New outdoor Princeton Festival will be held in June at Morven

Storm Larg will kick off the Princeton Festival with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Laura Domela courtesy of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

The Princeton Festival will return this year and will run from June 10-25 on the grounds of Morven Museum & Garden. In the summer of 2021, the festival merged with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

“Building on the Princeton Festival’s unique 17-year history, we are embarking on a new vision of a summer festival filled with wonderful performances in a unique summer setting,” said Princeton Symphony Orchestra Music Director Rossen Milanov. “We are welcoming our audiences with a wide spectrum of exciting events ranging from orchestral and chamber music performances, fully staged operas, popular entertainment, jazz, and baroque music to events designed to be enjoyed by the whole family. I have always dreamed of PSO having a summer presence, and look forward to connecting in a new and exciting way with our diverse community.” 

A large tent will be built on the grounds of Morven to accommodate the festival. Lectures and receptions will take place in the museum’s Stockton Education Center, and the gardens and lawn areas will be available for picnicking and other outdoor activities.

“Throughout the pandemic, we learned music and Morven are natural partners,” Morven Museum & Garden Executive Director Jill Barry said. “The Festival will elevate summer concerts to new heights. With so many different performances in the historic setting, it will be an unparalleled experience for music lovers.”

Storm Larg is opening the festival with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. The Signum Quartet will be presenting a two-evening cycle of Franz Schubert’s late string quartets, and the Baroque group The Sebastians will also perform at the festival. Opera performances will include Derrick Wang’s “Scalia/Ginsburg,” Mozart’s “The Impresario,” and Britten’s “Albert Herring.” There are plans for pops concerts with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and club-like evenings with jazz performance and cabaret nights, complete with a VIP lounge.

More details about performances, a full schedule of events, and tickets will be available online in the early spring.

The 2015 Princeton Festival performance of Figaro. Photo by Jessi Franko courtesy of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.