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President's Concert 2016

March 1, 2016 ♦ 7:30 p.m.

The Forum Auditorium

Harrisburg, PA

The Penn State School of Music proudly presents its tenth annual President's Concert, including performances by the Concert Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Centre Dimensions Jazz Ensemble. The performance will be hosted by Penn State president Eric J. Barron. Admission is FREE and no ticket is required.

Prior to the concert, the Penn State Alumni Association will host a reception from 6:00–7:00 p.m. in the Main Rotunda of the State Capitol Building. Alumni and friends can enjoy hors d'oeuvres, open bar, and socializing with other Penn Staters. Admission to the reception is $35 for Alumni Association members; $50 for non-members; $10 for students 6-17; and free for children five and under.

Online registration is available here. Those attending the reception will be escorted to reserved seating for the President's Concert.

Registration has been extended to February 28, 2016. Please note that registration is necessary only for the Alumni Association’s pre-concert reception. If you are attending the concert only, you do not need to register. Concert attendance is complimentary. 

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


Concert Choir

  • Cantus Gloriosus ♦ Józef Świder    
  • Kyrie (from Mass in E-flat, Op.109) ♦ Joseph Rheinberger  
  • Trois Chansons ♦ Maurice Ravel
  • Long Road ♦ Ēriks Ešenvalds    
  • Nyon Nyon ♦ Jake Runestad  

Centre Dimensions

  • Big Swing Face ♦ Bill Reddie
  • Bohemian Rhapsody ♦ Freddie Mercury, arranged by Rick Hirsch
  • The Night They Called It a Day ♦ Matt Denis, arranged by Dan Yoder
  • Carnival Night In Vera Cruz ♦ David Caffey

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

  • Downey Overture ♦ Óscar Navarro 
  • Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor ♦ Johann Sebastian Bach, orchestrated by Edward Elgar, scored for winds by Timothy Topolewski  
  • Blue Shades ♦ Frank Ticheli 

All Performers and Audience Members

  • The Penn State Alma Mater ♦ Fred Lewis Pattee (conducted by Gregory Drane, Director of the Marching Blue Band)

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.