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Penn’s Woods Music Festival Kicks Off With Outdoor Concert June 11

The Penn’s Woods Music Festival will kick off on Saturday, June 11, with a concert at the Arboretum. The “Music in the Gardens” concert begins at 7 p.m. and is free to attend.

“Penn’s Woods has been an important part of our community since 1986,” David Frego, director of the Penn State School of Music, said. “It is a joy to showcase the talents of professional musicians from the community and from the ranks of the School of Music faculty and students, as well as others from across the country. Our vision — to inspire a passion for live music — continues to drive us.”

Tickets for the remainder of the concerts are $25 for adults and $10 for students. The performances will be livestreamed.

Several musical performances will take place at 7 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Chamber music — Wednesday, June 15 — Recital Hall
  • Juneteenth jazz performance — Friday, June 17 — Olsan Stone Terrace
  • Festival orchestra — Saturday, June 18 — Recital Hall
  • Chamber music — Wednesday, June 22 — Recital Hall
  • “Cuban Connection” jazz performance — Friday, June 24 — Olsan Stone Terrace
  • Festival orchestra — Saturday, June 25 — Recital Hall

“I am very excited to return to the School of Music Recital Hall with the full Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra to perform two fantastic concerts featuring great soloists and very diverse programs,” Gerardo Edelstein, festival music director, said. “There will be something appealing to everyone, from the more familiar works by Beethoven and Mendelssohn to the premier of ‘Overture’ by Jesse Montgomery, one of today’s leading female composers and performers. Lee Hinkle will be the soloist for the riveting marimba concerto by Maurice Wright, and Melody Quah will perform Chopin’s lyrical and passionate Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, op. 11.”

Informal “salon-type” concerts will take place throughout the festival, too. Penn’s Woods Plus performances will take place at 11 a.m. on June 12 at Cafe Lemont and at 7 p.m. on June 14 at 3 Dots Downtown. These performances are “designed for interaction and conversation and are perfect for the musically curious.”

More information is available on the Penn’s Woods website.

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