June 29, my wife and I had the pleasure of attending a concert of classical music, part of the “Music at Penn’s Woods” Summer Festival featuring members of the faculty of Penn State’s School of Music, its students and volunteers. The program included an interesting short piece from South America, a symphony by Finland’s Sibelius and one of the jewels of classical music, the “Triple Concerto” by Beethoven.
It is one of the most demanding works of the genius, one that puts to test the art of three soloists — cello, violin and piano — and the conductor, as well. What the audience received was a superb, memorable performance. The three soloists, Kim Cook on cello, Jim Lyon on violin and Timothy Shafer on the piano, were on the level worthy of the best stages anywhere. Maestro Gerardo Edelstein dealt beautifully with the challenge of balancing the sound between the soloist and the orchestra in a music hall not known for the best acoustics. The orchestra sounded mature, and contributed greatly to the atmosphere of joy and enthusiasm that marked the entire evening.
I am aware that not everyone enjoys classical music. But everybody should know that here, in this town, we have a group of artists that is very likely the envy of many larger cities. The Penn State School of Music is clearly attracting the finest faculty and providing the support their great talents need. Bravo!
Jose and Susan Campos