Appalachian Spring Premiere

OCT 30 1944 Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring premiered at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, with Martha Graham dancing the lead role. Copland was awarded the 1945 Pulitzer Prize for Music for this achievement.

Posted on October 30, 2015 .

Arts in State College

I would like to thank CDT writer Lori Falce for her recent article on the abundance of cultural opportunities in central Pennsylvania. It is always refreshing to receive media focus on the arts in our sports-saturated area. However, the article referred only to the wealth of cultural opportunities sponsored by Penn State University. I would like to encourage the residents of the Centre Region and beyond to also attend and support the huge variety of superb performances by local non-university organizations. Come and be amazed by the all-professional Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, currently celebrating their 25th season, the Nittany Valley Symphony, Central PA Youth Orchestra, State College Choral Society, Nittany Valley Children’s Choir, Ballet Theatre of State College, State College Community Theatre, Nittany Theatre, and the list goes on! Ms. Falce is correct that “when it comes to culture…in State College, the challenge can be so many choices”.  But locally in the arts we are MORE than just Penn State!

Posted on September 24, 2015 .

Premiere of Wagner's Das Rheingold

SEPT 22 1869 premiere of Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold at the National Theatre, Munich. Wagner wanted this opera to premiere as part of the entire cycle, but was forced to allow the performance at the insistence of his patron King Ludwing II of Bavaria. PIC Opening scene for later 1876 Bayreuth performance

Posted on September 21, 2015 .

Premiere of Mahler's Symphony No. 7

SEPT 19 1908 Gustav Mahler led the premiere of his Symphony No. 7 in Prague with the Czech Philharmonic at the festival marking the Diamond Jubilee of Emperor Franz Joseph. PIC Rehearsal of the 7th

Posted on September 18, 2015 .