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Concert Band and Symphonic Band set to hold joint concert Dec. 8

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Concert Band and Symphonic Band will come together for a semester-ending performance at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, in Eisenhower Auditorium. Their programs feature dance music by Clifton Williams, Malcolm Arnold, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Renaissance composer Tielman Susato. The Concert Band is conducted by Brett Penshorn, a second-year wind conducting graduate student. The Symphonic Band is conducted by Dennis Glocke, Penn State's director of concert bands.

Tickets are $12 for the general public and $4 for students. Buy tickets in advance for School of Music concerts in Eisenhower Auditorium and save 40 percent. There is no limit on the number of tickets that may be purchased. Purchases made the the day of the concert are not eligible for discount. Tickets are available at any Arts Ticket Center location, by phone at 814-863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS-TIX, or online at the Penn State Arts Ticket Center.

The concert will be available via livestream video at the Penn State School of Music website.


Concert Band

  • Commando March — Samuel Barber
  • Arcana — Kevin Houben
  • Song for Lyndsay — Andrew Boysen Jr.
  • Symphonic Dance No. 3 “Fiesta” — Clifton Wiliams
  • Pavane: La Bataille (from “The Danserye”) — Tielman Susato, transcribed by Patrick Dunnigan

Symphonic Band

  • Folk Dances — Dmitri Shostakovich, transcribed by H. Robert Reynolds
  • Elegy — John Barnes Chance
  • English Dances — Malcolm Arnold, transcribed by Maurice Johnstone
  • Angels in the Architecture — Frank Ticheli (with Grace Kiver, soprano)

The Concert Band performs the finest in traditional and contemporary literature composed or transcribed for the concert band medium. It performs concerts in Eisenhower Auditorium. The Concert Band is open to all students, regardless of major. An audition is required in the spring semester, but not in the fall. Spring semester auditions take place during the first week of classes.

The Symphonic Band is a select band that utilizes the full resources of the large wind/percussion ensemble to perform outstanding works from the concert band repertory. Members of the 80-piece ensemble are selected by audition during the first week of classes each semester. The Symphonic Band presents several concerts each semester in the 2,600-seat Eisenhower Auditorium. Like all Penn State bands, the Symphonic Band is open to all students, regardless of major.

Last Updated December 05, 2016