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Joshua Roman, Cello
Live Music Meditation Outdoors

Princeton University Concerts Debut


Sunday, October 17, 2021, 2:00 PM EDT, 5:30 PM EDT


2PM [SOLD OUT]: Princeton University Graduate College Courtyard

5:30PM [SOLD OUT]: D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center


$25 General | $10 Students.

Both sessions are SOLD OUT. Please note that tickets will not be available for purchase at the door.

Tickets for the final Live Music Meditation Outdoors with Sō Percussion are available here. In the case of inclement weather, tickets will be refundable.

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

Live Music Meditation

About the Event

Breathe in sound and silence through guided meditation as you listen to music more viscerally than ever before, feeling its vibrations slowly fade into the splendor of nature. We invite you to experience our popular Breathe in Music program in a new outdoor format, combining meditation instruction by Matthew Weiner, Associate Dean in the Office of Religious Life, with live music performed by the next generation of classical music stars.

Joshua Roman is a cellist, accomplished composer and curator whose performances embrace musical styles from Bach to Radiohead. Before setting off on his unique path as a soloist, Roman was the Seattle Symphony’s principal cellist—a job he began at just 22 years of age. He has since become renowned for his genre-bending repertoire and wide-ranging collaborations. Roman was named a TED Senior Fellow in 2015. His live performance of the complete Six Suites for Solo Cello by J.S. Bach on TED’s Facebook Page garnered 1.8M live viewers, with millions more for his Main Stage TED Talks/Performances, including an improvisational performance with Tony-winner/MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Bill T. Jones and East African vocalist Somi.

No prior experience with meditation necessary. Each event is limited to 50 participants, and advanced tickets are required for entry. Masks are encouraged. Patrons will be directed to a dedicated seat on the ground, and are asked to remain within this socially-distant space for the comfort of other attendees. If desired, patrons are encouraged to bring a blanket, mat, or chair for use during the meditation, as no seating is provided.

Co-sponsored by the Princeton University Office of Religious Life and Graduate School, and D&R Greenway Land Trust.

Afternoon Session (2PM):

Offering a midday reset within the timeless calm of the graduate college courtyard.

Twilight Session (5:30PM):

Welcoming you to unwind at dusk, watching the sunset together within the magical surroundings of the D&R Greenway Land Trust.

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Joshua Roman Cello

Matthew Weiner Meditation Guide


  • Mark O'Connor

    Appalachia Waltz

  • Allison Loggins-Hull


  • Caroline Shaw

    In Manus Tuas

  • J.S. Bach (2PM)

    Sarabande from Cello Suite No.3 in C major, BWV 1009

  • Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007

  • J.S. Bach (5:30PM)

    Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007