Westminster's 2017 Art Song Festival focuses on American music


Westminster Choir College presents its 2017 Art Song Festival, titled “American Voice” on Friday and Saturday, February 24 and 25, 2017, in Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, N.J. The festival includes recitals at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. A free symposium titled “Uniquely American Voice,” will be held, from 10 am to 1 pm, on Saturday.

Each evening will feature Westminster Professor J. J. Penna, piano, and Westminster Choir College students. Friday’s recital, titled “An American Modernist Voice,” features works by Charles Ives, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Elliot Carter, John Harbison, John Cage, Joseph Schwantner, William Bolcom, Amy Beth Kirsten and Chris Cerrone.  Saturday’s recital, titled “Voices of Today, Songs by Living American Composers,” features works by John Harbison, Judith Cloud, George Rochberg, William Bolcom, Jeremy Gill, Libby Larsen and James Primosch

The Symposium on Saturday, February 25 includes three presentations.  Dr. Steve Pilkington, associate professor of sacred music, will present “What is American Music?”  Dr. Barry Seldes, emeritus professor of Political Science at Rider University will present “Leonard Bernstein’s Life and Music.” Dr. Matthew Shaftel, dean of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts, will present “Singing an Old Song: Ives’ Hymn Tune Borrowings and the Aesthetics of Nostalgia.”

Admission for each recital is $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. Tickets are available online or by calling the box office at 609-921-2663 Admission to the Saturday Symposium is free.  

Order tickets online or call 609-921-2663.