From a symphony performance in Philadelphia to a special look at New Jersey’s Adventure Aquarium, Penn State’s alumni and faculty stars will headline six City Lights events from February through May.
This season’s City Lights program also includes exciting evening events in New York City and Washington, D.C., with enlightening programs planned to take place at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg and PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
City Lights is presented by the Penn State Alumni Association and sponsored by The Village at Penn State.
“A Night at the Symphony” Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia Feb. 1, 5:30–8:00 p.m. (Followed by symphony performance) Experience Philadelphia’s world-class Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts with Maureen Carr, Distinguished Professor of Music at Penn State. She will examine the compositional process and inspiration of three pieces by Eastern European composers, to be performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra following her presentation: Smetana, “The Moldau”; Bartók, Piano Concerto No. 3; and Dvorak Symphony No. 6. Cost: $45 for Alumni Association members and $65 for non-members (includes ticket to symphony performance). REGISTER NOW.
“Lincoln’s Second Inaugural and the Meaning of the Civil War” National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, Pa. March 6, 6:00–9:30 p.m. Explore the impressive National Civil War Museum with Historian Jeffry Wert ’76, who’ll take you through Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, delivered nearly 150 years ago—on March 4, 1865. Considered the shortest—yet finest—of all presidential inaugural addresses, Lincoln’s words gave meaning to our country’s watershed event. Cost: $25 for Alumni Association members and $40 for non-members. REGISTER NOW.
“From the Pentagon to the Podium” National Press Club, Washington, D.C. March 27, 6:00–9:30 p.m. Visit Washington, D.C.’s National Press Club, where global leaders convene and news happens every day. Retired Marine Cobra pilot Jake Graham will take you on his journey from the Pentagon’s halls to Penn State’s podium. Learn about Graham’s Analytic Decision Game, which he developed as a pedagogical approach to teaching security and risk analysis. Cost: $30 for Alumni Association members and $45 for non-members. REGISTER NOW.
“Past, Present, Future: Baseball and the Media” PNC Park, Pittsburgh April 16, 6:00–9:30 p.m. Enjoy the scenic vistas from PNC Park, an intimate, classic-style ballpark that embraces Pittsburgh’s progressiveness while saluting the spirit of early ballparks. Marie Hardin will explain how baseball in the United States was key to the rise of modern sports journalism. Journalists, in turn, influenced the way the game is played and understood by fans, leading to a symbiotic relationship between baseball and the media. Cost: $25 for Alumni Association members and $40 for non-members. REGISTER NOW.
“Behind the Seams on Broadway” The Pershing Square Signature Theatre, New York City May 12, 7:30–10:00 p.m. Enter the world of renowned costume designer Carrie Robbins ’64 and her work of 40 years for Broadway, theatre, opera, and ballet. Find out why Robbins has been ahead of the curve in technology in her field, as she shares visual aids, slideshows, and actual garments. The new Frank Gehry-designed Pershing Square Signature Center and its Alice Griffin Jewelbox Theatre provide an unparalleled and intimate setting for this unique program. Cost: $35 for Alumni Association members and $50 for non-members. REGISTER NOW.
“Adventures in Aquatic Animal Care” Adventure Aquarium, Camden, N.J. May 31, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., followed by aquarium access (included) How can you do surgery on a fish, draw blood from a hippo, or remove coins swallowed by a penguin? Take part in a family-friendly day at the Adventure Aquarium and gaze upon a 550,000-gallon Shark Realm exhibit with more than 20 sharks, as former Adventure Aquarium chief veterinarian Donald Stremme ’71 captures the imagination with interesting, odd, and funny aquatic animal care stories. The aquarium is the fifth largest in the country, the only one in the world to exhibit hippos, and one of only two in the country to exhibit a hammerhead shark. Cost: $25 for Alumni Association members and $40 for non-members; $15 for children ages 7 to 18 and free for children ages 6 and younger. REGISTER NOW.