Penn's Woods Music Festival

Penn's Woods Music Festival Professional Orchestra, Chamber Music, Jazz Festival. Concerts are in Recital Hall Music Building I
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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Penn’s Woods Music Festival (PWMF) offers outstanding chamber music and orchestral performances by professional musicians. Supported jointly by Penn State and the surrounding community, the festival seeks to inspire a passion for classical music through innovative concert programming, educational activities, and informal events. This summer professional orchestral and chamber m

usic festival began in 1986 and has been in its current format since 2008. The festival was created to provide something the community did not have – a professional classical music festival in the summer. PWMF, with a community advisory board, is supported by generous contributions from community volunteers and patrons.

02/08/2024

Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin, director of wind band studies and assistant professor of music, has been appointed the fourth recipient of the College of Arts and Architecture’s Agnes Scollins Carey Memorial Early Career Professorship in the Arts. The three-year professorship, from 2024 to 2027, will fun...

FOUR HOURS - FOUR MORE MEASURES - FOR THE GLORY OF OLD STATE...  ! Your gift in the next hour will push us over $2500. C...
11/28/2023

FOUR HOURS - FOUR MORE MEASURES - FOR THE GLORY OF OLD STATE... ! Your gift in the next hour will push us over $2500. Can we reach $3,000 by 8:00 p.m.? Every gift counts... You'll see the composer has written in an accelerando... Can we pick up the tempo in these final four hours?? The more individual gifts the more notes in the compostition! Give now -https://give.communityfunded.com/.../s/school-of-music

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11/28/2023

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A new composition that YOU help to create!   Help us complete our composition! As of 1:00 p.m. we have ! with $1,000 toward our goal of $25,000. Don't let our song go unfinished! To the

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11/28/2023

"A new composition that YOU help to create! Remember a $100 gift = One note in our composition" https://conta.cc/3GkJPYC

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11/10/2023

In the words of Maestro Edelstein "A powerful message of love and peace. Violins rescued and restored from the Holocaust, each one with a deeply moving story, played by members of our fabulous chamber orchestra. Next Thursday, you don’t want to miss it."

11/01/2023
Don’t miss this!
10/05/2023

Don’t miss this!

We're honored to partner with Violins of Hope of Greater Pittsburgh to present two special events.

The first event, a screening of the film "Stories from Violins of Hope" followed by a virtual Q&A with the production team will be held in the Recital Hall at 5:00PM on Wednesday, November 1. "Stories From the Violins of Hope" is an inspiring 55-minute filmed performance infused with symphonic music that tells the stories behind the famed collection of Holocaust violins, and how one family brought them back to life — and to the world.

The second part of the partnership will be a concert featuring music of reflection, contrition, hope, and unity performed by the Chamber Orchestra and Concert Choir on Thursday, November 16 at 7:30PM in the Recital Hall. Penn State violinists will have the honor of playing these beautifully restored instruments which serve as a reminder of the musicians who played them during the Holocaust.

Learn more about Voices of Hope: https://violinsofhopepittsburgh.com/ and the film: https://the-braid.org/stories-from-the-violins-of-hope/.

08/02/2023

WE ARE thrilled to announce the Penn State Young Composers Institute!

Please share with music educators and high-school composers you know!

Registration is now open!

Full details and registration can be found here:
https://sites.psu.edu/pennstatecomposition/young-composers-institute/

Registration deadline: August 16, 2023

Penn State Young Composers Program
Tucker Johnson, instructor

The Penn State Young Composers Institute is a fifteen-week virtual program for high school students interested in music composition. It allows students to extend their musical studies by exploring the intricacies of composing original music. Weekly two-hour classes are held on Zoom delivering a curriculum that includes the study of instrumentation, orchestration, notation, digital engraving, modern approaches to form and harmony, and current stylistic trends in composition. During the program, students will compose one or more works of their own and receive regular feedback and a studio recording by Penn State performers. The Young Composers Institute is perfect for high school students who are passionate about music and excited about composing, helping them grow their skills and develop their portfolios.

06/30/2023
FINAL CONCERTS TONIGHT AND TOMORROW! Great Seats remaining. Mid-Atlantic Jazz Ensemble (Friday) Festival Orchestra (Satu...
06/23/2023

FINAL CONCERTS TONIGHT AND TOMORROW! Great Seats remaining. Mid-Atlantic Jazz Ensemble (Friday) Festival Orchestra (Saturday) with Naomi Seidman. PWMF.PSU.EDU https://conta.cc/3XjGocB

PWMF Concerts conclude this weekend. FINAL WEEKEND OF COCNERTS   We've come to another to yet another closing weekend of concerts! Tonight at 7:00 (rain or shine) the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Band will be on

06/23/2023

It's time for our last playlist; this concert proves to be an incredible one! Here are a few words from your Penn's Woods Music Festival musicians.

𝐏𝐖𝐌𝐅𝟐𝟑 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐧’𝐬 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐎𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚 #𝟐

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDw2wM2p92M-I1eVdEtKccIkYEWYNf2V1
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4vD6yYvMyUTVYRih502Ua4?si=f6b7c915830e4286

𝐌𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐑𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥, 𝐋𝐞 𝐓𝐨𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐚𝐮 𝐝𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧

Andreas Oeste, oboist: “Le Tombeau is a tour de force for the oboe, and something we oboists spend a great deal of our lives practicing. To have the opportunity to perform this masterpiece alongside my friends and colleagues is truly meaningful, and I am greatly looking forward to sharing this music with our State College community!”

𝐂.𝐏.𝐄. 𝐁𝐚𝐜𝐡, 𝐅𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐨 𝐢𝐧 𝐃 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐨𝐫, 𝐇. 𝟒𝟖𝟒.𝟏

Naomi Seidman, soloist: “Hands down my favorite recording of this great piece. Mr. Gallois is extremely adept at incorporating Baroque performance practice, can you catch all of the ornamentation he adds, with the beauty of the modern flute. Hang on to your socks for the last movement, it's a speedy one.”

𝐀𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐏𝐢𝐚𝐳𝐳𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐚, 𝐒𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐚

Gerardo Edelstein, music director: “There are very few recordings of this piece but I feel Orozco-Estrada understands very well the nostalgic character of the piece accompanied with strong and precise rhythms and a palette of beautiful orchestral colors. The Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra sounds fabulous!”

𝐆𝐲𝐨̈𝐫𝐠𝐲 𝐋𝐢𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐢, 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐭 𝐑𝐨𝐦𝐚̂𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐜

James Lyon, concertmaster: “An early work, Ligeti draws on folk music here in an engaging way that reminds the listener of Bartók's Romanian Folk Dances or Enescu's Romanian Rhapsodies. I hear things in this fabulous Berlin Philharmonic recording, both excellently played and engineered, that get lost in other recordings. I defy the listener to not find themselves tapping their toes along with the music! “

06/20/2023

Leading up to each concert we will feature a playlist curated by your Penn’s Woods Music Festival musicians and a few words from them about the music you will hear these two weeks!

𝐏𝐖𝐌𝐅𝟐𝟑 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐧’𝐬 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 #𝟐

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDw2wM2p92M9Ut4usRm8GC6XfkzxTqoK4
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0MLtN6TXyT3NhZjBbukEnZ?si=f133f0aca1874fd8

𝐑𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐫𝐚𝐰𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐒𝐞𝐞𝐠𝐞𝐫, 𝐃𝐢𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐜 𝐒𝐮𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐍𝐨. 𝟒 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐎𝐛𝐨𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐨

Stephen Feldman, cellist: “Andreas and I have known each other for over 20 years, and I’ve seen his artistry develop over the years as he has gone from student to colleague. It is a special treat to not just work with an artist of his caliber, but also to connect into our shared history as well!”

𝐋𝐞𝐨𝐬̌ 𝐉𝐚𝐧𝐚́𝐜̌𝐞𝐤, 𝐌𝐥𝐚́𝐝𝐢́ 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐰𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐞𝐭

Sarah Schouten, horn player: “I like the blend of colors and balance that the Manchester Camerata achieves. Janáček is quite complex in his writing, which can disguise some beautiful colors and melodies. In this recording, we can hear both the complex harmonic colors and beautiful, youthful folk melodies.”

𝐋𝐮𝐝𝐰𝐢𝐠 𝐯𝐚𝐧 𝐁𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐧, 𝐐𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐭 𝐎𝐩. 𝟏𝟖, 𝐍𝐨. 𝟒 𝐢𝐧 𝐂 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐨𝐫

John Roxburgh, violist: "Wow, it's difficult to choose a favorite recording, I like many different recordings for different reasons! The first recording is just the first movement by the Fry Street Quartet, I really enjoy their sound and cohesiveness. The second recording is the complete work by the Jasper String Quartet: the quality of the recording is not as good (due to recording equipment, not their playing!), but I particularly like their musicality when it comes to phrase endings and/or transitions - it feels like they take enough time to transition where needed, but not overly done with the end result being very elegant."

𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥’𝐬 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐬

Orchestra #2 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDw2wM2p92M-I1eVdEtKccIkYEWYNf2V1 / https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4vD6yYvMyUTVYRih502Ua4?si=f6b7c915830e4286

Wolfgang to Woody -We've got you covered at the PWMF this weekend. Get your tickets today! https://conta.cc/3XcnQLl
06/16/2023

Wolfgang to Woody -We've got you covered at the PWMF this weekend. Get your tickets today! https://conta.cc/3XcnQLl

PWMF Concerts continue this weekend. First concert done! First rehearsal done!   "WOW, it doesn't get much better than this in Centre County!," exclaimed one of our ushers, who is a retired music teac

What are you doing on a Thursday night?  We’re in rehearsal for Saturday!
06/15/2023

What are you doing on a Thursday night? We’re in rehearsal for Saturday!

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06/15/2023

Penn State School of Music College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra Penn State Williamsport Symphony Orchestra

Rehearsals for the first Festival Orchestra concert have begun! On the program music by Zwilich, Mozart, and Schubert. V...
06/15/2023

Rehearsals for the first Festival Orchestra concert have begun! On the program music by Zwilich, Mozart, and Schubert. Visit pwmf.psu.edu to purchase tickets

06/15/2023

Time for our second playlist! Leading up to each concert we will feature a playlist curated by your Penn’s Woods Music Festival musicians and a few words from them about the music you will hear these two weeks.

𝐏𝐖𝐌𝐅𝟐𝟑 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐧’𝐬 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐎𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚 #𝟏

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDw2wM2p92M8ihrsVK9qPU1xgQkztSrA-
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4ue9MXnYQfuvwu5zeIdc8R?si=f807d19160e74dad

𝐄𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧 𝐓𝐚𝐚𝐟𝐟𝐞 𝐙𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐡, 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐨 𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐨

Bryan Jones, harpsichordist: “The piece was written to commemorate the tricentennial of the birth of George Frideric Handel, one of the masters of the concerto grosso form. The first and last movements quote directly from Handel's D major violin sonata, while the middle three movements derive their material from its opening four notes. Fun fact: Ellen Taaffe Zwilich was friends with Charles M. Schulz and was referenced in several strips of Peanuts.”

𝐖. 𝐀. 𝐌𝐨𝐳𝐚𝐫𝐭, 𝐏𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐨 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐨 𝐍𝐨. 𝟐𝟕 𝐢𝐧 𝐁-𝐟𝐥𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐣𝐨𝐫, 𝐊𝟓𝟗𝟓

Steven H. Smith, soloist: “(on Murray Perahia’s recording) I love his playing, both in general and of this work in particular. Crisp, beautifully shaped, with wise phrasing and ornamentation ideas.”

𝐅𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐳 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐮𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐭, 𝐒𝐲𝐦𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐲 𝐍𝐨. 𝟓 𝐢𝐧 𝐁-𝐟𝐥𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐣𝐨𝐫

Gerardo Edelstein, music director: “Too many good recordings of this symphony but my favorites are with Gardiner, Harnoncourt and this one with Abbado and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. I love the fresh and exciting approach Abbado always gives to his performances. The sweet and precise sound of the orchestra plus the attention to details and phrasing makes this one a favorite.”

𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥’𝐬 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐬

Chamber #2 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDw2wM2p92M9Ut4usRm8GC6XfkzxTqoK4 / https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0MLtN6TXyT3NhZjBbukEnZ?si=f133f0aca1874fd8
Orchestra #2 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDw2wM2p92M-I1eVdEtKccIkYEWYNf2V1 / https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4vD6yYvMyUTVYRih502Ua4?si=f6b7c915830e4286

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06/15/2023

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Mozart, Mahler, and Jazz Trombones this week. Penn's Woods Music Festival June 11-24, 2023   RESERVED tickets for June 14, 17, 21, and 24 are $25 adult/$10 student. General admission tickerts for Jazz

06/14/2023

Don't miss the Penn's Woods Music Festival concert at 7 p.m. tonight in Recital Hall! Concert will feature works by Debussy, Jurriaan Andriessen, David Stambler, Rachmaninoff, and Mahler.

Sights from 2023 Penn's Woods Music Festival Music in the Gardens. River City Brass
06/14/2023

Sights from 2023 Penn's Woods Music Festival Music in the Gardens. River City Brass

06/14/2023

TONIGHT at 7PM Penn's Woods Music Festival continues - Box Office opens 6PM come hear this quartet!

06/13/2023

Leading up to each concert we will feature a playlist curated by your Penn’s Woods Music Festival musicians and a few words from them about the music you will hear these two weeks!

𝐏𝐖𝐌𝐅𝟐𝟑 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐧’𝐬 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 #𝟏
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDw2wM2p92M--t1icIegf0Y8nUWP3VxRt
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/330rk9aJ3SfU0GeeJYbPjc?si=ede7cf7670124166

𝐂𝐥𝐚𝐮𝐝𝐞 𝐃𝐞𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐲, 𝐕𝐢𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐧 𝐒𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐚

Max Zorin, violinist: “The Debussy sonata is so much fun to play because it is a work that not only gives you permission to be free but pushes you to explore even further your own boundaries of sound color and emotional dynamics.”

𝐉𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐚𝐧 𝐀𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐧, 𝐓𝐫𝐢𝐨 𝐍𝐨. 𝐈𝐕 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐅𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐞, 𝐎𝐛𝐨𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐁𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐨𝐧

Andreas Oeste, oboist: “Trio IV was written in 1957, a period of time in which Andriessen began to write more for film and theater, specifically at the Dutch theater Haagse Comedie. His works of this time are diverse and impressionable, as Andriessen sought to write in many styles and approaches to suit the versatile roles this incidental music would serve. (…) A small, 5-note motive can be heard threaded throughout the piece, providing moments of continuity and clarity.” The work’s first commercial recording will be published in January 2024, recorded by these Penn’s Woods musicians!

𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐢 𝐑𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐨𝐟𝐟, 𝐄𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐬-𝐓𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐮𝐱 𝐎𝐩. 𝟑𝟗

Christopher Guzman, pianist: “I admire Perahia’s intense passion and darkness of the E-flat minor etude, as well as the fiery brilliance of the A minor etude, which is often subtitled “Little Red Riding Hood.” Both of these pieces, and indeed the fine performances here, evoke vivid imagery, which was Rachmaninoff’s intent. “Etudes-tableaux” means “study pictures, and in describing these works, Rachmaninoff stated "I do not believe in the artist that discloses too much of his images. Let [the listener] paint for themselves what it most suggests.””

𝐆𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐯 𝐌𝐚𝐡𝐥𝐞𝐫, 𝐏𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐨 𝐐𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐭

Ian Duh, pianist: “This recording may not be an obvious choice; there's also one by Gidon Kremer and friends also available on YouTube. Even though this is a rehearsal recording by students, it's one of the few that play Mahler's unfinished sketches for a second movement in as close to a complete version as can be found. Also included on this recording is an optional listening, of a completion/reworking of the second movement fragment by the Russian/Jewish/German composer Alfred Schnittke. The contrast in styles is jarring but effective.”

𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥’𝐬 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐬

Orchestra #1 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDw2wM2p92M8ihrsVK9qPU1xgQkztSrA- / https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4ue9MXnYQfuvwu5zeIdc8R?si=f807d19160e74dad
Chamber #2 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDw2wM2p92M9Ut4usRm8GC6XfkzxTqoK4 / https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0MLtN6TXyT3NhZjBbukEnZ?si=f133f0aca1874fd8
Orchestra #2 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDw2wM2p92M-I1eVdEtKccIkYEWYNf2V1 / https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4vD6yYvMyUTVYRih502Ua4?si=f6b7c915830e4286

06/13/2023

Final preparations are underway! First concert is Wednesday- get tickets today at PWMF.psu.edu

Concerts on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday - Great seats remain! Pianist Steven Smith performs with the Festival Orches...
06/12/2023

Concerts on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday - Great seats remain! Pianist Steven Smith performs with the Festival Orchestra on Saturday. https://conta.cc/43Ws0ZE

Mozart, Mahler, and Jazz Trombones this week. Penn's Woods Music Festival June 11-24, 2023   RESERVED tickets for June 14, 17, 21, and 24 are $25 adult/$10 student. General admission tickerts for Jazz

06/11/2023

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