Morven Museum & Garden
55 Stockton St.
Age recommendation: All Ages
The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) has a lineup of performances for this year’s Princeton Festival, the PSO’s annual live arts extravaganza.
The majority of the festival takes place June 9-25, within an enormous tented pavilion erected seasonally on the grounds of Morven Museum & Garden, complete with concessions and gathering spaces.
Events range from a beloved comic opera by Gioachino Rossini to independent tributes honoring the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and Harvey Milk; plus orchestral concerts, chamber music and dance, a Juneteenth celebration, Family Day, and genre-defying performances by top ensembles and three 2023 Grammy Award winners.
Anchoring the festival is Andrew Lippa’s theatrical oratorio "I Am Harvey Milk," which celebrates the life of the first openly gay man to hold public office in California.
Opening weekend features a Friday night performance by the 2023 Grammy Award-winning trio Time For Three.
Saturday evening’s soulful "Aretha: A Tribute" is followed Sunday by a piano recital featuring the talented Christopher Taylor.
Later in the Festival, Broadway’s Next Hit Musical offers an evening of hilarious improv fun as audience members come up with ideas for a hit Broadway tune to be converted into an instant show by a quick-witted cast. Marking Juneteenth, a celebration is planned with community events and a song recital by Metropolitan Opera star baritone and 2023 Grammy Award winner Will Liverman.
Also scheduled are a collaboration of the 2023 Grammy Award-winning Attacca Quartet with American Repertory Ballet, concerts with The Claremont Trio and Boyd Meets Girl, and Baroque music with The Sebastians at Trinity Church.
Mazel Tov Cocktail Party is described as a “good vibes explosion.”
The festival culminates with a Family Day with fun-filled activities leading up to a production of Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf featuring the theatrical antics of Really Inventive Stuff’s Michael Boudewyns.
2023 Princeton Festival tickets are available now, and range in price from $10 - $125. While most performances take place at Morven Museum & Garden, some are located inside at Trinity Church. For dates, times, program information, and tickets, visit princetonsymphony.org/festival.