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The Lycoming College Music Department and the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra (WSO) will present a Close-Up Concert featuring Andrew Rammon on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall. Rammon is an adjunct instructor of music at Lycoming, principal cellist for the WSO and a member of the Grammy Award-winning Eaken Trio. Tickets are $10 at the door. Joining Rammon for the concert is pianist Gary Boerckel, professor emeritus at Lycoming and host of “Music to My Ears,” heard on local public radio station WVIA on Sundays at 1 p.m.
Rammon will perform a Russian-American program, which will include Rachmaninov’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, the composer’s most admired piece of chamber music. Like the Piano Concerto No. 2, which was composed in the same year, it surrounds romantic themes with virtuoso passages that place great demands on both performers. The American composers that will be featured are Henry Cowell, whose Hymn and Fuguing Tune is an evocation of early New England religious music, and Lucas Foss, with his playful Capriccio.
Rammon is one of the region’s best-known classical musicians. He has led the cello section of the WSO for many years and has appeared as cello soloist with the orchestra on several occasions, most recently in Richard Strauss’ “Don Quixote.” The Grammy-nominated Eaken Trio performs regularly on university and community artist series across the country.
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.