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Monday, March 12, 2018

Tickets Go On Sale for Princeton Festival’s 2018 Season of Musical Comedy, Opera, Jazz, and Baroque Music



14th Annual June Festival Offers Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” Sondheim’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” Peter and Will Anderson Jazz Quintet, Chamber Music, Baroque Orchestral and Choir Concerts, Lectures, Previews, Special Events
 Ticket sales for the 14th season of The Princeton Festival, which runs June 9 to July 1, start today on the Festival’s website (www.princetonfestival.org), by phone at 609-258-2787, or in person.

The 2018 Festival offers 21 performances of eight events:
·         Puccini’s beautiful and gripping opera Madama Butterfly in three performances (June 16 and 24; July 1)
·         12 performances of Stephen Sondheim’s hilarious Broadway classic A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (June 10 to July 1)
·         The Princeton debut of the acclaimed Peter and Will Anderson Jazz Quintet (June 23)
·         An evening of music from the distinguished Concordia Chamber Players (June 9)
·         The period-instrument Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra in chamber (June 23) and full orchestra (June 27) concerts
·         Baroque choral music by G.F. Handel and J.S. Bach, accompanied by the Baroque Orchestra (June 30)
·         The exciting final round of the Festival’s piano competition (June 17)
There are also 15 different free education and community engagement programs such as lectures, workshops,and previews, many offered on multiple days in different locations.

“Both of this year’s mainstage events are crowd-pleasers, but in different ways,” said Richard Tang Yuk, the Festival’s Executive and Artistic Director. “Butterfly is a poignant drama set in Japan with glowing music that has captivated audiences around the world. The Broadway megahit Forum’s non-stop zaniness brings ancient Rome to life with great tunes, witty lyrics, and laugh-out-loud comedy.

“Our 14th season also includes a superstar jazz quintet, Baroque ensembles that sell out their concerts every year, a world-class chamber group, and a slate of fascinating and inspiring free lectures and workshops. It promises to be a wonderful experience for fans of the performing arts.”

The Festival’s lectures cover such topics as cross-cultural challenges in opera, musical comedy in ancient Rome, and what’s Baroque about Baroque music. Other education and community engagement events include a season preview, an Artists’ Round Table, and workshops on staging an opera, the making of a musical, and a general introduction to opera with free admission to a dress rehearsal. See http://princetonfestival.org/event_cat/2018-ee-programs/ for details.

Full descriptions of all offerings are available on the Festival website, with instructions for ordering tickets by phone, email, or online.

Performance Overview

Twenty-one performances by outstanding artists and ensembles begin on June 9.

·         Concordia Chamber Players perform string trios and piano quartets by Kodály, Rachmaninov, Sibelius, Dvořák. Saturday June 9, Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary.
·         Musical Comedy: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, June 10, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, July 1, Acting Studio, Princeton University, 185 Nassau Street.
·         Opera: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Saturday June 16, Sunday June 24, and Sunday, July 1, Matthews Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton.
·         Piano Competition for Young Artists, Finals: Sunday, June 17, Clark Music Center, The Lawrenceville School.
·         Baroque Music: Princeton Festival Baroque Orchestra. Chamber concert Saturday, June 23, Princeton Abbey; Orchestra concert Wednesday, June 27, Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary
·         Jazz: Peter and Will Anderson Quintet, Saturday, June 23, Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton.
·         Choral Concert: Princeton Festival Chorus and Baroque Orchestra in music by J.S. Bach and Handel, Saturday, June 30, Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary.

For more information and a link to ticket sales (handled by McCarter Theatre), visit www.princetonfestival.org. To purchase tickets by phone, call McCarter Theatre at 609-258-2787.


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