City Rhythm Orchestra, 'The Tree of Life' at Penn State Abington

Picture you and your friends spending a lively weekend framed by an award-winning film and the dazzling City Rhythm Orchestra, both at Penn State Abington.
The 23-piece City Rhythm Orchestra will present “Artistry in Rhythm -- The Music of Stan Kenton” on Sunday, March 18. Kenton, one of the most controversial jazz musicians of the 20th century, blended swing, classical and Latin music. City Rhythm will perform the original arrangements of Kenton classics and music from the “West Side Story” album.

The concert will begin at 2:30 p.m., with the doors opening at 2 p.m. It is strongly suggested that guests prepay for tickets at or by calling 215-881-7800. There is limited seating remaining. Admission is $10.

The Friday Night Film Series resumes on March 16 with "The Tree of Life," starring Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain. The 2011 film, which polarized audiences, was nominated for multiple Oscars including Best Picture, Actor and Actress.

Moderator Moylan C. Mills, professor emeritus of integrative arts, will provide his usual lively commentary. The film begins at 7:30 p.m. on the large screen in Room 112 Woodland Building. Admission is $10 at the door.

Abington Cultural Arts has provided free and low-cost family, arts and educational events to the community for more than a decade. For more information on upcoming programs, go to or call 215-881-7800. Follow Penn State Abington Cultural Arts on Facebook.