Concert III: Shippensburg Symphony & Chorus with the Towne Singers
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 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.
Robert Treviño, guest 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!
Brian Kontes, bass
Noted by Opera News for his “dark bass and strong dramatic energy,” the seasoned bass, Brian Kontes, returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the 2016-17 season for assignments in Manon Lescaut, Salome and in Der Rosenkavalier. This marks Mr. Kontes╩╝ seventh season with the company and he will be seen in his third HD broadcast production. Previous seasons have included roles in Die Zauberflöte, War and Peace, Die Meistersinger, Madama Butterfly, La Gio-conda, The Nose, and La fanciulla del West, among others. While at the Metropolitan Opera he has sung numerous performances under the baton of Maestro James Levine and made his debut under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev.
Brian Kontes was a FIRST PLACE winner of the George London Foundation Competition and is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music.
Amanda Pabyan, soprano
One of America’s most distinguished dramatic-coloratura sopranos, Amanda Pabyan has been described by the New York Times as “a brilliant coloratura” and “technically agile, clarion toned and incisive.” Ms. Pabyan made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte under the baton of James Levine. She also appeared as the formidable Queen throughout the United States, most notably at New York City Opera, Washington National Opera, Opera Colorado, and Florida Grand Opera.
Ms. Pabyan holds a Doctorate in Vocal Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the Universtity of Cincinnati, a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Ms. Pabyan has made a recording of Italian Cantatas and German Arias, "Nel dolce dell'oblio”, with Callisto.
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.