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Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 4:00pm
Eisenhower Auditorium - University Park, PA

$12.00 General/$4.00 Student

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The Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra, Concert Choir, Oriana Singers, and Glee Club present “The French Connection,” an afternoon of music by twentieth century French composers. The concert also features two student winners of the Philharmonic's 2013-2014 Concerto Competition, pianist John Livingston and violinist Hyunkyung Kim.

Twentieth-century French composer Francis Poulenc was often described as being half monk and half street urchin. His Gloria accurately reflects this same mixture of solemnity and mischievous exuberance. A beloved choral-orchestral work based the Gloria in excelsis Deo text from the Catholic Mass, the Gloria was commissioned to honor the conductor Sergei Koussevitzky and was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in 1961. Recent Penn State graduate Julia Wolcott appears as soprano soloist. Gloria is conducted by Director of Choral Activities Christopher Kiver.

One of Francis Poulenc’s greatest musical mentors, French impressionist composer Maurice Ravel wrote the ballet Daphnis et Chloé for Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes between 1909 and 1912. The story of the ballet traces the love affair between the title characters, orphans who are raised by shepherds. They undergo a series of separate adventures—including kidnapping by pirates and an intervention by the god Pan—before they are reunited and live happily ever after. After the ballet was completed, Ravel created two suites for orchestra based on his choreographed masterpiece. Suite No. 2 includes three scenes from the ballet’s final act. The Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Director of Orchestral Studies Gerardo Edelstein.

This concert is available through live streaming video at the Penn State School of Music.


Gloria ♦ Francis Poulenc

  • Gloria
  • Laudamus te
  • Domine Deus
  • Domine fili unigenite
  • Dominus Deus, Agnus Dei
  • Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris


Allegro (from Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491) ♦ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • John Livingston, piano

Finale: Allegro vivacissimo (from Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35) ♦ Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

  • Hyunkyung Kim, violin

Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2 ♦ Maurice Ravel

  • Lever de jour
  • Pantomime
  • Danse générale

Soprano Julia Wolcott made her operatic debut as a college freshman in the role of Marcellina in Penn State Opera Theatre’s production of The Marriage of Julia WolcottFigaro. Subsequent roles included Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Ottavia in Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, the Mothers in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors and The Consul, and La Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Her recent performances with the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra include Puccini arias in the orchestra's concert A Night at the Opera, and the role of the Marschallin in the famous trio from Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier at the School of Music's Mosaic concert.

In summer 2013, Julia attended the SOARS Program (Summer Opera, Art Song, Recording Seminar) in Bayview, Michigan as well as OperaNEO, an opera festival and workshop in San Diego, California. She performed professionally with the Nittany Valley Symphony and Singing Onstage Productions while a student at State College Area High School.

Julia graduated from Penn State in December 2013 with her bachelor's degree in voice performance, where she was a student of Jennifer Trost. In January 2014, she was named as a finalist in the National Opera Association's Caroline and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition held in January at the National Opera Center in New York City. In the summer of 2014, she will participate in the seven-week Artists Training Seminar of the Castleton Festival (Castleton, Virginia) where she will work with renowned conductor Lorin Maazel, music director of the Munich Philharmonic. For more information about Julia, please access her website.

John LivingstonSenior B.M.A. piano student John Livingston is the winner of this year's Marjorie Jane Brewster Memorial Music Scholarship and was featured on the School of Music's Mosaic concert in December, 2013. Previously, he received the School of Music's Presser Scholarship and the College of Arts and Architecture's Reuben and Gladys Golumbic Scholarship. A native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, John plans to pursue graduate study in collaborative piano. He is a piano student of Steven Smith.

Violinist Hyunkyung Kim is a first-year master's student in violin performance and also serves as a graduate teaching assistant. She is a student of Max Zorin. A native of Seoul, Korea, Hyunkyung studied with Sergiu Schwartz and received her B.M. degree in violin performance from the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University (GA) in 2013. She performs with the school's Chamber and Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the graduate string quartet.  Most recently, she played at a masterclass with violinist Odin Rathnam.

Penn State Philharmonic OrchestraThe ninety-member Philharmonic Orchestra presents five to six full concerts per academic year. Off campus, the Philharmonic has performed throughout the northeastern United States, including concerts at New York City's Carnegie Hall, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and the National Association of Music Education's eastern division conference in Baltimore. In March 2006, the orchestra participated by invitation in the Sixth International Orchestra Festival in Zaragoza, Spain.

The Philharmonic’s repertoire from recent years has included works by Brahms, Debussy, Dvorak, Stravinsky, Beethoven, Mahler, Vaughn Williams, Rachmaninoff, and Wagner. The Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Gerardo Edelstein.

The 42-voice Concert Choir has toured Europe, performing in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and Great Britain. Within the United States, the Penn State Concert Choirensemble 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). 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, Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi, and Leonard Bernstein's Mass. The Concert Choir is conducted by Christopher Kiver. Further information regarding the Concert Choir can be found on the choir's website.

Penn State Oriana SingersConducted by Lynn Drafall, Oriana Singers is a treble choir composed of sixty women representing a wide variety of majors at University Park. Repertoire includes music written for treble voices from the sixteenth to the twentieth century: madrigals, motets, part-songs, folk songs, musical theatre and music by female composers. The choir has performed by audition at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.

Since 2005, Oriana Singers has performed major choral works including Symphony No.2 in C minor (“Resurrection”) by Gustav Mahler, Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 9 in D minor by Ludwig van Beethoven, and Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem. They also participated in Penn State Opera Theatre's production of Hansel and Gretel. In addition to its two campus concerts per year, the choir also regularly appears on the School of Music's annual Mosaic concert. For more information, visit the choir's website.

The Penn State Glee Club was founded in December of 1888, and is Penn State's oldest student organization. Since its first spring tour in March of 1889, Penn State Glee Clubthe Glee Club has performed throughout the United States and abroad, with recent tours to Wales, Trinidad and Tobago, France and New Zealand. In recent years, the Glee Club has sung at the National Presbyterian Church and National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh. They have performed for state and regional conventions of the Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association (2007, 2013), the Intercollegiate Men's Choruses (2008), the National Association for Music Education (MENC, 2009), and the American Choral Directors Association (2010, 2014).

Since 2005, the Glee Club has performed major choral works including Symphony No.2 in C Minor, ("Resurrection”) by Gustav Mahler, Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 9 in D Minor by Ludwig van Beethoven, and Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem. Conducted by Christopher Kiver, the Glee Club’s members hail from all colleges and schools on the University Park campus. More information about the Penn State Glee Club is available on their website.