Penn Symphony Orchestra

A Tale of Two Symphonies
Mar 23, 2024 at - | Irvine Auditorium - Main Hall, 3401 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

Penn Symphony Orchestra

March 23, 2024 (Saturday) — 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Irvine Auditorium
3401 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

A Tale of Two Symphonies: Enjoy the 2nd symphonies of two symphonic titans (who also happen to be two-thirds of the three Bs in music, Bach being the other third), coming together to celebrate the joy and optimism that characterizes both symphonies.  Forged in the brilliant key of D major, these symphonies lend keen insights into the composers' artistic and expressive journeys.  Beethoven's symphony no. 2 introduces his iconic use of dynamics in both contrasting and humorous settings while the latter master Brahms, utilizes his unique 'developing variations' compositional technique as coined by musicologist Arnold Schoenberg.  Glorious sounds, rich harmonies, uplifting melodies, a truly rare opportunity to hear these symphonies paired together.  We look most forward to sharing this evening with you all.


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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