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.