Penn State Altoona to present "Beauty Prevails on its Own Terms" by Timothy Melbinger
ALTOONA – Beauty Prevails on its Own Terms, a concert of four premieres by composer Timothy Melbinger, will be held Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.
Beauty Prevails includes a song cycle each for soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices – a total of twenty-seven songs with widely varying accompaniments including string ensemble, wind symphony, and bluegrass band. Lyrics come from Penn State Altoona poets Steven Sherrill, Erin Murphy, Todd Davis, and Lee Peterson. Performers include singers Ginger Reinhardt from the Grier School, Penn State Altoona faculty Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber and James White, and Penn State Altoona staff Jonathan O’Harrow. The Juniata College Wind Symphony, members of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, and other local professionals and members of the Penn State Altoona faculty and student body will provide music.
Melbinger holds degrees from Brandeis University and University of California Irvine. Some of his nearly 100 compositions can be heard on the Centaur, Albany, and Nine Winds records. He is a pianist and conductor, and known in Blair County as the program note writer for the Altoona Symphony Orchestra.
Melbinger will present the colloquium The Process of Setting Erin Murphy’s Poetry to Music on Wednesday, April 9 at noon in room 101 of the Misciagna Family Center, where he will describe the creative process from poem to concert hall.
The Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts is open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday - Thursday and before and during all performances. Free parking is available after 3 p.m. in the Misciagna lot. For further information, call 814-949-5452.
ALTOONA – Giancarlo Esposito will present at Penn State Altoona as part of the college’s Distinguished Speaker Series at 7:30 p.m., Sunday April 13 in the Adler Gymnasium.
Esposito is an American actor, director, and producer. He is likely best known for his portrayal of Gustavo "Gus" Fring on the AMC series Breaking Bad, for which he won the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama award at the 2012 Critics' Choice Television Awards. He was also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series award at the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards for the role. He has portrayed Sidney Glass on ABC's Once Upon a Time and currently portrays Major Tom Neville in the NBC series Revolution. Esposito is also well-known for his roles in films such as Do the Right Thing, The Usual Suspects, and King of New York.
Free tickets for the event are available at the Penn State Altoona Bookstore, at the box office in the Misciagna Family Center, or at the door on the evening of the program if not “sold out.”
Penn State Altoona provides The Distinguished Speaker Series as a student and community service. They are partially sponsored by the Margery Wolf Kuhn Fund, the John and Ann Wolf Family Speakers Series Fund, the Sarah Simonton Fund, and the Student Activities Fee.