Shippensburg University orchestra, choir to perform Handel's 'Messiah'

Shippensburg University orchestra, choir to perform Handel's 'Messiah'

Shippensburg University Concert Choir

Pictured are members of the Shippensburg University-Community Orchestra and Shippensburg University Concert Choir.

Georg Fredrick Handel’s “Messiah” will come back to Cumberland County with a free performance in Shippensburg on Nov. 18.

The Shippensburg University Concert Choir and the Shippensburg University-Community Orchestra will join forces for the classic masterpiece for a performance at 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on the university campus.

The concert will be conducted by associate professor of music Mark Hartman, and will feature soloists Elizabeth Lins Schoenfelt—also the choir director—Leah Serr, Christyan Seay and James Barciz.

The university concert choir is comprised of students representing all departments of the university, with about 50 singers selected through auditions. For this concert, they will be joined by singers from throughout the region.

The university-community orchestra is comprised of between 15 to 25 students and 10 community members with local professional musicians. For this performance, key principal positions will be held by Blanka Bednarz on violin, Michael Cameron on cello, Ed Stanley on oboe, Jeffrey Wohlbach on trumpet and Brian Rotz on harpsichord.

The performance is open to the public, and admission is free.


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