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08-15-19 | Songs for Listening | Marna Seltzer

08-15-19 | Songs for Listening | Marna Seltzer

Marna Seltzer, director of Princeton University Concerts, picked tunes for Thursday, August 15 at Songs for Listening.

Here’s a brief note from Marna on her selections:
”My listening these days is really weird — a lot of Broadway since my daughter is so steeped in it. I love the idea of a musical biography so here are some “song” moments that have inspired me and have defined key moments in my life. Never would have imagined in a million years that I would recommend a song sung by Josh Groban (hope I don’t get kicked off for it) but I think the song is sublime and Dave Malloy [the composer] is a current obsession of mine. “

Marna graduated from Boston University with a BA in music history/theory. Her career began in artist management, first as the personal manager of violinist Itzhak Perlman and then as a manager and booking agent at Herbert Barrett Management. She was then hired by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and worked as its artistic administrator for six years before returning to her childhood home of Chicago where she became executive director of The University of Chicago Presents, the professional concert series at The University of Chicago. In December 2001, the Chicago Tribune recognized Ms. Seltzer as one of two “Chicagoans of the Year” in Classical Music. In 2006, she left the University of Chicago to start Seltzer Arts Consulting & worked as a freelance consultant in the arts management field for 4 years. During that time she ran Salt Bay Chamberfest, a small summer music festival located in Southern Maine. In September 2010, she took the job as the director of Princeton University Concerts. She has served on the boards of Chamber Music America and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. In 2017, she was named one of the Top 30 Professionals of the Year by Musical America. In 2019, she was received the President’s Achievement Award at Princeton, an annual award to four staff members for their exceptional dedication, outstanding contributions and exemplary service.

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Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53' by Brahms, performed by Dame Janet Baker & the London Philharmonic Orchestra
'Erlkonig, S.558 No.4, Piano Transcription after Schubert's D.328: Presto agitato' by Liszt, performed by Oleg Maisenberg
'String Quartet No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 1, No.1, Mvt.III Adagio' by Haydn, performed by Peterson Quartet
'Dust & Ashes' by Josh Groban from 'Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812'
'Singing with a Stranger by Gabriel Kahane from 'Book of Travelers'


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