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, Alexi Kenney is building a career that defies categorization, following his interests, intuition, and heart. He is equally at home creating experimental programs and commissioning new works, soloing with major orchestras in the USA and abroad, and collaborating with some of the most celebrated musicians of our time. In April 2021, Alexi released his first recording, Paul Wiancko’s X Suite for Solo Violin, accompanied by a visual album that pairs each of the seven movements of X Suite with seven contemporary sculptures. He has been profiled by Musical America, Strings Magazine, and The New York Times, and has written for The Strad.

Joshua Roman is a cellist, accomplished composer and curator whose performances embrace musical styles from Bach to Radiohead. Before setting off on his unique path as a soloist, Roman was the Seattle Symphony’s principal cellist—a job he began at just 22 years of age. He has since become renowned for his genre-bending repertoire and wide-ranging collaborations. Roman was named a TED Senior Fellow in 2015. His live performance of the complete Six Suites for Solo Cello by J.S. Bach on TED's Facebook Page garnered 1.8M live viewers, with millions more for his Main Stage TED Talks/Performances, including an improvisational performance with Tony-winner/MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Bill T. Jones and East African vocalist Somi.

For twenty years and counting, S? Percussion has redefined chamber music for the 21st century and brought vibrant percussion repertoire to life—through an extravagant array of collaborations in classical music, pop, indie rock, contemporary dance, and theater, and through their work in education and community engagement, creating myriad opportunities and platforms for music and artists. In their eighth year as Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence at Princeton University, the ensemble teaches and develops courses in performance, presents concerts, and creates new, multidisciplinary projects with local creatives. Violist Beth Meyers is a true performer of the 21st century. A day’s work might find her writing original music for her indie-neo-folk band Damsel with bandmate Monica Mugan; playing viola in the Princeton Symphony Orchestra; writing string arrangements for a Regina Spektor appearance on late night TV; performing and writing with her partner, Jason Treuting; singing the music of Steve Reich with So Percussion; recording strings alongside such artists as Björk, The National, and Sufjan Stevens; performing contemporary avant-garde chamber music with ensembles like Alarm Will Sound; or playing in the pit of the Broadway musical, Wicked.

For further information about Princeton University Concerts please contact:
Dasha Koltunyuk at or 609-258-6024

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