Four performances scheduled as part of 'Music at Penns Woods' festival

University Park, Pa. -- Once again, summer will be filled with lush sounds as Music at Penn's Woods presents four nights of music under the baton of Maestro Gerardo Edelstein. Festival Orchestra concerts will take place on June 18 and 25, with chamber music performances on June 16 and 23. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in Esber Recital Hall, Music Building I, on Penn State's University Park campus.

The June 18 Festival Orchestra concert will feature Tim Hurtz playing the “Oboe Concerto” by Richard Strauss, one of the most beautiful and challenging concertos ever written for orchestra and a solo wind instrument. It is one of Strauss’ last compositions, dedicated to an American oboist in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The program also will feature a humorous piece by French composer Darius Milhaud called “Le Boeuf sur le Toit,” translated loosely to “The Cow on the Roof” and originally written for a surrealistic ballet. The concert will close with Mendelssohn’s “Scottish Symphony.”

The June 25 Festival Orchestra concert will begin with “The Three-Cornered Hat,” a lighthearted work for ballet by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. Enrico Elisi will be featured as the soloist for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, and the festival will close with two delightful pieces: "Pastorele d’ete" ("a pastoral summer"), by Swiss composer Arthur Honneger, and “Sinfonietta” by Francis Poulenc, who was one of the greatest melodists of the 20th century.

The chamber music concerts will feature some of the finest groups in the area, as well as some special guests, who will perform music by Brahms, Smetana, and Beethoven, in addition to more recent compositions.

For tickets, call 814-863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX (seating is reserved). A festival package, which grants admission to all four concerts, costs $75 per adult or $38 per student. Tickets for a single festival orchestra concert are $28 for adults and $15 for students, and a single chamber music concert costs $18 per adult, $8 per student. A chamber music concert special is available for families; tickets for all youth (18 and younger) are $2 with the purchase of one adult ticket at $18.

Parking is available in the Nittany Parking Deck on Fisher Road near the Nittany Lion Inn. For more information, visit http://music.psu.edu/mpw11 online.

Last Updated June 01, 2011