365 Days - A Year in Happy Valley
presented by The Porterfield Group
Thu. Jan 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm
*This is a rental presentation, for questions and more information on placing your order, call 888-71-TICKETS
365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley takes audiences on a fascinating journey into the heart of one of the world’s most beloved university towns to reveal whether the crimes of one man will redefine not only the way the world views it, but how those who live there or cherish it feel about how they are perceived. The film explores issues of conformity as part of human nature, the quest for justice, the role of the media in shaping public perception, and the collateral damage of a rush to judgment.
All across America, in November 2011, people were transfixed as decades worth of child sexual abuse at the hands of Jerry Sandusky were revealed. National outrage grew as events spiraled out of control. What most people didn’t realize was that what the media firestorm reflected, and to some extent created, told only a fraction of the story.
The award-winning crew of 365 Days spent more than a year living and working in and around State College. The film reveals a divided group of people striving to redefine the community, find healing, and determine its future. During this journey, the filmmakers identified anew flashpoint for this small town's greatest struggle: to survive. The film's bookends are the first home football games of the 2012 and 2013 seasons, the latter of which celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the undefeated 1973 team which is credited with putting Penn State University on the map.
Emotionally engaging, 365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley will make you cheer and leave you contemplating complex issues about conformity and the search for truth as you realize complacency is no longer a comfortable option. The film also explores the concept of forgiveness as a way for individuals to heal from unimaginable adversity.
EMC’s Holiday Celebration
Sat. Dec 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm
*This is a rental presentation
Are you looking for an affordable holiday show that will have you tapping your feet, will lift your spirits and leave you wanting more? Over the years, EMC has become well-known for its high-quality professional productions that you’re sure to enjoy even if your child is not performing!
Join us in ringing in the spirit of the season with choreography set to your favorite holiday music. A festive presentation of ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance performed by dancers of all ages will entertain the whole family.
Make EMC’s Holiday Celebration part of your family’s tradition!
Tickets are $20.00 if purchased in advance, or $22 if purchased at the door.
*A limited number of $10 seats are available
Penn State York presents Esther Bauer
Wed. Mar 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm
*This is a rental presentation. Tickets for this event are available at no charge through The Pullo Center Box Office. PSY students, faculty, and staff can also pick up tickets at the Student Affairs office.
Esther Bauer was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1924. Her father, Dr. Alberto Jonas was the principal of the Jewish Girls School, and her mother Dr. Marie Anna Jonas was a medical doctor. On July 19th, 1942, Esther Bauer, her mother, and her father were deported to the Theresienstadt ghetto in Czechoslovakia, where from one minute to the next they were prisoners. Her father died six weeks later of meningitis. After two years there, she married because her then friend, not yet husband, got the order to be sent with many others to the city of Dresden to build up a new ghetto. That was, of course, a lie. He and the other men wound up in Auschwitz. After the men had left, their spouses were told they could go voluntarily after their husbands. Esther went and they all landed in Auschwitz where her husband was murdered. On October 10th, 1944 Esther’s mother was herself deported to Auschwitz and was murdered there. Esther survived. Esther was exuberant upon being liberated, and decided to “live each day, have fun and be a human being.”
In this unforgettable and moving lecture, Esther Bauer recounts her harrowing experiences as a Holocaust Survivor. Esther recounts the story of her amazing, educated, and liberated mother Dr. Marie Anna Jonas who was a medical doctor who was stripped of her ability to practice by the Reich Citizen Law. Esther speaks to students as often as she can so that they will “learn what happened, and see to it that it never happens again.” Esther’s bounding energy and joy for life is infectious, and will leave you filled with respect, awe appreciation for the indestructibility of the human spirit.
Penn State Baroque Ensemble
Sun. Mar 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm
The Penn State Baroque Ensemble, founded in 2000 is the newest of the University's performing ensembles. A mixture of faculty and string students, it is dedicated to the historically accurate performance of music from the Baroque period. Rehearsals reinforce Baroque performance techniques and stylistic interpretation.
The ensemble is regularly coached and directed by leading early music groups and performers from Europe and America, such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the King's Consort, Florilegium, the Handel and Haydn Society, the Washington Bach Consort, Rebel, the Aulos Ensemble, Apollo’s Fire, the Fitzwilliam string quartet, Modern Musik.
Guest directors have included Cat Mackintosh, Stanley Ritchie, Dan Stepner, Kati Debretzeni, Risa Browder, John Moran, Guy Fishman, Reimar Seidler, Ashley Solomon, Julie Andrijeski, Marc Shachman, and Linda Quan.
The Baroque Ensemble usually performs two concerts a semester both on and off campus. While made up primarily of Graduate Performance majors, it is open to all students, regardless of major, by audition.
For most students this group represents their first experience with playing on gut strings, with period instruments and bows and as such provides a unique learning opportunity within their course of study. Five alumni of the Baroque Ensemble have gone on to become professional historical performers in America and the United Kingdom.
The Ensemble is directed by Penn State Faculty member Rob Nairn, who is also a member of the Juilliard Historical Performance faculty in New York.
Our soloist for the this concert will be Ted Christopher, Baritone, singing Handel Aria's, Corellli, Handel, Geminiani and Biber works for chamber orchestra.
An Orchestra of Voices
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, and named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, the GRAMMY® award winning ensemble Chanticleer celebrated its 35th anniversary in the 2012-13 season during which it performed more than 100 concerts in 29 of the United States, in Europe, and in the Asia/Pacific region. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for their “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” Chanticleer - based in San Francisco - is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music.
Celtic Nights - The Emigrants Bridge
A Night of Music, Song & Dance
Mon. Mar 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm
From the creators of Gaelforce Dance, the "unmissable two hour spectacular (that) has brought audiences to their feet all around the world" (The Guardian, England) comes a brand new show in celebration of song. Celtic Nights expertly weaves together the lilting melodies and plaintive lyrics of the rich Celtic heritage to tell the story of a people. In this stirring tale of the Celtic experience, the audience is invited to travel along on a journey of hope and promise. You will be transported in time through traditional ballads, vivid choreography and the story of people struggling to find their place in a changing world.
Celtic Nights is a unique show which features both the finest male and the finest female voices of the Celtic world, showcased against a thundering backdrop of expert dancing and musicianship. In this glittering production, six of the Celtic world’s most prominent vocal talents are complimented by six of its most accomplished step dancers. This creates an exhilarating picture of proud Celtic people who dared to dream big, and doggedly carved out a home in the New World. In Celtic Nights, their story is told, through the power and majesty of music and the hypnotic fury of dancing feet.
Green Day’s American Idiot
The Groundbreaking Touring Broadway Musical
Tue. Feb 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm
A critical smash on Broadway and in London, the two-time Tony Award® winning hit musical AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world leads them on the most exhilarating theatrical journey of the season.
Based on Green Day’s GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum album, AMERICAN IDIOT boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. The result is an experience Charles Isherwood¬¬ of The New York Times declares “thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I’ve seen this year!”
Featuring the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track, AMERICAN IDIOT features the music of Green Day and the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, direction by Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), choreography by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (Once), music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), Tony Award® winning set design by Christine Jones and Tony Award® winning lighting design by Kevin Adams.
AMERICAN IDIOT contains adult content and strong language
Alton Brown Live!
Edible Inevitable Tour
Wed. Feb 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm
*VIP tickets include a meet and greet
With his upcoming tour, Alton Brown brings his brand of quirky humor and culinary-science antics to the stage. The ninety minute show is a unique blend of stand up comedy, food experimentation, talk show antics, multimedia lecture, and, for the first time...live music.
Audience interaction is strictly enforced throughout the evening though; if you’re called upon as a culinary assistant, you’ll definitely want to take the lab coat Brown offers as things tend to get messy. Brown has worked his weird magic on live audiences across the nation for over a decade but this is the first time he’s actually hit the road with a live tour.
The entire family will have a blast, especially as you sing along with Brown’s soon to be hits “Airport Shrimp Blues” and “TV Cookin Ain’t Like No Other Cookin”.
Q: Is this family friendly? Can I bring my kids?
A: Absolutely. This is a show for all ages!
Q: What is the poncho zone?
A: The theater box office will have details. Ponchos will be provided to people in select seats in the first few rows. Things can get messy when Alton Brown is on stage.
Q: I want to be a culinary assistant! How can I volunteer to be on stage?
A: Volunteers will be selected at random from the audience.