ELEVENTH ANNUAL SŌ PERCUSSION SUMMER INSTITUTE COMES TO PRINCETON JULY 14-27; The intensive two-week chamber music seminar includes dozens of public performances, all of which are free to the public

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The intensive two-week chamber music seminar includes dozens of public performances, all of which are free to the public. 

Sō Percussion (the Princeton University Edward T. Cone Ensemble-in-Residence) is proud to announce events of the 2019 Sō Percussion Summer Institute (“SōSI”). Now in its eleventh year, the two-week chamber music seminar has become a beloved summer cultural tradition in Princeton, filling the town with showcases of the dazzling range of percussion instruments. This year’s institute centers on the “Culture of Collaboration,” drawing attention to the web of contributors involved in every successful artistic project. In addition to performances around Princeton and an annual food-packing event for Arm in Arm (formerly the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County), the institute will include premieres of new pieces written by Princeton University graduate student composers; masterclasses with renowned composers and performers; open readings of participants’ works-in-progress by members of Sō Percussion. Auditing options are available to the general public. Visit  sopercussion.com for more information.



Since its inception in 1999, education has been a vital facet of Sō Percussion’s mission. Its members share a firm belief that inherent in an artist’s career is a responsibility to pass on practical advice and mentorship to young artists. The annual Sō Percussion Summer Institute (SōSI), founded in 2009, seeks to fulfill this promise by providing a unique educational opportunity to percussionists and composers at one of the most critical stages of their development. The program offers a hands-on experience that brings the practical and theoretical together:

  •       Commissioning/Creating new music
  •       Fruitful collaboration with and among artists
  •       The rehearsal and development process
  •       Performance


As of 2014, Sō Percussion are the Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence at Princeton University, making Princeton a year-round hub of their activities. SōSI is an integral part of the thriving scene of performance and composition at Princeton. Each year, Princeton Ph.D. students write new works for SōSI students, and several alumni of the SōSI composition program have since studied there.


Free, no tickets required. Audiences of all ages welcome.

Sunday July 14, 7:00 PM

Percussion Opening Concert**

McAlpin Hall, Woolworth Music Center

Suzanne Farrin – a diamond in the square

    Julia Wolfe – Forbidden Love 


Tuesday July 16, 7:00 PM 

Friends of Sō(SI)**

Troika, Russell Fisher, Matt Overbay

McAlpin Hall, Woolworth Music Center


Wednesday July 17, 7:00 PM

David Degge with Cristina Altamura

McAlpin Hall, Woolworth Music Center

Jason Treuting – “more lines” from another block and more lines

    Robert Honstein – Middle Ground

    Quinn Collins – New Piece*

    Aurél Holló – Cricket Tala

    Wally Gunn – Can You Hear Me?

    Astor Piazzolla – Oblivion and Libertango


Thursday July 18, 7:00 PM

SI at Small World Coffee

14 Witherspoon St.

SōSI percussionists premiere works by SōSI composers

*New Works By:

Rohan Chander – I Should []

Noemi Friedman – you are Disposable

Jasmine Galante – Doubt Comes In 

Luke Haaksma – Music for Baristas 

Jack Impink – Thirteenth

Yaz Lancaster – Sequoia 

Chris Lortie – Incorporated

Samson Matthews – Mouth Music

James Parker – Bottle Rock

Jeremy Rosenstock – Eight Actions in Five Minutes

Niko Schroeder – To Beginnings


Friday July 19, 2:00 PM 

SI at the Princeton Record Exchange 

20 South Tulane St.

Selections To Be Determined


Saturday July 20, 6:00 PM

Princeton Composer Concert**

Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall

*New Works By:

Jenny Beck

Pascal Le Boeuf

Florent Ghys

Molly Herron

Matt McBane

James Moore

Annika Socolofsky


Tuesday July 23, 5:00 PM

SI Art Walk Concerts

Begins at Bloomberg Hall

  1. Sol Lewitt – Wall Drawing #1134, Whirls and Twirls 
  2. Ai Weiwei – Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads
  3. Pablo Picasso – Head of a Woman
  4. Beverly Pepper – Thetis Circle
  5. Tony Smith – Moses
  6. Doug and Mike Starn – (Any) Body Oddly Propped
  7. David Smith – Cubi XIII
  8. Henry Moore – Oval with Points
  9. Louise Nevelson – Atmosphere and Environment X


Tuesday July 23, 7:00PM at the Princeton Public Library 

Albert Hinds Plaza

55 Witherspoon St.

Selections To Be Determined


Wednesday July 24, 7:00pm 

In C  in the Forum

Lewis Arts Complex – The Forum

136 Alexander St.


Friday July 26, 7:00 PM

Percussion Open Composer Readings**

Lewis Arts Complex – Lee Music Room

136 Alexander St.

*New Works By:

Rohan Chander

Noemi Friedman

Jasmine Galante

Luke Haaksma

Jack Impink

Yaz Lancaster

Chris Lortie

Samson Matthews

James Parker

Jeremy Rosenstock

Niko Schroeder


Saturday July 27, 6:00PM 

Summer Institute Closing Concert**

Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall

Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade – Hatters

Viet Cuong – Water, Wine, Brandy, Brine

Donnacha Dennehy – Broken Unison

Kate Neal – What Hath II

    Ju Ri Seo – Triangle Trio

Jason Treuting – Paper Melodies

Dan Trueman – Neither Anvil nor Pulley

    Barbara White – Walking

Suzanne Farrin  – this mind made war


*World Premiere


**Donations of non perishable food, toiletries, and diapers for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) will be collected at these concerts. Audience members may place their donations in the designated boxes outside the performance space.



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