Summer will once again be filled with lush sounds as Music at Penn's Woods presents four fantastic nights of great music, under the baton of Maestro Gerardo Edelstein. Festival Orchestra concerts will take place on June 18 and 25, with chamber music performances on June 16 and 23. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I, on the University Park campus.
The June 18 Festival Orchestra concert will feature Tim Hurtz playing the “Oboe Concerto” by Richard Strauss, one of the most beautiful and challenging concertos ever written for orchestra and a solo wind instrument. It is one of Strauss’ last compositions, dedicated to an American oboist in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The program will also feature a humorous piece by French composer Darius Milhaud called “Le Boeuf sur le Toit,” translated loosely to “The Cow on the Roof” and originally written for a surrealistic ballet. The concert will close with Mendelssohn’s “Scottish Symphony.”
The June 25 Festival Orchestra concert will begin with “The Three-Cornered Hat,” a lighthearted work for ballet by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. Enrico Elisi will be featured as the soloist for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, and the festival will close with two delightful pieces: “Pastorele d’ete” (“a pastoral summer“), by Swiss composer Arthur Honneger, and “Sinfonietta” by Francis Poulenc, who was one of the greatest melodists of the 20th century.
The chamber music concerts will feature the Easterly Chamber Players, Elan Quartet and other local performers who will delight with music by Brahms, Smetana and Beethoven, in addition to some new compositions.
For tickets, call 814-863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS-TIX (seating is reserved).
Festival Package (all four concerts): $75/adult, $38/student
Single Festival Orchestra concert: $28/adult, $15/student
Single chamber music concert: $18/adult, $8/student
Family chamber music concert special: Purchase 1 adult ticket at $18 and all youth (18 and under) tickets are just $2 (no limit).
Parking is available in the Nittany Parking Deck on Fisher Road near the Nittany Lion Inn. For more information, visit music.psu.edu/mpw11.