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Penn State Altoona to present "Beauty Prevails on its Own Terms" by Timothy Melbinger

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 597 hits

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.

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