14th annual President’s Concert returns to Carnegie Hall

November 18, 2019

NEW YORK CITY, New York -- The Penn State School of Music returns to Carnegie Hall for the 14th annual President’s Concert. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the premier wind/percussion ensemble in the School of Music. This highly select 40-member ensemble includes 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.

Hosted by Penn State President Eric Barron and sponsored jointly by the Penn State Alumni Association and the School of Music, the event includes a pre-concert reception for alumni and friends. 

Pricing options are available online for both the pre-concert reception and concert, with online pre-registration required only if you’re attending both events. Alumni Association members receive discounted admission at $35 (savings of $20).

Repertoire for the Feb. 18 concert includes Lucien Cailliet’s transcription of Wagner's "Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral" from Lohengrin; the wind version of Edward Elgar’s orchestration of "Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor" by J.S. Bach; and Percy Grainger’s masterpiece, "Lincolnshire Posy."

“My students and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to perform this incredible music in one of the world’s great venues for our Penn State alumni and friends,” said Dennis Glocke, director of concert bands at the University. “On a personal note, I am incredibly grateful to be able to conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble on the Carnegie Hall stage during my final year at Penn State. To say we are all excited about this performance would be a huge understatement.”

The President’s Concert series, designed to showcase School of Music ensembles to alumni and prospective students, has taken place in venues including Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh), John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia) and Carnegie Hall, where the Philharmonic Orchestra performed in 2010.

Last Updated November 18, 2019