PSO to Feature Natasha Paremski and Guest Conductor Jayce Ogren

On Sunday, November 6 at 4 pm, star pianist Natasha Paremski graces the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) stage at the Impassioned Russia concert in her highly anticipated return with Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26. Guest conductor Jayce Ogren collaborates from the podium, leading the PSO throughout the program which also features Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique." The concert takes place at Richardson Auditorium on Princeton University campus.

Natasha Paremski first performed with the PSO at a sold-out performance in November 2014 when she performed Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 under the direction of Rossen Milanov. She continues to generate excitement from all corners as she wins over audiences with her musical sensibility and flawless technique. She has performed with major orchestras in North America including Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and San Diego, Toronto, Baltimore, and Houston Symphonies. She has given recitals worldwide at locations such as London's Wigmore Hall, the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Verbier Festival, Ludwigshafen BASF Series, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and Tokyo's Musashino Performing Arts Center.

Clarinets introduce the opening theme of Sergei Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto, but it isn't long before the piano explodes onto the scene, taking up the theme and expanding upon it with the orchestra. The concerto culminates the third and final movement in what Prokofiev called an "argument" between the orchestra and soloist, showcasing the latter's virtuosity.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony "Pathétique" has always spurred controversial speculation among musicologists and historians over the meaning behind the Symphony's sub-title. Tchaikovsky himself was said to be proud of this, his final work. Guest conductor Jayce Ogren will discuss the controversy surrounding the Sixth Symphony at the PSO's November 2 Soundtracks event Rumor andMisnomer: Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony at the Princeton Public Library.

Jayce Ogren received a master's degree in conducting from the New England Conservatory. With a Fulbright Grant, he completed a postgraduate diploma at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm where he studied with the legendary Jorma Panula. He was assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst and music director of New York City Opera where he led Britten's Turn of the Screw, Rossini's Mosé in Egitto, and the much-acclaimed production of Leonard Bernstein's A Quiet Place. He is currently artistic director of Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia.

Tickets for Impassioned Russia and other PSO Classical Series concerts are on sale at the following price levels: $82, $65, $52, $33, and $25 (student). Includes admission to 3 pm Pre-Concert Talk. Four-concert subscriptions are also available. Purchase at or call (609) 497-0020.

Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, internationally renowned conductor Rossen Milanov was appointed music director of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra in 2009. With an impressive pedigree, including positions at the Philadelphia Orchestra, he has since galvanized the PSO with his energetic and exacting conducting. Milanov's exuberant and brilliant performances are characterized by sharp musical intellect, artistic ingenuity, poetic eloquence and critical acclaim.

Mr. Milanov is also at the helm of the Columbus Symphony, the Chautauqua Symphony and the Orquesta Sinf?nica del Principado de Asturias in Oviedo, Spain. At the PSO, his programming embraces the standard repertoire, rarities and premiers performed by emerging and superstar soloists and featuring celebrated American composers.

Milanov is deeply committed to music education and every season he leads the PSO's BRAVO concerts for thousands of children. He was named Bulgaria's Musician of the Year in 2005; he won a 2011 ASCAP award for new music at the PSO; and he was selected as one of the top 100 most influential people in New Jersey in 2014. He is a graduate of Curtis and The Juilliard School.

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is a cultural centerpiece of the Princeton community and one of New Jersey's finest music organizations, a position established through performances of beloved masterworks, innovative music by living composers, and an extensive network of educational programs offered to area students free of charge. Led by Music Director Rossen Milanov, the PSO presents orchestral, pops, and chamber music programs of the highest artistic quality, supported by lectures and related events that supplement the concert experience. Through PSO BRAVO!, the orchestra produces wide-reaching and impactful education programs in partnership with local schools and arts organizations that culminate in students attending their first live orchestral performance. With considerable community support and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the PSO is also a multiple-year recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts' highest honors. The PSO has been recognized for its commitment to new music with an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and a Copland Fund Award. The only independent, professional orchestra to make its home in Princeton, the PSO performs at historic Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University.

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