Mosaic showcases School of Music musicians

University Park, Pa. — Music rang from the balconies as well as the stage of Eisenhower Auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 7, thanks to the School of Music's annual Mosaic Concert. The event, which began at 2 p.m., featured nearly 20 School of Music ensembles and soloists performing for nearly two hours with an intermission. Members of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble began the first half of the event from a pitch-black stage with "Fanfare for the Common Man" by American composer Aaron Copland, while the big band Centre Dimensions started the second half with a jazz arrangement of the same piece. Each group immediately transitioned to the next group, usually located across the room, in the balcony or the Grand Tier of the auditorium. The quick transitions allowed as many groups as possible to perform, with the special effect of no applause between numbers.

Additional performances featured included the Glee Club, a brass quintet, harp soloist Lisa Duke, the Oriana Singers, a trombone quartet and the Graduate String Quartet. The second half, following Centre Dimensions, included Concert Choir, the Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, a woodwind quintet, Essence of Joy, Philharmonic Orchestra, a percussion quartet, soprano soloist Emily Brand with the Philharmonic Orchestra, violin soloist David Chavez, and lastly all of the choirs combined with the Philharmonic Orchestra.

The premise of the concert was to showcase the spectrum of talent, from undergraduates to doctoral students, across visual and musical media. More than 350 students from the school's top performing groups took part in the concert. Information on the School of Music may be found at http://www.music.psu.edu/ online. Photos from the event may be found at http://live.psu.edu/stilllife/1894 online.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010