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Live Music Meditation:
Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord

with meditation instruction by Matthew Weiner


Wednesday, November 8, 2023, 12:30 PM EST


Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall


Free, no tickets required.

When the first notes of [the music] threaded their way into my consciousness, they seemed to come from inside me…music wound its way through me as sound turned pure sensation.”

—The New York Times on PUC's Live Music Meditations

Live Music Meditation

About the Event

Breathe in sound and silence through guided meditation as you listen to music more viscerally than ever before, meditating to the playing of harpsichordist Jean Rondeau, guided by Matthew Weiner, Associate Dean in the Princeton University Office of Religious Life. This is a FREE, unticketed opportunity to indulge in attentive, focused, and mindful listening.

No prior experience with meditation necessary. Capacity is limited, and we advise participants to arrive early—although the event officially begins at 12:30PM, doors to the hall will open and meditation instruction will begin at 12:00PM (noon). The event will conclude by 1:30PM. If desired, attendees may bring floor seating (mat/cushion/etc); seating will be on stage, with chairs provided. For more information about the Live Music Meditation experience, check out this New York Times feature and Performance Today segment

About the Musician:

Described as “one of the most natural performers one is likely to hear on a classical music stage” by the Washington Post, Jean Rondeau is a veritable global ambassador for his instrument. His outstanding talent and innovative approach to keyboard repertoire have been critically acclaimed, marking him out as one of today’s leading harpsichordists. Following a year that saw his debut with the Orchestre de Paris, Rondeau performed a concert tour with the Freiburger Barockorchester and Kammerorchester Basel. He also rejoined long-time collaborator Thomas Dunford following recent appearances at the Stockholm Early Music Festival, the Festival Concentus Moraviae, the Ribeira Sacra Guitar Festival, the Haapsalu Festival and the Hindsgavl Festival. Other major European venues include the Berlin Philharmonie, Frankfurt Opera House, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Liszt Academy in Budapest, Geneva’s Victoria Hall, the Philharmonie de Paris, and London’s Wigmore Hall. Rondeau is signed to Erato as an exclusive artist, with whom he has recorded several albums championing ancient music. His latest solo album Melancholy Grace (2021) was acclaimed as ​“soulful […] varied, [and] wonderful” by the NY Times and ​“sublime” by Le Devoir. In 2018, he played the world premiere (BBC commission) of Eve Risser’s Furakèla for solo harpsichord at the BBC PROMS, having composed his first original film score two years earlier for Christian Schwochow’s Paula, which was premiered at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival. 

Additional Evening Concerts:

Jean Rondeau will also perform in the evening as part of the Performances Up Close series at 6PM & 9PM, with audience seated onstage. Concert info & tickets>

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