2019-2020 Princeton Symphony Orchestra Announces Rossen Milanov's 10th Anniversary Season
The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) announces its 2019-2020 Season celebrating Music Director Rossen Milanov's 10th Anniversary. Mr. Milanov is honored to have recently been named the inaugural Edward T. Cone Music Director. The Maestro's 10th Anniversary Season season offers Saturday and Sunday performances of all programs and features stellar soloists including pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton and Natasha Paremski, cellist Pablo Ferrandez, clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, and violinist Stefan Jackiw. Audience favorite, violinist Daniel Rowland returns to perform Beethoven's Triple Concerto with cellist Maja Bogdanovi and pianist Steven Beck. Patrons can look forward to an all-Mozart opening concert, symphonies by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, concertos by Rachmaninoff, Elgar, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven, and contemporary works by Anna Clyne and Julian Grant. In keeping with the PSO's commitment to supporting today's composers, the orchestra performs a new work by Saad Haddad, his second to be co-commissioned by the PSO. All concerts are at Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University.
The season-opening All Mozart Edward T. Cone Concert on Saturday, September 21 at 8pm and Sunday, September 22 at 4pm features twin pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton, performing Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos in E-flat Major. The sisters possess an uncanny sense of connection, trading vivid lines back and forth in an intense performance. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). Bookending this work are the composer's Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and his Jupiter Symphony. Rossen Milanov conducts.
Russian-born pianist Natasha Paremski makes her third appearance with the PSO on Saturday, October 5 at 8pm and Sunday, October 6 at 4pm when she performs Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. Paremski delivered the goods, with a sizzling, fearless performance. Her power, speed and accuracy were astonishing (Chicago Classical Review). Bernhard Gueller, principal guest conductor of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, conducts both performances which include Mikhail Glinka's Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5.
The Saturday, October 26, 8pm and Sunday, October 27, 4pm program features the Spanish cellist Pablo Ferrandez, prizewinner at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, V Paulo International Cello Competition, and ICMA 2016 Young Artist of the Year, as soloist on Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E Minor. He's hailed by Maestro Christoph Eschenbach as the top young cellist. He has everything: splendid technique, profound musicality, and an overwhelming charisma! Completing the program are Jean Sibelius' The Swan of Tuonela and Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 3. Rossen Milanov conducts.
Clarinetist Kinan Azmeh performs a new clarinet concerto by Saad Haddad on the PSO's Saturday, January 18, 8pm and Sunday, January 19, 4pm concerts. The work is a commission of The Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University. Mr. Azmeh is called a virtuoso and intensely soulful by The New York Times and spellbinding by The New Yorker. The concert's international program also features Jacques Ibert's Escales (Ports of Call) and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade. Rossen Milanov conducts.
On Saturday, March 21 at 8pm and Sunday March 22 at 4pm, brilliant young violinist Stefan Jackiw performs Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor on a program with Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 and the US premiere of Julian Grant's recent work (Five Generations, One House). The New York Times' Anthony Tommasini describes Mr. Jackiw's playing as deftly balancing fervor and elegance, beautiful tone, and earthy colorings. Rossen Milanov conducts.
Violinist Daniel Rowland returns to play Beethoven's Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano with cellist Maja Bogdanovi and pianist Steven Beck on Saturday, May 16 at 8pm and Sunday, May 17 at 4pm. The PSO is spotlighted in Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Anna Clyne's Masquerade. Rossen Milanov conducts.
Each Sunday classical series concert is preceded by a pre-concert talk hosted by the conductor. Ancillary events are planned to enrich the live concert experience and encourage a dialogue connecting the community to the orchestral music heard in the concert hall.
While single tickets go on sale this summer, subscriptions to the six-concert 2019-2020 PSO Classical Series with Saturday and Sunday options are available now. All concerts will take place at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on the campus of Princeton University. Single seat subscriptions are available at $462, $384, $282, $186, and $84 (Youth). Subscribers are eligible for discounts on Holiday POPS! tickets and receive priority reservations for free tickets to the four-concert PSO Chamber Series at the Institute for Advanced Study (Chamber concert tickets become available to the general public three weeks prior to each concert).
To subscribe and receive savings of up to 23% off PSO Classical Series single ticket prices, call: (609) 497-0020 or subscribe online at princetonsymphony.org.
Pick 3+ packages are also available and range from $105 (3 concerts, Section D) - $411 (5 concerts, Section A). To purchase, call 609 497-0020 or visit princetonsymphony.org.