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St. Lawrence String Quartet perform surrounded by audience members.

ABOUT THE COFFEEHOUSE

A coffee cup next to a musical note with the words Classical 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 fourth 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.

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The Knights

Presented in partnership with the Blue & White Society and the Penn State Alumni Association

8 p.m. Wednesday, September 30
Hintz Family Alumni Center’s Robb Hall

Free and open to the public

Support provided by Penn State Council of LionHearts

Members of the orchestral collective, based in Brooklyn, perform samples of their music and talk with audience members. The ensemble’s programs showcase the players’ roots in classical tradition and their passion for other genres such as jazz, pop, and indie rock. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and receive a Classical Coffeehouse mug, while supply lasts.

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

Apollo’s Fire

Presented in partnership with the Blue & White Society and the Penn State Alumni Association

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

Free and open to the public

Support provided by Penn State Council of LionHearts

Johann Sebastian Bach played concerts each week at a large coffeehouse in Leipzig, Germany. Zimmerman’s Coffeehouse hosted lively performances by Bach and his orchestra of university students. Members of Apollo’s Fire, led by Jeannette Sorrell, seek to evoke the spirit of Zimmerman’s. They perform Bach’s Allemande from the Sixth Cello Suite and tell stories about the composer’s scuffles with the authorities. The coffeehouse also includes music by Bach’s admired colleagues, Antonio Vivaldi and George Frideric Handel. The modern barrier between classical and folk music comes down when the musicians launch a jam session on the folk tune La Folia (Madness) by Vivaldi. Apollo’s Fire encourages coffeehouse attendees to bring their guitars. If you can play D, A, F, and C, they need you in the La Folia jam. Guitars should be tuned down a half-step (A = 415).

Enjoy complimentary refreshments and receive a Classical Coffeehouse mug, while supply lasts.

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

Sybarite5

Presented in partnership with the Blue & White Society and the Penn State Alumni Association

8 p.m. Thursday, January 21
Hintz Family Alumni Center’s Robb Hall

Free and open to the public

Support provided by Penn State Council of LionHearts

This string quintet with the vibe of a rock band performs classical music from the eighteenth century, contemporary tunes by Radiohead, and a whole lot more. The group performs selections from its high-energy repertoire and interacts with audience members. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and receive a Classical Coffeehouse mug, while supply lasts.

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

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