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Lycoming College to host Music Gala on April 16

The Lycoming College music department will present a “Music Gala” showcasing all of  the college’s large ensembles on Wednesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. The event, which is being held in honor of the recent inauguration of President Kent Trachte, is free and open to the public. 

“We are excited about this one-of-kind program and look forward to sharing it with our community,” said William Ciabattari, Ph.D., chair and assistant professor of music at Lycoming.

Among the groups performing are the Lycoming College Concert Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band and the newly-formed Lycoming College Community Orchestra. New voice faculty and soprano, Fiona Gillespie, will sing Eric Whitacre’s arrangement of “Goodnight Moon,” a setting of the famous children’s book of the same name, with the community orchestra. The Concert Band will perform “Of Sailors and Whales” by Francis McBeth, which is based on Melville’s “Moby Dick.” 

The band and choir will share the stage for a few pieces, including works by J.S. Bach, Charles Ives and Aaron Copland.  

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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