Dec 03 Sunday
Mosaic, the annual showcase of the finest ensembles and soloists from the Penn State School of Music. Mosaic offers a fast-paced and varied concert experience, keeping the audience guessing as the performances change placement throughout the venue. Through special lighting effects and placement of musicians in Eisenhower Auditorium, Jazz melds into seventeenth-century masterworks. Voices resound from the balconies. Bands and orchestras fill the venue with waves of magnificent timbers. Each performance merges into the next without interruption of applause, all in a rich display of dynamic and fast-paced sonic color. Be prepared to embark on an exhilarating auditory and visual musical journey full of unexpected, glorious changes. The concert, with a surprise program, will be a highlight of your holiday calendar.
Tickets are $33 for adults and $10 for students. Mosaic provides not only the most vividly diverse concert of the year, but also assists in our scholarship fund for music students. The School of Music invites you to support our students while enjoying an unforgettable musical experience.
Dec 06 Wednesday
Join us for an evening of music including the Penn State Concert Band and Symphonic Band. Concert Band will feature a variety of pieces highlighting the vitality of the modern wind band. Following Concert Band’s portion of the concert, the Penn State Symphonic Band will perform contemporary works by Stamp and Svanoe and will also feature standard works by Grainger and Dello Joio. You will not want to miss the juxtaposition of Steampunk and Medieval music!
Jan 21 Sunday
Piano professor Melody Quah will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s monumental Goldberg Variations. Beloved for its beauty, infamous for its technical demands, the Goldberg remains one of Bach’s most popular works. From its iconic opening aria through its thirty variations, listeners will be treated to a banquet of musical eloquence, invention, and virtuosity.
Feb 11 Sunday
Professor David Stambler presents a recital of classical music for saxophone including works by John Anthony Lennon, David Stambler, Bela Bartok, and more. With Kathy Cinatl, piano, and Jonathan Dexter, cello.
Feb 20 Tuesday
Join the Symphonic Wind Ensemble for a performance themed around the concept of resiliency. From overcoming illness and disability, to finding consciousness, the program explores pieces that speak to the highs and lows of existence. Featured on the program are two School of Music faculty artists – Anthony Costa on clarinet and Rachel Copeland as soprano soloist. Costa will perform the consortium premiere of Amanda Harberg’s gorgeous clarinet concerto. Copeland will sing the moving Symphony from Ivy Green by Mark Camphouse. Ivy Green, the symphony’s namesake and also the birthplace of Helen Keller, sets Helen’s own writings about her life to wind ensemble. Overcoming her loss of sight and hearing, Helen Keller went on to become an educator, author, and activist. Experience the resiliency of the human spirit with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
This concert serves as the preview to the Symphonic Wind Ensemble’s invited performance to the CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association) Regional Conference at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Venue: School of Music Recital Hall, Music Building, University Park campusParking: Parking in the Nittany Deck is available at an hourly or event rate.Purchase Tickets: Arts Ticket Center$12.50 adult | $4.50 studentBox office opens one hour prior to curtain.Livestream Available: School of Music Media
Mar 10 Sunday
Join professor Naomi Seidman for a recital of music from Jewish composers across the diaspora. Music selections include compositions by Aaron Copland, Shulamit Ran, Lex Van Delden, and Leo Smit. She will be joined by violinist Trevor Thompson, violist John Roxburgh, cellist Jon Dexter, and pianist Blair Salter.
Apr 18 Thursday
Celebrate the arrival of summer with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in their final concert of the year titled Jubilation. Opening with Viet Cuong’s energetic and enigmatic Moth, and closing with H. Owen Reed’s La Fiesta Mexicana, the program boasts a beautiful selection of uplifting and joyous works. Joining the ensemble is 2023 Concerto Competiton winner Kathy Clarke. Kathy graduated with her MM in saxophone performance and will be returning to perform Ingolf Dahl’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra. The program will also include several faculty performers. Close out the academic year with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in the Recital Hall on April 18!