Altoona, PA News Features The Pied Piper


Altoona Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

~Altoona Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski~

“An auditorium full of second and third graders at Logan Elementary School in Altoona sat chattering, as second and third graders do.

But as soon as Donna Wissinger, an accomplished concert flutist and Altoona native, played the first few notes on her golden flute, the children quieted quickly and whipped back their heads to see where the music was coming from.” …

The Pied Piper was captured by Beth Ann Downey of the Altoona Mirror and featured online at (You can read the full article by clicking the altoonamirror link.)

Additionally, “ASO Brings Classical Music to Mishler Saturday”

“You say you want a revolution? Well, the Altoona Symphony Orchestra and its featured artists (Donna Wissinger, flute, and Joy Myers, piano) will bring their audience just that with their “Revolution” program at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mishler Theatre in Altoona.”….

“Wissinger said one piece called “Falling Down Doodle,” is based on popular children’s songs “London Bridge is Falling Down” and “Yankee Doodle,” and pits her and Myers against the orchestra. The piece was written specifically for the two musicians by composer Jeremy Ribando.”….

“Performances of Robert Kerr’s “The Ulster-Scots: Voyage of Hope” and “Johnny Appleseed Suite” and Aaron Copland’s classic “Fanfare for the Common Man” will also be heard at the performance.”

Excerpts above are from The Altoona Mirror article by Beth Ann Downey.

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