Penn Symphony Orchestra: Primosch, Verdi, Puccini & Rachmaninoff

Feb 22, 2020 at - | Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce Street

Penn Orchestra

We continue our migration journey to stateside featuring our very own Penn faculty member, Professor James Primosch.  Written in 2005, Variations on a Hymn Tune uses a Welsh tune to compile a set of variations.  Then, we indulge in some of the most popular Italian arias, sung by international soloists Eunmi Shin and Yungbae Yang.  Finally, the program culminates with the great Symphonic Dances by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff.  This piece was dedicated to the 'Fabulous Philadelphians' and was his final orchestral masterpiece!



  • James Primosch - Variations on a Hymn Tune
  • Giuseppe Verdi, "Libiamo" from La Traviata
  • Giacomo Puccini, "O mio babbino" from Gianni Schicchi
  • Puccini, "Che gelida" from La Boheme
  • Puccini, "O suave fanciulla" from La Boheme
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff - Symphonic Dances


Admission is free with Penn Card; $5 for general public.



The University of Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1878 and is comprised of musicians from throughout the University community, primarily non-music majors. The ensemble rehearses for four hours each week and performs a diverse range of repertoire drawn from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth Centuries. 


Penn Symphony Orchestra