From Department of Music at Princeton: “ORCHESTRA OF THE ACCADEMIA TEATRO ALLA SCALA”

Department of Music at Princeton

From Department of Music at Princeton


Iván Fischer, Budapest, 2015 by Kispados

Tues. Oct 23, 7:30PM | Free, Ticketed
Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall
Princeton University Orchestra Presents

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The Princeton University Orchestra presents Milan’s legendary Teatro Alla Scala affiliate orchestra for young professionals, conducted by internationally renowned conductor Iván Fischer in a FREE (but ticketed) one-night-only guest appearance.


The touring Orchestra of the Accademia Teatro Alla Scala has played all over the world, with recent highlights including the Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow), Royal Opera House (Muscat), and La Fenice (Venice). Over its history, the Orchestra has been led by a long list of preeminent conductors including Zubin Mehta, Christoph Eschenbach, and Gustavo Dudamel; the ensemble has also collaborated with soloists from Lang Lang to Herbie Hancock.

Iván Fischer is the founder and music director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, as well as music director of Berlin’s Konzerthaus and Konzerthaus Orchestra. A frequent guest conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Cleveland Orchestra, the Maestro has also received the Golden Medal Ward from the President of the Republic of Hungary, and the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum for his services in promoting international cultural relations, among many other honors.

The La Scala Academy Orchestra traces its origin to the master courses for young musicians embarking on a career in a professional orchestra. It is currently the only institution providing training across the entire orchestra repertoire: symphonies, operas, and ballets. Under the guidance of acclaimed musicians and the first chairs of the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, the two-year curriculum provides individual training in the chosen instrument and ensemble lessons in chamber music, orchestra sections, and full orchestra exercises.

The Academy Orchestra performs at famous theatres, concert societies, and international festivals. The more notable venues include Teatro alla Scala, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, the Royal Opera House in Muscat, La Fenice of Venice, Teatro Massimo of Palermo, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Teatro Bellini of Catania, the RAI Auditorium in Turin, the Ravello Festival, and the Kissinger Sommer Festival.

Naturally, the La Scala Academy Orchestra works closely with Teatro alla Scala, which welcomes it to the pit for one of the season’s operas. Notable titles have included Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali, L’occasione fa il ladro, L’italiana in Algeri, Don Pasquale, La scala di seta, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Die Zauberflöte, and, most recently, Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. In 2018 Alì Babà e i Quaranta ladroni by Luigi Cherubini and in 2019 Prima la musica poi le parole by Antonio Salieri, Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini and Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi.

But of course Teatro alla Scala is also famous for ballet, and the Academy Orchestra has accompanied the Ballet Corps on a number of occasions, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Giselle, Onegin, and Histoire de Manon.

Over its history, the Orchestra has been led by a long list of preeminent conductors: Yuri Temirkanov, Zubin Mehta, Fabio Luisi, Ádám Fischer, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Roland Böer, Michele Mariotti, Gustavo Dudamel, Gianandrea Noseda, Stefano Ranzani, Ottavio Dantone, Giovanni Antonini, John Axelrod, Susanna Mälkki, Pietro Mianiti, Daniele Rustioni, David Coleman, Mikhail Tatarnikov, and Lorenzo Viotti. It has also accompanied soloists of the caliber of Lang Lang, Herbie Hancock, Alexei Volodin, Simon Trpčeski, David Fray, Olga Kern, and Alessandro Taverna.

Gioachino Rossini Overture to La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie)

Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64

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Princeton’s Department of Music is at the epicenter of a musical culture that is broad and deep, reaching from edge to edge of the campus, from the classroom to the concert hall, and from faculty-led groups to those run exclusively by students.

There are several levels of involvement that students can have with the Department of Music: Graduate students can earn a Ph.D. in one of the two main areas of our Graduate program – composition or musicology – including opportunities to focus on theory or ethnomusicology. Undergraduate students can major in music, in a program with emphasis on writing music or writing about music. Undergraduates can also earn certificates in the Program in Musical Performance, both as Music Majors and as majors of other departments. Those who do not plan to pursue a degree or certificate in music are of course welcome to take courses with world-renowned composers and music historians, take instrumental or voice lessons in the private studios of top professionals, and audition to perform with our many ensembles: six jazz groups, three choruses, two orchestras, a wind ensemble, an opera theater, a musical comedy troupe, at least a dozen chamber music ensembles, a laptop orchestra, and almost twenty small a cappella singing groups.

Community members can attend numerous concerts throughout the academic year. In addition to student performances, world-renowned artists appear on the Princeton University Concerts series; leading performers of contemporary music showcase compositions by faculty and graduate composers through the Princeton Sound Kitchen; Sō Percussion, the Edward T. Cone Artists-in-Residence, perform and engage with the community. The student-run radio station WPRB: 103.3 FM broadcasts many styles of music, often featuring Princeton student performances.

An important feature hard to discern from a list of courses and ensembles is the Music Department’s emphasis on collaboration. This manifests not only within the department (graduate composers composing for the undergraduate orchestra, graduate musicologists making a performance edition for an undergraduate opera production), but in collaboration with other departments as well. Frequent interdisciplinary collaborators with the music department include students and faculty from Architecture, African American Studies, Computer Science, Irish Studies, and the programs in Theater, Dance, Visual Art, Music Theater, and Creative Writing all housed within the Lewis Center for Arts.

John Schaefer

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