The Princeton University Orchestra (PUO) continues an exciting 2016-17 season with a world premiere event. On Thursday and Friday, December 8 and 9, 2016 at 7:30PM in Richardson Auditorium at Alexander Hall, Maestro Michael Pratt will lead the world premiere of Guggenheim Fellow composer Juri Seo's Piano Concerto, with the composer at the piano. A member of the composition faculty since 2014, Seo has been awarded the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship from the University of Illinois, and the Otto Eckstein Fellowship from Tanglewood. Works by Beethoven, Gershwin and Stravinsky will also be presented.
On Sunday, December 11th, 2016 at 3PM at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, the Princeton University Glee Club and So Percussion will celebrate the 50th anniversary of a momentous event in the musical history of Princeton: the residence of the great composer Igor Stravinsky. At the invitation of the University, the 84-year-old Stravinsky came to Princeton in 1966 to write a new work for chorus and orchestra for a world premiere performance in Princeton's McCarter Theater, to be conducted by Stravinsky himself - the "Requiem Canticles." The Glee Club's performance with Princeton University Ensemble-in-Residence So Percussion will include works that were performed in that concert half a century ago, alongside one of Stravinsky's great choral masterworks: "Les Noces."
Since 1983, the Takács Quartet, (Edward Dusinberre and Károly Schranz, violins; Geraldine Walther, viola; András Fejér, cello), has been in residence at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The Quartet has made award-winning Decca recordings, including the complete Beethoven Quartets, winner of a Grammy, two Gramophone awards, and three Japan Record Academy chamber music awards.