Time for Three returns to Penn State on Feb. 28

– by Ellie Aungst

Beyond-classical-rock string trio Time for Three will return to the Center for the Performing Arts for the first time since 2015. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

Time for Three promo 03 credit Lauren Desberg

- Photo courtesy of Lauren Desberg

The Grammy Award-winning ensemble will perform a wide-ranging jukebox-style concert — think arrangements of The Beatles and Guns N’ Roses mingling with Leonard Cohen, Johann Sebastian Bach and the musicians’ original string compositions.

Students from Bellefonte Area School District will perform the song “Joy” with Time for Three at the end of the program.

“It’s about joy. It’s about smiling,” bassist Ranaan Meyer said. “We just wanna have a party together, a celebration.”

Tickets are $44 for an adult, $22 for a person 18 and younger, and $5 for a University Park student. Buy tickets online at https://am.ticketmaster.com/psuarts/ism/MjNUSU1F. Tickets are also available by calling 814-863-0255 or in person, weekdays 10 a.m.–4 p.m., at Eisenhower Auditorium.

“It’s about joy. It’s about smiling...We just wanna have a party together, a celebration.”

- Bassist Ranaan Meyer

Visit Time for Three online at https://cpa.psu.edu/events/time-for-three for more information.

Bonded by a love of instruments and vocals, violinists Charles Yang and Nick Kendall and Meyer have found a unique voice of expression.

“We create this playground, this little creative sandbox on stage. And we invite people to kind of be part of that experience and that interplay,” Kendall said in a recent conversation with the Center for the Performing Arts. “Obviously, there’s a lot of energy that comes from that. But there’s also a lot of soul. It’s not all virtuosic, of course. It’s very dynamic.”

Time for Three has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and The Royal Albert Hall. The artists also have collaborated with Ben Folds, Branford Marsalis and Joshua Bell, and have premiered various original works. The trio’s most recent commission by Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts, “Contact,” premiered with the San Francisco Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2022 and won a 2023 Grammy in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category.

Watch Time for Three perform “Joy”

Pre-performance talk

An informal moderated discussion will be offered one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Seating for the pre-performance talk is available on a first-arrival basis.


Foxdale Village sponsors the event.

Support is provided by Eisenhower Auditorium Endowment.

Support for accessibility services is provided by William E. McTurk Endowment for Program Support and Gerald B. M. Stein Memorial Endowment.

A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board makes Penn State student prices possible.

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