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Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

Classical Coffeehouse

About the Coffeehouse

Designed especially for students, but open to everyone, Classical Coffeehouse is an opportunity to experience chamber music in an unconventional way. Three Classical Coffeehouses are scheduled for the sixth season of the Classical Music Project. The Center for the Performing Arts is partnering with various Penn State units and student organizations to expand the audience for classical music. Each Classical Coffeehouse includes a mini-performance, discussions among artists and audience members, and social time with the musicians and others in attendance. Enjoy music, camaraderie, and refreshments in a casual atmosphere.

Classical Coffeehouse is free for University Park students. A $5 donation is suggested for each community member. Donations help to sustain the coffeehouse series.

1Schedule

Roomful of Teeth

Presented by the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State and the Penn State Alumni Association in partnership with the Council of LionHearts and the Blue & White Society.

8 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Hintz Family Alumni Center’s Robb Hall

Roomful of Teeth will share excerpts of its work, demonstrate vocal techniques from around the world with participation from the audience, and reflect on the group’s intercultural research.

Each Penn State student in attendance receives—at the end of the coffeehouse—a voucher for a serving of Berkey Creamery ice cream.

Classical Coffeehouse is free for University Park students. A $5 donation is suggested for each community member. Donations help to sustain the coffeehouse series.

Wu Han, piano
Philip Setzer, violin
David Finckel, cello

Presented by the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State and the Penn State Alumni Association in partnership with the Council of LionHearts and the Blue & White Society.

8 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Hintz Family Alumni Center’s Robb Hall

Wu Han and David Finckel are former winners of Musical America’s Musicians of the Year honor. Philip Setzer is a founding member of Emerson String Quartet.

Each Penn State student in attendance receives—at the end of the coffeehouse—a voucher for a serving of Berkey Creamery ice cream.

Classical Coffeehouse is free for University Park students. A $5 donation is suggested for each community member. Donations help to sustain the coffeehouse series.

Bang on a Can All-Stars musicians Ashley Bathgate, cello, and Robert Black, bass

Presented by the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State and the Penn State Alumni Association in partnership with the Council of LionHearts and the Blue & White Society.

8 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Hintz Family Alumni Center’s Robb Hall

The Bang on a Can All-Stars sextet, known for dynamic live performances and recordings of innovative music, crosses genres among classical, jazz, rock, world, and experimental. Julia Wolfe, Bang on a Can co-founder and composer of the Pulitzer Prize-winning oratorio Anthracite Fields, will participate in the discussion portion of the event.

Each Penn State student in attendance receives—at the end of the coffeehouse—a voucher for a serving of Berkey Creamery ice cream.

Classical Coffeehouse is free for University Park students. A $5 donation is suggested for each community member. Donations help to sustain the coffeehouse series.

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