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The President's Concert

National Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.

March 16, 2017; 7:30 p.m.

The Penn State School of Music proudly presents its 11th annual President's Concert, including performances by the School of Music's most outstanding instrumentalists and vocalists. The performance will be hosted by Penn State president Eric J. Barron. Admission is FREE and no ticket is required.

This year's concert will include performances by the Chamber Orchestra strings (Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings"), Essence of Joy, and the Graduate Brass Quintet with Alumni Fellow William Neil ('66), organ. The Graduate Woodwind Quintet will provide music for the Alumni Association's reception prior to the performance.

Prior to the concert, the Penn State Alumni Association will host a reception from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Stone Hall, located in the lower level of the National Presbyterian Church. Alumni and friends can enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres while socializing with other Penn Staters. Those attending the reception will be escorted to reserved seating for the concert.

The pre-reception is $25 for Alumni Association members; $40 for non-members; $15 for college students $10 for students aged 6–18; and free for children 5 and under.

Register online by March 1, 2017 at this address: Online registration is necessary only for the Alumni Association’s pre-concert reception. If you are only attending the concert, you do not need to register at this website. For questions, call 800-548-LION (5466), option 4.


Graduate Brass Quintet; William Neal, organ

  • Canzona duodecimi toni ♦ Giovanni Gabrieli

Chamber Orchestra Strings  

  • Serenade for Strings, Op. 48 ♦ Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky  

Weiyan Li, piano

  • Hungarian Rhapsody No.12 in C-sharp Minor ♦ Franz Liszt

Essence of Joy

  • Hear My Prayer ♦ Moses Hogan

  • I’m Gonna Sing ‘Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart ♦ Hogan

  • The Battle of Jericho ♦ Hogan

  • Yon Monn Nouvo (A World Anew) ♦ Sydney Guillaume

  • Glory (from Selma) ♦ Lonnie Lynn, Che Smith and John Stephens

  • The Gift to Be Free ♦ Rollo Dilworth

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), National Presbyterian Church (Washington D.C.), and the Forum Theatre in Harrisburg, PA.