PRINCETON, NJ – The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is planning an outdoor festival in June with an exciting lineup of artists.
The Princeton Festival moves outdoors with a huge, state-of-the-art, clear-span tent to be erected on the grounds of the Morven Museum & Garden. It will include onstage action and an orchestra pit, dressing rooms and other backstage areas, and convertible seating plans. Lectures and receptions will be held at the Museum’s Stockton Education Center, and the gardens and lawns will be available for picnics and other outdoor activities, festival officials said.
Morven Museum & Garden Executive Director Jill Barry is delighted to see the grounds of Morven transformed to support the arts. “Throughout the pandemic we have learned about music and Morven are natural partners. The Festival will elevate summer concerts to new heights. With so many different performances in the historical setting, it will be an unprecedented experience for music lovers,” said Barry.
The Princeton Festival from June 10-25 will feature artists like Storm Large, the Signum Quartet and baroque ensemble The Sebastians. The opera singers will also play the comic characters of Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsburg and WA Mozart’s The Impresario.
The merger of the PSO with the Princeton Festival last summer.
“Building on the Princeton Festival’s unique 17-year history, we embark on a new vision of a summer festival filled with wonderful performances in a unique summer setting,” said Rossen Milanov, Music Director of ‘Edward T. Cone. “We welcome our audience with a wide range of exciting events ranging from orchestral and chamber music performances, fully staged operas, popular entertainment, jazz and baroque music to events designed to be enjoyed by the whole family. I’ve always dreamed of PSO having a summer presence and look forward to connecting in new and exciting ways with our diverse community.
The 17-year-old Festival needs to be redesigned on a dramatic scale, and it requires careful planning and cooperation. Executive Director Marc Uys and Festival Director Gregory J. Geehern work behind the scenes with community leaders.
“We continue to meet with community leaders and influencers to explain our vision for the 2022 Princeton Festival. We have received so much positive feedback from everyone. It confirms everything we seek to accomplish on behalf of the City of Princeton and those who appreciate the live performing arts,” said Uys.
The PSO received “encouragement” and cooperation from Mayor Mark Freda and the Municipality of Princeton.
“It’s really exciting,” Freda said in a statement, “to see how the Princeton Festival, through the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, has been adapted into an outdoor event for 2022. Audiences will be able to enjoy this multi-day series of events on the grounds of the Morven Museum & Garden and learn about Princeton. It’s a great opportunity for fans of the Princeton Festival, fans of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and for our community of business.
Preparations for the Princeton Festival are underway. Geehern says, “We expect the business community to help us make the Festival a success through sponsorships and program announcements, and we hope local residents will show their support by attending the Festival in June. .
PSO is closely monitoring and adhering to the New Jersey Department of Health’s COVID-19 requirements. Concert attendees will receive information regarding security procedures, entry, seating directions, and more. before the selected show(s).
See the PSO’s Princeton Festival website for more details: princetonsymphony.org/festival.
This article originally appeared on the Princeton Patch