Meiravi Quartet’s Quartet-in-Residence Debut Performace at Penn State Abington

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Wednesday, April 5 2017 at 7:30pm
Free to the public

Newly appointed Quartet-in-Residence at Penn State Abington, will present their debut on-campus performance, free to the public, Wednesday, April 5, 7:30 pm in the Sutherland Hall Auditorium. The diverse program includes both classical and light musical selections, ranging from 1930’s Russia to contemporary times, spanning from Argentina to the United States.

A special presentation by Russian scholar, Dr. Roy Robson, Dean of Arts and Humanities, will precede the Shostakovich String Quartet No.1 with his introductory remarks of Russia in the time of Shostakovich. The program also includes the prelude of Dr. Nocella’s opera-in-progress, Grynszpan, the backstory of Krystallnacht, George Gershwin’s jazz infused Three Preludes, arranged for quartet by Dr. Nocella, first performed by the composer on piano in 1926 in New York City at the Roosevelt Hotel. Nocella’s lively Ninth Street Festival Overture, reflecting his South Philadelphia roots, and the sultry, passionate Libertango by Argentinian composer, Astor Piazzolla complete the program.

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Peter Nocella’s Choral Work, Missa Brevis, Will Be Reprised in New York and Philadelphia

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Saturday, April 22 2017
7pm
Free to the public
4001 Grant Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19114

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Thursday, June 1 2017
7pm
239 W 49th St
New York, NY 10019

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Missa Brevis, which premiered in 2000 for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, will be reprised at Nazareth Academy Chapel in North East Philadelphia. A moving choral tribute to eleven courageous nuns who sacrificed their lives to save a Polish town from Nazi annihilation during WWII, this is a poignant and inspiring commissioned choral piece. At its original performance at the Vatican, Missa Brevis, was part of the beatification ceremony in Rome in 2000 celebrating these eleven brave women. Tragic but also uplifting, the piece was again performed in 2000 at a second venue in Rome, then toured in Venice and Florence, and finally, in Baltimore, and Philadelphia.

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