The Jasper String Quartet
Lutist Richard Stone
Soprano Julianne Baird
Learning to Listen 2017-2018
The Glory of Venice with the Princeton Singers
Saturday, December 16, 7pm
Ely Room, Wyndham
Learning to Listen events are free and open to the public. No reservations or tickets are required. Birthday cake will be served.
The Princeton Singers will be featured in a 450th birthday tribute to Claudio Monteverdi and his predecessors at the famed church of San Marco, with music of Monteverdi, Croce, Merulo and Gabrieli.
ABOUT THE PRINCETON SINGERS
For thirty-five years, The Princeton Singers have captivated audiences and listeners through excellent singing and musicianship. Founded as a small, professional, independent ensemble in 1983 by John Bertalot, then choirmaster and organist at Trinity Church in Princeton, New Jersey, the Singers soon earned a reputation for “excellent tuning, impeccable control, and subtlely-nuanced phrasing.”
Since being appointed Artistic Director in 1998, composer-conductor Steven Sametz has expanded the group’s repertoire. Under Dr. Sametz, the ensemble has been noted for its versatility and its mastery of works from Bach to Schoenberg, with forays into unexplored and exciting realms such as Aboriginal and native American ritual music, Igbe chanting and Arab-Andalusian muwashahat. Their season has come to include not only the local holiday favorite “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” when they bring to life traditional carols while Dylan Thomas’ classic story is read aloud, but also popular collaborations with the Princeton University Art Museum, when the Singers’ range and Dr. Sametz’s creative programming genius are given free rein, allowing them to pair Rothko with Ligeti and Jasper Johns with John Cage. Whatever the repertoire, the Singers have been hailed as “masterful choral singers” with a “rich vocal color” and “flowing choral tone.”
The Princeton Singers are also a vital force in the creation of new choral compositions. The Singers serve as choir-in-residence at the American Choral Directors Association annual Composers’ Forum, and each season they commission a new work by Dr. Sametz.
In addition to popular hometown performances, The Princeton Singers have been featured at conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the American Choral Directors Association, and Chorus America. Dr. Sametz has led the ensemble in collaborative concerts with Chanticleer, The American Boychoir, Westminster Choir College’s Schola Cantorum, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Lehigh University Choral Arts, and the Princeton Girlchoir. The Princeton Singers have been heard on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and “With Heart and Voice,” and have been broadcast by the BBC while on tour in Europe. A full listing of The Princeton Singers’ CDs may be viewed here.
The Coleman Sisters' Learning to Listen Series was established in memory of Elizabeth Coleman Mooney ’48 and in honor of Susan Norton Coleman ’45, who wanted future generations of students to derive the same great pleasure from music as they did. The Series features virtuosic musicians in a salon-like atmosphere with tasty refreshments and informative conversation.
Learning to Listen 2016-17
- The Jasper String Quartet in Shostakovich's 110th Birthday Celebration
- What Makes Music Expressive with John Andrew Bailey
- The Brass Project from The Curtis Institute of Music
Learning to Listen 2015-16
- Celebrate Erik Satie's 150th Birthday with Viktor Valkov (piano) and Luosha Fang (violin)
- A Very Open Rehearsal of Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 18 No. 6 in Bb Major with Musicians from The Curtis Institute of Music
- Exploring the Sonority of Strings with Christine Lamprea (cello) and Jordan Dodson (guitar)
Learning to Listen 2014-15
- Music of Shakespeare's Time, with Julianne Baird (soprano) and Richard Stone (lute)
- A Very Open Rehearsal of Poulenc's Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano with Michelle Cann (piano), Wade Coufal (bassoon), and Alexandra von der Embse (oboe).
- The Romantics with Andrea Lam (piano)
Learning to Listen 2013-14
- Sergei Prokofiev 60 Years Later with Christine Lamprea (cello) and Andrew Hauze (piano)
- A Very Open Rehearsal of Ernst von Dohnanyi's Sextet in C Major Op. 37 with Curtis Institute Musicians
- Vienna Dreams with Cheryl Seltzer (piano), Stephanie Griffin (viola), and Moran Katz (clarinet)