November 15


Music at Noon - Penn State Behrend

McGarvey Commons in Reed Union Building

The concerts, which are free and open to the public, will begin at noon in McGarvey Commons, in the college’s Reed Union Building. Guests are encouraged to bring a lunch.

 Oct. 19: Sō Percussion

A performance by Sō Percussion is “an exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” according to The New Yorker. The group has recorded more than 20 albums and performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Walt Disney Hall, in addition to serving as the Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence at Princeton University.

Nov. 15: ETHEL

Since forming in New York City in 1998, ETHEL has performed on more than 40 albums, including a Grammy Award-winning collaboration with jazz legend Kurt Elling. The quartet is currently the resident ensemble at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Balcony Bar and is the ensemble-in-residence at Denison University.

Feb. 8: Dublin Guitar Quartet

The Dublin Guitar Quartet is a classical quartet devoted entirely to new music, which is performed on eight- and 11-string guitars. The group has adapted music by Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Arvo Part. In 2010 the group joined the Russian cellist Ivan Monighetti for a special concert in St. Peter’s Church. A recording of that performance was released in 2012.

March 14: A Moving Sound

The Taiwan-based ensemble A Moving Sound blends original music and dance and has been featured on National Public Radio, BBC Radio 3 and the Discovery Channel. The group has performed at the Kennedy Center and at the WOMAD International Arts Festival.

April 7: Harlem Quartet

The Grammy Award-winning Harlem Quartet celebrates and encourages diversity in classical music by showcasing works by minority composers. The group has been featured on CNN, NBC’s “Today” show and at Carnegie Hall. In 2009, the quartet performed for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.

To learn more about Music at Noon, contact series director Gary Viebranz at 814-898-6289 or To subscribe to Music at Noon Notes, an online guide to the series, visit

Music at Noon - Penn State Behrend

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