The Immaculata Symphony held its annual Youth Concert on Sunday, February 16 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.
This year’s hilarious Youth Concert featured the music of P.D.Q. Bach, supposedly the last and very least of Johann Sebastian Bach’s children (actually he is a fictitious composer invented by musical satirist “Professor” Peter Schickele. In a gag that Schickele has developed over a five-decade-long career, he performs “discovered” works of the “only forgotten son” of the Bach family). Joining in the fun were Robert Rossi on violin and the Russian violin virtuoso Ivan Peirotcik. Selected performances included A Grand, Grand Festival Overture, Konzertshtick for Two Violins mit Orchestra, and 1712 Overture.
Joseph Gehring, music director and conductor for the Immaculata Symphony, 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 recently earned a Master of Music Performance degree in orchestral conducting.
Immaculata University is a residential, Catholic, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.