Princeton Symphony Orchestra Expands into Saturday Nights
In a move to attract new audiences to live orchestral music, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra has expanded its concert offerings to include Saturday night (8 pm) performances at Richardson Auditorium. To draw attention to the additional day and time, the Orchestra offers a new Pick 3+ promotion. Anyone ordering tickets for 3 or more concerts receives savings off full-price single tickets. The concerts include a range of music by Beethoven and Brahms to newer works by Missy Mazzoliand Lowell liebermann, plus stage favorites by Bernstein and other greats. Featured guest artists are violinist Daniel Rowland, soprano Meghan Picerno, pianists Inon Barnatan and Dominic Cheli, and Broadway star Ryan Silverman. There are also multiple conductors to observe in action: PSO Music Director Rossen Milanov, Marcelo Lehninger, and Michelle Merrill. All concerts except the January 26 POPS! concert feature an informative pre-concert talk, free to ticket holders.
Saturday night concerts are ideal for a multi-generational family outing, entertaining evening with friends, or date night. According to PSO Executive Director Marc Uys, "It's a real treat to hear high-caliber soloists backed by a full orchestra in a mix of familiar and exciting music."
Single tickets are $35-$96 each, depending on seating level. Pick 3+ packages range from $93 (3 concerts, Section D) - $411 (5 concerts, Section A). To purchase, call 609 497-0020 or visit princetonsymphony.org.
Saturday, September 29 at 8 pm
A BERNSTEIN Celebration features brilliant violinist Daniel Rowland performing the West Side Story Suite (arranged by William Brohn) for violin and orchestra, and stunning soprano Meghan Picerno singing "Glitter and be Gay" from Candide. The orchestra takes the spotlight for Three Dance Episodes from On the Town and additional orchestral selections from Candide. Music Director Rossen Milanov conducts and hosts a 7pm Pre-Concert Talk. The PSO is proud to be a part of #BernsteinAt100, a two-year global celebration honoring Mr. Bernstein by performing his music and continuing his legacy of education and outreach. The Princeton Symphony Orchestra's performances of the Bernstein Celebration concert are made possible through the generosity of Bryn Mawr Trust, Taft Communications, and individual supporters.
Saturday, October 27 at 8 pm
BEETHOVEN Piano Concertos is the first of a two-day cycle of all 5 concertos. The Saturday performance includes Concertos Nos. 1, 2, and 4. The PSO's immersion in Beethoven's concertos for piano and orchestra is led by Brazilian-born conductor Marcelo Lehninger, currently music director of the Grand Rapids Symphony. Pianist Inon Barnatan, "one of the most admired pianists of his generation" (The New York Times), is soloist for the complete cycle. Tickets for the Sunday, October 27 concert at 4 pmfeaturing Concertos Nos. 3 and 5 are also available. A Pre-Concert Talk takes place one hour prior to each performance.
Saturday, January 26 at 8 pm
SATURDAY EVENING POPS! with Ryan Silverman explores favorite music of the stage and screen as Broadway star Ryan Silverman inhabits the vocal roles of iconic personas and personal heroes. Michelle Merrill, Music Director of the Coastal Symphony of Georgia, conducts.
Saturday, February 2 at 8 pm
BEETHOVEN'S FIFTH - The PSO heralds Music Director Rossen Milanov's 10th Anniversary year on Saturday, February 2 at 8 pm and Sunday, February 3 at 4 pm with two titanic works on the season's Edward T. Cone Concert. Brahms' massive Piano Concerto No. 1 is played by pianist Dominic Cheli, First Prize-winner of the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Competition. Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, with its iconic first four notes, brings the program to powerful conclusion. Rossen Milanov conducts and hosts a Pre-Concert Talk at 7 pm.
Saturday, March 23 at 8 pm
DVO?ÁK / LIEBERMANN / MAZZOLI features former PSO principal flutist Chelsea Knox as she is welcomed back to the PSO stage as soloist performing Lowell liebermann's delightful Concerto for Flute and Orchestra. She is currently principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Leading off the concert is Missy Mazzoli'satmospheric Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres). She is viewed as "one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York" (The New York Times). Dvo?ák's exuberant Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88 completes the innovative program. Rossen Milanov conducts and hosts the 7 pm Pre-Concert Talk.
ABOUT THE PRINCETON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
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 a live orchestral performance. The PSO receives considerable support from the Princeton community and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, regularly garnering NJSCA's highest honor. Recognition of engaging residencies and concerts has come from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the PSO's commitment to new music has been acknowledged 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.