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.”


08.31.16
Transforming the Dining Hall Experience
View Full Story

08.31.16
LVC Announces Latest Round of President's Innovation Fund Grants
View Full Story

08.30.16
Lebanon Valley College Introduces Doug Yingst As Director of Corporate Relations
View Full Story

08.29.16
Mural Enables Dave Yasenchak ’13 to Leave His Mark at LVC
View Full Story

08.26.16
LVC Outdoors Club Expands: Equipment Rental Shop to Open this Fall
View Full Story

08.24.16
Themes of Innovation and Renewal Highlight Opening Breakfast
View Full Story

08.23.16
Ensemble Chaconne to Perform at LVC Sept. 15
View Full Story

08.23.16
Benefits Abound for Graduates of School of Municipal Government Training
View Full Story

08.22.16
Lebanon Valley College and Gaudenzia Clients Partner in Community Service
View Full Story

08.22.16
Incoming LVC Students Oriented to Serve Throughout the Region
View Full Story

08.19.16
Lebanon Valley College Earns National Recognition as College of Distinction
View Full Story

08.17.16
Grammy Award-Winning Folk Artist Dom Flemons to Perform Sept. 13
View Full Story

08.16.16
Communication Sciences & Disorders and Speech-Language Pathology Program Newest Addition to LVC
View Full Story

08.15.16
The Friday Night Entertainment Series Kicks Off This Fall
View Full Story

08.12.16
Now Showing: An American Century at the Movies is the Newest Arnold Art Gallery Exhibit
View Full Story

08.11.16
Lebanon Valley College Named to Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges” List
View Full Story