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Music in May at McCarter


McCarter Theatre Center invites audiences to spend the month of May enjoying one (or more) of four special events spanning multiple genres of music.

Simon Shaheen
The most significant Arab musician and performer of his generation, Simon Shaheen’s concerts reflect a legacy of Middle Eastern music, and his acclaim as a virtuoso on the oud and violin have earned him 11 Grammy nominations and a White House National Heritage Award. This evening of music On Friday, May 9th at 8:00 p.m. will move seamlessly from traditional Arabic sounds to jazz and Western classical styles. With his quartet, he continues to forge ahead to new frontiers, while embracing many different styles in the process.

Bill Charlap Trio
For more than 15 years, Bill Charlap has been the greatest jazz purveyor of the Great American Songbook. Other jazzmen of his generation play the harmonies and the melody, he plays the song—the whole song—with his innate sense of time, place and melody. With bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (no relation), the trio has secured its place in jazz history with two Grammy nominations. Charlap himself is also the artistic director of New York City's Jazz in July Festival at the 92nd Street Y, and this season curates a three-concert series at NJPAC focusing on the music of Ellington, Gershwin, and Richard Rodgers. Charlap will perform on Saturday, May 10th at 8:00 p.m.

Pinchas Zukerman (violin) and Yefim Bronfman (piano)
The only thing better than one virtuoso in recital is two, and since this pair of master musicians and perennial McCarter favorites love to play together, we’re lucky enough to hear them do so on Monday, May 12th at 7:30 p.m. For over 40 years, Pinchas Zukerman has maintained a prodigious presence around the globe as violinist, violist, teacher, and conductor (of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa). Yefim Bronfman is a legend amongst his peers both as a fearless pianist for whom no score is too demanding, but also for his poetic, poignant touch. Their McCarter collaboration will include sonatas for both violin and viola by Schubert, Beethoven and Brahms.

Moscow Virtuosi – Vladimir Spivakov, conductor and violin
Ever since violinist Vladimir Spivakov founded his Moscow Virtuosi chamber orchestra in 1979, it has been the “gold standard” for similar ensembles around the world. Hand-picked by Spivakov—each orchestra member is a ranking soloist drawn from the principal chairs of the other great orchestras of Russia. Spivakov himself, a violin virtuoso of the highest rank, will join his fellow musicians as the featured soloist in a program of works by Vivaldi, Rossini, and Boccherini, as well as the ever-popular Serenade for Strings O. 48 by Tchaikovsky on Thursday, May 15th at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Information and Performance Schedule

Simon Shaheen – Friday, May 9 at 8:00 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre. Tickets: $45.

Bill Charlap – Saturday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre. Tickets: $50.

Pinchas Zukerman and Yefim Bronfman – Monday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Matthews Theatre. Tickets start at $20.

Moscow Virtuosi – Thursday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Matthews Theatre. Tickets start at $20.

Tickets for all events can be purchased online at, by phone at (609) 258-2787, or in person at the McCarter Theatre Ticket Office, located at 91 University Place in Princeton.

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