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Keepin’ it Classy

Violist Celia Hatton is leaving her mark across the world. From New York City, where she is based, to South Korea, Hatton has played at festivals and toured nationally with a number of chamber orchestras. She also is a member of Sphinx Virtuosi, an orchestra of diversity that performed Latin Voyages: Viajes Latinos September 29 at Schwab Auditorium.

Hatton is the recipient of...

Cellist Karlos Rodriguez, who began his professional music career at 13, has emerged as an outstanding soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He has performed in notable concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Lincoln Center, and Radio City Music Hall. He is the principal cellist with Sphinx Virtuosi and a member of the orchestra’s Catalyst Quartet. He’s also a...

Violinist Hannah White, first-place winner in the 2015 Sphinx Competition Junior Division, dazzled a Schwab Auditorium audience September 29 with her solo performance of César Espejo’s Prélude Ibérique during a concert featuring the Sphinx Virtuosi.

The young musician has soloed with many ensembles, including the Cleveland and Dexter Community orchestras; Buffalo Philharmonic;...

Inspiration has been the very lifeblood of our tradition since the days of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s six “Haydn” quartets, lovingly dedicated to the progenitor of our medium. The program we perform at Penn State celebrates inspiration as creative catalyst in many different guises, and it is with “Papa” Haydn that our journey begins. Though we are named after Der Blaue...

Rehearsals for Penn State Opera Theatre’s La Bohème have been taking place since January. I have the pleasure of covering the lively role of Musetta and have been in most rehearsals as part of the hard work going into making this production a success. We are all looking forward to performing this internationally beloved piece for central Pennsylvania...

Having been a Penn State School of Music student through an undergraduate degree and most of a master’s degree, the annual Mosaic concert has become embedded as an annual tradition for me. During the one year in which I was teaching and taking some time off from school, I felt a void around the first week of December.

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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...

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