'Fantastic' Orchestra Performance Adds to College's Centennial Luster

Published 02.12.2014

Faculty & Staff

Greeting the crowd, Dorothy J. Gerring mentions the college and its Williamsport Symphony Orchestra affiliation, its 2014 centennial and the Frank Lloyd Wright "Samara" exhibition in The Gallery at Penn College through March 29.Colin W. Williamson (rear left) and Leah N. Nason (center foreground) join their symphony colleagues in performance on the CAC stage.The WSO and Music Director/Conductor Gerardo Edelstein (who is also director of orchestral studies at Penn State) rise to the audience's acknowledgement at the top of the concert ...... and deliver a powerhouse program for the duration.Penn College sponsored Tuesday's Williamsport Symphony Orchestra concert, "Fantastic Tales," the latest event in the college's yearlong Centennial celebration. Welcoming the audience to the Community Arts Center was Dorothy J. Gerring, an associate professor of architectural technology and a longtime member of the symphony's viola section. Among the offerings on the evening's program, a musical nod to the art of storytelling, were Copland's "Billy the Kid" and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherezade." Performers with a Penn College connection included Colin W. Williamson, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, percussion – who is scheduled to appear with the Hershey Symphony Orchestra at New York's famed Carnegie Hall on April 22 – and violinist Leah N. Nason, a Loyalsock Township High School senior and daughter of Brad L. Nason, associate professor of mass communications and member of the WSO Board of Trustees. The younger Nason will be the featured violinist/soloist at the free Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at the arts center.