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Debussy vs. Prokofiev

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the home of Julian Grant and Peter Lighte on Sunday, May 21, 2017 to participate in the Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s Spring Musicale, Classical Smackdown.

Pianist Frederic Chiu skillfully presented the music of Debussy and Prokofiev side by side during a three-round bout, and guests voted on their favorite composer. While Prokofiev won the hearts of many, Debussy took the lead to win the Smackdown with 55% of the total vote.

The evening was met with enthusiastic feedback!

“Thank you. Love the ‘Smackdown’ concept and voting along the way. Excellent introduction to each of the pieces!”

“Would like to vote down the middle! Debussy’s profundity versus Prokofiev’s fiery individuality and precocity. Thank you, Frederic!”

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