The chance to attend a free concert one of the many things I like about Princeton. During the year, student and faculty concerts are often free at Princeton University and Westminster Choir College, but the summer chamber concerts — well, they’re special. When we first arrived they were held at the Graduate College and you’d pray against rain. Then the indomitable Barbara Sand moved the concerts to Richardson Auditorium where weather was not a factor — but, sometimes, space was.
Now firmly ensconced at Richardson, where the acoustics are fabulous, the space problem has been sort of solved by an ticket distribution system. If you are a patron of these concerts (you gave money) you get tickets automatically. Everyone else lines up. The box office opens at 6:30, seating begins at 7:30 p.m., and the concerts start at 8.
I’m sending this post because in several hours it will be time to start lining up. We generally park in town, go get our tickets, then repair to Zorba’s for a pre-concert supper. It saves the second trip to town and all that rushing around. Every year I promise myself to make a patron donation and every year I forget.
Tonight’s concert — a flute/cello/piano Dolce Suono trio , pictured — promises to be especially delightful. They’ll play a piece written for them by Grammy-winning composer Richard Danielpour, a reflection on his Persian-Jewish heritage, plus works by George Gershwin and Ned Rorem and excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s ‘West Side Story.’
The next dates are Thursday, July 14, with the Voxare Quartet (Barber, Harrison, Shostakovich), and Tuesday, July 26, with the Linden Quartet (Mozart, Ravel, and Schumann).
So maybe I’ll see you in line?