The Princeton Region News


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5/7/2017 Member News
Princeton Symphony Orchestra Metamorphosis Concert


PHOTO 1:  PSO Music Director Rossen Milanov CREDIT T. Kevin Birch

PHOTO 2:  Zhou Tian CREDIT Zhou Tian


April 20, 2017

Contact: Carolyn Dwyer

     (609) 497-0020    


Princeton Symphony Orchestra Metamorphosis Concert Features
US Premiere and Early 20th Century Works by Debussy and Hindemith


Princeton, NJ—On Sunday, May 7 at 4 pm, Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) Music Director Rossen Milanov returns to the podium to conduct the US premiere of Zhou Tian’s Broken Ink and Claude Debussy’s La Mer, followed by Paul Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber at the Metamorphosis concert at Richardson Auditorium. The US premiere of Broken Ink is supported by the Hangzhou Federation of Literary and Art Circles, co-commissioners of the work with the Hangzhou city government. Members of the Hanzhou Federation are traveling from China to Princeton to attend the May 7 concert and a reception to follow, hosted by the Princeton University Art Museum and open to all concert attendees.

PSO Executive Director Marc Uys says, “Rossen (Milanov) and I look forward to welcoming members of the Hangzhou Federation, especially Vice Chair Min Zhang to Princeton. Zhou Tian’s composition pairs influences of Song dynasty poetry, an important part of Hangzhou’s cultural heritage, with the sound of our Western symphonic orchestra.” This is the second time members of the Hangzhou Federation have visited Princeton. They were present for the PSO’s 2012 US premiere of Zhou Tian’s The Grand Canal.

Critically acclaimed for his lush and distinctive musical voice, Chinese-American composer Zhou Tian’s music has been performed by major orchestras at prestigious venues around the world. He is a first-prize winner of the Washington International Competition for Composition and the ASCAP/Lotte Lehmann Art Song Competition, and has held fellowships from Tanglewood and Aspen music festivals. He will discuss Broken Ink with Rossen Milanov at the 3 pm Pre-Concert Talk, free to ticket holders in Richardson Auditorium immediately prior to the concert.

The program also features two early 20th Century works by master composers. Debussy’s La Mer is noted for its impressionistic depiction of the sea. Paul Hindemith’s contrapuntal Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber draws the concert, and the PSO’s season, to an enthusiastic and optimistic close.

Tickets for Metamorphosis and other PSO Classical Series concerts are on sale at the following price levels: $82, $65, $52, $33, and $25 (student). Includes admission to 3 pm Pre-Concert Talk. Six-concert subscriptions for 2017-18 are also available. Purchase at or call (609) 497-0020.

In a Beat

Sunday, May 7, 2017 – 4 pm; Pre-Concert Talk – 3 pm; Richardson Auditorium



Rossen Milanov, conductor

Zhou Tian, guest composer

Zhou Tian                                                  Broken Ink*

Claude Debussy                                    La Mer  

Paul Hindemith                                    Symphonic Metamorphosis
of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

*US Premiere, with support from the Hangzhou Federation of Literary and Art Circles

Tickets: $82, $65, $52, $33, and $25 (student)

Programs, artists, dates, and times are subject to change.

Calendar Listing:

Sunday, May 7 at 4 pm – Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) Metamorphosis concert features the US premiere of Zhou Tian’s Broken Ink, Claude Debussy’s La Mer, and Paul Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber. Rossen Milanov conducts. 3pm Pre-Concert Talk free to ticket-holders. Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, on the campus of Princeton University. Tickets: $82, $65, $52, $33, and $25 (student); or 609 497-0020.



Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, internationally renowned conductor Rossen Milanov was appointed music director of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra in 2009. With an impressive pedigree, including positions at the Philadelphia Orchestra, he has since galvanized the PSO with his energetic and exacting conducting. Mr. Milanov’s exuberant and brilliant performances are characterized by sharp musical intellect, artistic ingenuity, poetic eloquence and critical acclaim.

Mr. Milanov is also at the helm of the Columbus Symphony, the Chautauqua Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinf?nica del Principado de Asturias in Oviedo, Spain.  At the PSO, his programming embraces the standard repertoire, rarities and premiers performed by emerging and superstar soloists and featuring celebrated American composers.

Mr. Milanov is deeply committed to music education and every season he leads the PSO’s BRAVO concerts for thousands of children. He was named Bulgaria’s Musician of the Year in 2005; he won a 2011 ASCAP award for new music at the PSO; and he was selected as one of the top 100 most influential people in New Jersey in 2014. He is a graduate of Curtis and The Juilliard School.


The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is a cultural centerpiece of the Princeton community and one of New Jersey’s finest music organizations, a position established through performances of beloved masterworks, innovative music by living composers, and an extensive network of educational programs offered to area students free of charge. Led by Music Director Rossen Milanov, the PSO presents orchestral, pops, and chamber music programs of the highest artistic quality, supported by lectures and related events that supplement the concert experience. Through PSO BRAVO!, the orchestra produces wide-reaching and impactful education programs in partnership with local schools and arts organizations that culminate in students attending their first live orchestral performance. With considerable community support and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the PSO is also a multiple-year recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ highest honors. The PSO has been recognized for its commitment to new music with an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and a Copland Fund Award. The only independent, professional orchestra to make its home in Princeton, the PSO performs at historic Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University.

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