Recently, we witnessed the sad passing of Peter Talbot Westergaard — Princeton’s William Shubael Conant Professor of Music, Emeritus — at age 88. He was the most influential musical artist of my...
A Princeton University homepage article by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications
Spread your fingers across any random desk calendar. In the space between your thumb and pinky finger, Dudamel — the music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic — could be helming a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, mixing Stravinsky with live performances by Katy Perry and Herbie Hancock, touring the Vienna Philharmonic from Bogotà to Buenos Aires, hanging out with Laura Dern and James Cordon on “The Late Late Show,” or conducting Puccini’s “La Bohème” at the Opéra National de Paris. Last month, he celebrated his 38th birthday. That’s not a typo.
Tucked into his continent-crossing, kaleidoscopic schedule, Dudamel is engaged in a year-long residency at Princeton divided into three multi-day visits. As if a current of positivity runs directly from his heart to the audience, Dudamel’s infectious passion for the power of music to unite has played out across campus and in the community with audiences of all ages.
And in his first two visits — which included public talks, faculty panels and classroom visits — he hasn’t even held a baton. Yet.
Dudamel returns to Princeton April 22-28. Public events include concerts, a film screening, public conversations and more. Details online. On April 26 and 27, Dudamel will conduct two concerts with the Princeton University Glee Club and Princeton University Orchestra. The April 26 concert at Richardson Auditorium is sold out; tickets to the free April 27 concert in the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton are available at noon, April 1, online and by calling 609-258-9220.