Penn State Glee Club and Alumni Celebrate 125th Anniversary

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The 2013-14 Penn State Glee Club will be joined by more than 100 alumni singers at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in Eisenhower Auditorium to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the organization in a rousing concert. The program features Randall Thompson's "The Testament of Freedom" with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Dennis Glocke, conductor), and a performance of "When Music Sounds" by Pennsylvania composer Joseph Gregorio, commissioned by the Glee Club in honor of this special event. Former Glee Club conductors Bruce Trinkley and D. Douglas Miller will join current conductor Christopher Kiver on the stage. The Glee Club is accompanied by senior John Livingston.

Alumni who are not pre-registered for the weekend events are still invited to the stage to join in the singing of "Penn State Forever" and the alma mater.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $4 for student tickets. Buy tickets in advance for School of Music concerts in Eisenhower and Schwab auditoriums and save 40 percent off the price of admission. Tickets are available at the Eisenhower Ticket Center (814-863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS-TIX). Tickets purchased on the the day of the concert are not eligible.

This concert is available through live streaming video at the Penn State School of Music.

Glee Club

"The Testament of Freedom" -- Randall Thompson (with Symphonic Wind Ensemble)
"Listen to a Jubilant Song" -- Tim Sarsany
"When Music Sounds" -- Joseph Gregorio
"Saltarelle" -- Camille Saint-Saëns 

Alumni Choir

"Hail, oh, Hail!" -- Ray Fortunato
"Brothers, Sing On! " -- Edvard Grieg, edited by Howard D. McKinney
"Down in the Valley" -- arranged by George Mead
"Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes" -- arranged by Robert Shaw and Alice Parker
"Ride On, King Jesus" -- arranged by Bruce Trinkley

Massed Choirs

"Ave Maria" -- Franz Biebl
"I Have Had Singing" -- Ron Jeffers
"Harvest Due" -- Bruce Trinkley
"Walk Him Up The Stairs" -- arranged by Bruce Trinkley
"Penn State Forever" -- arranged by Lewis Spratlan and Bruce Trinkley
Alma mater -- Fred Lewis Pattee

The Penn State Glee Club is Penn State’s oldest student organization. Since its first spring tour in March 1889, the Glee Club has performed throughout the United States and abroad, with recent tours to Wales, Trinidad and Tobago, France, and New Zealand. In recent years, the Glee Club has performed at Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh), as well as the National Presbyterian Church and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. In addition, the choir has presented concerts at conventions of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (2007, 2013), Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses Inc. (2008, 2014), the National Association for Music Education (MENC, 2009), and the American Choral Directors Association (2010, 2014). Since 2005 the Glee Club has performed major choral works including Symphony No.2 in C Minor ("Resurrection") by Gustav Mahler, "Ein deutsches Requiem" by Johannes Brahms, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Giuseppe Verdi's "Requiem" and the Poulenc Gloria. Conducted by Christopher Kiver, the Glee Club’s members hail from all colleges on Penn State’s University Park campus.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the premier wind/percussion ensemble in the School of Music. This highly select 40-member ensemble is comprised of the finest wind and percussion instrumentalists on campus. It performs a variety of repertoire ranging from chamber music to literature that utilizes the full ensemble. It concertizes extensively both on and off campus and is open to all students, regardless of major, by audition. The ensemble is conducted by Dennis Glocke.

Last Updated April 18, 2014