Princeton gets $10 million gift for new music building

Princeton gets $10 million gift for new music building


norman lebrecht

April 15, 2015

Albert Einstein’s school was always stronger on physics than on the arts, but the old boy was passionate about playing the violin – so much so that he once said, ‘Life without playing music is inconceivable for me.’

Princeton is building an arts complex. This week, an anonymous old boy and his wife gave $10 million for a music building. Details here.

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  • suzanne says:

    Albert Einstein was actually at the Institute for Advanced Study, which is independent of Princeton University. The Institute has a fine chamber music hall and a composer/artist-in-residence program.

    • MWnyc says:

      I’ve heard only one concert at the Institute for Advanced Study, and I don’t know if the hall I heard it in is the chamber music hall you refer to, but the acoustic I heard was awful. The place both looked and sounded like an auditorium for lectures.

      I heard the same program a few months later in a church in another city, and the difference was enormous.

    • Dave says:

      I second that. I saw Lise de la Salle and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at the Richardson Auditorium on campus not too long ago. It’s a pleasant venue for concerts.