June 12, 1997......Volume 26, Issue 33

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This week's arts briefs:
Bassoon Quartet
Piano festival
"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"
Penn's Woods festival
"Crafts National 31"
Life of Fred Waring
Turner to rock Jordan Center

Other arts-related sites:
Bryce Jordan Center

College of Arts and Architecture:
School of Integrative Arts
School of Music
Palmer Museum of Art

Batter up

Joe Thompson is Charlie Brown and Stacie Morgan is Lucy in Pennsylvania Centre Stage's
production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." The play runs through June 21 at the Pavilion
Theatre on the University Park Campus.
Photo: Greg Grieco

Bassoon Quartet

The Penn State Bassoon Quartet will present a free concert of music for bassoon ensemble at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 12, in the Helen Eakin Eisenhower Chapel on the University Park campus. Members of the quartet are Katherine E. Jones, Matthew Schell, Melissa Etling and Daryl Durran, associate professor of music.

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Piano festival

A national piano festival dedicated to the interpretational and teaching principles of Tobias Matthay, considered one the 20th century's foremost piano pedagogues, will be held at the School of Music on the University Park campus June 17-21. The festival will include lectures, lecture-recitals, demonstrations, performances and a national competition for young pianists.

Day sessions will be held in Music Building II; evening recitals will take place in the School of Music Recital Hall, Music Building I.

On Friday, June 20, six contestants will compete in the 25th annual national Clara Wells Scholarship Auditions for a $2,000 first prize and a $1,500 second prize. The auditions will be held between 1:30 and 5 p.m. in the School of Music Recital Hall.

For a festival brochure and registration information, contact Carl Blake, Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies, at (814) 865-0495.

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"You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown"

The entertaining family musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," which opened the Pennsylvania Centre Stage season on June 6 in the Pavilion Theatre on the University Park campus, runs through June 21.

Based on Charles Schulz's beloved "Peanuts" characters, "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" plays at 7:30 p.m. June 12-14 and 17-21 in the Pavilion Theatre. Matinees are 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 15. Prices are $4.50 for those 15 and under, $12 for students and $15 for non-students.

For tickets or more information, contact the Arts Ticket Center at (814) 863-0255. Outside the local calling area, phone (800) 278-7849.

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Penn's Woods festival

With less than a month until opening night of the 12th Annual Penn's Woods Orchestra and Chamber Music Festival, top musicians from around the world are preparing to descend upon the University Park campus to participate in Central Pennsylvania's premier festival orchestra. Led by Pu-Qi Jiang, conductor of the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra, Music at Penn's Woods unites 65 orchestral musicians -- representing more than 50 different musical institutions -- for four weeks of intensive rehearsal and performances. The orchestra also features members of the School of Music faculty and local musical artists.

The festival runs from June 21-July 12, with orchestra concerts every Saturday evening and twice weekly free chamber ensemble concerts. All events are held at Eisenhower Auditorium. Tickets for orchestra concerts may be purchased at the Eisenhower Box Office or by calling (814) 865-0255. For more information, call (814) 863 -1118.

The festival schedule follows:

* June 21, 7:30 p.m.: Festival Orchestra, Richard Kennedy, tenor

* June 22, 3 p.m.: Chamber Ensemble concert

* June 27, 7:30 p.m.: Chamber Ensemble concert

* June 28, 7:30 p.m.: Festival Orchestra, Mark Lusk, trombone

* June 29, 3 p.m.: Chamber Ensemble concert

* July 5, 7:30 p.m.: Festival Orchestra, Julius Karr-Bertoli, conductor

* July 6, 3 p.m.: Chamber Ensemble concert

* July 11, 7:30 p.m.: Chamber Ensemble concert

* July 12, 7:30 p.m.: Festival Orchestra, Marylène Dosse, piano

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"Crafts National 31"

The School of Visual Arts Zoller Gallery and the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts present "Crafts National 31," an annual juried crafts exhibition. "Crafts National 31" continues at the Zoller Gallery on the University Park campus through Sunday, July 20.

Internationally recognized ceramic artist William Daley juried this year's exhibition. Professor emeritus and the first recipient of the Distinguished University Professor Award from Philadelphia's University of the Arts, Daley's work has been exhibited in numerous national and international shows and is in the collections of national and international museums.

An opening reception is set for 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, in the gallery. This is part of an evening of receptions designed to open the annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.

For more information, call Glenn Speirs, Zoller Gallery coordinator, at (814) 863-3352, or Robin Cort, director of visual arts for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, at (814) 237-3682.

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Life of Fred Waring

From now until Aug. 19 an exhibit titled "The Life and Times of Fred Waring" will be featured in the Reference Room of the University Archives/Penn State Room and the main lobby in Pattee Library at University Park.

Waring, a nationally known showman, Distinguished Alumnus and former University trustee, bequeathed his entire music library to Penn State when he died in 1984. Included are photographs, recordings and memorabilia from his nearly 70-year career.

The Fred Waring's America Collection is a special collection of the University Libraries housed in the Special Services Building on Fox Hill Road, State College. It is available by appointment. Call (814) 863-2911.

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Turner to rock the Jordan Center

Rock and Roll legend Tina Turner will appear at The Bryce Jordan Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8. Tickets are $38.50, $27.50 and $19.50 for reserved seating.

Turner's powerful voice and raw stage intensity brought her rhythm and blues fame in the 1960s. She joined Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm and crossed over to a top pop-rock act, and then went solo in the mid 1970s.

Turner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.

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