Penn Symphony Orchestra

October 27, 2023 (Friday) – 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Irvine Auditorium
3401 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Embracing the Resiliency theme of all performance ensembles this academic year, the Penn Symphony celebrates the resilience of our senior graduating class who began their academic journey at Penn during the height of the Pandemic in isolated conditions.

In this spirit, we feature two of our current violinists as soloists. Hannah Lee ('25) will dazzle us with Mozart's last violin concerto also known as the "Turkish" for its robust, folk march in the 3rd movement.  Following intermission, the orchestra revels in the heroism of Strauss's famous tone poem, Ein Heldenleben, featuring Elliot Kim ('25) as concertmaster.  The evening will leave audiences overjoyed with uplifting, jubilant and colorfully complex harmonies that only a symphonic orchestra could provide, touching the very depths of our souls.  We look forward to sharing this delightfully enriching evening with all of you very soon!

This event is free and open to the public.


Hannah Lee is a PPE and Psychology student also currently in Penn GSE's Education Policy Master's program.  As a violinist, she placed first for Washington State multiple times and was a finalist for the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra concerto competition.  Ms. Lee has also attended numerous music festivals and won national awards, including Interlochen's Fine Arts Award as well as top rankings for the Washington/Northwest region at Nationals.  A music minor at Penn, she currently studies with Min-Young Kim as part of the Marian Anderson Performance Program.


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. The Penn Symphony Orchestra rehearses and performs in historic Irvine Auditorium on Penn’s Campus. Due to the increased number of student participation, the ensemble has expanded to two ensembles with rotating/interchangeable personnel. More information.


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