March 15, 2023

Jupiter Ensemble Performs at Richardson Auditorium

MAKING A LOCAL DEBUT: The Jupiter Ensemble is “All Vivaldi” at a concert presented by Princeton University Concerts March 30. (Photo by Angeline Moizard)

The members of the Jupiter Ensemble make their debut at Princeton University Concerts (PUC) with an “All Vivaldi” concert on Thursday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

Led by Thomas Dunford, alongside mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre, the group reimagines what an early music ensemble can be by bringing together a new generation of soloists to reveal the passionate and cutting-edge side of music written centuries ago. In this upcoming program at Princeton University Concerts, they will guide listeners through an array of Antonio Vivaldi’s baroque innovations, including music that may surprise contemporary audiences with its virtuosity.

The other members of the Jupiter Ensemble include violinists Louise Ayrton and Augusta McKay Lodge, violist Manami Mizumoto, cellist Bruno Philippe, double bassist Douglas Balliett, and harpsichordist Elliott Figg.

“With Jupiter, I wanted to bring together a group of exceptional musicians from the new generation, [whom I] encountered while working with a large number of ensembles,” said Dunford. “All of the artists invited to take part in the project are brilliant masters of their instruments, and some of them are already renowned soloists. The great freedom that they have all acquired during their projects, the choices in their explorations and a shared knowledge of music will mean we can perform the various repertoires in question with passion, power and emotion.”

“I am thrilled that the young Jupiter Ensemble, which has already made a tremendous splash across Europe, will make one of their earliest performances in the United States here in Princeton,” said PUC Director Marna Seltzer. “Their youthful energy and unique approach to early music are irresistible, adding an important voice to the conversation about the timeless relevancy of these works across centuries.

Tickets are $10-$40. Visit or call (609) 258-9220.