September 22, 2021

Mendelssohn and Beethoven On Upcoming PSO Program

BACK INDOORS: Violinist Simone Porter is the soloist in the Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s October 3 concert, marking the orchestra’s return to indoor performance at McCarter Theatre.

On Sunday, October 3 at 4 p.m., the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) returns to indoor performances with its Mendelssohn & Beethoven concert featuring violinist Simone Porter as soloist in Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor, on a program with contemporary composer Jessie Montgomery’s Banner and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major.

Music Director Rossen Milanov conducts the concert at McCarter Theatre Center’s Matthews Theatre.

“I am thrilled to be conducting again in the concert hall,” said Milanov. “I look forward to seeing many faces both familiar and new experiencing a musical reunion, affirming the value of live music.”

In the past few years, Porter has debuted with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and with a number of renowned conductors including Stéphane Denève, Gustavo Dudamel, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Nicholas McGegan, Ludovic Morlot, and Donald Runnicles. In July 2021, she resumed a full season of orchestral and recital concerts to include Denver, North Carolina, St. Louis, Grand Rapids, Quebec, Sarasota, Bakersfield, and Monterey Symphonies in addition to Princeton Symphony Orchestra. She made her professional solo debut at age 10 with the Seattle Symphony, and her international debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London at age 13.

Montgomery, recipient of both the Sphinx Medal of Excellence and the ASCAP Foundation’s Leonard Bernstein Award, is currently Mead Composer-in Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Her work Banner was written in 2014 as a tribute to the 200th anniversary of “The Star Spangled Banner.” 

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra is closely monitoring and ad hering to the New Jersey Department of Health’s COVID-19 requirements. Concert attendees will receive information regarding safety procedures, entry, seating directions, etc. in advance of their selected live performance(s).

Tickets range from $25-$90 for adults and half-price for youths 7-17. Visit or call (609) 258-2787.