IMMACULATA, PA — The Immaculata Symphony will hold its annual Youth Concert, Cosmic Classics, on Sunday, February 10, at 3 p.m. in Alumnae Hall on the campus of Immaculata University. The Immaculata Symphony is a university-community organization, with a long and outstanding tradition that goes back to the university’s founding in 1920.
Conducted by Joseph Gehring, children will delight as the Immaculata Symphony explores how composers throughout time wrote music inspired by space and a galaxy far, far away. The concert opens with the familiar Strauss fanfare made famous by the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Other highlights include performances of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Overture to “The World on the Moon,” Gustav Holst’s Mars from “The Planets,” Luke Flynn’s Rift, and John Williams’ Star Wars. After the performance, children are invited on stage to meet the musicians and to see and hear the instruments up close.
Gehring, music director and conductor for the Immaculata Symphony and Chester County Pops Orchestra, West Chester Band, and the Immaculata University Concert Band, is an active conductor, pianist, and educator. He is a frequent guest conductor of various honor/festival bands and orchestras throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware. He earned a Master of Music Performance degree in orchestral conducting and serves as associate faculty in Music at Immaculata.
Cost for the concert is $10 for all adults and free for children under the age of 12. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. More information and tickets are available at www.immaculatasymphony.org.
Today’s Immaculata University is a vibrant coeducational community of active and engaged learners. Established in 1920 and guided by the servant leadership tradition of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the University empowers graduates for lifelong success, leadership and service. Immaculata offers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate programs and is home to 23 NCAA athletic teams. The expansive suburban campus is located in renowned Chester County, Pa, 30 miles west of Philadelphia.
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