Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir to perform April 6

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's Flute Choir and Clarinet Choir present their spring concerts in a joint performance at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in Esber Recital Hall. The Flute Choir's program includes light selections from "Wicked" and "Frozen," as well as George Gershwin's ode to "Summertime" from "Porgy and Bess." The Flute Choir is directed by Naomi Seidman, with master's orchestral conducting major Ben Firer and flute performance graduate student Laura Clapper appearing as guest conductors.

Following the Flute Choir, the Clarinet Choir will present a program featuring two world premieres of compositions by Penn State students, senior clarinet performance major Eddie Sundra and junior music education (euphonium) student Malcom Katzen. Robert Hickey, a graduate student in wind conducting, and Eddie Sundra appear as guest conductors. The Clarinet Choir is conducted by Anthony J. Costa. Admission is free. 

This program will also be presented at Foxdale Village on April 5.

Flute Choir Program

"Flights" (2008) - Marcus Karl Maroney (conducted by Ben Firer)

"Popular" (from "Wicked") -- Stephen Schwartz, arranged by Daniel Sánchez

"Lady Gaga Fugue" -- arranged by Jonathan Dexter

"Let It Go" (from "Frozen") -- Robert Lopez, arranged by Jonathan Dexter

"Summertime" (from "Porgy and Bess") -- George Gershwin, arranged by Melanie Thorne (conducted by Laura Clapper)

Clarinet Choir Program

"Clarinet Poem" -- Lucien Cailliet (conducted by Robert Hickey)

"Shepherd’s Hey" -- Percy Grainger, arranged Malcolm Katzen

"Love Like Windsong" (world premiere) -- Eddie Sundra (conducted by Eddie Sundra)

The Tale of a Dragon (world premiere) -- Malcolm Katzen

"The Last Spring" -- Edvard Grieg, transcribed by Barton Cummings

"Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65" -- Carl Maria von Weber, transcribed by Anthony Brackett

The Penn State Flute Choir presents a unique opportunity for students to learn basic to advanced chamber music skills. The ensemble is open to majors, minors and nonmajors, and enrollment is by audition with the instructor. The Flute Choir performs from a vast repertoire of original works and transcriptions of classical standards. The students perform with and without a conductor, and spend time working on cuing, blending, intonation, musicality, playing solos and accompaniments, and working with others in a fun and challenging environment. Students are also encouraged to become acquainted with the auxiliary instruments of the flute family.

The Penn State Clarinet Choir presents a wonderful opportunity for students to learn basic chamber music skills. The ensemble is open to majors, minors and nonmajors alike and enrollment is by audition with the instructor. The Clarinet Choir performs from a vast repertoire of original works, jazz selections and transcriptions of classical standards. The students perform with and without a conductor and spend time working on cuing, blending, intonation, musicality, playing solos and accompaniments, and working with others in a fun and challenging environment. Students are also encouraged to become acquainted with the auxiliary instruments of the clarinet family.

Last Updated April 02, 2014