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Keepin’ it Classy

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s visit to University Park this week put the Classical Music Project student ambassadors in an inquisitive mood. So they started asking questions on the north side of campus.

Here’s what Penn State School of Music students and faculty had to say when asked to describe chamber music.

The Esber Recital Hall stage has been the focus of my life for the past three days. Over the course of the semester thus far, playing with the Penn State Baroque Ensemble has been one of the fun escapes from my “normal” music life (is there such a thing?) here at the University. This week has been the complete opposite. Immersing...

Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra is thrilled to be returning to Penn State with The Galileo Project: Music of the Spheres, a concert with narration, set design, and projected images that was originally created in 2009 at the invitation of the Canadian astronomical community to celebrate the 400th anniversary of...

It is always a challenge to come to a major university to present and talk about the string quartet literature. Whenever we have, we have been so pleasantly surprised at how advanced the music students are and also appreciative of the great interest that non-music majors have in the art form and classical music in general.

For me, it seems that art and music appeal to...

Classical music is having a bit of an identity crisis. Opera houses and orchestras face mounting deficits amid a very slow recovery in our barely post-recession economy. Meanwhile, smaller ensembles seem to be popping up everywhere, and for those smaller ensembles fortunate enough to have roots already planted, they are growing. In many ways, this embodies...

Performing the complete string quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven—the hallowed Beethoven cycle—is a unique challenge for a professional string quartet. It has no near competitor. Quartets might offer the fifteen quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich over several concerts or play the six Béla Bartók quartets in a day in order to impress audiences with their chamber...

For musicians, it doesn’t get much better than having the opportunity to perform and share some of history’s greatest masterpieces on tour. Apollo’s Fire is thrilled to have that opportunity this fall as we tour Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, which have proven their extraordinary power to move, delight,...

Okay, raise your hand if you’ve attended a concert by a serious, professional brass quintet. And keep those hands up if you recognize more than one composer on our program. If you still have your hand up, congratulations; you are officially a seasoned chamber music aficionado and perhaps have seen us before. For the rest of you, don’t be scared. I hope to...

Our Penn State program on October 9 consists entirely of brilliant, iconic, and beloved quartets by Beethoven — truly great music by one of history’s most creative and groundbreaking geniuses. But in order to fully understand and properly absorb oneself in Beethoven’s quartets, we must devote a great deal of time to the study and...

Penn State’s Center for the Performing Arts Classical Music Project (CMP) team knew that to reach a wider student audience they needed a fun but informative marketing campaign and website to keep students and the community up to date on all the classical happenings this year and beyond.

So the team enlisted Kristin Sommese, professor of graphic design, and her Graphic Design...

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