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Age Group: Teens


Musical Theater Workshop: “Making of a Musical”


Led by teaching artist Gail Blanche-Gill and lecturer Shari Gill, this three-part program provides high school students with an introduction to the tools needed to succeed in musical theater. The first session focuses on being a professional singer in musicals, with topics covered including vocal health, selecting repertoire, the audition process and the business side […]


Film: “The Shop Around the Corner”


This 1940 American romantic comedy film, produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch, features Margaret Sullivan, James Stewart and Frank Morgan. Eschewing regional politics in the years leading up to World War II, the film is about two employees at a leather goods shop in Budapest who can barely stand each other, not realizing they are […]


“Nixon in China”: Much More than Minimalism


Considered an important opera of the 20th century for both its subject matter and its music, John Adams’ “Nixon in China” is based on the historic 1972 meeting between U.S. President Richard Nixon and Chairman Mao Tse-Tung of the People’s Republic of China. Just as in Puccini’s greatest operas, Adams wrote music that gives local […]


Harmonic Structure and Characterization in John Adams’ “Nixon in China”


Timothy Johnson, professor of music theory at Ithaca College, describes how Adams depicts the aspirations and motivations of President Nixon, Madame Mao and Premier Chou by exploring the harmonic structures underlying the three most memorable arias in Adams’ opera, “Nixon in China.” Adams’ harmonic language, based on triads, brings a familiar aural environment to audiences; […]


Ping Pong Diplomacy


Was it a ping-pong ball that led Nixon to China? Marianne Grey, Princeton University Art Museum docent, will review and illustrate events which led to Nixon’s unprecedented 1972 trip. Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Festival.


20th Century Music: John Adams’ “Nixon in China”


Stephen Arthur Allen, professor of music at Rider University, investigates how the music of John Adams’ opera, although technically described as minimalist, actually allows the audience a rich experience in sound. He will highlight how the music connects with European neoclassicism and other traditions as well as the flow of musical events within American music. […]


Princeton Festival Preview


Artists will preform scenes from the Princeton Festival’s upcoming opera, “Nixon in China,” and musical, “She Loves Me,”  and the stage and music directors will discuss what happens behind the scenes in preparation for these productions. Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Festival.


Women in American Musical Theater


From Maria in “The Sound of Music” to Elphaba in “Wicked” to Angelica Schuyler in “Hamilton,” vibrant women characters have sung and danced their way into the hearts of audiences young and old. These characters are also in conversation with U.S. society, both reflecting and shaping cultural values about gender. Stacy Wolf, professor of theater […]


Build a Model Rocket


In this workshop, children 10 and older will build a model rocket with the Princeton University Rocketry Club. Rockets will be launched Sunday, March 31, at the upper Strubing Field at Princeton University. Rockets will launch up to 150 feet in the air! Due to limited supplies, participation is limited to 30. Registration is required; […]


Princeton University Concerts: Avi Avital and Omer Avital in Conversation


Mandolinist Avi Avital and bassist Omer Avital engage in a moderated conversation in advance of their April 16 Crossroads Series concert, “Avital Meets Avital” at Richardson Auditorium. The performance will blend jazz and classical traditions with the music of Morocco, North Africa, Israel, and the Mediterranean region. Princeton University Concerts’ Crossroads Series draws musicians and […]

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