Cultural & Community Events

Cultural & Community Events

Spring 2017

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Growing Old Successfully

Sunday, April 2, 2017
Presenter: Dr. Judith Newman, associate professor of human development and family studies

What is the “best” way to live a long life with a sense of integrity and satisfaction?

Not surprisingly, this question has no single answer. Join us as Dr. Newman leads a fascinating discussion on successful aging from both a psychological and a biological perspective. Free admission.

Register: 215-881-7634 or

2pm, Woodland Commons (next to the Woodland Library)

Shostakovich and Beyond...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Don’t miss the Meiravi Quartet’s inaugural concert as the Penn State Abington Quartet in Residence.

The concert will feature Dimitry Shostakovich's String Quartet No.1 plus selected works from the 20th and 21st century. Dr. Roy Robson, Division Head of Arts and Humanities, will present introductory remarks on 1930's-1940's U.S.S.R./Europe and the music of Shostakovich.

Partially funded by the Sally Leah Reinitz Endowment for the Arts.

Free admission.

7:30 p.m. Sutherland Auditorium

Friday Night Film Series – How Green Was My Valley

Friday, April 7, 2017
Moderator: Dr. Mills 
Don’t miss John Ford's companion piece to The Grapes of Wrath, this time exploring economic changes affecting the families in a small Welsh coal-mining community. This is a powerful and poignant film, winner of five Oscars, including Best Picture in 1941. Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O'Hara co-star.

Admission: $10.
7:30 p.m., 112 Woodland Building



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Book Discussion - The Vegetarian

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Moderator: Dr. Karen Weekes

Deciding to go vegetarian in the wake of violent thoughts, Yeong-hye, a woman from an Asian culture of strict societal mores, is denounced as a subversive as she spirals into extreme rebelliousness.

Free admission.

Register: 215-885-5180 ext. 15 or
7:00 p.m., Abington Township Public Library, 1030 Old York Road, Abington

Spring Theater Showcase: The Diversity Project 

April 20-21 (PLEASE NOTE - There will be no April 22 show)This ensemble based oral history theatre piece will focus on the diverse cultures and identities of the community of students at Penn State Abington and performed by the students themselves.

Admission: $5, tickets sold at the door.

April 20: 7:30 p.m. Sutherland Auditorium
April 21: 8 p.m., Sutherland Auditorium

An Afternoon with the Arts – Opera Lecture: The Marriage of Figaro

Sunday, April 23, 2017
Moderator: Dr. Mills 
Music, magic, Mozart!  Mozart is unquestionably a true musical genius. This exquisite opera focuses on serving class individuals who may be a lot savvier than their upper class masters. Light refreshments served during intermission.

Admission: $15. 
2:30 p.m., 112 Woodland Building

Penn State Abington Jazz Ensemble: Spring Swing

Monday, April 24, 2017

Join us for a fabulous evening of music! The ensemble, made up of students, faculty and members of the Philadelphia musical community ranging in ages from 18-68, will perform compositions by Harry Warren, Charlie Parker, John Lewis, Gerry Mulligan, Joe Zawinul, James Peterik, and Gordon Goodwin. It's swing!... It's jazz-rock!... It's funk!... It's fusion! It’s a night you don’t want to miss!

Free admission.

7:30 p.m., Sutherland Auditorium

Spring Concert

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Experience the wonderful sounds of the Penn State AbingTones and Penn State Pro Musica.

Songs will include Hungarian Dance #5  by Johannes Brahms, Prelude #2  by George Gershwin, Hoedown (Rodeo) by Aaron Copland and more. Free admission. 

7:30 p.m., Sutherland Auditorium

Moving Pieces by the Metropolitan Ballet Academy 

Friday, April 28, 2017
The Metropolitan Ballet Company has been recognized as “one of the top places to see ballet in Philadelphia” (CBS/ Arts and Culture, June 2012). Metropolitan presents classical and contemporary dance in highly acclaimed performances. “Moving Pieces” is an exciting program featuring small works by engaging choreographers.  Admission: $5, tickets sold at the door.

7:30p.m., Sutherland Auditorium

Book Discussion – Black Flags: The Rise of Isis

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Moderator: Dr. Karen Weekes
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Triple Agent, Joby Warrick, traces how the strain of militant Islam behind ISIS first arose in a remote Jordanian prison and spread with the unwitting aid of two American presidents. Free admission.
Register: 215-885-5180 ext. 15 or
7:00 p.m., Abington Township Public Library, 1030 Old York Road, Abington

Sunday Muse

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Delight in the sounds of Sunday Muse, a local five-piece folk pop group striving to tell the truth about relationships and emotions through song and story. Their eclectic sound shifts between foot-stomping jolts of energy, warm slow jams, and brutally honest tales of loss, change, and renewal through rich harmonies and tight instrumentation.

Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Free admission.

7:00 p.m., Amphitheater (rain location – Sutherland Auditorium)

Celebrating 100 Years of Education at Abington

Sunday, May 21, 2017
Join us as we celebrate…we will begin in the Archive Room looking at pictures, yearbooks, report cards, and more from students who attended classes here 100 years ago! Then we’ll head to the Sutherland Solarium for light refreshments and more. Free admission

Register: 215-881-7634 or
2:00p.m., Woodland Library