PRINCETON, N.J., March 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Princeton Festival (www.princetonfestival.org) has announced its 2016 season, featuring 22 music and stage performances in 11 different genres plus lectures and other events. Now in its twelfth season, the Festival will run from June 4 to June 26 in venues throughout the Princeton area.
The events range from Benjamin Britten's masterful opera Peter Grimes to Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Cécile McLoren Salvant. Stephen Sondheim's musical A Little Night Music runs for 10 performances. There is a special presentation of the silent film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, accompanied by a live performance of Richard Einhorn's oratorio Voices of Light, written especially for the film. Also featured: the sizzling dance group Complexions Contemporary Ballet, the Concordia Chamber Players, a baroque orchestra and choral concerts, an organ recital by Kristiaan Seynhave, and more.
"This is our twelfth season and we've been proud of them all, but 2016 promises to be a new high point," said Richard Tang Yuk, the Festival's artistic director and general manager. "Audiences will have a lot to cheer about. These are wonderful artists, doing wonderful work."
Mr. Tang Yuk noted that the Festival's program of diverse musical and staged offerings is enriched with free lectures, previews, workshops, a conducting master class, and a piano competition for young artists.
Full descriptions of all offerings are available on the Festival website, with instructions for ordering tickets by phone, email, or online.
Twenty-two performances by outstanding artists and ensembles begin on June 4.
- A cappella vocal jazz: featuring the ensembles The Fonic and Break from Blue Collar, Saturday, June 4, Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall, Princeton University.
- Voices of Light: a live performance of an oratorio accompanying The Passion of Joan of Arc, the film for which it was written, with The Princeton Symphony Orchestra, The Princeton Festival Chorus, and soprano soloist Jessica Beebe, Thursday, June 9, Princeton University Chapel.
- Concordia Chamber Players perform music by Britten, Pärt, and Brahms Friday, June 10, Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary.
- Musical Comedy: A Little Night Music, June 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, Matthews Acting Studio, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University, 185 Nassau Street.
- Piano Competition for Young Artists, Finals: Sunday, June 12, Clark Music Center, The Lawrenceville School.
- Opera: Britten's Peter Grimes. Saturday, June 18, Thursday, June 23, Sunday, June 26, Matthews Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton.
- Organ Concert: Symphonic works by Franck and Widor, performed by Kristiaan Seynhave, Sunday, June 19, Princeton University Chapel.
- Vocal Jazz: Cécile McLorin Salvant, Sunday, June 19, Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton.
- Baroque Music: Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra, Wednesday, June 22, Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary.
- Choral Concert: Bach cantatas with Dr. Jan Harrington's conducting masterclass participants leading the Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra and Chorus, Saturday, June 25, Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary.
- Dance: Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Saturday, June 25, Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton.
For more information and a link to ticket sales (handled by McCarter Theatre), visit www.princetonfestival.org. To purchase tickets by phone, call McCarter Theatre at 609-258-2787.
Contact: Marcia Atcheson
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SOURCE The Princeton Festival