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University Concert Series Come with Community Ties, Outreach

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Co-Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Co-Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han.

A Tempo Saturday (9/29) looks at Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s residency at Drew University, and some of Princeton University Concerts’s upcoming programs that have opportunities for the audience to interact or participate with the artists.

Concert series featuring touring ensembles at universities can offer various ways of connecting to the students and surrounding community, and A Tempo this week looks at upcoming seasons at two New Jersey universities.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center has been in residency for a concert series at Drew University since 2006, in part because Co-Artistic Director David Finckel grew up in Madison, the town in which the school is located. A Tempo host Rachel Katz will speak with Finckel and Co-Artistic Director Wu Han about that connection, how they plan their seasons and this year’s three concerts at Drew.

The program also looks at how Princeton University Concerts has been expanding the variety of programs presented in conjunction with performances, such as pre-concert speed-dating, music and meditation sessions, and opportunities for amateur musicians to join in music-making with some of the guest artists. Rachel will chat with PUC Director Marna Seltzer and Marketing and Outreach Manager Dasha Koltunyuk about this year’s season, including several programs next month with the vocal ensemble Chanticleer, which in turn has its own personal connection to Princeton.

Chanticleer vocal ensemble
Chanticleer vocal ensemble

Rachel Katz is the host of A Tempo which airs Saturdays at 7 pm.