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Lycoming College professor to conduct 'Strauss and Mozart for Winds'

Lycoming College professor to conduct 'Strauss and Mozart for Winds'

Composers Richard Strauss, left, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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Lycoming College will host “Strauss and Mozart for Winds,” a performance by the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra’s winds conducted by William Ciabattari, Ph.D., chair and assistant professor of music at Lycoming. The concert will be held Sunday, March 9 at 5 p.m. in Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The concert will feature Richard Strauss’ Sonatina in F, a work created late in the composer’s career for 16 players. The composition echoes the wistful charm of Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier,” a comic opera in three acts composed to an original German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Harry von Kessler. Strauss was a German Romantic composer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His symphonic poems of the 1890s and his operas of the following decade have remained an indispensable feature of the standard repertoire.

Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds also will be performed. The composer considered the composition to be one of his greatest achievements. Mozart was an Austrian composer widely recognized as one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music. With Haydn and Beethoven, he brought the height of achievement to the Viennese Classical School.

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

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