School of Music Feature
Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra and Choirs
The French Connection
featuring Poulenc’s Gloria and
Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloé Suite No. 2
The Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra, Concert Choir, Glee Club, and Oriana Singers perform Gloria, one of Francis Poulenc’s most celebrated works. Like a music critic’s 1950 description of the composer as “half monk and half delinquent,” the work for soprano solo, orchestra, and chorus is a mixture of solemnity and mischievous exuberance. A beloved setting of the Roman Catholic Gloria in Excelsis Deo (Glory to God in the Highest) text, the work was commissioned to honor Russian composer and musician Sergei Koussevitzky. The Boston Symphony Orchestra premiered Gloria in 1961. Maurice Ravel wrote the music for the ballet Daphnis and Chloé for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in 1912. He later extracted music from the ballet score to create the Suite No. 2 for orchestra. The suite, which includes the last part of the ballet and concludes with the popular “Danse generale,” is considered some of Ravel’s finest work. The story follows the adventures of the title characters — raised by shepherds — who are kidnapped by pirates but happily reunited thanks to the intervention of the god Pan.
general admission seating
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