The College of Arts and Architecture

Concert Choir

Concert Choir
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 4:00pm
Esber Recital Hall - University Park, PA

General admission $4.99/students $2

No advance ticket purchase is available. Ticket sales begin 45 minutes prior to the concert in the lobby. Cash only.

The Penn State Concert Choir performs its final concert of the 2016-17 season. Fresh from the triumphant performance of Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields with the Bang On a Can All-Stars at Eisenhower Auditorium, their more intimate Esber Hall program will include works by Edvard Grieg, Johannes Brahms, and Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Samuel Barber. The ensemble is conducted by diector of choral activities Christopher Kiver.

This event is available on livestream at the Penn State School of Music.

Program (Partial)

Reincarnations, Op.16 ♦ Samuel Barber*

  • Mary Hynes
  • Anthony O'Daly
  • The Coolin

Ave maris stella ♦ Edvard Griegpulitzer medal

Geistliches Lied, Op.30 ♦ Johannes Brahms (with Maeve Berry, organ)

Silence and Music ♦ Ralph Vaughan Williams

Exsultate Deo ♦ Alessandro Scarlatti

The Tuning Meditation ♦ Pauline Oliveros

*This year marks the 100th awarding of the Pulitzer Prizes. The first Pulitzer Prize for music was awarded in 1943 to William Schuman. Penn State School of Music faculty, students, and ensembles will be performing a variety of works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composers during the 2016-17 season. Samuel Barber won the Pulitzer Prize twice - in 1958 for his opera Vanessa, and in 1963 for Piano Concerto #1.


The Penn State University Concert Choir has undertaken numerous overseas tours to countries including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Great Britain, and Australia. Within the United States, the Concert Choir has performed extensively within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, New England, Louisiana, and the Southwest, and at premier venues including Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh), the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), and the Music Center at Strathmore (Maryland). In June 2015, members of the Concert Choir performed with the Rolling Stones at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh. The Concert Choir has performed at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. Performing music from the Renaissance through to the present in its regularly-scheduled campus concerts, recent performances of major choral works have included Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor (“Resurrection”), Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor ("Choral"), the Verdi Requiem, Leonard Bernstein's Mass, the Poulenc Gloria and Mozart's Mass in C Minor, K. 427 ("Grand Mass"). The Concert Choir is conducted by Christopher Kiver. Enrollment by audition.

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