Through song and speech, and accompanying himself on a six-stringed harp, medievalist Benjamin Bagby vividly recreates his version of the epic Anglo-Saxon poem 'Beowulf' - the oldest extant complete poem in English, a narrative that tells the story of the chieftain Beowulf who defeats the monster Grendel in battle. Sung in old English as it may have been heard 1000 years ago, 'Beowulf' draws us back into the world of tribal society and Nordic legend.
In addition to their performances, several of the season's artists will offer the community the incredible opportunity of going behind-the-scenes when they coach talented Princeton students in classes .These are chances to delve into the core of the professionals' understanding of music and witness the process of a musician's preparation and development. The classes promise to offer everyone, regardless of any proficiency with the instrument, a unique, deep engagement with music from the other side of the curtain.
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.
Violinist Pamela Frank is winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, the highest honor given to an American instrumentalist. An eminent teacher, she is on the faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music and Peabody Conservatory.
Composer and pianist Nico Muhly is frequently categorized with the so-called minimalists, along with John Adams, Steve Reich, Meredith Monk and others. But his output includes film scores, several albums and commissions by the American Ballet Theatre and Metropolitan Opera. He has collaborated with Bjork for over 10 years. This is classical music at the cutting edge.
"An extraordinarily imaginative and intelligent pianist who connects deeply with music lovers." The Seattle Times With a distinguished career spanning more than four decades, cherished pianist Murray Perahia is celebrated for his "breathtaking drive and imagination" (Los Angeles Times). His wide and varied discography includes a special anniversary boxed set entitled The First 40 Years, and his recording of Brahms' Händel Variations is considered "one of the most rewarding Brahms recitals currently available" (Financial Times). He has won multiple Grammy and Gramophone Awards, performed and conducted with the world's most prestigious orchestras and, recently, embarked on an ambitious project to edit the complete Beethoven Sonatas. With his masterful technique and elegant interpretation, Perahia continues "to breathe freshness and distinction into works we've heard many times before, but seldom played at this inspired level" (Chicago Tribune). $35 - $60 : General Public $15 : UCSB Students (Current student ID required)
The Creative Large Ensemble performs with special guest pianist and composer Billy Childs, one of the foremost American composers of his era working in jazz, classical, and rock. CLE will be premiering a new work of Mr. Childs commissioned by Jazz at Princeton University as well as performing his previous work in arrangements by Grammy Award Nominee Darcy James Argue.