Perfect Chemistry: Song and Dance in Honor of Roy Vagelos

Seventeen performing elements of the University will come together in a performance on October 21 at 7:30 p.m. in a tribute to Dr. P. Roy Vagelos, who recently completed a five-year term as chair of the Trustees and became an emeritus trustee in June. It will be directed by Penn alumnus Seth Rozin, who was named "Best Director, 1999" by The Philadelphia Inquirer. Michaela Majoun, award-winning host of "The Morning Show" on WXPN-FM (88.5), will be the Master of Ceremonies. Actor Brad Thoennes will appear as "The Professor" and actor, Ryan Oakes as "The Assistant." There will be performances by seventeen of Penn's student performing arts groups--from the new ones like Penn Masala to the venerable ones that have celebrated their centennial--Penn Band, Mask & Wig and the Glee Club.

Tickets to the performance at the Zellerbach Theater in the Annenberg Center are free, but limited to first come, first served. Tickets may be reserved by calling (215) 898-3900, or at the box office, Monday through Friday, between the hours of noon and 6 p.m 



The players, in order of appearance:

  • The Penn Band, the largest performing arts group on campus and one of the oldest, having celebrated its Centennial in 1997;


  • The Four Elements, an undergraduate performing arts ensemble;


  • Counterparts, one of the nation's premier jazz and pop a cappella groups;

  • R'Nanah, a coed Jewish singing group;

  • Off the Beat, Penn's premier progressive/modern rock co-ed a capella group;

  • Penn Masala, the country's first Hindi a cappella group started in 1996;


  • Penn Jazz Ensemble, which has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich and Grover Washington, Jr. and others;

  •  University Symphony Orchestra, which recently celebrated its 120th anniversary;

  • The Inspiration, a co-ed a cappella group that concentrates on music written or performed by artists of African descent;


Kobie Xavier, Penn Dance Ensemble, founded in 1976 as a forum for modern and jazz dance;


  • Mask & Wig Club, at 111, the nation's oldest all-male musical comedy troupe;

  • Penn Glee Club, Penn's oldest performing arts tradition at 137 and under the musical direction of Bruce Montgomery for the past 42 years.

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 7, October 12, 1999