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The Lycoming College Music Department and the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra will host "Russian Splendor" as part of the annual Close-Up Concert series on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. in the College's Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall, Shangraw Performance Hall at the corner of Fourth and Basin streets.
Music from the program dates to the last years of the Tsars in Russia, during the country's transition into the Soviet era. The time was a golden age for Russian music. Several composers will be featured, including Anton Arensky, whose "Suite for Two Pianos," Op. 15, was written for the imperial court; Dmitri Shostakovich, whose cello sonata is one of his earliest masterworks; and Pyotr Tchaikovsky, whose "Pezzo elegiaco" for violin, cello and piano shows the composer at his most passionate.
The Close-Up Concert series presents great music for small ensembles performed as it was meant to be – in intimate and informal settings. All concerts are held on Sundays at 3 p.m.
Tickets, which are $10 each or $25 for the three-part series, can be ordered by calling the music department at 570-321-4016.
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., the College fosters academic rigor, a supportive faculty and successful outcomes. It offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.