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Rachel Bonds’s Low-Key “Five Mile Lake” Channels Chekhov, Examines Life’s Regrets and Frustrations, Hopes and Dreams

“Where does one get to with your heroes?” Leo Tolstoy complained about his Russian contemporary Anton Chekhov,” from the sofa to the outhouse and from the outhouse back to the…

Pro Musica’s Performance of Choral Vigil Could Perhaps Have Been So Much More

Princeton Pro Musica closed its 2014-15 season this past Saturday night with a work well suited for the ensemble, and in an appropriate acoustical space, but the performance may have…

Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists Perform What May Be the First Opera Written

Opera popularity is often in reverse chronological order. Much is made of contemporary works, the most popular of the genre date from the 19th century, and enthusiasm has grown for…

Boheme Opera NJ Presents Namesake Opera “La Boheme” at The College of New Jersey

Opera is a complex musical genre, and sometimes simplicity is the best approach. This past weekend, Boheme Opera NJ used simplicity to its advantage in its production of Giacomo Puccini’s…

Orchestra From “Down Under” Dazzles Princeton With a Variety of Musical Styles and Instruments

Just a week before the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli during World War I, a musical representative of Australia paid a visit to Princeton to present a…

Princeton Symphony Orchestra Presents A Winter Concert of 19th-century Music

Princeton Symphony Orchestra called their late winter concert this past weekend “Soulful Reflections,” presenting lush meditative music with a bit of virtuosity attached. Conductor Rossen Milanov began Sunday afternoon’s performance…

Princeton University Orchestra Presents 2015 Concerto Competition Winners

In recent years, a number of Princeton University graduates have turned up performing on the nation’s leading concert stages. These students’ success is a credit to the musical training they…

Princeton University Choral Ensembles Bring Britain’s Coronations to Richardson

The coronation of a monarch is not an event to which the American public has much exposure. However, throughout the past four centuries, these events in England have produced some…

TCNJ’s New Institute for Social Justice Views Hurricane Katrina From Many Angles

Next week The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) will focus on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a variety of interdisciplinary events open to the campus community and the…

Renowned St. Olaf Choir Visits Princeton; Presents an Excellent Choral Performance

Although there are many fine higher education institutions training choir directors in the country, two choral powerhouses have remained at the top of the heap for decades. For many years…

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