Beauty Prevails on its Own Terms by Timothy Melbinger - Penn State Altoona

Penn State Altoona to present Beauty Prevails on

its Own Terms by Timothy Melbinger

ALTOONA – Beauty Prevails on its Own Terms, a concert of four premieres by composer

Timothy Melbinger, will be held Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. in the Misciagna Family Center for

Performing Arts.

Beauty Prevails includes a song cycle each for soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices – a total

of twenty-seven songs with widely varying accompaniments including string ensemble, wind

symphony, and bluegrass band. Lyrics come from Penn State Altoona poets Steven Sherrill, Erin

Murphy, Todd Davis, and Lee Peterson. Performers include singers Ginger Reinhardt from the

Grier School, Penn State Altoona faculty Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber and James White, and Penn

State Altoona staff Jonathan O’Harrow. The Juniata College Wind Symphony, members of

the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, and other local professionals and members of the Penn State

Altoona faculty and student body will provide music.

Melbinger holds degrees from Brandeis University and University of California Irvine. Some of

his nearly 100 compositions can be heard on the Centaur, Albany, and Nine Winds records. He

is a pianist and conductor, and known in Blair County as the program note writer for the Altoona

Symphony Orchestra.

Melbinger will present the colloquium The Process of Setting Erin Murphy’s Poetry to Music

on Wednesday, April 9 at noon in room 101 of the Misciagna Family Center, where he will

describe the creative process from poem to concert hall.

The Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts is open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday - Thursday

and before and during all performances. Free parking is available after 3 p.m. in the Misciagna

lot. For further information, call 814-949-5452 or visit the Web site at

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 2:00pm