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Closed Saturday & Sunday unless there is a performance.

H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-SHOW (7469)

Shippensburg Symphony Festival Series Subscription

Shippensburg Symphony Festival Series Subscription

Sunday, July 9 at 3 PM; Friday, July 14 at 7 PM; and Sunday, July 16, 3 PM

Series tickets:  $100, $85 & $70
(Individual Tickets:  $35, $30, $25 & $10)

Call the Luhrs Center Box Office at (717) 477-SHOW (7469) to purchase this Series.    Subscription Series cannot be purchased online.

A special "Symphony Lover's Weekend" package is available at the Courtyard by Marriott Shippensburg for $370 per couple and includes a meet and greet with the conductor, two Orchestra tickets to both Concerts II and III, two overnight stays at the Courtyard, two breakfasts and free time to explore the region. Visit and use the promo code "NCL" or call the Courtyard Shippensburg at (717) 477-0680. This offer is valid through July 7, 2017.

Final Inspirations

This season will feature the last numbered Symphonies of some of the most remarkable and connected composers of the classical and romantic age. The season also features works which were inspired by other composers. 

The old saying "all roads lead to Rome" could be used when saying "all roads lead to Mozart.”  Mozart, the great titan of classical music, closes Concert I.  His Jupiter Symphony is often regarded as the apex of the Classical Symphony, a true masterpiece of power, lyricism, and classical structure.

We pair Mozart with the Beethoven Violin Concerto and returning violinist Simone Lamsma; structured, clear, and adheres in many way to the classical aesthetic. It is not an overtly romantic work but represents in many ways the natural progression of what perhaps Mozart's own music would have evolved into. This work uses the fullest measure of technical performance from a violinist, and we've brought one of the best in the world to showcase this style.

Concert II features Dvorak's last symphony written in large part in the U.S.A.  Dvorak was a composer who held Brahms in the highest regard, and in fact, owed much of his own fame to the well-known composer, whom we will feature in Concert III.  We have invited back Jean-Yves Thibaudet to perform the dazzling Liszt 2nd Piano Concerto, and like the Ravel Tzigane, this work requires the maximum technical virtuosity of the pianist; and we have engaged perhaps the fastest fingers in the world to perform this exciting concerto.

Concert III will feature the last numbered symphony of Robert Schumann, who was the major inspiration to our final feature composer Johannes Brahms. Brahms, like Dvorak, owed much of his fame to another composer.  For Dvorak it was Brahms who was patron and supporter.  For Brahms it was Schumann who was his guiding champion. We culminate our season with the German Requiem by Johannes Brahms.  Many regard this Requiem not as a Requiem for the dead, but rather an affirmation of life for the living.   We will close our 2017 season with its message of love, forgiveness, truth, and peace.

The Shippensburg Festival Symphony is an ensemble of professional musicians from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, 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. The Chorus performs during Concert III only.

The Towne Singers, Chambersburg, will be performing with The Shippensburg Festival Chorus during Concert III for the first time this season.  The singers have been providing quality musical programs in south-central Pennsylvania since 1970 and are under the direction of Dr. Blaine Shover. Founded by Jane and Chuck Butler, the group began as an ensemble of eight singers.  Over the last five decades the group has grown to the current ensemble of thirty members.  The singers are a diverse group of individuals representing a variety of ages and professions who share a common bond: The love of music.  The training and experience is strongly reflected in the wide variety of musical styles presented in performance.  The Towne Singers perform during Concert III only.

Robert Treviño, conductor

Robert Trevino has rapidly emerged as one of the most exciting American conductors performing today.

Trevino burst into the international spotlight with unprecedented success at the Bolshoi Theater in December 2013, when he led a new production of Verdi’s Don Carlo substituting for Vasily Sinaisky. The enthusiastic audience and Russian press praised Mr. Trevino, “There has not been an American success of this magnitude in Moscow since Van Cliburn". He was subsequently nominated for a Golden Mask award for “Best Conductor in a New Production". Appearances with some of the world’s top orchestras have followed in what can only be described as a sensational rise, since his initial success as a laureate of the Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in France. Debuts with the Orchestra Philharmonique de Monte Carlo with Mahler’s Fifth Symphony have led to extensive touring plans throughout Europe and Asia, including inaugurating the new hall, Opera di Firenze of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Elsewhere in France, his regular appearances at La Folle Journee and La Roque D’Antheron, also resulted in immediate reengagements and a feature on the Arte Channel as well as broadcasts on France Musique and Radio France.

Maestro Trevino returns for his fifth season with the Shippensburg Symphony Festival Series, a welcome return for his many fans in the region!

Concert I:  Shippensburg Festival Symphony

Robert Treviño, conductor

Simone Lamsma, violinist


Ludwig van Beethoven - Violin Concerto in D Major

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”


Concert II:  Shippensburg Festival Symphony

Robert Treviño, conductor

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, pianist


Franz Liszt – Piano Concerto No. 2

Antonin Dvoƙák – Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”


Concert III:  Shippensburg Festival Symphony & Chorus with the Towne Singers

Robert Treviño, conductor

Brian Kontes, bass

Amanda Pabyan, soprano


Robert Schumann – Symphony No. 4

Johannes Brahms – Deutsches Requiem (German Requiem)

PLEASE NOTE: soloists and performers for all Festival Series performances are subject to change.

Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive,
Shippenburg PA 17257
Luhrs Center Box Office
475 Lancaster Drive,
Shippensburg PA 17257
(717) 477-7469 (SHOW)
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