Westminster Celebrates Opening of Princeton High School Performing Arts Center
Westminster will join the greater Princeton community
on Saturday, October 14, to celebrate the opening of the eagerly
awaited Princeton High School Performing Arts Center.
From noon until 4 p.m. students from the College
and Westminster Conservatory will join 30 other community groups
for an outdoor festival on Walnut Lane. They will distribute balloons
and invite visitors to join in playing such games as “guess
the weight of the handbell” and “name the composer.”
Indoors, the Westminster Symphonic Choir and members
of Westminster Music Theater will perform in a showcase in the
new auditorium. The Choir, conducted by Joe Miller,
will perform works from its October 20 concert at Saint Paul’s
Roman Catholic Church. The music theater students will perform
excerpts from The Baker’s Wife, which it is presenting
at Stuart Country Day School October 13 through 15. Westminster
Conservatory students will perform solo works and chamber music
in the new black box theater.
Visitors will also be offered tours of the new
facilities at the high school and at John Witherspoon Middle School.
Rider contributed approximately $250,000, funded
by private gifts, to underwrite the cost of enhancements to the
new auditorium. The improvements include:
• a partial orchestra pit seating 32 instrumentalists
• extensions that will enlarge the stage to hold up to 108
singers and allow for larger-scale performances with orchestra
• a handicap lift.
The contribution will guarantee Westminster rent-free access
to the auditorium for 20 years including 25 days of use annually
with an option of increasing this number to 40 days subject to
Westminster’s first full concert at the Princeton High
School Performing Arts Center will be Saturday, October 28 at
7:30 p.m. Westminster Chapel Choir and Westminster Schola Cantorum,
conducted by James Jordan, Sun Min Lee
and Andrew Megill, will perform varied
choral works in a program entitled “A Choral Tapestry.”
December 2 and 3, Westminster Opera Theater will present Puccini’s
Gianni Schicchi and Holst’s Savitri.
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