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Lycoming College and the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra (WSO) will present the first Close-Up Concert of the 2013-14 academic year Sunday, Nov. 17, in Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be bought by calling the college music department at 570-321-4016 or at the door.
The concert, titled “All-Schubert,” features some of the region’s finest musicians in a program of music by Franz Schubert, the prolific Austrian composer who wrote the “Unfinished Symphony.” Schubert composed more than 600 songs during his short life – he died at the age of 31 – and many scholars consider him the finest songwriter of all time. The “Trout Quintet” is Schubert's best-known work for a small ensemble and it was given its fishy title because one of its movements is a set of variations on one of Schubert’s most famous songs, “Die Forelle [The Trout].”
The performers are Jennifer Updegrove, assistant concertmaster of the WSO; violist Mary Scripko, a graduate student at Penn State University; Andrew Rammon, Lycoming music instructor and principal cellist of the WSO; Kevin Huhn, principal bassist of the WSO; and Lycoming professor emeritus and WSO pianist Gary Boerckel, who is the host of “Music to My Ears” on public radio station WVIA. Yvonne Mitchell-Sarch, a pianist who frequently performs at regional colleges and universities, will join Boerckel to perform Schubert’s “Fantasy in F Minor.”
Attendees also will hear a group of Schubert’s songs sung by two recent additions to Lycoming’s music faculty: soprano Fiona Gillespie, instructor of music, and bass-baritone Christopher Jackson, D.M.A., the college’s new choral director and assistant professor of music.
The Close-up Concert Series was created so that audiences could hear great chamber music performed in an intimate setting. Upcoming concerts in the series this season are “Andrew Rammon, Cellist,” and “Strauss and Mozart for Winds.” A season ticket, which covers all three shows, may be bought for $25 and all proceeds benefit the WSO.
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit www.lycoming.edu.