By Julia Cuddahy
March is a particularly important time for music majors, and those interested in music. The many concerts provide a great opportunity to support Lycoming students.
Lycoming and Bethany Lutheran College Concert Bands performed Tuesday and again tonight in Clarke Chapel.
Adrian Lo, director of the Bethany Lutheran College Concert Band, and William Ciabattari, director of the Lycoming College Concert Band, teamed up to host these joint performances.
They will present the world premiere of “Celebration Scherzo” by Art Michaels. This piece was composed in honor of Lycoming College’s bicentennial celebration.
Riana Ricci Muller will perform at noon today in Honors Hall. She will play selections from Vivaldi (arranged by Respighi), Paridis, Prokofiev, and Brahms on the violin, her instrument of choice. William Muller, Jan Mianulli and Dr. Gary Boerkel, a Lycoming professor of music, will join her.
Muller will play the viola, Boerckel, the piano, and Mianulli will sing in the mezzo-soprano range.
On March 21, Lycoming College Tour Choir will perform on home turf, fresh from a tour in southern California, its farthest trip of the year. The concert will be at 8PM in Clarke Chapel. Dr. Fred Thayer will direct the choir and present its Homecoming Concert. Music selections include work by Rosephanye Powell, J.K. Paine, Andrzej Kosewski, and Aaron Copland. Edward Barton, pianist, will assist the choir.
Another noon concert will occur on March 22 in Honors Hall. Andrew Rammon will play the cello and Naomi Niskala will play the piano. Both performers are music faculty members at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove. They will perform selections from Alberto Ginastera’s “Pampeana No. 2” and Frederic Chopin’s “Sonata in G Minor, op. 65.”
March 22 also is the talent show in memory of Professor Allen, who died unexpectedly in February. Alpha Psi Omega, the theater honor society, held auditions last weekend. Musical acts ranging from “solo songs, duets, guitar and vocals, to dance acts, dramatic scenes, instrumental pieces, sketches or anything of that sort” were sought for the show planned for 9 p.m. in East Hall Coffeehouse.
“We are looking to put something permanent and necessary towards the theater department and dedicate it in Jerry’s name,” members of Alpha Psi Omega wrote a campus-wide e-mail.
Lycoming College Concert Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. on March 29th at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. The concert is still free, so not only is this a great opportunity to watch the band, but those interested can also see the beautiful theater without having to pay admission. Ciabattari will direct the concert, featuring music by Percy Grainger, Eric Whitacre, Bernard Heiden, and John Williams. Eugene Rousseau, internationally-acclaimed saxophonist, will perform a solo in “Divisions” by Bernard Heiden. Jason Laczkoski, Lycoming’s saxophone instructor, will join him in variations on the “Carnival of Venice.”
Lycoming College Chamber Choir will perform at 8 p.m., March 30th in Clarke Chapel. Thayer will direct excerpts from Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” with soprano Emily Wertz and “Requiem” by John Rutter. They will be joined by Reuben Councill on the flute, Linda Fountain, oboe, Andrew Rammon, cello, Donald Fisher, timpani drums, and Richard Lakey, piano.
Students also honed their musical skills in other events, held at the beginning of the month.
“Lyco’s Music Night,” happened last Thursday. Our activities board sponsored the event, and everyone with a talent was invited to play. Four people performed in Burchfield Lounge. Zac Rentscheler played the banjo, Julia Cuddahy played piano, Lyndsey Peterson, sophomore sang a few of her own songs and some of Taylor Swift’s, and Dive Climate ended the show with a rock jam session.
Student recitals where held at noon last Thursday in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall.