11:30am: Mix and Mingle (Cash Bar)
“Reflections on Princeton: Music, Arts and More” with Professor Steven Mackey
Join your fellow Club members for the Annual Meeting. Great food, drink and camaraderie with your fellow Princetonians awaits! There will be a brief business meeting, including the election of Directors and Officers. A highlight of the Annual Meeting each year is the presentation by our dashing and debonair Alumni Schools Chairman, Clay Brooker P’91, of the Junior Book Awards to outstanding high school students from our area. We are also thrilled to welcome Princeton Professor & Grammy Winner Steven Mackey. Mackey is currently Professor of Music and former chair of the Department of Music at Princeton University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1985. Helping to shape the next generation of composers and musicians, he teaches composition, theory, twentieth century music, improvisation, and a variety of special topics. He regularly coaches and conducts new work by student composers, as well as 20th-century classics. He was the recipient of Princeton University’s first Distinguished Teaching Award in 1991. The composer’s numerous honors and awards include a Grammy, several awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and a Kennedy Center Friedheim Award. He has also been the composer-in-residence at major music festivals such as Tanglewood, Aspen and the Holland Festival.
There are a dozen CDs devoted exclusively to Mackey’s music and many others that contain individual works. Dreamhouse (2010) and Lonely Motel: Music from Slide (2011) were each nominated for four Grammy awards, and Lonely Motel, performed by Mackey, vocalist Rinde Eckert, and groundbreaking contemporary sextet Eighth Blackbird, won the Grammy for Best Small Ensemble Performance. Another Eckert collaboration, Mackey’s opera/monodrama Ravenshead, is recorded on the Minmax label with the Paul Dresher Ensemble. Declared the Best New Opera of 1998 by USA Today, the piece has been performed nearly 100 times to date. Born in 1956 to American parents stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, his first musical passion was playing the electric guitar in rock bands based in northern California. He blazed a trail in the 1980s and ‘90s by including the electric guitar and vernacular music influences in his classical concert music. He regularly performs his own work, including threeelectric guitar concertos and numerous solo and chamber works. He is also active as an improvising musician, and performs regularly with his band Big Farm.
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WHERE: Naples Yacht Club, 700 14th Avenue South, Naples, FL, 34102
DRESS CODE: Princeton Attire
The Annual Meeting is on St. Patrick's day and there will be a parade in downtown Naples on the morning of the Annual Meeting. The map below shows the parade area (the red box) and alternative approaches to the Yacht Club which avoid the parade area (the blue lines).