The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 24, 2014

Uptown Music Collective to present one night only orchestral R&B collaboration


To further bring this music to life the Uptown Music Collective will be teaming up with Lycoming College Music Department Chair William Ciabattari and his colleague, Riana Muller and their relatively new group, the Lycoming College Community Orchestra. “We wanted to create an ensemble that filled the needs of two groups of people, our students and the community,” said Ciabattari. “As we saw it, there were not a lot of opportunities for adult amateur string players to play in an orchestra, nor was there an opportunity for our own students to do so. We spent about a year building the framework, and we rolled out our first ensemble last fall.  Our inaugural concert last November was a great success. We are looking to build on that success with this amazing opportunity to make music with the Uptown Music Collective.”

On and On will feature Collective performers between 9 and 18 years of age who have been preparing for this event. Along with the live music, there will be a professional grade light and sound show organized by the students themselves. As with all Uptown Music Collective performances, the students are not only the performers, but also direct the show. There is also a group of younger students, called “tech monkeys,” who will serve as stage technicians, spot light operators and video operators. Haley Miller (WAHS) is the student director for this performance. The student leadership committee for this show is made up of Shelby Lynch (Montgomery High School), Brennan Hepler (Loyalsock Township High School), Kira Crissinger (Milton High School), Janaya Daniele (St. John Neumann Regional Academy), Morgan Patterson (Montgomery High School), Gianna Rockoff (Loyalsock Township High School), and AJ Robbins (Loyalsock Township High School).

Additional sponsors for this event include Culligan Water Conditioning of Lewisburg and M&M Sheet Metal.

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