Valley News Recent Headlines
LVC Symphony Orchestra Performs Across Ireland
05.29.14 |
Twenty-nine Lebanon Valley College symphony orchestra students spent a week touring and performing across Ireland May 13-20 as part of the American Celebration of Music in Ireland. Orchestra director Dr. Hannes Dietrich was excited to offer students a once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunity at St. Mary’s Church of Ireland in Killarney, Castalia Hall in Kilkenny (at right), and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Glasthule.

“One of the great adventures and challenges with a tour such as this one is working with and adjusting to very different performance venues,” said Dietrich, Newton and Adelaide Burgner Endowed Professor of Instrumental Music. “We were fortunate to have concerts in places with truly superb acoustics, and with floor plans that required a good deal of flexibility on the part of the orchestra. I was delighted to see and hear how quickly our students adapted to these different halls. They worked with each other, listened very carefully, and in the end, put on three of the finest concerts I've had the privilege of conducting. Our student soloists, including vocalists Andrew Ferrie and Jenna Parrilla, Matthew Ramage and Lindsay Groft on French horn, as well as Steven Christ on clarinet, wonderfully demonstrated the exceptionally high level of musicianship for which our students are known. Our premiere performances of LVC graduate Gregory Strohman's ‘Primordial Springtime’ were very well received. The full orchestra, with a program that ranged from Mozart to Gershwin, earned standing ovations for every concert. I could not be more proud of our students for their work on this tour.”

“It was such an honor to represent LVC on such a magnificent journey,” said vocalist Andrew Ferrie ’14. “To be immersed in the culture and historical aspects of Ireland was something I will never forget. Being able to share our talents in music was the greatest part.”

In between performances, the students toured the Irish countryside, visiting Buratty Castle and Folk Park in Killarney; the Ring of Kerry, a 179 kilometer road circuit around the Iveragh Peninsula; the Blarney Castle and Stone, a sacred stone at the top of castle; Waterford Glass; the Kilkenny Castle which was built in the 13th Century; St. Stephen’s Green, Phoenix Park, and Trinity College in Dublin; and an excursion to Glendalough and the Willow Mountains.

“The whole trip was kind of a surreal experience,” said violinist Sarah Marino ’14. “Everywhere in Ireland seems to be rich in history from thousands of years ago—it was incredible to think about who could have walked on the same ground I am now. Not only being there but being able to perform with the orchestra was absolutely breathtaking.”


10.01.14
Wig and Buckle Season Highlights “Beneath the Surface”
View Full Story

09.30.14
Lebanon Valley College Ranked #1 for “Best Colleges for Veterans” in the North by U.S. News & World Report
View Full Story

09.29.14
Take Part In LVC's Second Annual Instagram Challenge This October
View Full Story

09.29.14
Lebanon Valley College Announces Renewal of Historic Partnership with Dixon University Center—LVC Returns to Harrisburg
View Full Story

09.26.14
Lebanon Valley College Professor Participated in Interfaith Seminar
View Full Story

09.25.14
Lebanon Valley College to Host Colloquium Speakers September through November
View Full Story

09.24.14
Lebanon Valley College Chemistry Department Receives National Science Foundation Grant
View Full Story

09.23.14
Lebanon Valley College Marks 10th Annual Music Industry Conference
View Full Story

09.23.14
Princeton Review Names Lebanon Valley College a “Best Northeastern College”
View Full Story

09.23.14
Teaching Leaders about Sustainability: LVC’s Newly Established Regional Institute of Municipal and Corporate Sustainability
View Full Story

09.22.14
Jonathan Burns Visits Lebanon Valley College Sept. 26 for Friday Night Comedy Series
View Full Story

09.22.14
Meet Shaquel Marshall ’18—Inaugural Allwein Scholar
View Full Story

09.18.14
Dr. James H. Broussard Honored with SHEAR Distinguished Service Award
View Full Story

09.18.14
The Benefits of Engaging with the Greater LVC Network: Collin Straka ’14 and Steve Kurtz ’09
View Full Story

09.18.14
Andrew C. Hildebrand Named Among Top 25 Becker Instructors of 2014
View Full Story

09.17.14
New York Times Bestselling Author Matthew Goodman to Present Reading at Lebanon Valley College
View Full Story