The Shippensburg University Music Department released its student ensemble lineup for the upcoming semester.
The woodwind and string ensembles will perform in Old Main Chapel March 29 at 3 p.m.
The month of April will be prime season for SU ensembles, starting with the SU Wind Ensemble and Concert Band. The concert will feature songs from “Star Wars” and “The Avengers” as well as classics “With Heart and Voice” by David R. Gillingham and “Symphony No.5 in D Minor, Finale” by Dmitri Shostakovich.
The groups will perform in the H. Ric Luhrs Preforming Arts Center Sunday, April 5, at 3 p.m. Both concerts are free.
The music department will also host its first ever Percussion Ensemble concert on April 14 at 8 p.m. The group is under the direction of Assistant Band Director Aaron Trumbore.
“[I’m] excited for putting out repertoire that’s new to everyone and exposing students to new concert percussion music,” Trumbore said.
The SU Community Orchestra concert will perform in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center April 13 at 3 p.m.
The orchestra will be working with guest violinist Blanka Bednarz, a violin professor at Dickinson College. The orchestra is performing “Butterfly Lovers Concerto” by Chinese composers Chen Gang and Zhanhao He. “This is a concert that will be very approachable and yet exotic” said orchestra director Mark Hartman.
The concert choir is preparing to tour in Annapolis, Maryland, in April. Choir members will give a clinic to the Annapolis Christian School while on tour and will perform with the Cavalry United Methodist Church. The concert choir and madrigals concert will be on Monday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Messiah United Methodist Church on Penn Street in Shippensburg. This concert is free to attend.
In addition to the concert, the choir will send six singers to join a choir of 700 to perform Beethoven’s 9th symphony with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.
The students going to this festival are: Will Ayars, Sarah Davsion, Greg Lewis, Molly Lively, Gerard Marvin and Nichole Pennington.
The performance will be presented at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Details about the event are at harrisburgsymphony.org.
For more information, contact department secetary Karen Reath on upcoming concerts and events inside the music department.
Editor’s note: Ryan Cleary is a member of the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble.