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Music and Theater
INVENTIVE UNIVERSE: Momix is an outgrowth of the groundbreaking dance company Pilobolus, and it comes to McCarter Theatre Saturday, April 6 at 8 p.m. The creations of founder Moses Pendleton and colleagues conjure up a world of surrealistic images using props, lights, shadow, humor, and the human body in sometimes startling ways. On the program are excerpts from “Botanica,” “Alchemia,” “Remix,” “Opus,” and “Lunar Sea.” Tickets start at $25. Visit mccarter.org or call (609) 258-2787.
A World Premiere By Rider Theatre
Rider Theatre will present the world premiere of Ivan Fuller’s In Every Note in the Yvonne Theater on the campus of Rider University in Lawrenceville, April 1014. A preview performance is Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. In Every Note is the third play in Fuller’s Siege Cycle, focusing on how the arts helped people survive during the Second World War’s siege of Leningrad. The play centers on composer Dmitri Shostakovich and his Symphony No. 7 “Leningrad,”
which he composed while he was trapped in the dying city. “The siege of Leningrad lasted approximately 900 days, during which time over half of the city’s three million citizens died from hunger, the cold, or the bombs that dropped on the city almost every day,” Fuller writes. “Temperatures during the first winter of the siege dropped to record lows of -40 degrees F! And yet, the people refused to surrender. Their resistance, fueled in part by the strength given t hem t hrough t he arts, allowed them to outlast the blockade of their
city and eventually restore it to its former glory. While it may seem hard to believe, Shostakovich’s seventh symphony played a key role in their survival, for it helped remind them that resistance was the only way forward.” Fuller serves as professor theatre, chair of the Theatre & Dance Department, interim chair of the Fine Arts Department and associate dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Rider University. He was the founder and artistic director of the Bare Bodkins Theatre Company, producing Shakespeare in
Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Br ahms
Princeton University Chapel Choir and Orchestr a Sarah Vander Ploeg ’08, Soprano Samuel Duffey ’19, Baritone Penna Rose, Conductor
Sioux Falls, S.D., for 15 years. His play, Eating into the Fabric, was chosen for the Mainstage Reading Series at the Great Plains Theatre Conference in May 2009, where it was awarded a Holland New Voices Award for outstanding play. It was also a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwriting Conference. In July 2009 Fuller served as playwright-in-residence for Summer Literary Seminars in Vilnius, Lithuania, where he completed the first draft of Awake in Me. In 2010 and 2012, he returned to St. Petersburg, where he finished the latest chapter of his siege cycle, In Every Note. In 2016 and 2017, he traveled to Rwanda, where he wrote and presented his latest play, Deceived by Silence. Fuller serves as professor theatre, chair of the Theatre & Dance Department, interim chair of the Fine Arts Department and associate dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Rider University. Performances are Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. The production, also directed by Ivan Fuller, will be performed by Rider Universit y students. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. For more information visit www.rider.edu/arts.
Princeton Youth Ballet In “The Sleeping Beauty”
Princeton Youth Ballet (PYB) presents The Sleeping Beauty on May 4 and 5 at 4 p.m. at Princeton High S chool Per for m ing A r ts Center, 16 Walnut Lane. The production combines
old and new in a reimagined adaptation of the classic fairy tale ballet, set to Tchaikovsky’s score. Disney’s animated film Sleeping Beauty has familiarized three generations of audiences with the classic tale about a princess, a royal snub, a nasty curse, and the dueling magic of feuding fairies. Many will recognize the movie’s iconic music, but may be less familiar with source. Tchaikovsky’s full-length masterwork for ballet (which inspired the score for the Disney movie ) was commissioned in 1889 for the Russian Imperial Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty. In both the Disney film and the ballet, Tchaikovsky’s original musical motifs accompany each of the story’s major characters. In the ballet, these recognizable melodies belong to Princess Aurora, the Lilac Fairy, and the malevolent sorceress, Carabosse. In PYB’s new production, Aurora, Carabosse, and a trio of lead fairies are joined by a full cast of characters. PYB Artistic Director Risa Kaplowitz has created the family-friendly, two-act restaging of the ballet, preserving many of the familiar and best-loved features of The Sleeping Beauty’s traditional choreography. “My goal was to create a version of The Sleeping Beauty that has audience members wondering what will happen next, although much of the ballet’s most memorable choreography has been retained,” she said. Tickets are $18 – $25 when purchased in advance. Scout and group discounts are available. Visit www. princetonyouthballet.org.
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Dryden Ensemble Concerts Feature Baroque Music
T he D r yden E ns emble presents “Musica Stravagante,” a program of Baroque music by German and Italian masters on Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, Pennsylvania, and on Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. at Miller Chapel, on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer Street in Princeton.
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CHARLES S. ROBINSON MEMORIAL CONCERT
RICHARD TOGNETTI, Artistic Director with PAUL LEWIS, Piano WORKS BY SAMUEL ADAMS, MOZART & BRAHMS Announcement of 2019-20 season at 7:00PM, free to ticketholders Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall
2019 Elizabeth Milbank Anderson and Albert Goodsell Milbank Memorial Concert
The Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System is hosting PlayFest, its eleventh annual one-act play festival on Saturday, April 27. There will be two performances, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are free, but seating is limited. Registration is required online at www.mcl. org starting at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, April 8. This free festival provides a venue for local playwrights and actors to showcase their talent. Local actors w ill perform the staged scriptin -hand readings of si x one-act plays selected for performance at the library. PlayFest directors are Julie Ellen Pr usinowski, Mar y Ann Wylie, and Tim Moran. For more information, call (609) 883-8291 or email Br a n ch Ma nager Ja m e s Damron at jdamron@mcl. org. The Lawrence Headquarters Branch is at 2751 Brunswick Pike (Route 1), Lawrenceville.
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YEARS OF MUSIC MAKING | 2018-2019 SEASON
Saturday, April 6, 2019, 8 PM Princeton University Chapel Admission free
Registration Opens For One-Act Playfest
TICKETS:princetonuniversityconcerts.org 609-258-9220 | $25-55$ General | $10 Students
The concert features Baroque music for oboe and strings. Opening the program is Vivaldi’s Concerto for Strings in G Minor, followed by Albinoni’s Concerto in D Minor for oboe and strings. Two 17th-century works by Biago Marini and Andrea Falconieri follow, both for two violins with continuo. Johann Rosenmüller functions as a bridge between the Italian and German halves of the program. A German organist and composer, he served as an organist in Leipzig, but after being involved in a sexual scandal, was forced to flee to Venice to avoid prison. His Sonata Decima in F for fivepart strings was published in Nuremberg in 1682. The Dryden Ensemble includes Jane McKinley, oboe and oboe d ’amore ; Vita Wallace and Rebecca Harris, violins; Andrea Andros, viola; Lisa Terry, viola da gamba & cello; Anne Trout, double bass; Daniel Swenberg, theorbo and Baroque guitar; and Webb Wiggins, harpsichord, all performing on period instruments. General admission tickets are $25 per concert and student tickets are free with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online at drydenensemble.org or at the door.
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