Image courtesy of Penfield Library Special Collections, SUNY Oswego
Then: Founded in 1904 under the leadership of Frank C. Plunkitt, the College Orchestra (shown here during the 1910s) has provided music for all occasions throughout the ages. Like many of the early musical groups, it was directed by Charlotte Waterman (standing, at right), for whom Waterman Theatre is named. Through the ages, various musical groups ranging from choruses to folk groups to jazz combos have entertained audiences at Oswego and around the country.
Now: The group has evolved into the College-Community Orchestra, welcoming members of the Oswego area to make beautiful music with SUNY Oswego students and professors, with Juan Francisco La Manna at the baton. The orchestra will keep the tradition alive when it performs at 7 p.m. March 24 in the Sheldon Hall ballroom. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5 at the door benefiting the Music Department Excellence Fund ... which supports the next generation of musicians.