The Arts Council of Princeton is pleased to bring our Community Stage initiative to the Solley Theater throughout the year. Community Stage productions are free (or nearly free) events hosted by the Arts Council at the Solley Theater in collaboration with local artists and organizations. This is just one of the ways we bring accessible, innovative, entertaining, and cultural performances to the Princeton community. Here’s what’s happening in our Solley Theater:
Wednesday, November 15 at 7pm, poet, novelist and cultural icon Ntozake Shange will be doing a reading of her poetry collection Wild Beauty. In Wild Beauty, a stirring collection of more than sixty original and selected poems in both English and Spanish, Ntozake Shange shares her utterly unique, unapologetic, and deeply emotional writing that has made her one of the most iconic literary figures of our time. Click here to reserve your seat for this performance on Eventbrite. Free and open to all.
Monday, November 20 at 6:30pm enjoy a performance by the Neighborhood Children’s Choir of Westminster Choir College. This new choral experience for young singers in grades 3 through 5 is led by Assistant Professor Tom Shelton, assisted by Westminster Choir College students, in collaboration with the Princeton Family YMCA. The Westminster Neighborhood Children’s Choir offers choir members the opportunity to sing together, play musical games and develop music reading skills. Click here to reserve your seat for this performance on Eventbrite. Free and open to all.
Wednesday, December 13 at 7pm the Arts Council of Princeton presents the final presentation of Professor Brian Herrera’s “Autobiographical Storytelling: Princeton, Slavery, and Me” offered through Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. The course focuses on the stories we do (and don’t) tell about ourselves, as well as the stories we do (and don’t) tell about Princeton University. Click here to reserve your seat for this performance on Eventbrite. Free and open to all.
Thursday, February 8 at 7pm the African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County will showcase poetry readings by local teens. The focus of the African American Cultural Collaborative is centered on cohesiveness among generations of families to celebrate the rich heritage that unites Africans in the diaspora across cultures. Click here to reserve your seat for this performance on Eventbrite. Free and open to all.
Thursday, March 22 at 7pm the ARB2 will perform. ARB2, American Repertory Ballet’s second company, is a development company for talented young dancers. Dancers in ARB2 work directly with the main company on a daily basis, rehearsing and understudying the professional company in order to develop their performance skills. Free and open to all.
Thursday, April 19 at 7pm the Stretto Youth Chamber Orchestra will feature their Advanced Ensemble and Quartet at the Arts Council. Stretto Youth Chamber Orchestra is first and foremost a team of music lovers who participate in learning and teaching together in an immersion based music learning program. Young musicians come together to tackle the challenge of playing great works of the chamber orchestra literature. Click here to reserve your seat for this performance on Eventbrite. Free and open to all.
Saturday, May 5 at 3pm Legacy Arts International presents the bitKlavier, a radical reimagining of the piano by Princeton University composer and inventor Dan Trueman. Turning the keyboard into a revolutionary music tool, it changes how we think and play the keyboard – a digital expansion of the piano as we know it. LAI’s dynamic teaching team has devised a course using the bitKlavier that puts musicianship and experimentation first. Our young performers will create a musical soundscape that will shatter your idea of what a piano recital is. Performers will play original and specially commissioned compositions for this new digital instrument. Best of all, bitKlavier stations will be set up all around for an interactive experience. Click here to reserve your seat for this performance on Eventbrite. Free and open to all.
On the fourth Saturday of every month for the past 25 years, Café Improv has connected beginning and professional performers in our Solley Theater. Attendees can expect an evening of exciting local music, poetry, comedy, and more. Café Improv is easily accessible to the public through affordable admission rates and televised broadcasts on Princeton Community Television. For more information, visit cafeimprov.com. Admission is $2/$1 ACP members, seniors and students.
A note about our free Community Stage Events: Our policy is first come, first seated. For free events, we strive to overbook to ensure a full house. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance, but registration does not guarantee admission. All registered seats are released 15 minutes before start time, and seats may become available at that time.