Gustavo Dudamel is PUC's first Artist-in-Residence

At the heart of Princeton University Concerts’ 125th Anniversary Season is a series of concerts and events centered around PUC’s first Artist-in-Residence, conductor Gustavo Dudamel. The maestro, currently the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will visit the Princeton campus three times throughout the 2018-19 season in his first extended University residency: in December, January, and April. 

Previously announced are three chamber concerts curated by Maestro Dudamel that feature ensembles from the orchestras with which he is closely associated – the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Berlin Philharmonic. Each concert will explore music’s relationship to the world around us through a different lens. Four themes –Art & Social Change, Art & Faith, Art & Nature, and Art, Society, & Politics – will be discussed in depth following each concert by prominent thinkers from a range of disciplines, with Maestro Dudamel as host. In addition to the curated concerts, Maestro Dudamel will conduct the Princeton University Orchestra and Glee Club during his April visit. 

In keeping with Dudamel’s vision of bringing classical music beyond the concert hall, the three trips to Princeton will also include campus-wide interdisciplinary collaborations, incorporating collaborations with the University’s Department of Music, Center for Human Values, Program in Latin American Studies, Humanities Council, Lewis Center for the Arts, and the Woodrow Wilson School’s Center for Arts and Cultural Policy. Over a dozen events, many of which are free, are dedicated to music’s capacity to bring people together and serve as a platform for world change. These include panel discussions, public talks, events featuring students of El Sistema music education, art exhibits, celebrations of Latin American culture, and more.



Events take place in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, unless otherwise noted. For more information on tickets, please visit


VISIT #1: DECEMBER 1-2, 2018

VISIT #2: JANUARY 7-9, 2019


VISIT #3: APRIL 22-28, 2019

·       Monday, April 22, 2019

o  7:30PM: Screening of “The Liberator” at the Princeton Garden Theatre with Q&A

·       Tuesday, April 23, 2019

o  6PM: Pre-concert Preview by students from the Harmony Program of New York City

o  7PM: Ensemble Berlin (Musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic)

o  9PM: Post-concert Panel on Art & Nature moderated by Gustavo Dudamel with Nobel prize-winning physicist Kip Thorne and others

·       Wednesday, April 24, 2019

o  8PM: Late Night Chamber Jam with members of the Berlin Philharmonic

·       Thursday, April 25, 2019

o  8PM: Gustavo Dudamel & Fintan O’Toole in Conversation – “The Artist in Society” 

·       Friday, April 26, 2019

o  6:30PM: Pre-concert Panel about the Arts and Social Change moderated by Professor Stanley Katz

o  7:30PM: Gustavo Dudamel Conducts the Princeton University Orchestra & Glee Club

·       Saturday, April 27, 2019

o  4PM: Gustavo Dudamel Conducts the Princeton University Orchestra & Glee Club at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton, NJ

·       Sunday, April 28, 2019

o  Afternoon: Communiversity Showcase featuring hundreds of students from El Sistema-inspired programs throughout New Jersey and beyond