Welcome Class of 2016 Classical Music Lovers!

  Dear Penn Classical Music Lovers, Penn Encore Society would like to welcome you to the one and only Classical Music club on campus. We organize concerts, have our own Classical music channel on WQHS Radio (Penn’s student-run radio), host “dinner-and-a-concert” events with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, pair music tutors with students who would like … Continue reading

Interview with David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra

Penn Encore Radio will be interviewing violinist David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, on Thursday, April 26th from 6-7:00pm. Go to http://www.wqhs.org (and click “Listen”) to listen to a famous world-class musician talk about his thoughts on both music and life in general. If you have particular questions you would like to ask him, … Continue reading

Penn Outdoor Concert on College Green: Friday, April 20th from 12-2:00pm

Penn Classical music ensembles will be performing outdoors on College Green from 12:00-2:00pm on Friday, April 20th. We will performing a variety of pieces by well-known Classical music composers.

Philadelphia Friends of Classical Music Lecture on Richard Strauss’ Opera, Elektra

The Philadelphia Friends of Classical Music of LocalArtsLive, a Classical music group dedicated to the discussion and appreciation of Classical music in Philadelphia, will be hosting a lecture about Richard Strauss’ opera, Elektra, on April 28 (Saturday) and May 2nd (Wednesday) from 6:30-10:00pm at College Hall 400 (Philomathean Society meeting place) at the University of … Continue reading

Interview with Dr. James Primosch on Encore Radio

Dr. James Primosch is one of Penn’s most renowned faculty composers, the Robert Weiss Professor of Music, and the Director of Undergraduate Music. Among the many honors he has received are a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two prizes from the American Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters, and a fellowship … Continue reading

Letter from the Editor: Celebrating our Premiere Issue

Greetings, We are proud to announce the publication of Penn Encore Journal’s premiere online issue! After months of preparation, we have finally launched our first public journal, open to all Classical music lovers worldwide. Firstly, we would like to thank all students who have submitted fascinating and inspiring journal entries. We would not have been … Continue reading

The Voice of Lily Pons

by Annie Jeng// Lily Pons (1898-1976) was an internationally renowned French-American coloratura soprano who became one of the lead singers in the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York. She made her operatic debut in the title role of Leo Delibes’ Lakme at Mulhouse in 1928. Pons went on to sing many principal roles in famous … Continue reading

Falla & Immortality: Preservation of Spanish Culture in Music

by Davis Butner// One cannot explore the evolution of Spanish music without acknowledging the truly definitive works of Manuel de Falla during the early 20th century.  Often seen as “the paradigm of national Spanish music” (Suarez-Pajares 9), Falla transcends the expressive and associative limitations of Western classical music with a unique sound in every way … Continue reading

La Musica del Cannone: The Role of Verdi and Patriotic Music in the Risorgimento

By Lane Raffaldini Rubin// The language spoken in Italy in the 1840s and 1850s was a language of freedom, unification, and republicanism.  It was a nationalistic language that ceased to speak of personal and civic identity in terms of city or region, but sought instead to speak of Italy and of Italians. Foreign rule, however, stood … Continue reading

Narrative Analysis — Frederic Chopin’s Nocturne Opus Posthumous No. 16

by Lawrence Y. Gu// To view the article in its original form, please click here. INTRODUCTION Chopin’s Nocturne Opus Posthumous in c# minor, also referred to as Opus P1 No. 16, KKIVa/16 or CT.127, was a nocturne written by Frederic Chopin published twenty six years after his death in 1849. The piece is written for … Continue reading