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In Performance at Penn State is a monthly hour-long program that showcases performances from Penn State's School of Music. This month, the show begins with the concert overture “In Autumn” by Edvard Grieg, from the Penn State Philharmonic, conducted by Timothy Farrand.

In Performance at Penn State is a monthly hour-long program that showcases performances from Penn State's School of Music. This month, we’ll hear the “Symphonie fantastique” by Hector Berlioz, played by the Penn State Philharmonic with Gerardo Edelstein conducting.

 

In Performance at Penn State is a monthly hour-long program that showcases performances from Penn State's School of Music. This month, we’ll hear music from “A German Requiem” by Johannes Brahms, performed by the Penn State Philharmonic, Penn State’s Concert Choir, Essence of Joy, Glee Club, Oriana Singers and University Choir, and conductor Christopher Kiver.

 

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This Saturday night, December 7, some local vocalists and the Zeropoint Big Band will pay tribute to a legendary jazz and pop artist from the mid 20th century. They’ll cover songs made famous by Nat King Cole at The State Theatre in State College.

(SOUNDBITE OF “THE CHRISTMAS SONG”)

“Nat King Cole is one of the most beloved entertainers of the last century,” says Rick Hirsch.  He plays saxphone with the Zeropoint Big Band, and he’s organizing a concert in tribute to Cole.  

Liz Linder / courtesy of The Silkroad Ensemble

The Silkroad Ensemble, a diverse group of musicians from around the world, will give a concert Tuesday night on Penn State’s University Park campus. The group was founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 1999.

“There were 60 musicians,” says Silkroad’s co-artistic director, Nicholas Cord.  “We premiered 15 new pieces. A beautiful cacophony is the best way I could describe it.“

“Silkroad was Yo-Yo’s brainchild in a lot of ways. And I think Yo-Yo had always had an idea in his life to do something of this magnitude.”
 

Ken Baxter

Ken Baxter is a Central Pennsylvania singer/songwriter, originally from Boston. He lost his son, Alex, to suicide years ago. On Saturday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m, he’ll play a concert called "The Philosophy of Hope," at the State Theatre in State College to raise funds for the Jana Marie Foundation, a local group that works on suicide prevention.  Joining him on stage for the concert will be his other son, Nick Baxter, who’s a music producer in Hollywood. Ken Baxter talks about suicide, life lessons, and moving forward.

Bruce Zinger / Tafelmusik

Thursday night at Penn State, University Park, the Baroque orchestra, Tafelmusik, teams up with Trio Arabica for a concert called "Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House." WPSU's Kristine Allen reports on the show's blend of European and Arabic music, images, and narration.

This I Believe: I Believe In Lemonade

Jan 17, 2019

“Take one pint of water. Add a half-pound of sugar, the juice of 8 lemons and the zest of half of a lemon. Pour the water from one jug into the other several times. Strain through a clean napkin.”

I believe in the power of lemonade.

To most, the drink brings back childhood memories of hot summer days, family cookouts and catching a breeze outside.

But don’t get it twisted. The lemonade that has been quenching my thirst as a Black woman in the U.S. today is what’s being served up by the Queen herself, Mrs. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles Carter.

This I Believe: I Believe In Music

Dec 6, 2018
Essayist Audrey Shu.
Audrey Shu

 

I believe in music. Sweet melodies make me feel radiant and free.

I play the piano. As I’ve learned to play, my mom has been with me every step of the way. I remember her sitting next to 6-year-old me, sharing the same bench, the same music, as I progressed from playing single notes to mini-recitals.

My mom is a passionate classical music lover. Music takes both of us to another world.

In Mozart’s “Horn Sonata,” Mom and I are attending an extravagant royal ball.

 

In a meeting room at the Unity Church in State College, a group of women gathered to rehearse the songs they’ll perform live on Friday night. These five women will use jazz, soul, R&B and hip-hop music to share their experiences as black women, sing through trauma, heal and have fun.

The idea behind Soul Space is to create a safe space for black women, by black women to tell their stories. Wideline Seraphin, one of the event organizers and performers, said in State College few of these spaces exist.

photo: courtesy of Steven Getz

Live jazz and a juried art show will take over Main Street in Lock Haven this weekend, at the 3rd annual Lock Haven Jazz and Art on Main Street Festival, or “JAMS” for short.

“It’s all in the same block, because we actually close it off,” says Carol Ann Simon Cillo, a mixed media artist and president of the Clinton County Arts Council.  She’s a co-founder of the festival.

Jerry Zolten
Photo courtesy of Jerry Zolten

Jerry Zolten, Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and American Studies at Penn State Altoona, will share his music and pop culture knowledge Saturday night on the nationally-syndicated  program "American Routes" from PRX!  You can hear the show Saturday night, February 11, from 8:00 to 10:00 on WPSU-FM.

Logo courtesy of Thaw Festival

There's a new festival underway in State College to bring music, film, and more to State College this weekend,  to replace the student-led State Patty's Day celebrations.  In fact, it's more than just one festival.  WPSU's Kristine Allen reports.

Thanks to WPSU intern Jake Somerville for help with this story.

Thaw Festival website:  /http://www.thawfestival.com/

College Town Film Festival website: http://collegetownfilmfestival.com/

IN PERFORMANCE AT PENN STATE on WPSU-FM.

Friday, October 17 at 11:00am & Monday, October 20 at 8:00pm

Putting sensors on pland
photo by Kelly Tunney

Many of us talk to our houseplants, or play music for them.  But what if the plants could play music for us?  Actually, they can, thanks to a gadget called the “MIDI Sprout.”

Sam Cusumano, an audio engineer and experimental sound artists from Philadelphia, is the creator of that device. He paid a recent visit to Schlow Library in State College, and stopped by WPSU’s studios to talk about the MIDI sprout, and show us how it works.  We brought a big leafy plant to the studio for the demonstration.

Orchestra
Penn State School of Music

Music at Penn’s Woods, a professional classical music festival presented each June by Penn State’s School of Music, begins tonight on the University Park campus.

“First of all, it’s not as the name suggests,” says conductor Gerardo Edelstein, with a laugh.  He means the concerts are not out in the woods. 

An encore broadcast of WPSU's Jazz@The Palmer series recorded in July 2013 featuring The Benny Benack Trio.

Trumpeter/Vocalist Benny Benack has gained a reputation for being incredibly versatile. He has won every major jazz trumpet competition including the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Soloist Competition (2011), International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition (2011), and the National Trumpet Competition - Jazz Division (2012).

"And there's really no better time to turn it over to someone else to regenerate and transform, do the next thing that needs to be done. I'm looking forward to seeing the next person working with them."