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H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center
Shippensburg University
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Shippensburg, PA 17257
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Concert III: Shippensburg Symphony & Chorus-Opera, "Fidelio"

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 III:  Shippensburg Festival Symphony & Chorus with Guest Soloists

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 Shippensburg Festival Chorus is 26 professional singers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia.  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.

Fidelio is Beethoven’s only opera.  Performed in German, this opera will be presented with super-titles during the Luhrs performance.  The opera tells the story of Florestan, a man who is deprived of his liberty when he is wrongly imprisoned and left to die.  His wife, Leonore, searches for her husband, eventually locating him in prison; and disguises herself as a prison guard by the name of “Fidelio” in an effort to free him from captivity.  Leonore (Fidelio) frees her husband and both rejoice in his renewed liberty, teaching us that we should always fight for our liberties.

The Luhrs Center has assembled an all-star cast of the youngest, hottest singers in the Classical music world for featured roles in this memorable opera experience.


Ludwig van Beethoven – Fidelio (Op. 72)

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