Sunday afternoon, October 26, Chris Swanson had his debut performance with the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra as the conductor and artistic director. He conducted Les preludes by Franz Liszt, An American in Paris by George Gershwin and the “Eroica” Symphony by Beethoven. While it was Swanson’s first concert with the orchestra, the LSO has been around for 32 years. Swanson will return to the podium on December 6 at the Academy of Fine Arts where he will conduct music by Tchaikovsky and May 9 at EC Glass Auditorium where he will conduct music by Elgar and Mussorgsky. As each each concert approaches, tickets can by purchased at lynchburgsymphony.org.
Dr. Chuck Ross, Professor of Physics, delivered the keynote address at the University of Mississippi’s Conference on the Civil War on October 10. Dr. Ross’s presentation was “Black Powder and the Cannon’s Roar: Science and Technology in the American Civil War”.
Dr. Christopher Swanson recently was named the conductor and artistic director of the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra. The first concert of the season takes place on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 3:00pm at EC Glass HS Auditorium. For ticket information go to: www.lynchburgsymphony.org. The program will include Les preludes by Liszt, An American in Paris by Gershwin and the great Symphony no. 3 by Beethoven.
Dr. Christopher Swanson recently visited the College of Music at Michigan State University in East Lansing Michigan where he gave a masterclass to undergraduate singers and spoke at a seminar for graduate students on entrepreneurship in music. During the same trip to MSU he attended the conference for Association for Inter-disciplinarian Studies.
Sean Ruday, Assistant Professor of English, was recently elected Co-President of The Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar (ATEG). ATEG is a grammar-focused assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English. Sean was elected on September 6th at ATEG’s national conference, held at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
Adjunct instructor and Longwood alumnus Will Mayer has a new story out, published in the online weekly The Stoneslide Corrective. In “A Helium Affair,” a young father confronts the disappointments and resentments of his failed relationships in the apparition of a pink helium balloon: http://stoneslidecorrective.com/?p=4935
Dr. Chuck Ross, Professor of Physics, and Garrett Josemans (Longwood Physics alumnus) are working with partners at Florida Keys Community College, SALT Services Inc. in Marathon, Florida and Grand Turk Community College to develop a solar installation training program for disadvantaged students in Grand Turk. The program will involve international student teams, including Longwood students, learning and working on projects together. Dr. Ross and Mr. Josemans are also consulting on solar installations in indigenous villages in the Ecuadorean rainforest.
(L to R) Garrett Josemans, President Lee Ingham of Grand Turk Community College, Dr. Chuck Ross