Concert I: Shippensburg Symphony-Stephen Hough, Pianist

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Liberty & Love

This season’s Series highlights the relationship between Liberty and Love.   The musical pieces selected provide insights into the many sacrifices that have been made throughout history to fight for one’s liberty for the sake of gaining love.

Concert I:  Shippensburg Festival Symphony

Stephen Hough, pianist

Robert Treviño, conductor

The Shippensburg Festival Symphony is an ensemble of professional musicians from Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia.  The orchestra was formed to provide regional audiences with top-quality professional orchestral performances.  The Festival is under the artistic direction of Dr. Blaine Shover, professor of music at Shippensburg University.

Since his professional debut in 2003 at the age of 20, Robert Treviño has become an emerging force on the international music scene and is currently the Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony.  He has conducted numerous orchestras across North America, Europe, and Asia including the Cleveland Orchestra, New York City Opera Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, New World Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and many others.  Formerly the associate Conductor and Guest Conductor for the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, Robert Treviño has led the world premieres of five operas as part of the annual VOX: American Opera Series.  Recently, Mr. Treviño was selected by James Levine to be one of three conducting fellows at the Tanglewood Music Festival where he worked with artists such as Mark Morris, Kurt Masur, and Emanuel Ax.  As an avid advocate and performer of contemporary music, Mr. Treviño has worked closely with many leading composers and has been the recipient of numerous grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Art.  He has studied with Maestros David Zinman, Leif Segerstam, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

www.roberttrevino.org

Stephen Hough is regarded as a renaissance man of his time.  Over the course of his career he has distinguished himself as a true polymath, not only securing a reputation as a uniquely insightful concert pianist but also as a writer and composer.  Mr. Hough is commended for his mastery of the instrument along with an individual and inquisitive mind which has earned him a multitude of prestigious awards and a long-standing international following.

Mr. Hough has composed works for orchestra, choir, chamber ensemble, and solo piano.  His Mass of Innocence and Experience and Missa Mirabilis were respectively commissioned by and performed at London’s Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral.  Mr. Hough resides in London and is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music and holds the International Chair of Piano Studies at his alma mater, the Royal Northern College in Manchester.

www.stephenhough.com

Repertoire:

Arnold Schoenberg - Verklarte Nacht Op. 4

Robert Schumann – Piano Concerto in A Minor

Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Opus 92