April 22, 2022

CONCERT ON THE QUAD Returns on May 5 after Three Year HiatusConcert on the Quad

Concert is a Neurodiverse Inclusive Campus Event and Open to All!

For the first time in three years, the West Chester University Symphony Orchestra and other musical ensembles from West Chester University’s Wells School of Music will host the fourth annual Concert on the Quad on Thursday, May 5, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

The open-air concert is a festive event that includes raffles, giveaways, and free popcorn, and is presented for the enjoyment of both the campus and the surrounding communities. Audiences are invited to bring their own blankets, chairs, and a picnic dinner. The Academic Quad is located just behind the Philips Memorial Building at 700 S. High Street, West Chester.

The concert, last presented in 2019 because of the pause in some presentations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will feature the West Chester Symphony Orchestra, conducted by its Music Director, Joseph Caminiti, from about 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. The fun begins at 4:30 p.m. when the Latin Jazz Ensemble warms up the audience with pre-concert entertainment.

Caminiti says, “We are thrilled to once again present this festive event. The Concert on the Quad is a wonderful way to welcome Spring to our lovely campus, and to have fun and enjoy gorgeous music by our talented student musicians on what we hope will be a beautiful evening.”

This concert is also a N.I.C.E. concert (Neurodiverse Inclusive Campus Event) and is open to all. Accommodations include trained volunteers, ASL interpretation, squishy toys/stress balls, a quiet area, a therapy dog, and WCU’s beloved mascot, Rammy! For more information about this N.I.C.E. concert, please visit: https://library.wcupa.edu/NICE/home

The 60+ member WCU Symphony Orchestra’s program includes selections from Saint-Saens’s Bacchanale, Khachaturian’s Masquerade Suite, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, and the world premiere of Dance for Orchestra by WCU Wells School of Music student, Andrew Lenko. The chosen music is all dance related, and a dance area will be set aside for kids, adults, and all who wish to move.

In the event of rain, the concert will move indoors to the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall in the Philips Memorial Building at 700 S. High Street. No food is permitted inside the venue.

West Chester University’s Wells School of Music offers students an outstanding opportunity in concentrated performance and musicianship. The School’s superior performance and practice venues include 22 new Steinways, Skinner organ, tech lab, Roland piano lab, and more. Students study with renowned faculty who have dual careers as dedicated educators and professional musicians. Faculty provide private lessons for all music students and are the directors for numerous student ensembles. The School supports a wide variety of performance degrees, including a Bachelor of Music in Performance, as well as a Master of Music in Performance. Graduates pursue successful careers at major institutions and teach music education at home and abroad.



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