Fall Arts Preview: Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-20 Season


The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) announced its 2019-20 Season celebrating Music Director Rossen Milanov’s 10th anniversary. Mr. Milanov is honored to have recently been named the inaugural Edward T. Cone Music Director. The Maestro’s 10th anniversary season offers Saturday and Sunday performances of all programs and features soloists including pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton and Natasha Paremski, cellist Pablo Ferrandez, clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and violinist Stefan Jackiw. Audience favorite, violinist Daniel Rowlandreturns will perform Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto” with cellist Maja Bogdanovićand and pianist Steven Beck.

Patrons can look forward to an all-Mozartopening concert, symphonies by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherezade,” Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” concertos by Rachmaninoff, Elgar, Mendelssohn and Beethoven, and contemporary works by Anna Clyne and Julian Grant. In keeping with the PSO’s commitment to supporting today’s composers, the orchestra performs a new work by Saad Haddad, his second to be co-commissioned by the PSO. All concerts are at Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University.


All Mozart – Edward T. Cone Concert
Sept. 21 at 8 p.m.
Sept. 22 at 4 p.m.; Pre-Concert Talk, 3 pm – Richardson Auditorium
Rossen Milanov, conductor
Christina Naughton, piano
Michelle Naughton, piano

Mozart/Overture to “The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492”
Mozart/Piano Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos in E-flat Major, K. 365
Mozart/Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 “Jupiter”


Paremski plays Rachmaninoff
Bernhard Gueller, conductor
Natasha Paremski, piano
Oct. 5 at 8 p.m.
Oct. 6 at 4 p.m.; Pre-concert talk, 3 pm – Richardson Auditorium

Mikhail Glinka/Overture to “Ruslan and Lyudmila”
Sergei Rachmaninoff/Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18
Pyotr Ilyich Tchhaikovsky/Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64


Elgar & Brahms
Oct. 26 at 8 p.m.
Oct. 27 at 4 p.m.; Pre-concert talk, 3 p.m. – Richardson Auditorium
Rossen Milanov, conductor
Pablo Ferrandez, cello

Jean Sibelius/”The Swan of Tuonela,” Op. 22
Edward Elgar/Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85
Johannes Brahms/ Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90


Jan. 18, 2020, at 8 p.m.
Jan. 19, 2020, at 4 p.m.; Pre-Concert Talk, 3 p.m. – Richardson Auditorium
Rossen Milanov, conductor
Kinan Azmeh, clarinet

Jacques Ibert/ “Escales” (Ports of Call)
Saad Haddad/ Clarinet Concerto*  World Premiere
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov/ “Scheherazade,” Op. 35

*A commission of the PSO and the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University


Stefan Jackiw plays Mendelssohn
March 21, 2020, at 8 p.m.
March 22, 2020, at 4 p.m.; Pre-concert talk, 3 p.m. – Richardson Auditorium
Rossen Milanov, conductor
Stefan Jackiw, violin

Julian Grant/ 五代同堂 (Five Generations, One House)
Felix Mendelssohn/ Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
Beethoven/Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36


Pictures at an Exhibition
May 16, 2020, at 8 p.m.
May 17, 2020 – 4 p.m.; Pre-concert talk, 3 p.m. – Richardson Auditorium
Rossen Milanov, conductor
Daniel Rowland, violin; Maja Bogdanović, cello; Steven Beck, piano

Anna Clyne/”Masquerade”
Beethoven/“Triple Concerto” for Violin, Cello, and piano in C Major, Op. 56
Modest Mussorgsky/”Pictures at an Exhibition”
(arr. Ravel)

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra 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 Edward T. Cone 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.