Final Luncheon with the Maestra set for April 11

Penn State Altoona will host the final Luncheon with the Maestra of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra’s 2013-14 concert season from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Mountain View Room of Port Sky Café. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to meet Teresa Cheung, the orchestra's music director and conductor, and Anthony Cornet, emerging concert pianist and featured soloist of the symphony’s concert the following night. A light lunch will be served.

Penn State Altoona students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the event for free, courtesy of the Division of Arts and Humanities, but must sign up at the box office in the Misciagna Family Center for the Performing Arts. Community members should contact the Altoona Symphony at 814-943-2500 or for tickets, which are $20.

Celebrating 85 years of continuous music-making, the Altoona Symphony Orchestra (ASO) offered concerts featuring the work of local renowned artists over the past year. For the season’s finale, the ASO partners with Cornet, who will perform Sergej Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 during the concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Mishler Theatre. The concert will also feature Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88. For more information about the ASO, visit

Cheung, currently in her sixth season as music director and conductor, is in frequent demand for symphonic, choral and operatic productions in the U.S. and Canada. A recipient of the JoAnn Falletta Conducting Award for the most promising female conductors, Cheung is equally at home with both orchestral and operatic, and vocal genres. In 2012, she made her conducting debut with the New York City Ballet in its Balanchine production of The Nutcracker. Cheung is a strong advocate of music education for all ages. Since the beginning of her tenure with the Altoona Symphony, Cheung has created numerous programs to engage area children and high school musicians and choristers. A native of Hong Kong, Cheung earned her master's of music degree in conducting from the Eastman School of Music.

Cornet is establishing himself as an emerging artist with a penchant for expressive playing and tour-de-force virtuosity. A native of Altoona, Cornet is a prize winner in many nationally and internationally recognized piano competitions. He recently made his Carnegie Hall debut as a first-prize winner in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. A recent international concert tour throughout Austria, Germany, Italy and Russia has afforded Cornet the opportunity to visit many of the world’s most prestigious concert venues in cities such as Dresden, Eisenach, Leipzig, Weimar, Zwickau and Frankfurt in Germany; Innsbruck, Austria; Kostroma and Moscow in Russia; and Milan, Venice and Verona in Italy. As a solo artist, he is dedicated to merging his artistic ambitions with humanitarian efforts. In recent years, he has raised thousands of dollars for numerous charities through the medium of his concert series, A Special Evening with Pianist Anthony Michael Cornet. Cornet is a graduate of Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in piano performance at Duquesne University, studying under David Allen Wehr.

For further information about the luncheon, contact Jutta Lorensen at

Last Updated March 24, 2014