Simone Lamsa

Violinist Simone Lamsa will perform during the first concert in the Shippensburg Symphony Festival Series.

photo by Otto van den Toorn

The annual Shippensburg Symphony Festival Series will return to the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center starting this Sunday with a new schedule for its concerts.

Unlike in previous years, the three concerts in the festival series will be held closer together, with the first occurring Sunday, the next on July 14 and the last will be on July 16.

This year’s series will see the return of conductor Robert Trevino, who will lead the Shippensburg Festival Symphony, and a number of soloists will be featured throughout the series. Violinist Simone Lamsma will perform in the first concert, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in the second concert and soprano Amanda Pabyan and bass Brian Kontes will sing with the symphony and chorus, along with The Towne Singers from Chambersburg, in the final concert.

This is the 48th year for the festival series, which started under the artistic direction of Blaine Shover, professor of music at Shippensburg University. The festival symphony itself is made up of professional musicians from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and Virginia, and the Shippensburg Festival Chorus is made of up 26 professional singers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia.

The first concert will be performed at 3 p.m. Sunday and will feature the symphony with Lamsma, a Dutch violinist. The repertoire for the concert includes Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter.”

The second concert will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, July 14. The symphony will be joined by Thibaudet, who has performed worldwide for more than three decades and recorded more than 50 albums. The repertoire for this concert includes Wagner’s Overture to Tannhauser, Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World.”

The third concert will be performed at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 16. The festival symphony and chorus will be joined by Pabyan and Kontes, as well as The Towne Singers. This is the first time the Chambersburg Group will perform with the chorus this season. The singers have been performing since 1970 and are also under the direction of Shover, who started the festival series.

The repertoire for the third concert includes Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 and Brahms’ Deutsches (German) Requiem.

Individual tickets for the series are $35, $30 and $25 and can be purchased by calling the Luhrs Center box office at 717-477-SHOW (7469) or visiting the website at LuhrsCenter.com. Ticket prices are $10 for children 18 and younger, and those tickets are not available online.

Tickets are also available at a discount for purchase of the entire 3-concert series. Series tickets can be purchased for $100, $85 and $70, ranging by seating.

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