Princeton Symphony Orchestra


  1. Ode to Joy

    By: Eric Schultz December 17th this year is Beethoven’s 250th birthday. Musicians and music lovers around the world are celebrating. We’d like to share our own PBS program featuring the great composer’s Symphony No. 9, […]

  2. “Dreaming of Utopia: Roosevelt, NJ” at Morven Museum & Garden

    This article by Susan Wallner was first published by Jersey Arts December 16, 2019.  A story about “Dreaming of Utopia” aired on State of the Arts in December 2019, and can be seen here. In […]

  3. Mary McDonnell stars in “Gloria: A Life”

    Mary McDonnell stars in Gloria: A Life! Watch the story here. For Mary, it’s a reunion of sorts with the playwright, Emily Mann. Mary and Emily first worked together in 1980, and have been fast […]

  4. The Atlantic City Show

    By: Mae Eli Kellert State of the Arts has dedicated special episodes entirely to iconic New Jersey cities like Trenton, Montclair, and Princeton – now, it’s Atlantic City’s turn. This historic boardwalk town is home to […]

  5. Remembering Toshiko (1922 – 2011)

    by Susan Wallner March 10, 2011 In the early 1990s, when I was still a production assistant at State of the Arts, I had the idea to do a half-hour documentary about Toshiko Takaezu, the […]

  6. 2018 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Nominations!

    State of the Arts has been nominated for 10 Mid-Atlantic Emmys! The award ceremony will be on October 13 in Philadelphia. ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT NEWS SINGLE STORY “Turning the Page on Black Comics”- PCK Media Eric Schultz, Producer […]


    Last week at a small theater on Princeton’s campus, a happening took place. Led by Geoffrey Hendricks, a cheerful, tall, slim artist in his 80s, it was a joyful event with no words but many […]


    The Princeton Symphony Orchestra loves to tackle big artistic themes and cross-pollinate with other artists, scholars, museums and arts organizations.  This weekend (October 5-6) the PSO performs composer Derek Bermel’s Migration Series Jazz Concerto with […]


  1. Princeton Symphony Orchestra

    On opening night, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra joins orchestras and musicians around the world to celebrate the 100th birthday of legendary conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein. Meet the PSO’s music director Rossen Milanov and New […]

  2. Princeton Children’s Book Festival

    A visit to the wildly popular Princeton Children’s Book Festival. More than 80 authors and illustrators from across the United States meet with throngs of kids. We talk to Princeton-based author of the comic strip […]

  3. Princeton & Slavery

    Princeton University faces its legacy of slavery in a wide-ranging history project that engages the public with art, theater, and more. “History is not the only way to interpret the past,” says Martha Sandweiss, the […]

  4. Ai Weiwei in Princeton

    Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei is an international celebrity. The Chinese government has revoked his passport, but through Twitter, his art exhibitions at museums like the Hirshhorn and the Tate, and the documentary “Ai Weiwei: […]

  5. Westminster Choir at Alexander Hall, Princeton

    The Westminster Choir performs at Alexander Hall at Princeton University in 2012 after recent performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall. Back home in Princeton, the […]

  6. The Dryden Ensemble

    The Dryden Ensemble, based in Princeton, New Jersey, uses instruments of the 17th and 18th centuries to perform music of the same period. In March 2020, the group performed the St. John Passion of J.S. […]

  7. Greensboro Community Reading

    The McCarter Theatre travels to Greensboro, North Carolina for a community reading of Emily Mann’s 1996 play, Greensboro: A Requiem, on the 40th anniversary of the Greensboro Massacre. On November 3, 1979, Klan members joined […]

  8. Dreaming of Utopia

    Dreaming of Utopia: Roosevelt, New Jersey is an exhibit at Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton (Nov 15, 2019- May 10, 2020). It explores Roosevelt’s history and artistic legacy, starting with its creation in the […]

  9. Geoffrey Hendricks

    State of the Arts remembers Geoffrey Hendricks, a founding member of the Fluxus artists’ group at Rutgers University, where he taught for almost 50 years. Also known as the “Cloudsmith,” Geoffrey brought joy through his […]

  10. Gary Erbe

    Meet Gary Erbe, a modern master of the ancient art of trompe l’oeil painting. A French term, trompe l’oeil literally means “fool the eye,” and that is exactly what Erbe does in truly astonishing ways. […]

  11. Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail

    The Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail in Princeton, NJ adds a 50th poem to its popular nature walk, “Spineless,” by New Jersey poet Lois Marie Harrod. The McVays lead the walk and readings and […]

  12. The Martian Art Project

    In 1938, Orson Welles starred in the radio broadcast of “The War of the Worlds.” It sparked a panic, as the program’s newsy style led listeners to believe that real Martians had landed in Grover’s […]

  13. Dance for Architecture

    Steven Holl Architects designed the new Lewis Arts complex at Princeton University, and also co-created “Tesseracts of Time: A Dance for Architecture” with choreographer Jessica Lang. According to architect Dimitra Tsachrelia, the design director for […]

  14. Anthony D’Amato

    Rolling Stone calls Anthony D’Amato’s songwriting “folk music raised on New Jersey grit.” He’s back in his home state to play a gig at Montclair’s Outpost in the Burbs. State of the Arts tags along […]

  15. Pride & Prejudice

    Go behind-the-scenes as choreographer Douglas Martin and the American Repertory Ballet (ARB), based in Princeton, NJ, create the first-ever full-length ballet based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

  16. Murder on the Orient Express

    It’s Murder on the Orient Express… for the first time on stage, at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ, from March 14-April 2, 2017. State of the Arts goes behind-the-scenes to see how this […]

  17. Springsteen in Photos

    A new photo exhibition of Bruce Springsteen through the years at Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton reveals the many aspects of the rock legend. The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles organized this show of […]

  18. Ursula von Rydingsvard

    “Uroda” is an 18 1/2 foot high sculpture created by Ursula von Rydingsvard for the campus of Princeton University is one of the largest ever made in copper. State of the Arts meets the artist, […]

  19. I Might Be Next

    I Might Be Next: Jerry Gant & Bryant Lebron is an exhibit at the Criminal Justice Gallery at Rutgers University, Newark, in the same building as the law school.  It’s part of the Paul Robeson Galleries at […]

  20. Pradhanica in America

    The traditional tabla music and Kathak dance of northern India are evolving with Pradhanica, a multi-ethnic ensemble based in Edison, NJ. Meet the artists of Pradhanica, who are from South Korea, the United States, and […]

  21. A Time for Bach

    A Time for Bach is a film made in 1948 about the Bach Aria Group. The group was founded in 1946 by the eminent Princeton-based scholar and musician William H. Scheide, who also commissioned the film. […]

  22. Michael Graves: Past As Prologue

    The extraordinary career of architect, designer, and artist Michael Graves in “Past as Prologue: The History and Future of Michael Graves Architecture and Design,” an exhibit at Grounds for Sculpture (October 2014-April 2015). Michael Graves […]

  23. The Understudy

    We recently dropped by McCarter Theatre in Princeton for a preview of the existential, and very funny, play The Understudy. Before that evening’s performance, we spoke with Director Adam Immerwahr about working on a play […]

  24. New Brunswick: Our Town

    Our Town had its first performance 75 years ago at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton. Now, a city-wide celebration with the beloved classic at its center is taking place in New Brunswick. State of the […]

  25. William H. Scheide’s 100th

    The producers of State of the Arts filmed a January 2014 concert in honor of William H. Scheide’s 100th birthday for broadcast on PBS stations throughout the United States. The concert at Princeton University’s Alexander […]

  26. Making Art History in NJ

    “New Jersey as Non-Site” at the Princeton University Art Museum (10/5/13 — 1/5/14) explored how the state became a hot bed of experimental art in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. The exhibition was curated by […]

  27. Migration Series Concerto

    The Great Migration changed America, and painter Jacob Lawrence told the story of black migration from the rural south to the industrial north in pictures. The paintings became famous in the 1940s. Now the story […]

  28. Rutgers & the Avant Garde

    New Jersey was a hotbed of experimental art in the mid-2oth century, especially in and around Rutgers-New Brunswick. The movement, sometimes called “Fluxus,” was led by philosopher, writer, artist, and Rutgers professor Allan Kaprow (1927-2006). […]

  29. Emily Mann

    Playwright Emily Mann marked 20 years as artistic director of Princeton’s McCarter Theatre in 2009 with a new production of her landmark play, “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters First 100 Years.” In this story, Mann […]

  30. The Scheide Library

    William H. Scheide is a scholar, musician, philanthropist, and collector of rare books and manuscripts; he is a true Renaissance man. On January 25, 2014, the longtime Princeton resident celebrates his 100th birthday with a […]

  31. Michael Graves: The Warehouse

    Click here to watch “Michael Graves: The Warehouse”       Take a personal tour with Michael Graves of his home, “The Warehouse.” This half-hour documentary was produced in 2011, and features extensive interviews with […]

  32. The Convert

    “The Convert” premiered in January 2012 at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ. It’s written by Danai Gurira, a young Zimbabwe-American playwright who is also an accomplished actor. Currently, she’s starring as Michonne in […]

  33. The Fertile Crescent

    Contemporary women artists from the Middle East challenge Western stereotypes and tell gripping narratives of their lives in a part of the world that remains veiled to many. From August 2012 through January 2013, Rutgers […]

  34. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

    Winner of the 2013 Tony for Best Play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” premiered at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ. Christopher Durang’s play is set in a Bucks County farmhouse, similar to […]

  35. Sigalit Landau and Zeina Barakeh

    Israeli artist Sigalit Landau and Paletinian-Lebanese artist Zeina Barakeh introduce their videos, which were featured in “The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society.” Sigalit is a dancer and artist who has created a poetic 3-channel […]

  36. Lustig Dance Theatre

    State of the Arts visits LustigDanceTheatre in a dress rehearsal for “Dialogues,” a work choreographed by artistic director Graham Lustig to music by Pat Rasile. “Dialogues” features four generations of women, including  Alice Teirstein, a […]

  37. Cameron Carpenter

    Virtuoso organist and iconoclastic showman Cameron Carpenter talks about his mentor James Litton and his inspiring years as a student at the American Boy Choir School in Princeton. See performances at NJPAC in Newark, NJ, […]

  38. Morven Musuem & Garden

    State of the Arts shows how Morven, once the Princeton residence of Richard Stockton, New Jersey’s only signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his wife, poet Annis Boudinot, became an historic museum and garden. […]

  39. Painters of the Jersey Shore

    “Coastal Impressions: Painters of the Jersey Shore, 1880-1940” is an exhibition at Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton, and the subject of a new book by Roy Pedersen. Artists such as Edward Boulton, Albert Reinhart, […]

  40. Toshiko Takaezu

    Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011) lived most of her life in rural New Jersey, where she made pots, gardened, and taught ceramics at nearby Princeton University. She was born in Hawaii to Japanese parents, where she grew […]

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