Penn State faculty, student and alumni musicians will bid farewell to the Holtkamp organ in Esber Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. April 4. The organ, a fixture of Esber Recital Hall since the 1960s, will be removed during the summer because of upcoming construction and renovation.
Penn State Laureate Rebecca Strzelec will present her talk “Art + Engineering = Creative Problem Solving” at 1 p.m. April 13 in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, on Penn State's University Park campus.
Utilizing a complex fusion of color and motion, abstract artist Thomas Bigatel brings his unorthodox style to Penn State New Kensington's art gallery from April 3 to 28. An opening reception is slated for April 7. The exhibit and reception are free to the public.
The American Symphony Orchestra's principal violist, Nardo Poy, will present a chamber music masterclass at 2:30 p.m. on March 31 in 122 Music Building II on Penn State's University Park campus. This masterclass will be followed by a masterclass for violists in the same room at 3:30, which is also open to the public.
The 17th annual public poetry reading to celebrate this year’s winning poets with connections to Pennsylvania will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 20 in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, on Penn State’s University Park campus.
“Sonita,” the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury winner, tells the story of a teenage refugee from Afghanistan who dreams of being a rapper, but instead is promised in matrimony to help support her family. The film will be shown as part of the “Docunight: Iran via Documentaries” series at 7 p.m. on April 5.
The 18th annual Penn State Jazz Festival, set for March 31 and April 1, will include workshops and masterclasses with outstanding guest artists, appearances by high school jazz bands, and two gala concerts.
The Broto Roy Quartet ― a group that mixes traditional Indian rhythms and Indian singing with elements of modern jazz and rock ― will perform at Penn State Mont Alto from 5 to 6 p.m. April 6 in the General Studies Auditorium. The event is open to the public and free of charge.
The Pennharmonics, one of Penn State’s oldest co-ed a cappella groups, will present its spring concert at 7 p.m. April 8 in 102 Forum Building at University Park. The group will perform recent songs from its innovative repertoire, while also saying goodbye to five senior members, who will be performing their favorite solos from their time in the group.