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Fred Hersch, Piano

 Responding to Illness Through Jazz

Princeton University Concerts Debut


Thursday, February 9, 2023, 7:30 PM EST


Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall


General: $40 | Student: $10. Ticketing & COVID-19 Policies>
While standard floor seating is sold out, balcony seating has been added due to popular demand. Online sales have now closed. Tickets can be purchased at the hall starting at 6:45PM. 
The Will Call desk will also open at 6:45PM.

You may also be interested in seeing Fred Hersch at the Princeton Garden Theatre and free Live Music Meditation.


the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade”

—Vanity Fair

Healing with Music

About the Event

“A living legend” (The New Yorker) within jazz’s piano pantheon, fifteen-time GRAMMY nominee Fred Hersch was also one of the first openly gay, HIV-positive jazz musicians. Amidst the demands of an internationally celebrated career, he spent several months in an AIDS-related coma in 2008. And yet, as he shared in an interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air:”

“Certainly since the coma … there seems to be more relaxation, maybe more depth, more direct connection to what I’m playing. I realized when I was that far down that I really wasn’t done yet. There was more that I had to do as a musician, as a partner.”

He makes his Princeton University Concerts debut, as part of our new Healing with Music series, to discuss this profound relationship to music and share “Breath by Breath”—a suite of nine original compositions written during the pandemic, inspired by his longtime practice of mindfulness meditation. Through this combination of performance and conversation with the audience, we will come together to breathe in the life-affirming power of music, guided by an endlessly-inspiring musician who is a living testament to music’s ability to heal.


Humans have been using sounds as a way to exist and endure since the start of time. As we return to the concert hall after the trauma of a pandemic, we will be guided by three artists whose stories of resilience in facing illness and personal upheaval shed light on music’s profound impact in events combining conversation and live performance.

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Fred Hersch Piano

Drew Gress Bass

Jochen Rückert Drums

Crosby Street String Quartet


  • Fred Hersch

    “Breath by Breath”

  • no Sati Suite

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