THREE NEW WORKS: American Repertory Ballet dancer Aldeir Monteiro is among those appearing in “Kaleidoscope,” the company’s fall program beginning September 23 at New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Harald Schrader)
By Anne Levin
More than two years after the pandemic paralyzed orchestras, dance companies, and theaters, the 2022-23 season appears to be back on track. Local companies have announced full rosters of in-person performances. Other than the now-expected health and safety advisories, things seem to be back to normal. Following are some of the events planned for fall, winter, and spring.
The season begins on September 10 and 11 when the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) returns to Richardson Auditorium with a program including Fandango by Mexican composer Arturo Márquez. Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers is soloist and Music Director Rossen Milanov conducts. The PSO season continues with its fall fundraiser on October 2, “Britten and Elgar” on October 15 and 16, Holiday POPS December 17, and additional programs including the world premiere of Seven Decisions of Gandhi by William Harvey on May 11 and 12. Visit princetonsymphony.org.
McCarter Theatre is back with a full season of theater, dance, music, and more, starting September 17-October 6 with Sarah DeLappe’s play The Wolves. Other highlights of the season include David Sedaris, the native American and Canadian dance company Indigenous Liberation, The Hot Sardines jazz band, three National Geographic programs, violinist Randall Goosby, and the return of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted and directed by Lauren Keating. Visit mccarter.org.
ON AREA STAGES: Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers is a guest artist with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra at Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium next month. The program is the first of the season’s offerings by local music, theater, and dance organizations. (Photo by David Zentz)
American Repertory Ballet returns to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center September 23-25 with “Kaleidoscope,” which includes a collaboration between choreographer Da’ Von Doane and visual artist Grace Lynne Haynes. The season continues with The Nutcracker at McCarter Theatre, Trenton’s Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial, and New Brunswick’s State Theatre New Jersey, in November and December; the classic Giselle co-choreographed by Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg, in New Brunswick in March; and a performance at New York City’s Kaye Playhouse, also in March. Visit arballet.org.
The eclectic Princeton University Concerts (PUC) series returns to Richardson Auditorium on September 29 with “Healing with Music,” featuring writer/broadcaster/musician Clemency Burton Hill, who will talk about her recovery from a massive brain aneurysm; neurosurgeon Christopher Kellner; and violinist Alexi Kenney. Writer Maria Popova is moderator. In addition to “Healing with Music,” the PUC season includes
additional events in the “All in the Family,” “At the Movies, “Concert Classics,” and “Performances Up Close” series. Visit concerts.princeton.edu.
Trenton’s Passage Theatre Company has one production listed so far for its coming season. Blues in My Soul: The Legend and Legacy of Lonnie Johnson, by David Robson, is at Mill Hill Playhouse October 15-30. The season’s theme is “Foundations for Our Future.” The company’s website reads, “All of the shows are about building on the past in order to create a new future. As we move forward from two very difficult years, we want to acknowledge and reflect on how the lessons we learned from the past will help to shape what’s to come.” Visit passagetheatre.org.
The Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey, led by Daniel Spalding, returns to Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial with Beethoven’s Ode to Joy (Symphony No. 9) on October 22. Soloists are Alex Meakem, Amber Johnson, Stephen Ng, and Mark Hightower. The Somerset Hills Chorus and The Lotus Project also participate. Additional concerts include the traditional New Year’s Eve event, a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald; Vivaldi’s “The Seasons” on March 18, and “Latin American Rhythms” on April 15. Visit capitalphilharmonic.org.