Princeton Symphony Orchestra Presents Fall Musicale At Princeton Abbey Featuring Derek Gripper, 11/13

On Sunday, November 13, South African guitarist Derek Gripper will perform One Night on Earth, a program of West African kora-inspired music at the Princeton Symphony Orchestra's Fall Musicale fundraiser. The event will take place in one of the newest performance spaces in the area, the historic chapel at The Princeton Abbey. Prior to the 5 pm concert, attendees will have an opportunity to tour the Abbey and view its glorious staiNed Glass windows, ornamental wrought iron, and decorative marble. A wine and cheese reception completes this very special evening.

Derek Gripper released his ninth album, One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali, late in 2012. The album magically conjures anew a centuries-old ancient African musical heritage, interpreting kora (21 string harp) compositions on solo guitar, a feat which classical guitar legend John Williams said he thought was "absolutely impossible until I heard Derek Gripper do it." When kora maestro Toumani Diabaté heard these recordings he asked his producer Lucy Duran to confirm that she had actually seen one person play this music on just one guitar. In fall 2016, Mr. Gripper performs at U.S. venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, Duke University, and NPR's Tiny Desk.

PNC Wealth Management is the exclusive underwriter of the Fall Musicale. The PSO is grateful to The Princeton Abbey for the use of the Abbey chapel and library.

For additional information on the Musicale, please contact the PSO at (609) 497-0020 or email Reservations can be made online at

The Fall Musicale supports the PSO's general operations, including the PSO Classical Series and PSO POPS! concerts at Richardson Auditorium in Princeton; the PSO Chamber Series at the Institute for Advanced Study, Monroe Township Library, and local adult residential communities; PSO BRAVO! education programs in more than 30 schools; numerous lecture programs; and collaborations with other arts organizations.

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