January 30, 2019

Performances Up Close Culminates with Schubert

Princeton University Concerts (PUC) continues its 125th anniversary celebration with the last program of the single-work Performances Up Close series on Tuesday, February 19, at 6 and 9 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium.

The Brentano String Quartet and Anthony McGill (principal clarinet, New York Philharmonic), Jennifer Montone (principal horn, Philadelphia Orchestra), Daniel Matsukawa (principal bassoon, Philadelphia Orchestra), and Leigh Mesh (associate principal bass, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) perform Franz Schubert’s Octet for Winds & Strings in F Major, D. 803.

Selected in PUC’s audience survey as one of the community’s most beloved chamber music works, the hour-long octet will be the only piece of music performed at these concerts, which also feature onstage seating for its listeners as well as special lighting. The concert design is conceived by Broadway actor and director Michael Dean Morgan and lighting designer Wesley Cornwell.

Tickets at $30 ($10 for students) are sold out for the 6 p.m. performance, but still available for the 9 p.m. performance. Any returned tickets will also be released for purchase an hour prior to each performance at Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

The largest in scale of any of Schubert’s chamber works, and written during the same period as the composer’s Rosamunde and Death and the Maiden string quartets, his Octet for Winds & Strings was written as a prelude to composing a full-scale symphonic work.

Princeton University Concerts’ spring season will include a special event with opera star Joyce DiDonato, a family concert for kids 6-12 from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, a debut by violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and the final chapter in Gustavo Dudamel’s residency on campus. Visit www.princetonuniversityconcerts.org.