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President's Concert 2015

March 3, 2015 • 7:30 p.m.

Kimmel Center • Verizon Hall

Philaldelphia, PA

The ninth annual President's Concert will include performances by the Concert Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Philharmonic Orchestra. The performance, hosted by Penn State president Eric J. Barron, will feature compositions by Leonard Bernstein, Manuel de Falla, Richard Wagner, and Hector Berlioz.

Prior to the concert, the Penn State Alumni Association will host a reception from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a chance to socialize with fellow Penn Staters in The Lounge, inside the Kimmel Center. Admission to both the concert and reception is $50 for Alumni Association members and students (6-17), and $60 for non-members. Children 5 and under are free.

To purchase tickets for the reception, access the Alumni Association website or call 800-548-LION (5466), option 4. A special seating area will be reserved at the concert for pre-registered reception guests. 

Tickets to the concert only (general $15/students $10) are available by calling Ticket Philadelphia at 215-893-1999 (daily, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.). They can also be purchased in person at the Kimmel Center's box office (open daily, 10:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.) or via the Kimmel Center website.

The President’s Concert is sponsored jointly by the Penn State School of Music and the Penn State Alumni Association.


Music students and teachers:

We are pleased to provide complimentary tickets to music students and their families, and also to music teachers who are interested in learning more about majoring in music at Penn State. (This option is now closed.)


Program (subject to change)

Concert Choir

  • Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf, BWV226 ♦ Johann Sebastian Bach 
  • Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae ♦ Jaako Mäntyjärvi 
  • Tides of Ocean ♦ Matthew Orlovich

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

  • Overture to Candide ♦ Leonard Bernstein, transcribed by Walter Beeler   
  • Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral (from Lohengrin) ♦ Richard Wagner, transcribed by Lucien Cailliet 
  • Dionysiaques, Op. 62 ♦ Florent Schmitt

Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Roman Carnaval Overture, Op. 9 ♦ Hector Berlioz
  • Suite No. 2 from The Three Cornered Hat (El sombrero de tres picos) ♦ Manuel De Falla

The annual President's Concert series provides an opportunity for Penn State students to present concerts in the most renowned performance venues on the East Coast. In its history, Penn State ensembles have traveled to Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh), Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Carnegie Hall (NY), Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), the Strathmore Centre (Bethesda, MD), and the National Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C.