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Carl Maria von Weber

Overture to the opera Der Freischütz, Op. 77

with Reilly Bova ‘20, guest conductor 

Annika Socolofsky 'GS


W. A. Mozart

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467

Vian Wagatsuma ’23, Piano

Winner of the 2019-2020 Concerto Competition

Samuel Barber

Violin Concerto Op. 14

Fumika Mizuno '21, Violin

Winner of the 2019-2020 Concerto Competition

Event Info

The Princeton University Orchestra will present one of the most popular programs of its season: a spotlight on concerto repertoire, featuring the student winners of the 2019-20 concerto competition. Hearing student virtuosos being featured as soloists, performing with the support of their friends in the orchestra, is always a very moving event. The program also features a new work by graduate student composer Annika Socolofsky, as well as the debut of conducting student Reilly Bova. The enthusiasm and skill of these students will thrill and inspire.

The program is presented on March 6 & 7, 2020. Tickets: $15 general/$5 students.

To stream the concert live, click here.

About the Artist:

Violinist Fumika Mizuno is a junior in the Politics Department, pursuing certificates in East Asian Studies and American Studies. Born in Tokyo and raised in Portland, Oregon, Fumika has played violin for most of her life, pursuing her love of music on campus as a member of the Princeton University Orchestra, Opus 21 chamber music ensemble, and employee of the Mendel Music Library. Last year, she was also a recipient of the Humanities Council’s Haarlow Prize. Speaking of the concerto that she will perform, Fumika shares:

“The Barber Violin Concerto has one of the dreamiest, most lush openings. I've always wanted to learn the piece, and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to perform it with some of my closest friends in the orchestra on stage with me.”

Pianist Vian Wagatsuma is a first-year student from NYC, intending to concentrate in Chemistry and pursue a certificate in Music Performance. A graduate of the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, she has received prizes in the Kaufman Center and Cremona International Piano Competitions, in addition to placing in the Aspen Music Festival and Juilliard Pre-College’s concerto competitions. She appeared on NPR’s From the Top, and was named a 2016 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist. Vian has always felt an affinity for Mozart’s music:

“I have always been fascinated with Mozart's piano concertos, and I believe that his Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467 was the perfect way for me to explore and hopefully exhibit Mozart's constantly changing character. I'm really looking forward to playing with the talented musicians of the Princeton University Orchestra.”

Now in its 122nd year, the Princeton University Orchestra is a renowned, touring symphonic orchestra that plays a wide range of works by composers from the Classical period up through freshly composed works by Princeton composers. 

The Orchestra began with a group of professional musicians from the New York Symphony and Philharmonic Societies who performed a series of concerts at Alexander Hall in 1896, the first on February 13. In the ensuing century, the orchestra has come to be an almost exclusively student organization; some 90-100 undergraduate and graduate musicians representing a broad spectrum of academic departments come together for concerts in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.