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May 2019

Dancing Under the Stars

Friday, May 31, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on May 31, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on June 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on June 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on July 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on July 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on August 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on August 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on September 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on September 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Hinds Plaza (Community Room in case of rain), 63 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Members of Central Jersey Dance give demonstrations of basic steps and lead others in an evening of dancing to recorded music of all kinds. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting; or Community Room. Co-sponsored by the library and Central Jersey Dance.

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Music Under the Stars: A Musical Revue

Friday, May 31, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Park North Amphitheater, 1 Mountain Avenue
Princeton, NJ 08540 United States

Young Artists from the casts of Princeton Festival's 2019 opera Nixon in China and musical She Loves Me will perform audience favorites in this musical revue that will include familiar songs from Broadway and beyond in the scenic setting of the Pettoranello Gardens Amphitheater located in the Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve. Presented in partnership with the Princeton Festival.

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June 2019

Women in American Musical Theater

Tuesday, June 4, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

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 at Princeton University, will lead a journey through musical theater history from the 1950s until today —including 1963's "She Loves Me" — to examine what…

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Musical AstroTots

Wednesday, June 5, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until June 26, 2019

Story Room – Third Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Children ages 18 months to 5 years are invited to experience music through books, movement, rhythm and improvisation. Learn how to make the piano sound like it is in outer space to blast off your summer reading.  Enjoy creative activities with bubbles, castanets and scarves, and experience a musical lift off! All four sessions are led by pianist and faculty member Kristin Cahill of the New School for Music.

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Princeton Festival Preview

Thursday, June 6, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Artists will perform 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.

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Shakespeare in Community Park: “As You Like It”

Sunday, June 9, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Community Park North Amphitheater, 1 Mountain Avenue
Princeton, NJ 08540 United States

The Hudson Shakespeare Company presents the first of the summer's two Shakespeare in the Park performances at the Community Park North Amphitheater. After being banished and threatened with death,  Rosalind flees persecution of her uncle's court, accompanied by her cousin Celia to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden. But things are not always what they seem in Shakespeare's "As You Like It." Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jon Ciccarelli, The Hudson Shakespeare Company is known…

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

Tuesday, June 11, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Stephen Arthur Allen, professor of music at Rider University, investigates how the music of John Adams's 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. Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Festival.

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Musical AstroTots

Wednesday, June 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until June 26, 2019

Story Room – Third Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Children ages 18 months to 5 years are invited to experience music through books, movement, rhythm and improvisation. Learn how to make the piano sound like it is in outer space to blast off your summer reading.  Enjoy creative activities with bubbles, castanets and scarves, and experience a musical lift off! All four sessions are led by pianist and faculty member Kristin Cahill of the New School for Music.

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Opera Workshop: “Music that Tells a Story”

Wednesday, June 12, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

"Music that Tells a Story" is a two-part program that combines a two-hour opera workshop with an opportunity to attend a full professional opera performance of John Adams’s masterpiece "Nixon in China." It will be led by Kyle Masson, a doctoral candidate in historical musicology at Princeton. Among other activities, workshop participants will learn about and perform 20th-century musical styles, and also observe and discuss live performances of arias from "Nixon in China" with Festival singers. Registration is required. Participants…

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Ping Pong Diplomacy

Thursday, June 13, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

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.

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Dancing Under the Stars

Friday, June 14, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on May 31, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on June 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on June 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on July 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on July 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on August 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on August 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on September 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on September 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Hinds Plaza (Community Room in case of rain), 63 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Members of Central Jersey Dance give demonstrations of basic steps and lead others in an evening of dancing to recorded music of all kinds. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting; or Community Room. Co-sponsored by the library and Central Jersey Dance.

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

Tuesday, June 18, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

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’s opera, "Nixon in China." Adams’s harmonic language, based on triads, brings a familiar aural environment to audiences; however, the harmonic structure connecting these harmonies is less conventional. Furthermore, this structure plays an important role in shaping the musical characterization of the historical…

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Musical AstroTots

Wednesday, June 19, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until June 26, 2019

Story Room – Third Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Children ages 18 months to 5 years are invited to experience music through books, movement, rhythm and improvisation. Learn how to make the piano sound like it is in outer space to blast off your summer reading.  Enjoy creative activities with bubbles, castanets and scarves, and experience a musical lift off! All four sessions are led by pianist and faculty member Kristin Cahill of the New School for Music.

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Raconteur Radio presents “An Evening with Gertrude Stein”

Thursday, June 20, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

Metuchen-based Raconteur Radio presents a staged radio play that recreates Gertrude Stein's famed Left Bank salon and  invites the audience to spend the evening with Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Isadora Duncan, Henri Matisse, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Salvador Dali, Alice B. Toklas, and, of course, the Mother Goose of Montparnasse herself, at 27 Rue de Fleurus. Gertrude Stein will be portrayed by Jane Hardy. The 55-minute production features theatrical lighting, period costumes, Golden Age radio equipment, sound effects and vintage commercials.  …

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“Nixon in China”: Much More than Minimalism

Friday, June 21, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States

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 color (1930’s big band, neo-classicism, electronic synthesizer sounds, minimalism, lush late-romanticism) to the score while also propelling the drama forward. Timothy Urban, professor of music…

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