Kenneth Bean’s podium debut with the Princeton Symphony


RISING STAR: Violinist Alexi Kenney is the soloist for the Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s Feb. 5-6 concerts at Richardson Auditorium. (Photo by Grittani Creative LTD)

Kenneth Bean, newly appointed Associate Conductor Georg and Joyce Albers-Schonberg of the (PSO) Princeton Symphony Orchestra, makes his podium debut with performances Saturday, February 5 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 6 at 4 p.m. Violinist Alexi Kenney also makes his PSO debut with his interpretation of Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto.

Also on the program is the Ballade in A minor, Op. 33 and Symphony No. 9 by Antonin Dvorák, From the New World. Both concerts take place at the Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University. All attendees are required to wear masks at all times inside the building, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and must have received boosters, if eligible.

“We call Richardson home. It is a very special and intimate concert hall with a wonderful sense of history, and our musicians produce exceptional sound here,” said Music Director Rossen Milanov. “I am delighted to have Kenneth Bean as my artistic partner and know he can expect a warm welcome from our customers.”

Bean is a bandleader in the Philadelphia area, as well as an active freelance trumpeter. He received a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Masters in Music Education from Jackson State University. He was appointed Georg and Joyce Albers-Schoberg Assistant Conductor of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra in October 2021 and, in this capacity, is conductor of the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey’s Symphonic Orchestra.

The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Fellowship and a 2020 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, Kenney is also comfortable creating experimental programs and commissioning new works, and performing solo with major orchestras in the States. United and overseas. During the 2021-22 season, in addition to his appearance with the PSO, he made his debut as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Orchester de la Suisse Romande, Virginia Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Eugene Symphony and the New Haven Symphony, and returned to perform with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, California Symphony Orchestra and Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets start at $20, youth (ages 5-17) are half price. Visit princetonsymphony.org or call (609) 497-0020.

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