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Beethoven's Only Opera at Luhrs Center

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Jul 3, 2014 12:53 PM

Every July, the Shippensburg Symphony Festival presents three classical concerts on consecutive Thursday nights at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center.  The Shippensburg Festival Symphony is an ensemble of professional musicians from Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. They are led by a guest conductor each year, and joined by outstanding soloists. The Festival is under the artistic direction of Dr. Blaine Shover, professor of music at Shippensburg University.

This year, Robert Treviño will be conducting all three concerts. The opening concert on July 10 features acclaimed pianist Stephen Hough as guest soloist, and the July 17 concert features violinist Joshua Bell joining the orchestra.

The third concert each year also features the Shippensburg Festival Chorus, consisting of 26 professional singers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia.  And this year, for the first time, the Festival will present a full-length opera, Beethoven’s Fidelio. Principal roles will be sung by guest soloists. The opera will be sung in German with English supertitles.


Robert Treviño

 Robert Treviño is currently the Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony.  Formerly the associate Conductor and Guest Conductor for the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, he has led the world premieres of five operas as part of the annual VOX: American Opera Series.

All three concerts in the Festival series begin at 7:30 in the evening. You can find more details about the individual programs at the Luhrs Center website.


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