Philly Orchestra Guitarist, Teacher to Perform on Campus
World-renowned classical guitarist Pat Mercuri will return to the Penn State Brandywine campus on Thursday, Oct. 6 for a free public performance in the Main Building Auditorium (room 101) from 7 to 8:15 p.m.
Each year, Instructor in Music Allen Goldenberg invites Mercuri to campus as a way to introduce his students and the larger community to a softer side of the guitar, as played by Mercuri.
Mercuri’s musical expertise includes the guitar, mandolin and banjo, individual and classroom instruction in music, musical ensemble coaching and music arranging. He has performed and traveled with the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1972, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the New York City Ballet, and the Opera Festival of Philadelphia and several others.
Mercuri served as the principal guitarist for the Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia from 1976 to 1993, was a soloist with the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra and the Amerita Chamber Players and performed and recorded with the Philly Pops under Peter Nero. He has recorded as mandolin soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of America and has performed in Russia, Denmark and England, as well as at Lincoln Center with the N. Y. Philharmonic and Stuttgart Ballet, among many others.
Currently, Mercuri is String Music Instructor at Hamilton Township Public Schools in Hamilton Square, N.J.