Williamsport Symphony Orchestra

Williamsport Symphony Orchestra

Percussionist Lisa Pegher has been called “The future of percussion,” and, as quoted by SYMPHONY magazine, “Šis blazing a particularly rough, un-trodden trailŠ” Pegher will be the featured guest artist with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra for their February 10th AN AMERICAN IN PARIS concert at the Community Arts Center.The title of the program is a tribute to the proto-American innovations of George Gershwin as he was inspired by great French composers. Gershwin’s seminal tone poem, “An American in Paris,” was immortalized in the Oscar-winning film of the same name, starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. The WSO will also perform Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld,” and Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite.”

Pegher ( will join the WSO to perform the Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra by composer David Stock.

A drummer at heart, Pegher said, “Sometimes, the instrument picks the person. I truly believe that, somehow, this instrument chose me. I am where I am today against all odds. One day someone handed me a pair of sticks and that’s just where I am supposed to be.”

Having grown up on a small rural farm in western Pennsylvania, Pegher began playing the drums at the age of seven and made her debut as a solo percussionist with the Pittsburgh Symphony in her early twenties. Since then she has been described by critics as a “brilliant, polished performer” and she continues to premiere and commission numerous works for solo percussion.

Pegher has appeared as a soloist in many venues around the world. She can also be heard playing for various avant-garde rock bands, and she writes songs for solo marimba and voice. She was the solo percussionist for the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble during the 2005-2007 season and is currently the sole percussionist with VOX, a contemporary trio consisting of flute, cello and percussion. Currently, she is collaborating on a project called “Miesian Art”. This project combines computer music, projection art and improvisation along with chamber orchestra and seeks to bring art music and pop music audiences into the classical orchestral halls.

In 2007, Pegher commissioned composer David Stock ( to create the Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra. She said, “This turned out to be a great work of art and I have enjoyed being the one to bring it to life.”

Stock wrote, “I love writing for percussion as rhythm is almost always the most important aspect of my music. This is especially apparent in the frequent jazz influences which seem to reoccur throughout so much of my work.”

To hear soundclips of Stock and Gershwin go to

Music starts at 7:30PM. At 6:40pm, the public is invited to a Pre-Concert Talk with Maestro Golka. Following the concert, the public is welcome to meet the WSO musicians and mingle with the guest artists. Both events take place on the second floor Capitol Lounge (cash bar) of the Community Arts Center.

Tickets for the WSO’s AN AMERICAN IN PARIS concert can be purchased at or (570) 326-2424 or (800) 932-4382.

This concert is sponsored by Hudock Moyer Wealth Management.

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