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On three consecutive Thursday evenings in July, the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center presents a series of classical concerts with the Shippensburg Festival Symphony and outstanding soloists all under the direction of a guest conductor. The third concert also includes the Shippensburg Festival chorus, with a guest soloist.
The Shippensburg Festival Symphony is an ensemble of professional musicians from Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. The Shippensburg Festival Chorus is 26 professional singers from Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia. The Festival is under the artistic direction of Dr. Blaine Shover, professor of music at Shippensburg University.
This year, the concerts will be presented on July 11, 18 and 25. Robert Treviño, will be the guest conductor for the series. Maestro Treviño is currently the Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony and formerly the Associate Conductor and Guest Conductor for the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center.
The opening concert on July 11, features young cellist Joshua Roman performing the Cello Concerto of Antonin Dvorak, considered one of the greatest concertos ever written for the instrument. The Symphony No 1 of Johannes Brahms will also be on the program.
The second concert on July 18 will offer a chance for listeners to hear a work not frequently performed, the Symphony No. 2 of Leonard Bernstein. It’s a work which features a solo, virtuosic piano part, and in this performance the guest soloist will be Kirill Gerstein, recipient of both the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award and the Avery Fisher Career Grant. The concert will also include the Symphony No. 5 of Dimitri Shostakovich.
The third concert always includes a vocal soloist performing with the Shippensburg Festival Chorus. On July 25, soprano Christine Brewer will perform Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and the Prelude and Liebestode from Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner. Also on the program will be a work for chorus and orchestra by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Toward the Unknown Region.
All concerts begin at 8 pm. You can hear concerts recorded from last year’s festival on witf’s Center Stage at 8 pm on June 30 and July 21.
Below you can hear our interview with Maestro Treviño giving a preview of the series.
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