September 11, 2019

The Dryden Ensemble Has Princeton Appearances

ANNIVERSARY SEASON: The Dryden Ensemble begins celebrating its 25th birthday with a benefit October 6. Visit for details.

The Dryden Ensemble will celebrate its 25th Anniversary this season, beginning with their Autumn Benefit on Sunday, October 6 at 5 p.m. This special event will hosted by Brian Fix at his historic home, the first of President Woodrow Wilson’s residences in Princeton.

The evening includes a theatrical entertainment, “An Eyewitness Guide to Versailles,” featuring actors Roberta Maxwell and Paul Hecht, followed by a buffet dinner and silent auction. Reservations are required. Tickets cost $150 per person and may be purchased online or by mail.

On Friday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m., the ensemble will present an all-Bach organ recital on the organ in Miller Chapel at the Princeton Theological Seminary. “Bach and the Art of Dance” features award-winning organist Jacob Street.

The main concert series opens on Sunday, November 10 at 3 p.m. at Miller Chapel with “A Baroque Tapestry,” a program weaving together music from Lully to Bach, for two oboes, bassoon, strings, and harpsichord, including Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in D Major. The concert will also be performed in at Trinity Episcopal Church in Solebury, Pa., on November 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Lutenist Daniel Swenberg, a Dryden Ensemble regular who performed on Broadway in Farinelli and the King and who will be playing at the Metropolitan Opera again this season in Handel’s Agrippina, will perform a free concert on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 3 p.m. at Miller Chapel. Swenberg will lead a program entitled “Three Centuries of Lutes.”

To end the season, the ensemble will present an intimate production of Bach’s St. John Passion with a choir of eight singers, as Bach did, and a small orchestra of period instruments led by Scott Metcalfe. There will be three performances: Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Miller Chapel on the Princeton Theological Seminary campus and Sunday, March 15 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Solebury.

Tickets are available at, by mail, or at the door.