Designed to help people connect over a mutual interest in music, this groundbreaking program—facilitated by The Singles Group, NJ’s largest singles company—includes speed dating and find your friends paired with concerts on Princeton University Concerts’ Performances Up Close series, at the historic Maclean House
on the Princeton University campus.
PRINCETON, NJ—In the aftermath of pandemic shutdowns, Princeton University Concerts (“PUC”) is redoubling its commitment to providing new points of connection through music. In December, the concert series launches a brand-new initiative: Do-Re-Meet – Social Events for Music Lovers. The first program of its kind, Do-Re-Meet encompasses a variety of pre-concert events including a speed dating session; Find Your Friends, a “speed friending” event for people seeking a concert-going community; and an LGBTQ+ Single Mingle, presented in partnership with the Princeton University Gender + Sexuality Resource Center.
Attendees will enjoy an evening of hors d’oeuvres and new connections facilitated by The Singles Group at the historic Maclean House on Princeton’s campus. They will then take a short walk together to Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall to enjoy a concert on PUC’s Performances Up Close series.
Princeton University Concerts’ Director Marna Seltzer shares: “A mutual love of music can serve as such a strong point of connection between individuals. Community is at the core of our vision here at PUC. ‘The world’s greatest musicians among friends’ has been our tagline for years. Do-Re-Meet is the extension of that vision. We’re so excited to be the first concert series offering speed dating and speed friending social events.”
Outreach Manager Dasha Koltunyuk shared that she met her husband, composer/pianist Gregg Kallor, at a PUC Performances Up Close event several years ago. “We happened to sit next to each other at a performance by the Escher String Quartet, and it was love at first note,” she describes. “I so hope that these Do-Re-Meet events will help others find that same incredibly deep connection—whether romantic or platonic—that music can so magically foster.”
Tickets for the full evening—admission to both the Do-Re-Meet event and the ensuing concert—are $50 General/$20 Student. Patrons already holding tickets to events on the Performances Up Close series can add-on the Do-Re-Meet experience by contacting PUC at 609-258-2800 or through puc.princeton.edu
INAUGURAL DO-RE-MEET EVENTS:
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
7:00-8:30 PM Speed Dating social event
9:00 PM concert featuring the tenThing Brass Ensemble
Wondering where you concert date is Haydn? Meet other classical-music-loving singles* in your age group by participating in 8-minute speed dates while enjoying catered appetizers! Everyone will then head over to Richardson Auditorium to be serenaded in a surround-sound holiday concert by the dazzling tenThing Brass Ensemble.
· Group Do: 24-39
· Group Re: 40-59
· Group Mi: 60+
*This event is designated for individuals seeking heterosexual connections. There will be an LGBTQ+ Single Mingle on Wednesday, April 12.
Sunday, March 26, 2022
4:00-5:30 PM Find Your Friends social event
6:00 PM concert featuring the Chiaroscuro Quartet
Want to add to your music-loving friend Liszt? Get to know your fellow audience members through organized rounds of 8-minute “speed friending” sessions over some locally-catered snacks! The merriment will culminate in joining your new friends at Richardson Auditorium to attend a performance by the extraordinary Chiaroscuro Quartet.
Wednesday, April 12, 2022
7:00-8:30 PM Speed Dating social event
9:00 PM concert featuring jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant
Looking for that too-hot-to-Handel concert date? Meet other music-loving LGBTQ+ singles as you enjoy refreshments and ice-breaker activities before sitting together in Richardson Auditorium to experience the legendary jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant live in concert.
This Do-Re-Meet event is presented in partnership with the Princeton University Gender + Sexuality Resource Center.
ABOUT THE SINGLES GROUP
The Singles Group is the largest full-service singles company in the tri-state area, founded by Risa Glaser Grimaldi in 2006. An attorney with an MBA, Glaser pivoted her volunteer experiences running events for charities and non-profits to a singles business 15 years ago. Glaser has now hosted more than 5,000 singles events and has sparked countless matches, weddings, and engagements. She even met her husband at one of her own “8minuteDating” events!