Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
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The trio perform beside a plane on a roof with a city skyline behind them.


Time for Three once referred to itself as the world’s first classically trained garage band. Performing music from Bach to its own arrangements of songs by the Beatles, Mumford & Sons, Katy Perry, and Kanye West, the trio defies classification. The ensemble has performed more than 1,000 concerts at venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, jazz clubs, European festivals, NFL games, and the Indianapolis 500. Violinists Zach De Pue and Nick Kendall and double bassist Ranaan Meyer played together for fun when they were students at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. De Pue and Kendall had a mutual affection for country and bluegrass fiddling. Meyer, who also composes works for the trio, introduced the violinists to his roots in jazz and improvisation. After much experimentation, the musicians officially formed Time for Three. The band, which has evolved into a charismatic ensemble with a reputation for enthusiasm and a no-limits repertoire, has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the National and Indianapolis symphonies, and other classical orchestras. The group’s latest milestone is the 2014 release Time for Three. The album, with tracks co-produced by Bon Iver’s Rob Moose, showcases not only the trio’s melody-rich string weave but also its uncommon flair for collaboration. The group teamed with pop singer-songwriter Joshua Radin, jazz saxophone icon Branford Marsalis, Decca cello star Alisa Weilerstein, Hawaiian ukulele ace Jake Shimabukuro, the folk-pop sister duo Lily & Madeleine, and others. “Stronger,” the band’s hit YouTube anti-bullying video, has inspired countless students.

Artist website: Time for Three

1Project Events

Honors Dinner

6 p.m. Monday, February 23
The Nittany Lion Inn
Not open to the public

Time for Three musicians engage with Penn State Schreyer Honors College students during a dinner that gives the scholars an opportunity to talk about the project and ask questions.

Entrepreneurial Mindset Class Visit

9:45 a.m. Tuesday, February 24
206 Wagner Building
Not open to the public

Time for Three musicians visit MGMT 215 for a discussion with students about how to turn personal passion into business—as it relates to music and beyond. Brad Leve, assistant director of the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Smeal College of Business, leads the discussion.

Communication and Information Technology Class Visit

11:15 a.m. Tuesday, February 24
112 Boucke Building
Not open to the public

Time for Three musicians visit CAS 483 students to discuss how to use social media for communication and marketing—especially for small non-profit groups. Ellen Taricani, senior lecturer in communication arts and sciences, leads the discussion.

Bellefonte Area Middle School Visit

1:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 24
Bellefonte Area Middle School
Not open to the public

Time for Three presents Follow Your Dreams and Shoot for the Stars, a program that introduces techniques for young people to celebrate themselves while enriching others. The program delivers messages about bullying prevention and empowerment. The trio encourages young people to find what makes them happy and to live it. It also urges students to encourage others to do the same.

coolBlue Concert and Conversation

3 p.m. Tuesday, February 24
Innovation Park at Penn State Tech Center Lobby

The public is invited to hear Time for Three perform several pieces of music. The one-hour session also includes conversation with the string trio musicians.

Classical Coffeehouse

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

8 p.m. Tuesday, February 24
Hintz Family Alumni Center’s Robb Hall

Free and open to the public

Support provided by Penn State Council of LionHearts

The string trio members, who met as students at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, perform and discuss their music, which ranges from works by Bach to songs by the Beatles, Mumford & Sons, Katy Perry, and Kanye West. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, including cookies and coffee, 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.

Double Bass Master Class

9 a.m. Wednesday, February 25
Music Building I Esber Recital Hall

The public is invited to observe as Ranaan Meyer, Time for Three double bassist, works with Penn State School of Music bass students in a 90-minute master class hosted by Rob Nairn, Distinguished Professor of Music.

Foundations in Arts Entrepreneurship Class Visit

9:05 a.m. Wednesday, February 25
118 Borland Building

The public is invited to listen as two of the Time for Three musicians participate in an A&A 297A course that introduces arts markets and consumption models for emerging arts entrepreneurs. The musicians discuss their experience and explore issues in marketing aesthetic products and creating/communicating artistic value. Assistant Professor Jonathan Gangi leads the 75-minute discussion.

Practical Arts Entrepreneurship Class Visit

11:15 a.m. Wednesday, February 25
118 Borland Building

The public is welcome to hear the Time for Three musicians introduce techniques for college students and educators to consider various aspects of what they can accomplish as musicians. The trio members show how music can open new doors and help everyone reach creative fulfillment.

Conversation with Paterno Fellows

12:15 p.m. Wednesday, February 25
W-023 Pattee Library
Not open to the public

The musicians of Time for Three engage in an informal conversation with students in the Penn State Paterno Fellows program. The event includes a question-and-answer session.

Adapting Classical Music to Twenty-first-Century Audiences

1:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 25
128 Music Building II

The public is welcome to observe a panel discussion, moderated by the Classical Music Ambassadors, in which the Time for Three musicians discuss strategies for marketing, programming, alternative venues, and other ways to introduce music and performance art in a twenty-first-century context. The discussion includes tips for educators, such as integration of classical music and ideals into today’s music scene without losing artistic integrity and while still catering to young audiences.

Alternative String Playing Workshop

2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 25
Music Building I Esber Recital Hall

This 90-minute interactive workshop, targeted at Music Education students but open to the public, introduces alternative string techniques: LH slides, “chucking,” “comping,” style considerations for articulation, sound, bow use, and more; improvisation for string players; fiddle (gig or reel), jazz (simple tunes such as “All Blue” and “Blue Bossa,” II-V-I, need-to-know jazz theory), blues (twelve-bar, pentatonic scale/blues scale), tips for effective soloing; jamming on classical music by ear (creative ways to use classical repertoire for improvisation). At session’s end, participants are encouraged to record a “jam” on a tune for YouTube. The videos would be uploaded to the Classical Music Ambassadors social media plus the Classical Music Project website.

Schreyer Dorm Concert

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 25
Atherton Hall Grandfather Clock Lounge
Not open to the public

Time for Three takes classical music to a residence hall for an intimate performance for and discussion with Schreyer Scholars and residents of the Honors Living Learning Community.

Introduction to Western Music Class Visit

11:15 a.m. Thursday, February 26
110 Music Building I

The public is invited to hear Time for Three musicians speak to MUSIC 005 students. Mark Ferraguto, assistant professor of musicology, hosts the 75-minute class.

From Bach to the Beatles
Zach De Pue and Nick Kendall, violinists
Ranaan Meyer, double bassist

7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 26, 2015
Schwab Auditorium

The trio’s concert selections, to be announced from the stage, will include works from the new CD plus songs such as Jay Ungar’s “Ashokan Farewell,” Bach’s “Chaconne in Winter,” John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s “Norwegian Wood,” Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Bill Monroe’s “Jerusalem’s Ridge,” the traditional ballads “Danny Boy” and “Shenandoah,” Coldplay’s “UFO,” and U2’s “With or Without You.”

Adult $42  |  University Park Student $19  |  18 and Younger $32

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Complimentary round-trip shuttle service is provided between the Eisenhower Parking Deck and Schwab. Board the shuttle in the area between the parking deck and the Eisenhower Auditorium rear loading dock. The first shuttle leaves Eisenhower at 6:05 p.m., followed by others every twenty minutes until 7:05 p.m. After the concert, the shuttle makes as many trips as necessary to return riders to Eisenhower.


Benson and Christine Lichtig and William Rabinowitz

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Artistic Viewpoints

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Time for Three violinists Zach De Pue and Nick Kendall and double bassist Ranaan Meyer, is offered in Schwab one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.

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