Event Info

To celebrate the opening of Princeton’s new Lewis Center for the Arts complex, join us for an exciting multi-day Festival of the Arts highlighting the breadth and uniqueness of the arts at Princeton. The Festival will include concerts, plays, readings, dance performances, art exhibitions, multidisciplinary presentations, community workshops and site-specific events presented by the Department of Music and the Lewis Center for the Arts with professional, faculty, student, and alumni artists. Events will be open to the public and most will be free.


  • World premiere of a new adaptation of The Bacchae by two-time Obie Award-winning playwright and Princeton alumnus Branden Jacobs-Jenkins ’06, directed by Obie Award-winner Lileana Blain-Cruz ’06
  • A multi-genre concert showcasing the Princeton University Orchestra, Glee Club and other University music ensembles
  • Performances of A Love Supreme by internationally-renowned choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker set to music by John Coltrane
  • A kinetic light and music Fanfare with original music by Jeff Snyder, designed to interact with the building’s architecture
  • The biennial Princeton Poetry Festival, a 2-day event featuring poets from around the world
  • A concert by the Norwegian Baroque ensemble Barokksolistene and an “Alehouse Session” featuring songs and melodies from the pubs and taverns of 17th century England. (Tickets on sale now for this event)
  • 24 Hour Psycho, an art installation by Douglas Gordon that appropriates Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1960 film in a unique presentation
  • An opera for electric guitar based on the Orpheus myth, composed by Grammy Award-winner and Department of Music Professor Steven Mackey in a production conceived and directed by Mark DeChiazza

Other events will include a music/sculpture Art Walk, a carillon concert, a jazz jam session, a French theater performance, community music play-alongs and sing-alongs, community dance master classes, exhibitions, readings, and performances, along with events at the Princeton University Art Museum and McCarter Theatre.

Visit lcaopening.princeton.edu later this summer for a detailed schedule of Festival events.

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