Heartwarming children's book Henry and Mudge comes to life in this family musical adaptation at the Luhrs Center

October 6, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011)


 


CONTACT:    


Mark Bodenhorn


Director of Marketing & Administrative Services


H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center


at Shippensburg University


Ph: 717-477-1123 x3297


Email: mdbodenhorn@ship.edu


 



HEARTWARMING CHILDREN’S BOOK


HENRY AND MUDGE


COMES TO LIFE IN THIS FAMILY MUSICAL


ADAPTATION AT THE LUHRS CENTER


 


The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents


HENRY AND MUDGE,


Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


 


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (October 6, 2011) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents HENRY AND MUDGE, October 29, 2011 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  This musical is produced by Theatreworks USA.  Reserved tickets are $15 and are now on sale.  A group discount is available for groups of 20 or more.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or online at luhrscenter.com. 


Henry and Mudge, is TheatreworksUSA’s new musical based on the best-selling children’s books about a boy and his great big canine buddy written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Suçie Stevenson.


Moving from the city to a new house in the country can be tough. Just ask Henry. He misses Annie, his cousin and best friend, and can't find a playmate in his new neighborhood.  Luckily Mom and Dad buy him a great, big, slobbery dog – Mudge – with whom he can share all kinds of adventures. It looks like Henry and Mudge will be best friends forever, until Annie arrives for a visit. Will Annie come between a boy and his dog? Can a kid have two best friends?


Henry and Mudge was adapted by bookwriter/lyricist Kait Kerrigan and composer/lyricist Brian Lowdermilk (The Woman Upstairs, Jonathan Larson Award-winners) and is based on the best-selling books by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Suçie Stevenson. The production is directed by Peter Flynn (Broadway concerts of On the Twentieth Century, Chess, Funny Girl) and the Lortel-nominated choreography is by Devavand Janki (Lortel Awardwinner for Zanna Don’t, nominee for Theatreworks USA’s Junie B. Jones). Flynn and Janki recently collaborated on TheatreworksUSA’s hit production of Junie B. Jones. Scenic design is by Paul C. Weimer and costume design is by Rob Bevenger. This 60-minute musical is recommended for audiences age 4 and older.


A link to a study guide for teachers to use as instructional resource for their classrooms is located on the Henry and Mudge event page of the Luhrs Center website at luhrscenter.com.


For additional information about this performance or other performances within the 2011-2012 Luhrs Center series, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at luhrscenter.com. 


About Theatreworks USA


Theatreworks USA has a distinguished history of not only providing young audiences with their first taste of the performing arts, but also giving young actors, writers, directors, and designers an early opportunity to work in this field.  TheatreworksUSA is America's largest and most prolific professional not-for-profit theatre for young and family audiences. Since 1961, TheatreworksUSA has enlightened, entertained, and instructed over 72 million people in 49 states and Canada, now performing for about four million people annually.  Under the direction of Barbara Pasternack (Artistic Director) and Ken Arthur (Managing Director), TheatreworksUSA is also one of the most honored theatres of its kind. It is the only children's theatre to receive both a Drama Desk and a Lucille Lortel Award.


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University


The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###


 


 

RAIN - A Tribute to the Beatles comes together at the Luhrs Center in October

September 29, 2011

 


 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(Thursday, September 29, 2011)


 


CONTACT:    


Mark Bodenhorn


Director of Marketing & Administrative Services


H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center


at Shippensburg University


Ph: 717-477-1123 x3297


Email: mdbodenhorn@ship.edu


 


DIRECT FROM BROADWAY!


RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES


COMES TOGETHER AT


THE LUHRS CENTER IN OCTOBER!


 


The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents


RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES,


Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (September 29, 2011) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES, October 20, 2011 at 8 p.m.  Reserved tickets are $55, $48, $38 and $28 and are now on sale.  A group discount is available for groups of 20 or more.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or online at luhrscenter.com. 


Direct from their phenomenally successful Broadway engagement, the internationally-acclaimed Beatles concert, RAIN –  A Tribute To The Beatles, returns to the Luhrs Center for one night only on October 20.


As “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!” (Associated Press), RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics (I Want To Hold Your Hand, Hard Day’s Night, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Let It Be, Come Together, Hey Jude and more), this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!


Feb. 9, 1964. A Sunday night that would change the course of popular music, popular culture - and history, forever!  Millions of Americans tuned into The Ed Sullivan Show to watch a group of four mop-topped Englishmen in dark suits who called themselves The Beatles. What they witnessed was a new and exciting brand of melodic, guitar-and-harmonies-driven rock 'n' roll that was as infectious as it was original and unique.  Little did the members of RAIN know that they would themselves come together in a band, forging a career that would keep them together longer than The Beatles! All this while raising the bar for professionalism and preserving the legacy of the immortal band's recorded music on stage to wildly enthusiastic audiences. Spanning the generations, their audiences include the vast majority of older fans who never got to see The Beatles perform live, and fans who were not yet born when The Beatles hit America.


The story of RAIN actually begins in the mid 1970s when keyboardist Mark Lewis joined forces with four other local musicians who together formed the band that was originally called “Reign” and played throughout the Los Angeles/Orange County, CA area. With their mutual love for the music of The Beatles, Reign was in demand to play Beatles music and rode an enormous wave of nostalgia for the band that had broken up in 1970. Before long they had built a strong devoted following in and around Los Angeles.


Following numerous misspellings in the media and advertising, “Reign” became RAIN (also the title of a 1966 Beatles single). A big break came for RAIN when Dick Clark hired them to record the music for the 1979 made-for-TV movie Birth of the Beatles.


RAIN’s intention was not just to cover Beatle songs, but to take it to a new level. To do songs that The Beatles had never performed live, and do them note-for-note, just like the records. At this time, ‘tribute bands’ were non-existent.


Since the 1980s, for the five longtime band members – Joey Curatolo (vocals, bass, guitar, piano), Joe Bithorn (vocals, lead guitar, guitar synthesizer), Ralph Castelli (vocals, drums, percussion), the addition of Steve Landes (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica) in 1998 – all of whom performed in the hit Broadway and touring productions of Beatlemania - and Mark Lewis, RAIN’s founding member (keyboards, percussion), the music is first and foremost.  For more than two decades, RAIN has distinguished itself by focusing on details, always being faithful to The Beatles with the ultimate goal of delivering a perfect note-for-note performance.  All the music is performed live, with no pre-recorded tapes or sequences. They approach The Beatles music with the same respect a classical musician treats classical music. They worked hard for many years, studying each song, each note, movement and nuance…both vocally and musically. Today, they have a repertoire of over 200 Beatle songs.  The members of RAIN are extraordinarily talented musicians in their own right and this becomes more evident with each show they do. RAIN audiences experience their own personal journey back to a time when Peace and Love was everyone’s mantra.


This is a return visit for RAIN who performed at the Luhrs Center in March 2009 to a sold out crowd.


For additional information about this performance or other performances within the 2011-2012 Luhrs Center series, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at luhrscenter.com. 


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University


The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


 ###

The good vibrations of The Beach Boys return to the Luhrs Center!

September 20, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(Tuesday, September 20, 2011)


 


CONTACT:    


Mark Bodenhorn


Director of Marketing & Administrative Services


H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center


at Shippensburg University


Ph: 717-477-1123 x3297


Email: mdbodenhorn@ship.edu


 



THE GOOD VIBRATIONS OF


THE BEACH BOYS


RETURN TO THE LUHRS CENTER


 


The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents


THE BEACH BOYS,


Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (September 20, 2011) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents THE BEACH BOYS, October 13, 2011 at 8 p.m.  Reserved tickets are $75, $65, $55 and $40 and are now on sale.  A group discount is available for groups of 20 or more.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or online at luhrscenter.com. 


You can capsulize most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they’ve had and how many millions of albums they’ve sold.  But these conventional measurements fall short when you’re assessing the impact of The Beach Boys.  To be sure, this band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions.  But its greater significance lies in the fact that it changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in its debt.


Happily for us all, The Beach Boys continue to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut 40 years ago. In 2006, their Capitol Records release, Sounds of Summer (RIAA certified double platinum with over two million in sales and climbing), marked a resurgence in Beach Boys interest that has again rocked the world.


Even more than the Beatles, The Beach Boys found through their music the key to unfading youth—and they made copies for everyone. To these guys, the beach isn’t just a place where the surf comes to play—it’s where life is renewed and made whole again.


Captained by Mike Love, The Beach Boys play an astoundingly busy schedule of concerts, averaging 150 shows a year, ranging from events like their triumphal appearance at the Winter Olympics to gala New Year’s celebrations and special events worldwide.   In 1974 Mike Love’s concept album Endless Summer ignited a second generation of Beach Boys fans and stirred a tempest that rocked the music world.


Grammy-winning songwriter Bruce Johnston, [Barry Manilow’s “I Write the Songs”], joined The Beach Boys in 1965, replacing Glenn Campbell, who filled-in for Brian Wilson, on vocals/bass, when he retired from touring.  Highly regarded as a singer, Johnston’s vocal work with such legendary artists as Elton John and Pink Floyd firmly established him among rock’s elite artists. 


 Had this remarkable band been less committed to its art and its fans, it could have retired from the field with honor at dozens of points along the way, confident that it had made a lasting contribution to world culture.   It could have rested on the success of the epoch-shifting Pet Sounds masterpiece in 1966 . . . or after recording Love’s co-written Golden Globe nominated “Kokomo” in 1988 and seeing it become its best-selling single ever . . . or after being inducted that same year into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame . . . or after watching its worldwide album sales blow past l00 million . . . or after winning the NARAS Lifetime


Achievement Award in 2001 [along with The Who, Bob Marley, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr. and Les Paul].  And still, The Beach Boys continue to have fun, fun, fun, with no end in sight.


Few, if any, acts can match The Beach Boys’ concert presence, spirit and performance.  They were center-stage at Live Aid, multiple Farm Aids, the Statue of Liberty’s 100th Anniversary Salute, the Super Bowl and the White House. On one day alone—July 4, 1985—they played to nearly 2 million fans at shows in Philadelphia and Washington, D. C.


Love’s role as the band’s front man sometimes overshadows his stature as one of rock’s foremost songwriters.  “Surfin’,” The Beach Boys’ first hit came from his pen.  With his cousin, Brian Wilson, Love wrote the classics “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girls” and the Grammy nominated “Good Vibrations.”  Years later, he showed he still had the lyrical chops by co-writing the irresistible and chart-topping “Kokomo.”


On The Beach Boys’ near horizon is continued touring and charity activities through Mike Love’s Love Foundation, which supports national environmental and educational initiatives.  Love and The Beach Boys’  efforts raised over a quarter of a million dollars for the Red Cross to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. 


The band appeared on countless worldwide TV shows throughout the years including: The Ed Sullivan Show, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and The Tonight Show.  Television appearances include regular performances on Don Imus’ MSNBC show Imus In The Morning, TNT’s NBA All-Star Game, NBC’s Macy’s Day Parade, VH-1 Classic, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Today Show, PBS’ A Capitol Fourth, Good Morning America, Weekend Today, and The O’Reilly Factor. 


In addition to founding Beach Boy Mike Love (lead vocals) and Beach Boy-vet Bruce Johnston  (vocals/keyboards)-- Mike Kowalski (drums), Christian Love (guitar/vocals), Randell Kirsch (guitar/vocals), Chris Farmer (bass/vocals), Tim Bonhomme (keyboards/vocals), John Cowsill of The Cowsills (keyboards/ vocals/percussion) and Scott Totten (guitar/vocals) round out the band.


This is a return visit for The Beach Boys who performed at the Luhrs Center in February 2008 to a sold out crowd.


For additional information about this performance or other performances within the 2011-2012 Luhrs Center series, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at luhrscenter.com. 


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University


The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


 ###

Five time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot will appear in Shippensburg

September 8, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(Thursday, September 8, 2011)


 


CONTACT:    


Mark Bodenhorn


Director of Marketing & Administrative Services


H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center


at Shippensburg University


Ph: 717-477-1123 x3297


Email: mdbodenhorn@ship.edu


 


 


FIVE TIME GRAMMY NOMINATED SINGER-SONGWRITER


GORDON LIGHTFOOT


WILL APPEAR IN SHIPPENSBURG


 


The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents


GORDON LIGHTFOOT,


Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 8 p.m.


 


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (September 8, 2011) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents GORDON LIGHTFOOT, October 1, 2011 at 8 p.m.  Reserved tickets are $50, $45, $40 and $35 and are now on sale.  A group discount is available for groups of 20 or more.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or online at luhrscenter.com. 


Gordon Lightfoot, a native of Orillia, Ontario, Canada, is perhaps the most accomplished and well-known singer-songwriter to hail from Canada. 


Lightfoot moved to Los Angeles, California during the 1950s where he studied at Hollywood’s Westlake College of Music. He returned to Canada by the early 1960s and began performing in coffee houses in the Toronto folk scene. He sang with Terry Whelan in a duo called the Two Tones. They released a live album recorded in 1962 called Two Tones at the Village Corner. In 1966, his debut album Lightfoot! was released and brought him recognition as a songwriter. It featured many now-famous songs including “For Lovin’ Me,” “Early Mornin’ Rain,” “Steel Rail Blues” and “Ribbon of Darkness.”


On the strength of this album, which mixed Canadian and universal themes, Lightfoot became one of the first Canadian singers to achieve real stardom in his own country without moving to the United States. The album was released internationally and was also well-received. It was followed by numerous other albums through the late 1960s. But he remained better known as a songwriter than as a singer, with cover versions of his songs recorded by artists such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. His work was championed by several acts, notably Ian and Sylvia and Peter, Paul and Mary.  Both recorded the enduring “Early Morning Rain,” which has since become a standard, while the latter group also enjoyed a hit with his “For Lovin’ Me.”


It was not until 1971 that his own version of “If You Could Read My Mind” became a Top Ten hit. The song was originally featured on his 1970 album Sit Down Young Stranger.  The album had only mild success.  However, after the success of the song, the album on which it was originally featured was re-released under the new title “If You Could Read My Mind” to capitalize on the success of the song. It was also in 1971 that on a bus bound for Calgary, Gordon met a lonely teenage girl named Grace on her way home from Toronto, and in 1972, the song “Alberta Bound” found its debut on the Don Quixote album.


In 1974, his classic single, “Sundown,” went to No.1 on the American charts. Two years later, Lightfoot had an unexpected hit with a song with the unlikeliest of subject matter. In late November, 1975, Lightfoot read a Newsweek magazine article about the Great Lakes ore carrier SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinking during a severe storm. Tragically, all of her 29 crew members were killed.  His song, “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” most of the lyrics of which were taken from the article, reached #2 on the U.S. Billboard charts and appeared on his 1976 release, Summertime Dream. “Sundown” and “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” continue to receive heavy airplay on many classic rock stations.


By the 1990s Lightfoot was still touring, mainly in North America, while he released two albums during this period. In the fall of 2002, he was in Orillia when he suffered a near-fatal abdominal hemorrhage that left him in a comatose state for a short period. He recovered and later returned to the music business with the album Harmony.


In addition to five Grammy nominations, Lightfoot has repeatedly been honored as Canada’s top folksinger, receiving the prestigious Juno Award sixteen times before being inducted into the country’s Hall of Fame.    In 1970, in recognition of his contributions in furthering Canadian culture, Lightfoot received the prestigious Order of Canada citation.  And in 1997 he was presented the Governor General’s Award – the highest official Canadian honor, for his international efforts in spreading Canadian culture. 


“Gordie is completely original,” said singer-songwriter Murray McLauchlan.  “He can spin a yarn – in the gothic sense – and write bittersweet ballads that are very poignant.” 


For additional information about this performance or other performances within the 2011-2012 Luhrs Center series, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at luhrscenter.com. 


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University


The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


 


###

Billy Ray Cyrus concert scheduled for September at Luhrs Center cancelled

September 1, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(Thursday, September 1, 2011)


 


CONTACT:    


Mark Bodenhorn


Director of Marketing & Administrative Services


H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center


at Shippensburg University


Ph: 717-477-1123 x3297


Email: mdbodenhorn@ship.edu


 



 


BILLY RAY CYRUS CONCERT


IN SEPTEMBER CANCELLED


 


The Billy Ray Cyrus performance scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2011


at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University has been cancelled.


 


 


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (September 1, 2011)The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University announced today that the BILLY RAY CYRUS concert scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 8 pm, has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control.


Patrons holding tickets to this performance can contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at (717) 477-SHOW (7469) to apply the value of their tickets towards the purchase of another Luhrs Center performance during the 2011-2012 season; to use the value of the tickets towards membership in the Luhrs Circle of Friends; or to receive a refund. 


 


###


 


 









 



 

Luhrs Center's scheduled Loretta Lynn performance postponed until March 2012

August 19, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(Friday, August 19, 2011)


 


CONTACT:    


Mark Bodenhorn


Director of Marketing & Administrative Services


H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center


at Shippensburg University


Ph: 717-477-1123 x3297


Email: mdbodenhorn@ship.edu


 



 


LUHRS CENTER’S SCHEDULED LORETTA LYNN PERFORMANCE


POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 2012


 


The Loretta Lynn Performance Scheduled for September 15, 2011


at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University


Postponed until March 2, 2012 at 8 p.m.


 


 


Shippensburg, PA (August 19, 2011) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University announced today that the upcoming Loretta Lynn performance originally scheduled for Thursday, September 15, 2011, is postponed until Friday, March 2, 2012.  Loretta Lynn is undergoing reconstructive knee surgery and has had to postpone her forthcoming tour dates to recover.  For additional information, please contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit www.luhrscenter.com


Patrons holding tickets for this performance have the option to exchange their tickets for the same seat on the new date, use of the value of the tickets for another upcoming Luhrs Center performance, use the value of the tickets for a membership to the Luhrs Circle of Friends annual giving fund, or receive a refund for the value of the tickets.  Those affected patrons are requested to respond by September 9, 2011.  Available tickets will be for sale at the Box Office and on the internet beginning on Monday, September 12 at 11 a.m.  Patrons should contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University


The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy. 


 


###

Learn ballroom dance moves on the Luhrs Center stage this Fall

August 16, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(Tuesday, August 16, 2011)


 


CONTACT:    


Mark Bodenhorn


Director of Marketing & Administrative Services


H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center


at Shippensburg University


Ph: 717-477-1123 x3297


Email: mdbodenhorn@ship.edu


 



 


LEARN BALLROOM DANCE MOVES


ON THE LUHRS CENTER STAGE


THIS FALL


 


The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is offering


BALLROOM DANCE LESSONS,


 Mondays this fall, beginning September 12, 2011.


 


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (August 16, 2011)The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is offering BALLROOM DANCE LESSONS, beginning Monday, September 12, 2011.  Classes take place consecutive Monday evenings (except Oct. 10) through October 24, 2011, on-stage in the inspirational setting of the Grove Theatre, inside the Luhrs Center.


Two different classes are offered, based on experience level; Beginner (5:30- 6:30 pm), and Advanced (6:30-7:30 pm).  Classes are taught by seasoned dance instructor, Frank Hancock.


Classic dance lessons are taught based on skill and experience level.  Beginner classes include Swing, Foxtrot, Cha Cha Cha and Tango.  Advanced classes include the Waltz, Mambo, Two-Step, Rumba and Advanced Swing. 


It’s a unique opportunity to learn ballroom dance moves on the same stage where Broadway dancers from Gypsy, Annie and the Paul Taylor Dance Company have performed.  This is a great way to learn the basics as a beginner or brush up on your skills as a refresher.  Both singles and couples are welcome to register.


The cost is $35 per person for the entire six session course.  For additional information or to register for classes, contact the Luhrs Center box office at (717) 477-SHOW (7469).


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University


The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy. 


 


###

The jazz infused rock sounds of Blood, Sweat & Tears are coming to the Luhrs Center

August 15, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(Monday, August 15, 2011)


 


CONTACT:    


Mark Bodenhorn


Director of Marketing & Administrative Services


H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center


at Shippensburg University


Ph: 717-477-1123 x3297


Email: mdbodenhorn@ship.edu


 



 


THE JAZZ INFUSED ROCK SOUNDS OF


BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS


ARE COMING TO THE LUHRS CENTER


 


The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents


BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS,


Friday, September 9, 2011 at 8 p.m.


 


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (August 15, 2011) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS, September 9, 2011 at 8 p.m.  Reserved tickets are $45, $39, $34 and $29 and are now on sale.  A group discount is available for groups of 20 or more.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or online at luhrscenter.com. 


Founder Al Kooper conceived Blood, Sweat & Tears as an experiment in expanding the size and scope of the rock band with touches of jazz, blues, classical, and folk music.  The band was one of the early examples of the genre that would be known as “Brass Rock” and shared their hierarchy of the genre with Chicago Transit Authority (later Chicago) and their UK competitor, If.


Kooper (keyboards) had formed BS&T after leaving the Blues Project in 1967.  The nucleus of the original band was Steve Katz (guitar), also of the Blues Project; Jim Fielder (bass), who had played with the Mothers of Invention and Buffalo Springfield; and Bobby Colomby; who had drummed behind folksingers Odetta and Eric Andersen.  The horn section featured Fred Lipsius on saxophone, with Randy Brecker and Jerry Weiss on trumpets and flugelhorns, and Dick Halligan playing trombone.  The new group was signed to Columbia records, and debuted with the album, Child Is Father to the Man, in 1968.   


The name “Blood, Sweat & Tears” came to Koooper after a jam at the Café au Go Go, where a cut on his hand left his organ keyboard covered in blood.


These early Blood, Sweat & Tears gigs at the Café Au Go Go (the band debuted on-stage by opening for Moby Grape in September 1967), were well received by the audience due to the innovating sound of brass with rock, jazz and psychedelia.  The sound was bold, and all new to the audience, who was still getting used to the recent psychedelic explosion.  The difference between BS&T and many R&B bands/artists of the time lied in the use of the brass arrangements.  The songs were attractive and challenging, and the arrangements gave room for Lipsius, Brecker and the others to solo and play complex, detailed arrangements.


The band nearly broke up when Kooper, Randy Brecker, and Jerry Weiss made an early departure and left the band.  BS&T became increasingly identified as a “jazz-rock” group following Kooper’s departure, although its music was essentially easy-listening R&B, or rock, with the addition of brass. 


Regrouping under Katz and Colomby, and fronted by David Clayton-Thomas, BS&T entered a period of immense popularity.  The new 9-piece band recorded the self-titled album, Blood, Sweat & Tears, which featured arrangements of music by French composer Erik Satie and jazz singer Billie Holiday, as well as by Laura Nyro, Steve Winwood, and others.  It was the #1 album for seven weeks in 1969, sold over 3 million copies, and spawned three gold singles:  “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “Spinning Wheel,” and “And When I Die,” each of which hit #2 on the charts.  The album won a Grammy as “Album Of The Year” and “Best Performance By a Male Vocalist”.  The band went on to play at various jazz and rock festivals and performed at the first day of the Woodstock festival.


The group soon faced the problem that every act with a massive success has had to confront- where do you go from up?  By fall 1969, with ten months of enormous success behind them, the record company was eager for a follow-up album.  The group began recording Blood, Sweat & Tears 3 while the second album was still selling many tens of thousands of copies every week.  As it was a very anticipated release, BS&T 3 rose to the top of the U.S. Charts very quickly.  Again, the album would be a collection of covers, like Carole King’s “Hi-De-Ho,” Steve Winwood’s “40,000 Headmen” and Joe Cocker’s “Somethin’ Coming On.”  The album went to #1, and two singles, “Hi-De-Ho” and “Lucretia MacEvil,” hit the Top 30. 


By the early ‘70s the band was struggling with identity and image issues, as the critics were trying to determine if BS&T was a pop, rock or jazz band.  The groups fourth album, begun in early 1971, was the first album to run into real difficulties in the making, which showed from the presence of three producers in the credits.  The album, titled 4, contained almost all original material but barely made the Top 10, and spawned “Go Down Gamblin’” as its last hit.  It was around this time that the membership began shifting and splintering.  Clayton-Thomas left the band to pursue a solo career. 


Additional personnel changes took place, which resulted in an extended period of inactivity for the band, so Columbia Records released Blood, Sweat & Tears’ Greatest Hits to help keep the momentum going.


The album became a Top 20 and earned a gold record award. 


In September 1972, the new lineup released appropriately, an album titled New Blood, which never made the Top 30 despite some good moments, accompanied by a single, “So Long Dixie.”  By this time, the band had turned more towards jazz, recognizing that the rock audience was slowly drifting out of their reach. 


Founding members Jim Fielder and Steve Katz called it quits during this time period.  Blood, Sweat & Tears continued performing and went on to record No Sweat, released in 1973 and later, Mirror Image.


The lineup continued to rotate, and the band may have collapsed at this point, had it not been for the return of Clayton-Thomas.  Now fronting an outfit billed officially as Blood, Sweat & Tears Featuring David Clayton-Thomas, they released a modestly successful comeback album, New City, in 1975.  The band continued to struggle as former Columbia rivals Chicago, continued to get airplay and chart regularly, and purer jazz ensembles such as Weather Report captured the moment in the press and public eye. 


Eventually, even Bobby Colomby, who had trademarked the group’s name early on, left the band to pursue a corporate position at Columbia. 


Clayton-Thomas kept the band alive in the decades to follow, fronting various lineups and playing their classic material.


And like a great baseball team, the members change but the soul lives on, and though many musicians have passed through Blood, Sweat & Tears, its musicianship stands the test of time.  Founding father Bobby Colomby's original vision for Blood Sweat & Tears was quite simple "Find the greatest musicians and the rest is easy".


For additional information about this performance or other performances within the 2011-2012 Luhrs Center series, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at luhrscenter.com. 


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University


The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy. 


 


###


 


 

H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center announces 2011-2012 season

July 19, 2011

7/19/11


The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University announces its 2011-2012 season schedule.


The Luhrs Center 2011-2012 Season tickets go on sale Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 11 a.m.  Season subscriptions, flex series, and individual tickets can be ordered in person at the Luhrs Center Box Office, by calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) or online at luhrscenter.com.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (July 19, 2011) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University announced its 2011-2012 season schedule today.  Single tickets, season subscriptions and flex series tickets go on sale Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 11 a.m.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469), or online at luhrscenter.com.  Season subscriptions and flex series must be purchased in person or over the phone, and are not available to purchase on the website.


The Luhrs Performing Arts Center 2011-2012 season features a variety of entertainment options including intimate solo artist performances, children’s and family programs, orchestral concerts, comedy, and much more (see full schedule below).


(Editor’s Note: Photos of the Luhrs Center as well as performer photos are available for download from luhrscenter.com/mediacenter. Additional photos are available upon request at 717.477.1123 x 3297 or email at mdbodenhorn@ship.edu.  More information about the performances is also available at luhrscenter.com.)


The 2011-2012 season kicks off on August 26 with teen idol, Donny Osmond, who’s on a limited tour from his Las Vegas show, and concludes in July 2012 with the annual Festival 2012 Celebration Series featuring star performances by world-renowned classical artists.  This season’s blockbuster performances include:  Blood, Sweat & Tears (Sept. 9), An Evening with Loretta Lynn (Sept. 15), Billy Ray Cyrus(Sept. 22), Gordon Lightfoot (Oct. 1), The Beach Boys (Oct. 13), Rain:  A Tribute to the Beatles Oct. 20), The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis (Dec. 8), An Evening with Liza Minnelli (Dec. 20), The Temptations (Feb. 23), The Texas Tenors (Mar. 23), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Apr. 13), The Four Freshmen (Apr. 15), and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, Bobby Hendricks Drifters & The Platters (June 2). 


Top-rated comedy performances include Dana Carvey (Nov. 3), Bill Engvall (Nov. 9), Bill Cosby (Nov. 18), Capitol Steps (Mar. 15), and Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood “The Two Man Group Tour” (from “Whose Line is it Anyway?”) (Apr. 21).  Family members young and young at heart will enjoy these family-friendly performances:  Henry and Mudge (Oct. 29), Masters of Illusion Live! (Nov. 12 & 13), Yamato – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 15), Clifford The Big Red Dog ™ - Live! including VIP meet and greet tickets (Jan. 28), Cirque Dreams Pop Goes the Rock (Feb. 19), Golden Dragon Acrobats (Feb. 26), and Seussical (Mar. 17). 


Looking for a memorable way to spend your Valentine’s Day?  Bring your sweetheart to the Broadway touring musical Fiddler on the Roof (Feb. 14), and take part in the Valentine Dessert Reception (only $20 per person) immediately following the Fiddler on the Roof performance and enjoy a bevy of decadent sweets.


In support of the Shippensburg University H.O.P.E. Diversity Scholarship Program, talented writer, director, actor, producer and author, Spike Lee, will lecture on the topic of “The Cultural Diversity in America” (Feb. 16).  A VIP reception and dinner are also available for purchase.


The Luhrs Center will again be hosting a special gala event preceding this year’s performance of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance (Apr. 4).  Luhrs Circle of Friends Gala – “Caleigh!” (Apr. 4) is a night of friendship, festivities and fabulous food all set amidst a Celtic backdrop to help support the Luhrs Center.  A donation to the Gala affords the donor outstanding member benefits such as priority ticket ordering, invitation to the Annual Fund President’s Recognition Dinner, and more.


Ballroom Dance Lessons are offered on the Luhrs Center stage as both Beginner and Advanced classes for a 6 week period (weekly, beginning Sept. 12).   Taught by seasoned dance instructor, Frank Hancock, this is a great opportunity to learn the basics or brush up on your skills as a Beginner; or learn the more advanced steps in the Advanced class.



The Luhrs Center also provides world-class classical performances like the 43rd Festival Celebration Series (Jul. 12, 19 & 26) featuring the Festival Celebration Orchestra at all three concerts, and the Festival Celebration Chorus at the third concert.  David Amado will be guest conductor at each concert, and violinist, Sarah Chang (July 12), pianist, Simone Dinnerstein (July 19) and mezzo-soprano, Denyce Graves (July 26) will be the soloists.


 “Following in the footsteps of our successful 2010-2011 season, we’ve packed even more top-name entertainers and exciting performances into our new 2011-2012 season schedule!” commented Dr. Leslie Folmer Clinton, associate vice president and director at the Luhrs Center.  “The acoustics are terrific and the experience at the Luhrs Center is inviting and friendly.  And access to the Luhrs Center is easy and parking is free and plentiful.  Come try us out, we have a seat waiting for you!”


 H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center  2011-2012 Season Schedule


Ticket prices and additional information available online at Luhrscenter.com or by calling 717.477.SHOW


                                                                                                                  


Donny Osmond    Friday, August 26, 2011, 8 PM   


Blood, Sweat & Tears    Friday, September 9, 2011, 8 PM             


An Evening with Loretta Lynn    Thursday, September 15, 2011, 8 PM


Billy Ray Cyrus    Thursday, September 22, 2011, 8 PM


Gordon Lightfoot    Saturday, October 1, 2011, 8 PM


The Beach Boys    Thursday, October 13, 2011, 8 PM


Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles    Thursday, October 20, 2011, 8 PM  


Henry and Mudge    Saturday, October 29, 2011, 11 AM and 2 PM


Dana Carvey    Thursday, November 3, 2011, 8:00 PM


Bill Engvall    Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 8 PM


Masters of Illusion Live!    Saturday, November 12, 2011, 7:30 PM


                                     & Sunday, November 13, 2011, 3 PM


Yamato - The Drummers of Japan, “Gamushara”    Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 8 PM


Bill Cosby    Friday, November 18, 2011, 8 PM


Shippensburg University Community Orchestra Fall Concert    Sunday, November 20, 2010, 3 PM


The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis  Thursday, December 8, 2011, 8 PM


An Evening with Liza Minnelli    Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 8 PM


Clifford the Big Red Dog™ - Live!    Saturday, January 28, 2012, 1 & 4 PM


Fiddler on the Roof    Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 7:30 PM


Valentine Dessert Reception    Tuesday, February 14, 2012


                                            immediately following Fiddler on the Roof


H.O.P.E. Diversity Scholarship Program - An Evening with    Thursday, February 16, 2012, 8 PM


 Spike Lee   - Lecture “The Cultural Diversity in America”


Cirque Dreams Pop Goes the Rock    Sunday, February 19, 2012, 7 PM


The Temptations    Thursday, February 23, 2012, 8 PM         


Golden Dragon Acrobats    Sunday, February 26, 2012, 7 PM


Capitol Steps    Thursday, March 15, 2012, 8 PM              


Seussical    Saturday, March 17, 2012, 11 AM and 2 PM


The Texas Tenors    Friday, March 23, 2012, 8 PM    


Shippensburg University Spring Band Concert    Sunday, April 1, 2012, 3 PM


Luhrs Circle of Friends Gala    Wednesday, April 4, 2102, 6 PM               


Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance    Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 8 PM


 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy    Friday, April 13, 2012, 8 PM  


The Four Freshmen    Sunday, April 15, 2012, 3 PM


Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood “The Two Man Group Tour”    Saturday, April 21, 2012, 8 PM


Shippensburg University Community Orchestra Spring    Sunday, April 22, 2012, 3 PM


    Concert


Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, Bobby Hendricks Drifters    Saturday, June 2, 2012, 8 PM


   & The Platters


 


Festival 2012 Celebration Series


David Amado, guest conductor for this series


Concert I: Festival Orchestra – Sarah Chang, violinist    Thursday, July 12, 2012, 8 PM


Concert II: Festival Orchestra – Simone Dinnerstein, pianist    Thursday, July 19 2012, 8 PM
                                                                                                                 


Concert III: Festival Orchestra & Chorus – Denyce Graves, mezzo-soprano Thursday, July 26, 2012, 8 PM  
                                                                                   


For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at luhrscenter.com.  Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount for select shows (Call the Box Office for details and restrictions).


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University


The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy. 


 ###

Take a Hilarious Musical Journey at the Luhrs Center with The Four Bitchin' Babes in "Diva Nation"

March 31, 2010

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents, "Diva Nation ... Where Music, Laughter and Girlfriends Reign!", Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (March 31, 2010) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents The Four Bitchin’ Babes in “Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter and Girlfriends Reign!”, Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28, $25, $22 & $18 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

After seven recordings and nearly 20 years, the multi-talented gal pals, The Four Bitchin’ Babes, that presented “Hormonal Imbalance...A Mood Swinging Musical Revue!”, unveil their new entertainment destination: “Diva Nation…Where Music, Laughter, and Girlfriends Reign!Join this Fabulous Female Folkestra - Sally Fingerett, Debi Smith, Nancy Moran, and Deirdre Flint - for a royally hilarious musical journey as they navigate life in the nation…Diva Nation, that is! With their whimsical, hip and sophisticated girl-group harmonies, these hysterically funny and multi-talented musicians let loose on how the new millennium has, in some cases literally, changed the face of The Diva. The Diva can be found everywhere; in the office, the mall, the grocery store, she’s cleaning up messes, and putting out fires, possibly from her own hot flashes. But there she is, in the mirror. “HELLO DIVA!”

The Augusta Chronicle calls Diva Nation “Part serious song craft, part free form therapy… funny, smart, tuneful, and sophisticated.” “The BABES stir the heart as well as the funny bone,” raves Billboard Magazine. And the Chicago Tribune says that “Together they tell humorously observant tales of modern urban life, and harmonize like a heavenly chorus.”

Come and celebrate the “Inner Majesty” in everyone. Let your sense of humor be your ticket to a magical place where chocolate is a vegetable, wine is in the food pyramid, shopping for shoes is medicinal, and a girl can safely admit that she wears 100% cotton underneath it all! Take this enchanting excursion to Diva Nation, where all songs are sung with pride, attitude, and terrific accessories! Songs include “Babesland”, “Chocolate”, “The Introvert Song”, “Elastic Waistbands” and “American Women”.

IT’S NOT JUST A MUSICAL REVUE…IT’S A STATE OF MIND!

For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6-SOLD OUT), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21-SOLD OUT), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Jean-Yves Thibaudet & Elisabeth Turchi (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.
    
###

Grammy Award Winning George Benson to Perform at the Luhrs Center

March 22, 2010

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents, An Evening with George Benson, Friday, April 9, 2010 at 8 p.m.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (March 22, 2010) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents An Evening with George Benson, Friday, April 9, 2010 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $75, $65, $55 & $45 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.luhrscenter.com.


George Benson, born and raised in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, has long been heralded as a jazz guitarist of unparalleled chops, a vocalist with great emotional range and sophistication or a combination of both. Throughout his over 35 year career, he has racked up ten Grammy Awards and a long list of hits including “This Masquerade”, “The Greatest Love of All”, “On Broadway”, and “Give Me the Night” just to name a few.

His latest release, Songs and Stories, is a collection of tunes written by some of the most prolific and enduring songwriters of the last half-century, including James Taylor, Smokey Robinson, Lamont Dozier, Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway and several others. Some songs were written specifically for this new recording, while others were hand-picked by Benson for their ability to convey simple but universal truths about the human experience.

Benson is one of music’s most enterprising and engaging stars. Appreciated as both a musician and performer by millions, he has always had the duel personae of expert improviser and a vibrant entertainer. He will be performing at the Luhrs Center on the campus of Shippensburg University for one night only.

For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.



About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6-SOLD OUT), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21-SOLD OUT), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Jean-Yves Thibaudet & Elisabeth Turchi (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.
    
###

Luhrs Center Presents a Heart and "Sole" Tribute to Tap Legends

March 17, 2010

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents, Thank You, Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap, Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (March 17, 2010) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap, Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28, $25, $22 & $18 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

Thank You Gregory’s all-star cast of eight hoofers features Chloe Arnold, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Joseph Webb, live and recorded music, and stunning jaw-dropping film projections showing a plethora of legendary tappers at their best. Produced by Dance Affiliates’ artistic director Randy Swartz, directed by Ann Marie De Angelo (former principal dancer and associate artistic director of Joffrey Ballet), and created and staged by Tony Waag (artistic director of the American Tap Foundation), TYG pays homage to tap’s leading ambassador Gregory Hines, and the great legends who preceded him.

The Philadelphia Inquirer notes Thank You Gregory (TYG) is “a joyful celebration of the amazingly varied, soul-stirring thing called rhythm.” “It is not only entertaining; it’s a lesson in dance history… a great opportunity to see some of tap’s finest.”  The show salutes tap titans Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, John Bubbles, the Nicholas Brothers, “Honi” Coles, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Roy Bolger, Donald O’Connor, Dr. Jimmy Slyde and the Copasetics, as well as tap’s leading ladies, and especially Gregory Hines, who redefined the art form and influenced a new generation of tappers.

The program reflects the scope and breadth of tap’s genres and timelines including vaudeville, Harlem and the Club circuit, Hollywood and Broadway, as well as tap’s recent renaissance on concert stages and in electronic media. Clips of live performance and film excerpts showcase the elegant highly-choreographed smooth style of Astaire, Coles and Slyde, the athleticism of the Nicholas Brothers, the eccentric creations of  O’Connor and Bolger and the pervasive percussive rhythms of Bojangles, Bubbles, Brown, Hines and today’s preeminent tappers.  Ensemble sections include the classic tap favorites -- Shim Sham Shimmy, Chairdance, the Coles Stroll, a rollerskating spoof with vocals and ukuleles, and a riveting tapping interpretation to the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby.”  Broad Street Review states “These young dancers did all the crazy wonderful steps of their forebears, but adding in a little rap and a bit of attitude that was strictly 21st Century… working with edgy, aggressive, bold material.”

TYG consists of 27 fast-paced sections choreographed by Chloe Arnold, Cholly Atkins, Brenda Bufalino, Charles “Honi” Coles, the Copasetics, Michelle Dorrance, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Donovan Helma, Heather Holohan, Brent McBeth, Susan Nase, Leonard Reed, Tony Waag, and Joseph Webb. Music runs the gamut from Big Band sounds to jazz, swing to pop, and Broadway to A Cappella. The production team includes Peter Jakubowski  (ARTIE award winner and TYG’s lighting designer/technical director), Charles Schoonmaker (resident costumer for Jacob’s Pillow and TYG costume coordinator), and Forward Motion Theater, founded by Eric Dunlap (former dancer with Nikolais/Louis Dance Company) and Holly Daggers, media artist who created TYG’s video-digital media clips.

The cast features Joseph Webb, an award-winning actor/dancer of Broadway’s Bring in Da’Noise, Bring in Da’Funk, who performs solo tributes to Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Peg Leg Bates and Gregory Hines. Chloe Arnold (a protégé of Debbie Allen), is dance captain/choreographer. Dormeshia  Sumbry-Edwards (captain/principal dancer for Broadway’s Bring in Da’Noise, Bring in Da’Funk)  is a soloist for the “Hoofers Line.”  The sensational ensemble also includes Brent McBeth of Fosse fame and comic tapper, tapper and singer Heather Holohan (a protégé of Brenda Bufalino), Donovan Helma, lead dancer from Tap Dogs, and Susan Nase, an internationally acclaimed highland dancer and vocalist.  

The tour previewed October 2, 2009 at Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park, PA, and then embarked on a ten-week national tour commencing with its world premiere October 6-10 in Philadelphia, PA.  It launched Dance Celebration’s 28th season with seven upcoming performances starring Maurice Hines, Gregory’s brother and partner. The 14-venue national tour includes performances in Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, and Pennsylvania.


This tour of Thank You, Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.


For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.

About Dance Affiliates (Producer)
Founded in 1983 by artistic director Randy Swartz, Dance Affiliates is one of the nation’s few remaining dance-only presenters.  Its Dance Celebration program, Philadelphia’s most acclaimed and longest-running series of world-class contemporary dance, has presented more than 175 companies in 1,500 performances. In addition to its original production of Thank You Gregory, A Tribute to the Legends of Tap, in 2005, Dance Affiliates also conceived and produced The Music That Made Us Dance: From Lindy to Hip Hop in 2006, its first-ever commission for the series featuring Philadelphia’s most inventive choreographers and dancers.  To present a wide range of dance styles and programs, Dance Affiliates routinely partners with other nonprofit, educational and community organizations such as its symposium at The Philadelphia Museum of Art with the Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown dance companies; The Mann Center for the Performing Arts to develop extensive outreach activities for its Royal Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Bolshoi Ballet engagements; the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation to present the play Forbidden Christmas or The Doctor and The Patient at Prince Music Theatre; the University of the Arts and The Rock School to sponsor on-site visits with students by Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi and George de la Pena; the Merriam Theater to bring Mikhail Baryshnikov’s PASTForward with White Oak Project; and Kids Dancing for Kids showcasing  some of America’s most talented young dancers in  joint production

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6-SOLD OUT), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21-SOLD OUT), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Jean-Yves Thibaudet & Elisabeth Turchi (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.
    
###

Etta May & The Southern Fried Chicks Bring their Comedy to the Luhrs Center

March 3, 2010

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents, Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks, Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 8 p.m.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (March 3, 2010) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks starring Etta May, Sonya White and Karen Mills, Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $37, $32, $27 & $22 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

The Southern Fried Chicks Comedy Tour is the top-grossing all female comedy tour on the road today and is selling out every size and type of venue across the country. Since the debut of their one-hour comedy special on CMT, the Chicks have played to venues packed with people and laughter.

The Southern Fried Chicks is the story of three different women, all from the South, and their hilarious take on life, love and the pursuit of happiness. It is where the Old South, the New South, and the Deep South come together for an evening of clean, clever story-telling for every generation. Life and love in the USA has never been funnier as when the original “desperate housewives” give their points of view. You’ll leave the theatre wiping your eyes, holding your sides and waiting for your next helping of the Southern Fried Chicks.   

Etta May has been described as “Minnie Pearl with a migraine.” May was born in Bald Knob, AR, and her family didn’t realize she was girl until she was wearing a training bra. Etta May is married to a truck driver, and they have four unruly kids. Etta’s comedy career began when she was calling BINGO one night and ball sucker got stuck. Forced to entertain a room of angry Catholics, Etta May realized she could make people laugh.      

Since then she has won the prestigious American Comedy Awards Stand-up Comic of the Year. She has appeared on “Oprah,” “Arsenio Hall,” “Comic Strip Live,” and MTV. Etta May stole the show with her hilarious performance on “The Comedy Store’s 15th Anniversary Special,” broadcast in prime time on NBC. Etta May is an audience favorite on syndicated radio shows, The Bob and Tom Show and The Rick and Bubba Show. Look for Etta May as she is the headline comic on CMT’s new series “CMT Comedy Stage,” which is the second highest rated program in CMT history.  
 
Etta May recently appeared on two more CMT shows, “KARAOKE-DOKEY” and “20 Greatest Redneck Moments.” Etta May lends her unique perspective as guest judge on the show where four contestants compete in a battle for the best impersonation of country great, Shania Twain. She was also the subject and first female comic ever on the biography show, “Comedy Club.” She joins the elite comedy company of Ron White, Larry the Cable Guy, and Jeff Foxworthy, as the only comedians featured on this CMT program. Etta May will take you on a redneck ride through the Deep South.

Sonya White, originally from Virginia, combines her Southern charm with big city smarts. She has national television credits such as Fox Network’s “Nightshift”, Family Channel’s “Big Brother Jake”, and has done colorful national promos for that “Dancing With the Stars” alumn, Jerry Springer and his infamous show “The Jerry Springer Show”. She is also known for her dead-on impersonations and sound effects. Sonya is truly an urban lady as she was the featured comedienne for Verizon Wireless on their “Fun and Games” mobile accessory option. Nothing says “city girl” quite like that.

Karen Mills is a native Tennessean who makes one thing clear through her clean and clever comedy: “I am Not a Southern Belle, unless I need to be.” She is a veteran comedian who has worked with Jon Stewart and was a contributing writer for the “Rosie O’Donnell Show.” Thanks to good books, good therapy and Oprah, this one time country girl has enlightened into a forward thinking woman of the world.   

Visit the SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKS at www.southernfriedchicks.net.

For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6-SOLD OUT), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Christopher Parkening & Elisabeth Turchi (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.
    
###

Leahy Family Brings their Irish/Scottish Musical Roots to the Luhrs Center

March 1, 2010

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents, Leahy, Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (March 1, 2010) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Leahy, the Irish/Scottish Canadian powerhouse of eight musical brothers and sisters, Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $37, $32, $27 & $22 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

Leahy is a Canadian powerhouse of eight musical brothers and sisters who have been playing together their entire lives. Their music is a sound, a style of music, a way of life, a volcanic explosion of talent and energy, intense emotion, and feral passion. The band’s three acclaimed CDs—Leahy, Lakefield, and In All Things—have world-wide sales of over half a million copies.

The family continues to move forward as musicians and performers. Winter 2007 saw them release their first ever live DVD and CD. PBS audiences are currently watching Leahy’s third television special. On their recent American tour, new audiences learned that this family of instrumentalists, singers, and dancers brings a rare level of originality and musicianship to the stage. This originality includes music that Leahy writes, arranges, and produces. Known for their unique blend of musical styles and genres, their repertoire is more distinct than ever.

All that  audiences need to do to understand the style that has come to be known as “Leahy” is look at their awards—Junos for Best New Group, Best Country Group, and Best Instrumental Album, the most played folk/roots song in Canada in 2004 and the Socan award for Folk/Jazz instrumentalist the following year.   Their self-titled album rose to number four on the Billboard world music charts and found its way onto the soundtrack of the award-winning movie The Hanging Garden. On stage Leahy brought 175 audiences to their feet when they opened for pop-star Shania Twain on her inaugural world tour.

Leahy brings their whole being to each and every performance. Their life story reads like a Hollywood movie; a large family raised without a television on a farm in the small town of Lakefield, Ontario, Canada. In fact, their life story was so compelling that it became the subject of an Oscar winning documentary—The Leahys: Music Most of All. The film foretold the success that would follow. Pure and authentic—Leahy continues to be one of Canada’s most sought after exports.

For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6-SOLD OUT), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & Christopher Parkening (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.
    
###


 






























Corporate Sponsors:


PRESENTING


 


B&R logo


 


CBC-CAIC Logo center stacked 286 black one line tag line


Media Sponsors:


09-10MediaSponsors




 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(Monday, March 1, 2010)


 


CONTACT:    


Jeffrey Sommer


Director of Marketing & Administrative Services


H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center


at Shippensburg University


Ph: 717-477-1123 x 3297


Email: jesomm@ship.edu                                     


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


LEAHY FAMILY BRINGS THEIR IRISH/SCOTTISH


MUSICAL ROOTS TO THE LUHRS CENTER


 


The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents,


Leahy, Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 8 p.m.


 


 


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (March 1, 2010) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Leahy, the Irish/Scottish Canadian powerhouse of eight musical brothers and sisters, Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $37, $32, $27 & $22 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.luhrscenter.com.


 


(Editor’s Note: Performance photos are available for download from www.luhrscenter.com/mediacenter or by contacting Jeff Sommer at 717.477.1123 x3297 or jesomm@ship.edu. More information about this performance is also available at www.luhrscenter.com.)


 


Leahy is a Canadian powerhouse of eight musical brothers and sisters who have been playing together their entire lives. Their music is a sound, a style of music, a way of life, a volcanic explosion of talent and energy, intense emotion, and feral passion. The band’s three acclaimed CDs—Leahy, Lakefield, and In All Things—have world-wide sales of over half a million copies.


 


The family continues to move forward as musicians and performers. Winter 2007 saw them release their first ever live DVD and CD. PBS audiences are currently watching Leahy’s third television special. On their recent American tour, new audiences learned that this family of instrumentalists, singers, and dancers brings a rare level of originality and musicianship to the stage. This originality includes music that Leahy writes, arranges, and produces. Known for their unique blend of musical styles and genres, their repertoire is more distinct than ever.


 


All that  audiences need to do to understand the style that has come to be known as “Leahy” is look at their awards—Junos for Best New Group, Best Country Group, and Best Instrumental Album, the most played folk/roots song in Canada in 2004 and the Socan award for Folk/Jazz instrumentalist the following year.   Their self-titled album rose to number four on the Billboard world music charts and found its way onto the soundtrack of the award-winning movie The Hanging Garden. On stage Leahy brought 175 audiences to their feet when they opened for pop-star Shania Twain on her inaugural world tour.


 


Leahy brings their whole being to each and every performance. Their life story reads like a Hollywood movie; a large family raised without a television on a farm in the small town of Lakefield, Ontario, Canada. In fact, their life story was so compelling that it became the subject of an Oscar winning documentary—The Leahys: Music Most of All. The film foretold the success that would follow. Pure and authentic—Leahy continues to be one of Canada’s most sought after exports.


 


For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.


 


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6-SOLD OUT), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & Christopher Parkening (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).


 


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University


The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


                       


###


 


Get Carried Away By Pirates!

February 16, 2010

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents The Pirates of Penzance, Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (February 16, 2010) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents The Pirates of Penzance Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $42, $35, & $28 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office by calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players production of The Pirates of Penzance is a chance to get carried away by Pirates. Join the band of swashbuckling buccaneers, bumbling British Bobbies, frolicsome Victorian maidens, and the delightfully dotty “model of a modern Major-General” for a rollicking romp over the rocky coast of Cornwall. This exuberant musical theater masterpiece, directed and conducted by Albert Bergeret with choreography by Bill Fabris, is performed in its original format. The rich sounds of full orchestra, chorus, and legitimate vocal soloists resonate with classic elegance and power while the company’s vibrancy, energy and contemporary sense of humor keep the show alive and exciting to a modern audience. The Pirates of Penzance - they’ll steal your heart away!

The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty was first performed at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City on December 31, 1879. It was the only Gilbert & Sullivan operetta to have its world premiere in the United States and it has remained popular both here and throughout the English speaking world ever since. Gilbert’s wit (always incisive but never vicious or dated) and Sullivan’s memorable score (including the original tune from which “Hail, hail the gang’s all here” is drawn) are among the most valuable treasures of musical theater history.

Patter songs are a Gilbert & Sullivan trademark and Pirates features the most famous of them all, “I am the very model of a modern Major-General”. This jaunty tune has been cleverly set to different words countless times (Tom Lehrer’s element song a notable example) and used in commercials to sell everything from Campbells soup to Handi-wipes, cars, newspapers and other items. Pirates also contains some of Gilbert’s most famous lyrics such as the often used quotation “a policeman’s lot is not a happy one” from the act two lament of the diffident “men in blue”. Other highlights of the show include “For I am a Pirate King”, the pirates’ “Here’s a first rate opportunity”, the policemen’s “When the foeman bears his steel” and Mabel’s show stopping coloratura aria “Poor wand’ring one”.

The plot of Pirates centers on the dilemma of young Frederic who, as a child, was mistakenly apprenticed to the pirates until his twenty-first birthday. Since he was born in leap year on February 29, he is honor bound to remain a pirate until the distant date of 1940, despite his moral objection to piracy. Helping Frederic to deal with this unusual predicament are the brash Pirate King, Ruth - the pirate maid-of-all-work, romantic Mabel, and the delightfully stuffy Major-General Stanley.

For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6-SOLD OUT), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Christopher Parkening & Elisabeth Turchi (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

The Peking Acrobats Bring Their 2,000-Year Old Tradition to the Luhrs Center

February 9, 2010

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents THE PEKING ACROBATS®, Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (February 9, 2010) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents THE PEKING ACROBATS®, a troupe of China’s most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists, and gymnasts complemented by live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments, Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35, $28, $24 & $20 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office by calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

THE PEKING ACROBATS® bring their 2,000-year-old tradition of acrobatics to North America for an extensive 40-city tour. Their twenty-fourth U.S. Tour began January 2010 and continues through March 2010 with a one night stop in Shippensburg, PA. THE PEKING ACROBATS have played to sold-out houses and earned rave reviews during their twenty-three previous headline Theatre Tours from 1986 through 2009. When THE PEKING ACROBATS returned to Broadway in New York City, they made headlines. Their sold-out three-week engagement thrilled audiences of all ages.

Daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs, treacherous wire walking, a trick cycling kaleidoscope of magnificent movement, powerful precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics, amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control, astonishing foot juggling dexterity, incredible balancing feats showcasing tremendous skill and ability, extraordinary exhibits of agility and grace, live musicians displaying their talents by skillfully playing traditional Chinese instruments, high-tech special effects and all the excitement and festive pageantry create an atmosphere like that of a Chinese Carnival. All of this is just a part of the magnificent show offered by this troupe from the People’s Republic of China.

THE PEKING ACROBATS have built a tremendous reputation over the years, performing not only on stages around the globe, but also on many popular television shows, including NICKELODEON’S UNFABULOUS and ELLEN’S REALLY BIG SHOW, hosted by day-time talk show host and actress, Ellen DeGeneres. They have performed with world-famous Symphony Orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. They have performed for prestigious corporations around the world, including Unisys, Ferrari/Maserati of Beverly Hills and the International Monetary Convention. They have also been featured in star-studded feature films, including Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s 11. They have performed the world over to standing ovations and packed houses, including such far-reaching corners of the globe as Australia, Europe, throughout the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and numerous Asian countries. Now, 2,000 years of tradition, perfection and spectacle comes to Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Are you ready to be amazed?


“Nearly everything the Peking Acrobats did last night was amazing - and stunning, and breathtaking and WOW!” ~ Seattle Times

 “The Peking Acrobats regularly passed from the seemingly impossible to the virtually unbelievable.
~ Los Angeles Times

For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6-SOLD OUT), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Christopher Parkening & Elisabeth Turchi (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Jesus Christ Superstar - Timeless and for Our Time

January 28, 2010

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 7 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (January 28, 2010) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, the groundbreaking theatrical masterpiece by legendary writing team Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $49, $45, $38 & $28 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is the first collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be performed on the professional stage. It is one of the most popular and enduring works ever created for the musical theatre. Featuring such notable songs as Superstar, Everything’s Alright and I Don’t Know How to Love Him, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR earned five TONY nominations.

Set in two acts, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR tells the story of the final seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. SUPERSTAR dramatizes Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, the unrest caused by his preaching and popularity, his betrayal by Judas, the trial before Pontius Pilate, and his ultimate crucifixion. Perpetually changing the face of musical theatre JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, will leave audiences captivated by its power.

As relevant and timeless as ever, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, the rock opera vision of “the greatest story ever told,” is perhaps more potent in today’s troubled world than when it was first produced.  Now, for the new millennium, this magnificent story comes once again vividly to the stage with Ted Neeley re-creating his unforgettable performance.

Internationally beloved star Ted Neeley, best known for his Golden Globe nominated role as Jesus in the Norman Jewison film of SUPERSTAR will be headlining this tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.  While Ted has enjoyed a distinguished career in resident theatres throughout America, appearing in a wide variety of productions from Hair to the works of Samuel Beckett he is world renowned for the title role in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Creating a fan base that borders on a cult-like phenomenon, this production heralds the long awaited triumphant return of Ted Neeley in the title role of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR.  

Director Dallett Norris (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Can-Can, South Pacific) says, “What could be better than having Ted Neeley, so grand in the film, on board as we delve into Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s brilliant musical telling of this timeless story. Their idea of setting this tale in terms that immediately resonate with today's audiences is revolutionary. Here we are, twenty-one centuries later, and it is oh, so clear: we need the message of this story now more than ever.”

Already seen and loved by thousands, don’t miss the opportunity to introduce a new generation to this exhilarating and significant piece of musical theatre, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, the original rock opera.  

For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6-SOLD OUT), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Christopher Parkening & Elisabeth Turchi (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.
    
###


 













abainfo@buses.org;


andrea@ridgerunnerpublishing.com;


andrew@cvsmusic.org;


arichards@abc27.com;


asubramaniam@pnco.com;


atrotter@cumberlink.com;


atrotter@cumberlink.com;


bienstock@wypr.org;


bphillips@cumberlink.com;


BrettFreitag@cbs21.com


CarolineImler@cbs21.com;


cdibiase@cumberlink.com;


chamber@chambersburg.org;


chamber@shippensburg.org;


citycal@harrisburgevents.com;


comments@mpt.org;


community@shippensburg.org;


councilforthearts@innernet.net;


craig_cohen@witf.org;


crupp@onlinepub.com;


cwhitehill@gettysburg.travel;


davet@herald-mail.com;


davids@journalpub.com;


dheishman@publicopinionnews.com;


Dolbin, Robin;


dona@herald-mail.com;


dwenner@patriot-news.com;


dwitmer@idpcreative.com;


editor@centralpennparent.com;


editor@perrycountytimes.com;


editor@SusquehannaStyle.com;


editorial@journalpub.com;


editorp@comcast.net;


edorsey@mlbroadcasting.net;


erichorn@cw15.com;


events@fredmag.com;


fcvb@co.franklin.pa.us;


features@gburgtimes.com;


fm@witf.org;


Folmer Clinton, Leslie;


fox43assignment@tribune.com;


frontdoor@comberlink.com;


fsmith@wypr.org;


fultoncountynews@comcast.net;


gail_huganir@centralpa.org;


gazettefeatures@embarqmail.com;


gcollard@wvpubcast.org;


Gigliotti, Pete;


gocalendar@pnco.com;


Heberlig, Jill;


hry102@psu.edu;


info@flymagazine.net;


info@fredmag.com;


info@hersheyharrisburg.org;


info@jumpstreet.org;


intellnews@lnpnews.com;


j.leese@picketnews.com;


jakew@herald-mail.com;


jantoun@thegrouponline.com;


jcox@cumberlink.com;


jdegaetano@cpabr.com;


Jewell.Laughman@CapBlueCross.com;


jholahan@lnpnews.com;


jim@wrti.org;


jkirkpatrick@pnco.com;


jkpollard@co.franklin.pa.us;


jnowell@echo-pilot.com;


jolenet@marylandmemories.com;


julieg@herald-mail.com;


kate@ridgerunnerpublishing.com;


kchilders@susquehannastyle.com;


khimmel@aaacp.com


kirkwood@dnronline.com;


klucas@NBC25.com;


kparadise@publicopinionnews.com;


kristen@visitcumberlandvalley.com;


lannews@thewgalchannel.com;


life@herald-mail.com;


lori_smeigh@witf.org;


marie@dillsburgbanner.net;


mbieniek@journal-news.net;


mcrowley@carlislechamber.org;


meditor@dominionpost.com;


mfountain@NBC25.com;


michellef@journalpub.com;


mjournal@cvn.net;


mkraham@nbc25.com;


mlong@pennlive.com;


nceditor@gmail.com;


news@abc27.com;


news@engleonline.com;


news@eveningsun.com;


news@gburgtimes.com;


news@herald-mail.com;


news@therecordherald.com;


news@thesunontheweb.com;


news@witf.org;


news@yorkdispatch.com;


nluse@fredericknewspost.com;


nwillis@publicopinionnews.com


paje@epix.net;


pattib@harrisburgmagazine.com;


PaulBaker@ldnews.com;


pbickford@nbc25.com;


pcca@perrycountyarts.org;


pdurantine@theburgnews.com;


Perkins, Lori;


programming@wrti.org;


rlowthert@aaasp.aaa.com;


rtaylor@gburgtimes.com


shipsenior@embarqmail.com;


Shirk, Robert;


slate.ship@gmail.com;


submit@visitpa.com


sunnews@lnpnews.com;


swalker.pacu@comcast.net;


Taylor, Debra;


tbalzereit@state.pa.us;


TDT@broadwaypress.com;


theckman@mlbroadcasting.net;


tlapato@abc27.com;


tomr@marylandmemories.com;


tricia@ridgerunnerpublishing.com;


valerie@visitcumberlandvalley.com;


vallog@penn.com;


weekender@publicopinionnews.com;


windsor@wrti.org;


wsyc@wsyc.org;


 


The Classic Story of Charlotte's Web Comes to Life at the Luhrs Center

January 27, 2010

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents two performances of Theatreworks USA’s production of Charlotte’s Web, Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (January 27, 2010) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Theatreworks USA’s production of Charlotte’s Web, Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Charlotte’s Web, is based on the book by E.B. White and is a 60-minute play recommended for audiences age 5 and up. Tickets are $15, $12 & $10 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte comes to life in Charlotte’s Web. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up in the slaughterhouse. Enter Charlotte, a fine writer and a true friend, who assures Wilbur she will save him. Charlotte hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman – she will create a “miracle”. Spinning the words “Some Pig” in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever. This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.

Charlotte’s Web is a play by Joseph Robinette based on the Newbery Medal-winning book by E.B. White (Stuart Little, Trumpet of the Swan). The production is directed by Rob Barron (current Theatreworks USA productions of Romeo & Juliet, Ferdinand the Bull, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, among others) and the incidental music score is by Jeffrey Lunden (Winner of the Lortel Award, Rodgers Award, and Jonathan Larson Award, and composer of Theatreworks USA productions of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Little Prince, The Great Railroad Race). The scenic design is by James D. Sandefur, and the costumes are by Anne-Marie Wright.

Charlotte’s Web began its national tour in fall 1993, and has been one of Theatreworks USA’s most popular productions ever since. Charlotte’s Web is able, as are all Theatreworks USA productions, to play a wide range of venues, from large Broadway-sized performing arts centers in major metropolitan areas to elementary school cafeterias in small towns.

The six actors and stage manager in Charlotte’s Web rehearsed for two weeks in New York City with the director. Once the tour begins, the actors and stage manager typically arrive at the performance venue early in the morning to set up the scenery and to prepare for the performance. Following the show, they pack the set, costumes, and sound equipment into two large vans, and drive to the next city, sleep in a hotel, and begin the whole ritual again the following day.

Theatreworks USA has a distinguished history of not only providing young audiences with their first taste of the performing arts, but also giving young actors, writers, directors, and designers an early opportunity to work in this field. A list of Theatreworks USA alumni reads like a veritable “who’s who” of theatre: four-time Tony-winning director Jerry Zaks, Robert Jess Roth (Beauty and the Beast), Michael Mayer (Thoroughly Modern Millie); writers Marta Kauffman and David Crane (TV’s “Friends”), Lynn Ahrens and Steven Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island), Jason Robert Brown (Parade), Larry O’Keefe (Bat Boy), Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx (Avenue Q); and Tony-winning actors John Lloyd Young, Roger Bart, Chuck Cooper, and John Glover. Esteemed performers F. Murray Abraham, Henry Winkler, and Judy Kuhn also got their start with Theatreworks, and other actors have gone on to originate lead roles in such Broadway shows as Avenue Q, Hairspray, Young Frankenstein, Rent, Wicked, Jersey Boys, and many others. The actors, writers, director, choreographer, and designers of Charlotte’s Web may also go on to similar success in musical theatre.

For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.

About Theatreworks USA
Theatreworks USA is America’s largest and most prolific professional not-for-profit theatre for young and family audiences. Since 1961, Theatreworks USA has enlightened, entertained, and instructed over 68 million people in 49 states and Canada, now performing for about four million people annually. Every year, the company tours approximately 16 shows from its ever-growing repertoire of 110 plays and musicals. In addition, Theatreworks USA also has an extensive multi-cultural guest artist roster, including storytellers, puppeteers, poets, and magicians. Under the direction of Barbara Pasternack (Artistic Director) and Ken Arthur (Managing Director), Theatreworks USA is also one of the most honored theatres of its kind. It is the only children's theatre to receive both a Drama Desk and a Lucille Lortel Award. In addition, Theatreworks USA was the recipient of a 2001 Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, and in May 2000, The Actors Fund of American bestowed its Medal of Honor upon its founders, Jay Harnick and Charles Hull.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6-SOLD OUT), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Christopher Parkening & Elisabeth Turchi (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.
    
###

The Pink Floyd Experience to Rock the Luhrs Center

January 27, 2010

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (January 27, 2010) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents The Pink Floyd Experience, Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 8 p.m. This truly unforgettable concert experience is for audiences of all ages. Tickets are $35, $28 & $22 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.luhrscenter.com.



This concert echoes everything that made Pink Floyd one of ‘rock & roll’s’ greatest icons. It is a celebration of the music, the themes and the innovation that this great band brought to its fans around the world. It is Pink Floyd – up close and personal without losing the scope and power of their performance in a whole new way. Complete with 200,000 watts of light and full quadraphonic sound and six brilliant musicians singing all of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits including “Wish You Were Here,” “Time,” “Another Brick in the Wall” and more. The show features live ‘note-for-note’ musical recreations of these hits and is a visual spectacle that includes intelligent moving lighting and stylized surreal video as well as several ‘classic’ Pink Floyd hooks – a collapsible wall, the bulb man and a 12 foot flying ‘pig’ blimp.



The Pink Floyd Experience Band Members
Tom Quinn: Band leader, lead guitarist, and relentless crusader for all things “Pink Floyd”. In 1973, The Dark Side Of The Moon was released. That same year Tom bought his first guitar, and started his first band. From day one, his chief mentor was David Gilmour. Tom also cites Joe Walsh and Leslie West as big influences on his playing. He dates the musical roots of PFX back to 1994, and Pink Floyd’s Division Bell tour stop in San Diego. The band hit the stage in April 1995, and went on to garner many San Diego Music Awards from 1999 to 2003.

Gus Beaudoin was born on May 3, 1952, and started playing bass guitar at age 13. With almost 40 years of musical experience to draw from, Gus is well-respected by his peers for his talent and tenacity. Players such as Tim Bogart, Chris Squire, Stanley Clarke, and also early Motown and the Monkees were big influences on Gus’s powerful and rock-solid style. Gus has toured across the United States and Canada playing many styles of music, including rock, country, jazz, disco, and classical. Gus and Tom Quinn joined up in 1997 and started playing Floyd music anywhere someone would let them set-up their equipment, out of pure love for the music of Pink Floyd.

Graham Heath, lead vocalist for PFX, grew up in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, England, and has been singing and recording for the last ten years in the United States and Europe. Graham has enjoyed working alongside artists such as Waz Not Woz, producer Bruce Forrest, Jack Bruce of Cream, and was invited to record by Bill Wyman in the Rolling Stones mobile studio. Recently Graham founded and was signed to One/UK/USA record and publishing company. Recognized as a natural live performer, Graham is an inspiration and welcome addition to PFX.

Jesse Molloy, saxophone player based out of San Diego is a dynamic complement to the PFX sound. Jesse tours nationally with his group, On The One, which is lead by Jesse and PFX drummer John Staten. Jesse has toured internationally with several acts, including the Giant People Ensemble, and the Jamaican National Orchestra. Molloy has shared stages with many including Karl Denson and the Wailers. He has studied under the great Charles McPherson and Rhett Bender.

John Cox has been playing keyboards since age 9, and is self-taught. In 1976 he bought a Moog synthesizer and formed the space music group Embryo with synthesist Steve Roach and was hooked on creating atmospheres and textures with sound. John cites Jan Hammer, Beethoven, Carl Stalling, and Frank Zappa as his major influences. He has also played keys in the YES tribute band Roundabout, and the Jethro Tull tribute Heavy Horses. John resides in San Diego, California, and in his spare time he loves to ride his GSX-R and Supermoto bikes at track days with his two sons.

John Staten, with no formal training, began playing drums in church at age 5. Heavily influenced by a musical family, he started touring at age 20 with various funk bands such as Giant People, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (KDTU). At age 28 he tours nationally with his own band On The One along side of Jesse Molloy, PFX own saxophonist. Within the last 8 years, Staten has been able to play with artist such as The Allman Brothers Band, Lenny Kravitz, the Wailers and many others.

For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season

This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6-SOLD OUT), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Christopher Parkening & Elisabeth Turchi (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University

The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.
    
###

The Neville Brothers and Dr. John to Bring New Orleans' Funk and R&B to the Luhrs Center

January 22, 2010

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Mardi Gras Mambo: The Neville Brothers with Dr. John & the Lower 911, Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (January 22, 2010) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Mardi Gras Mambo: The Neville Brothers with Dr. John & The Lower 911, Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 8 p.m. These New Orleans funk, rhythm and blues legends come together for one unforgettable concert. Tickets are $50, $45, $35 & $25 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

The Neville Brothers (Charles, Aaron, Art, and Cyril) proudly carry the torch of their native New Orleans’ rich R&B legacy. The brothers first came together in 1977 and recorded their debut self-titled album. Thirty-two years later, the group is still recording, touring and displaying their first-rank showmen. Hit songs include “Brother Blood,” “Yellow Moon,” “Everybody Plays The Fool,” “Family Groove” and the Grammy-winning “Healing Chant.”

Four-time Grammy® winner Dr. John is the living embodiment of New Orleans’ rich musical heritage. His musical career began in the 50s when he wrote and played guitar on several albums including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville and Frankie Ford. He played on records by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison and Aretha Franklin and launched his solo career developing the charismatic persona of Dr. John, The Night Tripper. A legend was born with his 1968 album, Gris-Gris, which established his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots. His career highlights include the 1971 album, The Sun, Moon and Herbs and In The Right Place in 1973 featuring hits, “Right Place Wrong Time” and “Such A Night.” In 2008 he released the album, The City That Care Forgot.

For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6-SOLD OUT), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & Christopher Parkening (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.
    
###

Las Vegas-Based Aga-Boom Clown Troupe to Bring Mayhem and Zaniness to the Luhrs Center

December 23, 2009

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Aga-Boom – Theater of Physical Comedy, Friday, January 29, 2010 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 2 and 7 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (December 23, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Aga-Boom – Theater of Physical Comedy, Friday, January 29, 2010 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 2 & 7 p.m. This family friendly performance is recommended for audiences ages 3 and up. Tickets are $30 & $25 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

Las Vegas-based Aga-Boom is a 75-minute, high-energy explosion of pure family fun for children and adults alike. It is an interactive mayhem that carries audiences to the other side of the funhouse mirror, with outrageous zaniness and unrestrained laughter. It is sure to bring audiences back to the excitement, pure delighted amazement, and wonderment of childhood. The three members of Aga-Boom are veterans of Cirque de Soleil and the Russian State Circus and their comedy is rooted in the unique European theatrical style and universal language of clowning. The comedy cuts through the barriers of language and culture with the art of slapstick and humor of physical comedy. Aga-Boom is nothing that has ever been seen before. It brings together on the stage the best traditions of circus, comedy and experimental clown theater. The combination of these elements creates a new standard of comedy that will change audiences’ point of view toward clowning itself.

The show starts with meticulous clowning of Boom (Irina Ivanytska) as she attempts some housecleaning. She then falls under the spell of a big red button with the cautionary message “Do Not Touch.” This message inspires reactions from the audience. Her choice brings an upset astronaut (Valery Slemzin) to the stage which results in more random clowning. Then the show’s third clown, Aga, played by director Dimitri Bogatirev, performs juggling miracles with a small suitcase as well as other amazing comedic stunts. A huge sheet of paper provides a backdrop that plays into the action, providing the basis for some incredible illusion. The show ends with paper-fighting, balloon-bouncing and shredded paper explosions. The Russian troupe is all about having a good time, an easy task given Ivanytska’s ability to charm and Bogatirev’s ability to whiz a toy airplane around himself with astonishing dexterity.

Aga-Boom has had successful engagements on Broadway, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Boston, and Los Angeles. It has been highly critically acclaimed from coast to coast and has thrilled and delighted audiences around the world, performing for more than 500,000 people combined in Japan, Mexico, Korea, Singapore, Russia, Chile and the United Arab Emirates.

Created by Cirque Du Soleil veteran, Dimitri Bogatirev, Aga-Boom was nominated for the Ovation Award, in the category of best touring show, along with The Producers, 42nd Street, Lily Tomlin and Elaine Stritch.

The New York Times raved that Aga-Boom is “Masterly clowning with its own originality... Pure family fun.” Los Angeles Times’ toughest critic Don Shirley said, “[Aga-Boom] is literally riotous - as in so funny the audience did more than just laugh, they laughed more than any theatrical experience within memory.” Without language, the combination of theatrical clowning and audience participation creates over an hour of pure fun appropriate for all ages. Although completely unique, it has been described as “The Blue Man Group meets Slava’s Snowshow.”

For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6-SOLD OUT), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & Christopher Parkening (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###

Kenny Rogers Brings His 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour to the Luhrs Center for a Sold Out Performance

November 16, 2009

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Kenny Rogers Performing His Greatest Hits and Holiday Classics, Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 7 p.m.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (November 16, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Kenny Rogers 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour, Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 7 p.m. This performance is sold out.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and that means music legend Kenny Rogers will once again be embarking on his highly acclaimed annual holiday tour, bringing his exceptional talent and signature sound to stages across America. The 2009 edition of the Kenny Rogers Christmas & Hits Tour featuring Rebecca Lynn Howard will launch on November 27 in Bossier City, LA at the Horseshoe Casino Riverdome. The tour will make a stop at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on December 6th. The 20-city tour will wrap two days before Christmas on December 23 in Westbury, NY at The Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury.

Rogers’ annual Christmas Tour has become tradition over the course of the artist’s storied career. Always a highly anticipated treat for the whole family, the production will feature performances of heartwarming traditional and original holiday songs from Rogers — many that can be found on his numerous holiday recordings — such as “Let It Snow,” “White Christmas,” and “O Holy Night” as only the Grammy Award-winning artist can deliver, with the help of local choirs and children chosen to be part of the production in each city. Rogers will also perform classics such as “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands In the Stream,” “Lucille,” and “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town.”

The back-up choir for the Christmas portion of the concert at the Luhrs Center goes by the name “The Shippensburg Singers.” Comprised mostly of the Shippensburg University Madrigal Singers, the choir is being augmented by 8 singers from the community, most of whom are alumni of the University and the Madrigal Singers. Also, included in the program are five elementary school students who were selected to participate in the production. The choir is under the direction of Dr. Blaine Shover, professor of music at Shippensburg University.

“I’ve always loved this season,” remarked Rogers. “I think because people in general, are truly different.  Look around…they smile more, they’re more gracious, and generally seem happier. It’s funny how things in your life change as you get older – especially when you have children. All the things that seemed so important before, somehow no longer matter, and those that once felt so trivial, now are the only things that count. My house, for instance, has been decorated for the holidays since before Halloween, so to say my family is ‘In The Spirit Of The Season’ is a bit of an understatement! I promise you the holidays will never be the same for me. And so I say to you, have yourself a Merry, Merry Christmas and know that I wish for you, what I wish for myself – that you spend this and every holiday season with those you love the most.”

This year’s Kenny Rogers Christmas & Hits Tour will be sponsored by World Vision, the Christian humanitarian organization that is working in nearly 100 countries to serve the poor and those in need.  

“We are honored to be sponsoring the Kenny Rogers Christmas & Hits Tour this season. It is a tremendous opportunity to be working closely with such a legendary artist as we join forces together to help children and their families around the world,” says Jenny Lockwald, World Vision’s Executive Director for Artist Associates & Sponsor Engagement.

A beloved, universally-known icon of American entertainment, Kenny Rogers is a living legend with an extensive history of success, including 20 platinum, 26 gold records and a Diamond-certified Greatest Hits album that has sold more than 24 million copies worldwide. In the span of nearly five decades, Kenny Rogers has recorded more than 65 albums, which have sold more than 105 million units worldwide. Rogers is the only artist to chart a record in each of the last six decades and has three Grammy Awards, five Country Music Association Awards, 18 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and 11 People’s Choice Awards. He’s also ranked #8 on the R.I.A.A.’s list of Top Selling Male Artists of all time.

For the latest news and tour updates, please visit Kenny Rogers’ official website: www.kennyrogers.com. For information about the performance at the Luhrs Center on December 6, 2009, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com.

Kenny Rogers Christmas & Hits Tour Dates:
November 27        Bossier City, LA    Horseshoe Casino Riverdome
November 28        Biloxi, MS            Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino
November 29        Fort Pierce, FL      Sunrise Theatre
November 30        Kissimmee, FL     Silver Spurs Arena
December 01        St. Petersburg, FL Mahaffey Theater at Progress Energy Center
December 03        Red Bank, NJ        Count Basie Theatre
December 05        Uncasville, CT       Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort - Arena
December 06        Shippensburg, PA  H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center
December 07        Verona, NY            Turning Stone Resort Casino - Showroom
December 10        Sandusky, OH       The Sandusky State Theater
December 11        Jamestown, NY       Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena
December 12        Elmira, NY             First Arena
December 13        West Point, NY        Eisenhower Hall Theatre
December 15        Youngstown, OH    Covelli Centre
December 17        Bloomington, IL     US Cellular Coliseum
December 18        Detroit, MI             Fox Theater
December 19        Johnstown, PA        Cambria County War Memorial
December 20        Lowell, MA             Lowell Memorial Auditorium
December 22        Rochester, NY        Auditorium Theatre
December 23        Westbury, NY        The Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6-SOLD OUT), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Christopher Parkening & Elisabeth Turchi (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.
    
###

The Precocious and Loveable Junie B. Jones Comes to the Luhrs Center

November 9, 2009

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents the fast-paced children’s musical, Junie B. Jones, Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (November 9, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Junie B. Jones, a musical based on the books by Barbara Park, Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. This musical is recommended for children in grades K through 5. Tickets are $15, $12 & $10 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

Outspoken, precocious, lovable Junie B. Jones stars in a colorful, funny, fast-paced musical about new friends, new glasses, sugar cookies, the annual kickball tournament, and other various first-grade angst-ridden situations. Follow her adventures as she writes down the story of her life in her “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal.” This musical is based on four volumes in Barbara Park’s Junie B. Jones series of books, illustrated by Denise Brunkus and published by Random House: Junie B, First Grader (at Last!); Junie B, Boss of Lunch; Junie B, One-Man Band; and Top-Secret Personal Beeswax: A Journal by Junie B (and Me).

Junie B. Jones is a musical by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich (The Broadwaybound musical based on the film Ever After, Dear Edwina, “Taylor the Latte Boy”) based on the best-selling books by Barbara Park. The production is directed by Peter Flynn (Theatreworks USA’s Nate the Great, Henry and Mudge, Artistic Director of Hangar Theatre) and choreographed by Devanand Janki (Off-Broadway: Zanna Don’t, Cupid & Psyche). The scenic design is by Luke Hegel-Cantarella (Theatreworks USA’s Corduroy), and the costumes are by Lora LaVon. This 60-minute musical is recommended for audiences age 5 and up. The show was nominated in 2006 for the Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Choreography.

After a brief New York City-area tour in spring 2004, Junie B. Jones premiered Off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in July 2004, and is now one of Theatreworks USA’s most popular productions. Junie B. Jones began its national tour in fall 2004, and a second national touring company began touring in spring 2005. The show returned for engagements at the Lortel Theatre in November 2005 and March 2008. Junie B. Jones is able, as are all Theatreworks USA productions, to play a wide range of venues, from large Broadway-sized performing arts centers in major metropolitan areas to elementary school cafeterias in small towns.

The six actors and stage manager touring with Junie B. Jones rehearsed for two weeks in New York City with the director and choreographer. Once the tour begins, the actors and stage manager typically arrive at the performance venue early in the morning to set up the scenery and to prepare for the performance. Following the show, they pack the set, costumes, and sound equipment into two large vans, and drive to the next city, sleep in a hotel, and begin the whole ritual again the following day.

For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.

About Theatreworks USA
Theatreworks USA has a distinguished history of not only providing young audiences with their first taste of the performing arts, but also giving young actors, writers, directors, and designers an early opportunity to work in this field. A list of Theatreworks USA alumni reads like a veritable "who's who" of theatre: four-time Tony-winning director Jerry Zaks, Robert Jess Roth (Beauty and the Beast), Michael Mayer (Thoroughly Modern Millie); writers Marta Kauffman and David Crane (TV's "Friends"), Lynn Ahrens and Steven Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island), Jason Robert Brown (Parade), Larry O'Keefe (Bat Boy), Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx (Avenue Q); and Tony-winning actors John Lloyd Young, Roger Bart, Chuck Cooper, and John Glover. Esteemed performers F. Murray Abraham, Henry Winkler, and Judy Kuhn also got their start with Theatreworks, and other actors have gone on to originate lead roles in such Broadway shows as Avenue Q, Hairspray, Young Frankenstein, Rent, Wicked, Jersey Boys, and many others. The actors, writers, director, choreographer, and designers of Junie B. Jones may also go on to similar success in musical theatre.

Theatreworks USA is America’s largest and most prolific professional not-for-profit theatre for young and family audiences. Since 1961, Theatreworks USA has enlightened, entertained, and instructed over 72 million people in 49 states and Canada, now performing for about four million people annually. Every year, the company tours approximately 16 shows from its ever-growing repertoire of 115 plays and musicals. In addition, Theatreworks USA also has an extensive multi-cultural guest artist roster, including storytellers, puppeteers, poets, and magicians. Under the direction of Barbara Pasternack (Artistic Director) and Ken Arthur (Managing Director), Theatreworks USA is also one of the most honored theatres of its kind. It is the only children's theatre to receive both a Drama Desk and a Lucille Lortel Award. In addition, Theatreworks USA was the recipient of a 2001 Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, and in May 2000, The Actors Fund of American bestowed its Medal of Honor upon its founders, Jay Harnick and Charles Hull.


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6-SOLD OUT), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Christopher Parkening & Elisabeth Turchi (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.
    
###

The Ten Tenors' "Nostalgica" World Tour 2009 Comes to the Luhrs Center

October 22, 2009

 


 


 


 


The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Australia’s most famous musical export, The Ten Tenors, Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 8 p.m.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (October 22, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents The Ten Tenors – Nostalgica World Tour 2009, Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45, $40, $35 & $25 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

Australia’s most famous musical export, The Ten Tenors, bring their lavish celebration of vocal power to the Luhrs Performing Arts Center with their NOSTALGICA WORLD TOUR 2009 - a rousing musical tribute from the land down under. The internationally-acclaimed singing sensation The Ten Tenors have now been seen by over 90 million people on four continents, selling out shows and winning hearts with their unmistakable charm, camaraderie and vocal power in opera, pop, rock and more.

They have appeared on ABC-TV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” season finale as well as performing alongside such diverse artists as Rod Stewart, Andrea Boccelli, Alanis Morissette, Willie Nelson, and Christina Aguilera to name but a few.

Says show musical director Graham Foote, “Nostalgica is not only a songbook journey through the hits of the 20th century by the artists that made them great, but also a trek through ‘The Ten Tenors’ decade long history - a ‘Greatest Hits’ tour with a twist.”

Their CD “One Is Not Enough” reached the Top 10 on the European pop charts and they were invited by Disney to record the theme song “Jungle Rhythm” for the film “Jungle Book 2” (2003). They have been awarded ‘Best Artist Pop Meets Classics Award’ by the Radio Hamburg Awards and received The Variety Group of the Year Award at the 29th Annual Australian Entertainment MO Awards. They have achieved multi-platinum status for both their DVDs and CDs in countries around the globe.

During their 2006 U.S. tour, The Ten Tenors left critics raving. The Los Angeles Times proclaimed, “The cluster of high voices generates pure electricity and undeniable drama.” Arizona Daily Star declared, “It’s breathtaking listening to these 10 crystalline voices come together as if they were one.” And Daily Variety announced, “They are truly incandescent when performing at the full strength of 10.”

About The Ten Tenors
In 1995, if you had told 10 students from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, that in 13 years time they would have toured the world several times over, produced Gold & Platinum Award Winning CDs & DVDs, and taken both pop and opera music-lovers by storm, sold albums in 27 countries around the world, gathered legions of adoring fans, they would have laughed, but now, it’s all part of being one of The Ten Tenors.

When these ten young men banded together, they originally intended to perform for fun and some extra pocket money whilst studying at university. Funnily enough, it turned out to be the group’s hijinx and famous Australian sense of humor that set them apart from other groups and garnered attention and adoration around the world.

In 1998, with the popularity of the group growing by the month, the boys decided to take their onstage antics on the road and began a full-time touring schedule that has yet to wane. Early tours in Australia took them through many outback towns, regional centers and capital cities where the group honed its performance skills in music and comedy, wowing audiences wherever they went.

Upon performing at the German Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, The Ten Tenors exploded across the world, within hours, selling out an entire European Tour. Since then, they have extensively toured throughout Europe, becoming one of the most successful Australian touring acts of all time, and have brought their music to Asian and American markets, proving very successful.  They now tour the world, performing over 250 concerts on 6 different continents around the world.

The group was so enchanted with working with a large orchestra, as they often do in live performances, that they were inspired to record their latest album, “Nostalgica”, released October 2009, described by long-time Tenor, Drew Graham as “a romantic journey of musical discovery” as it combines classic ballads, opera-takes on post-war jazz and a dash of pop culture for good measure. “We believe it to be our best album to date,” said D-J Wendt, The Ten Tenors Manager.

With an unparalleled palette of repertoire, The Ten Tenors have taken their passion for quality music and powerful singing to such venues as London’s Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House, The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and Tchaikovsky Hall Moscow and are delighted to be sharing this latest step in the journey with their fans and public alike.

For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & Christopher Parkening (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.
    
###


 














 


THE TEN TENORS’ “NOSTALGICA” WORLD TOUR 2009


COMES TO THE LUHRS CENTER


 


The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Australia’s most famous musical export, The Ten Tenors, Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 8 p.m.


 


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (October 22, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents The Ten Tenors – Nostalgica World Tour 2009, Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45, $40, $35 & $25 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.luhrscenter.com.


 


(Editor’s Note: Performer photos are available for download from www.luhrscenter.com/mediacenter or at www.thetentenors.com/marketing/ PASSWORD: aurevoir. More information about this performance is also available at www.luhrscenter.com.)


 


Australia’s most famous musical export, The Ten Tenors, bring their lavish celebration of vocal power to the Luhrs Performing Arts Center with their NOSTALGICA WORLD TOUR 2009 - a rousing musical tribute from the land down under. The internationally-acclaimed singing sensation The Ten Tenors have now been seen by over 90 million people on four continents, selling out shows and winning hearts with their unmistakable charm, camaraderie and vocal power in opera, pop, rock and more.


 


They have appeared on ABC-TV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” season finale as well as performing alongside such diverse artists as Rod Stewart, Andrea Boccelli, Alanis Morissette, Willie Nelson, and Christina Aguilera to name but a few.


 


Says show musical director Graham Foote, “Nostalgica is not only a songbook journey through the hits of the 20th century by the artists that made them great, but also a trek through ‘The Ten Tenors’ decade long history - a ‘Greatest Hits’ tour with a twist.”


 


Their CD “One Is Not Enough” reached the Top 10 on the European pop charts and they were invited by Disney to record the theme song “Jungle Rhythm” for the film “Jungle Book 2” (2003). They have been awarded ‘Best Artist Pop Meets Classics Award’ by the Radio Hamburg Awards and received The Variety Group of the Year Award at the 29th Annual Australian Entertainment MO Awards. They have achieved multi-platinum status for both their DVDs and CDs in countries around the globe.


 


During their 2006 U.S. tour, The Ten Tenors left critics raving. The Los Angeles Times proclaimed, “The cluster of high voices generates pure electricity and undeniable drama.” Arizona Daily Star declared, “It’s breathtaking listening to these 10 crystalline voices come together as if they were one.” And Daily Variety announced, “They are truly incandescent when performing at the full strength of 10.”


 


About The Ten Tenors


In 1995, if you had told 10 students from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, that in 13 years time they would have toured the world several times over, produced Gold & Platinum Award Winning CDs & DVDs, and taken both pop and opera music-lovers by storm, sold albums in 27 countries around the world, gathered legions of adoring fans, they would have laughed, but now, it’s all part of being one of The Ten Tenors.


 


When these ten young men banded together, they originally intended to perform for fun and some extra pocket money whilst studying at university. Funnily enough, it turned out to be the group’s hijinx and famous Australian sense of humor that set them apart from other groups and garnered attention and adoration around the world.


 


In 1998, with the popularity of the group growing by the month, the boys decided to take their onstage antics on the road and began a full-time touring schedule that has yet to wane. Early tours in Australia took them through many outback towns, regional centers and capital cities where the group honed its performance skills in music and comedy, wowing audiences wherever they went.


 


Upon performing at the German Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, The Ten Tenors exploded across the world, within hours, selling out an entire European Tour. Since then, they have extensively toured throughout Europe, becoming one of the most successful Australian touring acts of all time, and have brought their music to Asian and American markets, proving very successful.  They now tour the world, performing over 250 concerts on 6 different continents around the world.


 


The group was so enchanted with working with a large orchestra, as they often do in live performances, that they were inspired to record their latest album, “Nostalgica”, released October 2009, described by long-time Tenor, Drew Graham as “a romantic journey of musical discovery” as it combines classic ballads, opera-takes on post-war jazz and a dash of pop culture for good measure. “We believe it to be our best album to date,” said D-J Wendt, The Ten Tenors Manager.


 


With an unparalleled palette of repertoire, The Ten Tenors have taken their passion for quality music and powerful singing to such venues as London’s Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House, The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and Tchaikovsky Hall Moscow and are delighted to be sharing this latest step in the journey with their fans and public alike.


 


For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.


 


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & Christopher Parkening (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).


 


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University


The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


                       


###


YAMATO-The Drummers of Japan Return to the Luhrs Center for Another High-Energy Performance

October 21, 2009

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents
YAMATO-The Drummers of Japan, Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 8 p.m.
Free Master Class, November 4, 2009 at 4 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (October 21, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents YAMATO-The Drummers of Japan, Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32, $28, $24 & $18 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan bring a new and youthful vigor to Japanese Taiko drumming. The performers channel all of their joy into a “feel-good” display of technical brilliance and euphoric concentration in this all new, high-energy performance titled “Matsuri” or “traditional Japanese festival”. The title of their world tour production is derived from the Japanese word “Matsuru” which means “praying to the higher spirits”. The rituals of the festival—from giving thanks for a bountiful harvest to personal prayers for good health and peace—were called “Matsuri”. At the heart of every “Matsuri” gathering, there was always the traditional Japanese drum, the Wadaiko which is a primitive instrument made of animal skin and wood from ancient trees.

YAMATO was founded by Masa Ogawa in 1993 in Nara, ‘the land of Yamato’, which is said to be the birthplace of Japanese culture. Based in Asuka Village the performers travel all over the world with Japan’s traditional Taiko drums. Since its formation 16 years ago, YAMATO has played to more than a million people and over 2,000 performances in a dozen different countries. They continue to travel with several dozen large and small drums (including an Odaiko made from a huge tree over 400 years old), displaying the instruments’ versatility and instinctive appeal, both in street performances and in concert halls holding several thousand people. Besides their travels throughout Japan, they have been on numerous overseas tours to China, South Korea, Indonesia and Singapore, as well as to South and North America and Europe.

Master Class on November 4 at 4 p.m.
In addition to the performance, there will be a free Master Class on November 4 at 4 p.m. YAMATO-The Drummers of Japan will lead a Master Class workshop in the Luhrs Center’s Upper Lobby. This unique cultural experience is open to the general public and will provide instruction in the art of drumming.

For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6-SOLD OUT), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & Christopher Parkening (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.
    
###


 














YAMATO-THE DRUMMERS OF JAPAN RETURN TO THE LUHRS CENTER


FOR ANOTHER HIGH-ENERGY PERFORMANCE


 


The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents


YAMATO-The Drummers of Japan, Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 8 p.m.


Free Master Class, November 4, 2009 at 4 p.m.


 


 


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (October 21, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents YAMATO-The Drummers of Japan, Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32, $28, $24 & $18 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.luhrscenter.com.


 


(Editor’s Note: Performer photos are available for download from www.luhrscenter.com/mediacenter.  Additional photos are available upon request from Jeff Sommer at 717.477.1123 x3297 or email at jesomm@ship.edu. More information about this performance is also available at www.luhrscenter.com.)


 


YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan bring a new and youthful vigor to Japanese Taiko drumming. The performers channel all of their joy into a “feel-good” display of technical brilliance and euphoric concentration in this all new, high-energy performance titled “Matsuri” or “traditional Japanese festival”. The title of their world tour production is derived from the Japanese word “Matsuru” which means “praying to the higher spirits”. The rituals of the festival—from giving thanks for a bountiful harvest to personal prayers for good health and peace—were called “Matsuri”. At the heart of every “Matsuri” gathering, there was always the traditional Japanese drum, the Wadaiko which is a primitive instrument made of animal skin and wood from ancient trees.


 


YAMATO was founded by Masa Ogawa in 1993 in Nara, ‘the land of Yamato’, which is said to be the birthplace of Japanese culture. Based in Asuka Village the performers travel all over the world with Japan’s traditional Taiko drums. Since its formation 16 years ago, YAMATO has played to more than a million people and over 2,000 performances in a dozen different countries. They continue to travel with several dozen large and small drums (including an Odaiko made from a huge tree over 400 years old), displaying the instruments’ versatility and instinctive appeal, both in street performances and in concert halls holding several thousand people. Besides their travels throughout Japan, they have been on numerous overseas tours to China, South Korea, Indonesia and Singapore, as well as to South and North America and Europe.


 


Master Class on November 4 at 4 p.m.
In addition to the performance, there will be a free Master Class on November 4 at 4 p.m. YAMATO-The Drummers of Japan will lead a Master Class workshop in the Luhrs Center’s Upper Lobby. This unique cultural experience is open to the general public and will provide instruction in the art of drumming.


 


For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6-SOLD OUT), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & Christopher Parkening (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).


 


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University


The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


                       


###


Comedian Brian Regan to Perform a Sold Out Show at the Luhrs Center

October 21, 2009

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Comedian Brian Regan, Friday, November 6, 2009 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (October 21, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Brian Regan, Friday, November 6, 2009 at 8 p.m. This performance is sold out. Information is available online at www.luhrscenter.com.

Brian Regan is one of the hottest comedians performing today. In sold-out theaters across the country, audiences keep coming back time and again to see what’s new in the comedy world of Brian Regan.  

As a kid, Regan was a huge fan of Johnny Carson, The Smothers Brothers and Jonathan Winters but his fascination with stand-up comedy really kicked in when Steve Martin came on the scene.  It was Martin’s silly, but smart, comedic genius that inspired Regan.    

In the early 80’s, Regan started performing at a small comedy club in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, an hour’s drive from his hometown of Miami, and found plenty of work in the booming 80’s comedy world.

In 1986, Regan moved to New York City, where he based himself until 1994. Still hitting the road plenty during those years, Regan also used his time in New York to learn the difference between getting laughs, and getting good laughs. Regan kept his comedy broad enough to work everywhere but unique enough for the demanding New York City scene. The tightrope paid off when he won $10,000.00 in the K-Rock - Miller Lite Funniest Person in New York contest in 1988.

By the early 90’s, Regan had developed into one of the best stand-up comedians in the country and began nailing down national TV appearances: MTV Half Hour Comedy Hour”, “The Pat Sajak Show”, “The Arsenio Hall Show”, and every comic’s dream – “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”.   

Regan won the 1996 American Comedy Award for Best Comedian and in 1997 released his CD, “Brian Regan Live.” He starred in his own comedy specials for Showtime and Comedy Central and was featured in Coca Cola’s “Concession Stand Comedy” in movie theaters throughout the country.  

All of the energy of an entire Brian Regan live performance was captured on the DVD, “I Walked On The Moon.” Released in December of 2004 and available through Brian’s website – www.BrianRegan.com, the DVD has sold over 35,000 copies.

In 2005, with his fan base having grown beyond the capacity of the nation’s comedy clubs, Regan embarked on a 40-city theater tour playing to sold-out houses and receiving standing ovations and rave reviews. His 2006 theater tour, “Brian Regan, The ‘YOU TOO’ Tour,” hit 74 cities and his 2007 theater tour, “Brian Regan Live,” stopped in more than 100 cities. Regan makes regular guest appearances on both “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”

For  information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com.


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6-SOLD OUT), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & Christopher Parkening (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.
    
###

Three Legendary Country Rock Bands in Concert for One Performance at the Luhrs Center

October 12, 2009

 


 


 


 


The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents
The Legends of Country Rock: POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall,
Friday, October 23, 2009 at 8 p.m.



SHIPPENSBURG, PA (October 12, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Legends of Country Rock: POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall, Friday, October 23, 2009 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50, $45, $35 & $28 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

POCO was one of the first groups to pioneer country-rock music and paved the way for supergroups like the Eagles. Their influence runs deep in both country and pop music and includes hits like “Heart of the Night,” “Streets of Paradise,” and “Call It Love”.  Current band members include Rusty Young - pedal steel guitar, banjo, Dobro, guitar, mandolin and vocals; Paul Cotton – guitars and vocals; Jack Sundrud - bass, guitar and vocals, and George Lawrence - drums.  

Today, they continue to be a recording and touring force logging about100 shows per year. In recent years, they released a new studio CD: “Running Horse” in 2003, a live DVD: “Keeping The Legend Alive” in 2005, “Bareback At Big Sky” in 2006 and an unplugged CD: “The Wildwood Sessions” in 2007. POCO celebrates their 41st anniversary as a group this year.

Pure Prairie League’s longevity is a testament of the timelessness of their music. Their hits include “Amie,” “Falling in and Out of Love,” and “Let Me Love You Tonight,” which reached No. 7 on the Pop Charts and No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary Charts.

Pure Prairie League’s music sounds as good today as it did when they first performed. When they tour they enjoy every minute playing true to their original form. Current band members include: Mike Reilly - basses and vocals; Craig Fuller - electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin and vocals; Donnie Lee Clark - electric and acoustic guitars and vocals; Rick Schell - drums, percussion and vocals; Fats Kaplin - pedal steel guitar, mandolin, accordion, fiddle and washboard.

“People come to hear the music the way it was played back then,” Fuller asserts. “We may have improved upon the fidelity, but when we do a song off one of our records, we do it just like it was recorded.”

Pure Prairie League’s longevity is a testament of the timelessness of the music. As they write for a new project, they’ve returned to their roots and it’s no surprise that after all these years their sound is what Country Radio is about, proving good music is good music no matter when it’s made or played.

Firefall is one of the few surviving bands of this genre, embracing many industry labels - rock, soft rock, country rock, easy listening, unplugged, Americana and contemporary country. Their many hits include “You Are The Woman,” “Just Remember I Love You,” “Strange Way,” “Cinderella,” “Mexico,” “Livin’ Ain’t Livin’,” “So Long,” “Goodbye, I Love You” and “Sweet and Sour”. Current members include Jock Bartley - lead guitar and vocals; Steven Weinmeister – vocals and guitar; Sandy Ficca - drums; Bil Hopkins – bass and vocals and Chris Ball- saxophone, flute and keyboards.

In thirty years of making exceptional music, Firefall has distinguished themselves as one of the top bands from the genre of music called Americana. They helped spearhead the birth and continuation of the country-rock/folk-rock sound of the seventies. Firefall is as vital and valid as ever, standing out as one of the few remaining torchbearers for harmony-laden rock; a welcome blast from the past focused firmly on the future.

For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & Christopher Parkening (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.
    
###

AMERICA to Perform at the Luhrs Center

October 1, 2009

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents AMERICA, Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (October 1, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents AMERICA, Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $60, $50, $40 & $28. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

AMERICA is now in their fourth decade of making music and has been touring for 34 years. Among their hits are “A Horse With No Name” which made them a global household name. AMERICA’s best-known tunes include “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross The River,” “Tin Man,” “Lonely People,” “Sister Golden Hair” and “You Can Do Magic”. The band’s 2-CD set, “Here & Now” is a distillation of the group’s signature sound past and present, comprising one studio record of all new material and a second live disc taped at XM Radio featuring renditions of songs found on the group’s multi-platinum greatest hits album, “History”.

The world discovered AMERICA in 1972 when a nameless horse began its gallop across the international airwaves with “A Horse With No Name”. More than a year after launching the group, Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek were superstars. They were cornerstones of 70’s Top 40 and FM rock radio. The combination of Gerry Beckley’s melodic pop rock and Dewey Bunnell’s use of folk-jazz elements, slinky Latin-leaning rhythms and impressionistic lyric imagery contrasted well with Dan Peek’s more traditional country-rock leanings and highly personal lyrics.

AMERICA’s albums--six certified gold and/or platinum, with their first greatest hits collection, “History”, hitting four-million in sales--displayed a fuller range of the trio’s talents than did their singles. The band won a Grammy® for Best New Artist and landing a # 1 record while barely in your twenties.

AMERICA reached top of the pop charts again in 1982 with their smash single, “You Can Do Magic.” During the 80s Beckley and Bunnell grew as singers, songwriters and musicians and continued into the present day as illustrated by the releases such as 1998’s “Human Nature”, 2002’s “Holiday Harmony”, an album comprised of seasonal classics and the live showcases, 2000’s “AMERICA – Live” and 2002’s “Grand Cayman Concert”.

AMERICA’s songs have frequently dealt with themes of travel, displacement and restlessness illustrated on such early compositions as “A Horse With No Name” and “Ventura Highway” through more recent tunes like “From A Moving Train.” Issued in 2000, their comprehensive box set, “Highway”, captured the artistic highlights of a spectacular career.

For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & Christopher Parkening (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.
   
###














AMERICA TO PERFORM AT THE LUHRS CENTER


 


The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents


AMERICA, Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 8 p.m.


 


 


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (October 1, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents AMERICA, Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $60, $50, $40 & $28. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at www.luhrscenter.com.


 


(Editor’s Note: Performer photos are available for download from www.luhrscenter.com/mediacenter.  Additional photos are available upon request from Jeff Sommer at 717.477.1123 x3297 or email at jesomm@ship.edu. More information about this performance is also available at www.luhrscenter.com.)


 


AMERICA is now in their fourth decade of making music and has been touring for 34 years. Among their hits are “A Horse With No Name” which made them a global household name. AMERICA’s best-known tunes include “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross The River,” “Tin Man,” “Lonely People,” “Sister Golden Hair” and “You Can Do Magic”. The band’s 2-CD set, “Here & Now” is a distillation of the group’s signature sound past and present, comprising one studio record of all new material and a second live disc taped at XM Radio featuring renditions of songs found on the group’s multi-platinum greatest hits album, “History”.


 


The world discovered AMERICA in 1972 when a nameless horse began its gallop across the international airwaves with “A Horse With No Name”. More than a year after launching the group, Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek were superstars. They were cornerstones of 70’s Top 40 and FM rock radio. The combination of Gerry Beckley’s melodic pop rock and Dewey Bunnell’s use of folk-jazz elements, slinky Latin-leaning rhythms and impressionistic lyric imagery contrasted well with Dan Peek’s more traditional country-rock leanings and highly personal lyrics.


 


AMERICA’s albums--six certified gold and/or platinum, with their first greatest hits collection, “History”, hitting four-million in sales--displayed a fuller range of the trio’s talents than did their singles. The band won a Grammy® for Best New Artist and landing a # 1 record while barely in your twenties.


 


AMERICA reached top of the pop charts again in 1982 with their smash single, “You Can Do Magic.” During the 80s Beckley and Bunnell grew as singers, songwriters and musicians and continued into the present day as illustrated by the releases such as 1998’s “Human Nature”, 2002’s “Holiday Harmony”, an album comprised of seasonal classics and the live showcases, 2000’s “AMERICA – Live” and 2002’s “Grand Cayman Concert”.


 


AMERICA’s songs have frequently dealt with themes of travel, displacement and restlessness illustrated on such early compositions as “A Horse With No Name” and “Ventura Highway” through more recent tunes like “From A Moving Train.” Issued in 2000, their comprehensive box set, “Highway”, captured the artistic highlights of a spectacular career.


 


For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.


 


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & Christopher Parkening (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).


 


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University


The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


                       


###


 


FRANKIE VALLI & the Four Seasons to Woo Capacity Crowd at the Luhrs Center

September 23, 2009

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents
FRANKIE VALLI & the Four Seasons for one sold out concert,
Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 8 p.m.



SHIPPENSBURG, PA (September 23, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents FRANKIE VALLI & the Four Seasons, Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 8 p.m. This concert is sold out. Information is available by contacting the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

FRANKIE VALLI is a true American pop music icon. His incredible career as a solo artist and with the Four Seasons has produced 19 top ten hits and sold over 100 million records worldwide. VALLI was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and named longevity champ of the rock era by Billboard Magazine. Hits include “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Walk Like a Man”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”, “Grease”, “December ‘63 (Oh What A Night)”, and many others.

With one of the most distinctive voices in all of Rock and Roll, Frankie Valli continues to dazzle audiences. Inspired by fellow New Jersey native, Frank Sinatra, and such jazz influences as the Hi-Lo’s and the Four Freshman, Frankie Valli always knew he wanted to perform. “We used to sing around the Newark area where I grew up.” Valli recalls. “I’d always wanted to be a singer, ever since my mother took me to see Sinatra at the Paramount Theatre in New York as a kid. I decided then and there that's what I was going to do…be a successful singer.”

“Sherry”, written in about 15 minutes by friend and songwriter Bob Gaudio, was released in the summer and moved slowly until the group performed on “American Bandstand”. The next day “Sherry” sold 200,000 copies and catapulted Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons into rock and roll superstardom. Gaudio wrote or co-wrote and produced almost the entire four Seasons catalogue with heavy involvement by Bob Crewe.

At their peak, the Four Seasons made recordings that expressed the tough-but-tender sensibility of their home turf in the Northeast much in the way the Beach Boys encapsulated the world of Southern California in harmony and song. In the words of Billy Joel, a longtime fan who grew up listening to them on Long Island, “The Four Seasons had wonderful chord progressions, beautiful writing, terrific production and fantastic harmony, records that really spoke to us.”

Over the next few years the Four Seasons followed “Sherry” with such unforgettable original songs as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Candy Girl,” and “Rag Doll,” all of which became rock and roll classics. In 1967 “Can’t Take My Eyes off of You” rose to number two, while “I Make A Fool of Myself” and “To Give (the Reason I Live)” both became Top 40 hits; the Four Season’s also had three Top 40 entries that year, including the gold selling “C’Mon Marianne”. For the next several years Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons continued to tour extensively, playing to packed houses throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

In 1974 Valli was back on top of the charts, going platinum with the bittersweet ballad “My Eyes Adored You”. “Swearin’ to God,” with its disco beat and contemporary sensibilities went gold, climbing to number six in 1975. That same year “Our Day Will Come” reached No. 11 on the charts. In March of 1976 “December, ‘63 (Oh, What a Night)” climbed to No. 1 staying at the top for 3 weeks. Valli scored another megahit in 1978, with the title track of the best-selling “Grease” soundtrack.

Valli continues to woo audiences worldwide both with his recordings and live performances truly making him one of rock and roll’s most enduring performers. Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons will perform one concert at the Luhrs Center.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & Christopher Parkening (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

Luhrs Center Audience will be "Into Something Good" when Herman's Hermits Take the Stage

September 15, 2009

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents
Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone, Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 8 p.m.



SHIPPENSBURG, PA (September 15, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone, Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at www.luhrscenter.com.

Herman’s Hermits’ classic hits include: “I’m Into Something Good”, “Mrs. Brown, you’ve Got A Lovely Daughter”, “I’m Henry VIII, I Am”, “Silhouettes”, “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat”, “Wonderful World”, “Just A Little Bit Better”, “There’s A Kind of Hush”, “A Must To Avoid”, “Listen People”, “No Milk Today” “The End of the World” “Leaning On A Lamp Post”, and “Dandy”. Herman’s Hermits sold over fifty-two million recordings with fourteen singles and seven gold albums.

The lead singer of Herman’s Hermits, “Herman”, Peter Noone was on the cover of nearly every international publication including Time Magazine. He performed on hundreds of television shows and appeared with Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, Dean Martin and Danny Kaye. He was cast as Duke of Cheshire in ABC’s musical version of “The Canterville Ghost”. He portrayed the title role in Hallmark Hall of Fame’s “Pinocchio”. He also starred in three highly successful feature films for MGM: “Mrs. Brown”, “You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter”, “Hold On!” and “When The Boys Meet The Girls”.

Peter took on leading roles in full-scale theatrical productions of “Dick Wittington”, “Aladdin” and “Sinbad The Sailor”. In the eighties, Peter starred on Broadway in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance”. He won rave reviews for his superb portrayal of Frederic. His performance was so well received, that he went on to reprise the role at the world-famous Drury Lane Theatre in London. Noone charmed audiences worldwide as he continued to play Frederic with both the U.S. National Touring Company and the International Touring Company of “The Pirates of Penzance”.

Noone also guest-starred in prime-time television series such as: “Married With Children”, “My Two Dads”, “Dave’s World”, “Easy Street”, “Too Close For Comfort”, “Laverne and Shirley”, and “Quantum Leap”. He starred as Apoo, a frustrated African relief worker, in the Los Angeles stage premiere of “Topokana Martyr’s Day” and as Alfred Von Wilmers in the U.S. National Tour of the smash Broadway hit “Romance, Romance”.

In the 90s, Noone was the host of VH1’s “My Generation”, the highest-ever-rated half hour retrospective of pop/rock music. More recently, he was featured in the recurring role of Paddington on the CBS daytime drama, “As The World Turns”. He quickly became a favorite of the soap opera magazines and online message boards. He began the millennium with his successful entry into cyberspace and the New York Daily News dubbed him “The King of the Sixties on the Internet” due to the overwhelming popularity of his web sites: peternoone.com and hermanshermits.com.

Accompanied by his band, Herman’s Hermits, Noone currently performs over 200 concerts a year. He consistently plays to sold-out venues and his admirers span the generations.

For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), Ben Folds and special guest Kate Miller-Heidke (Oct. 4), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & Christopher Parkening (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.
    
###

LOGGINS & MESSINA Reunion Tour Comes to the Luhrs Performing Arts Center

September 2, 2009

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents LOGGINS & MESSINA on September 17, 2009 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (September 2, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents LOGGINS & MESSINA, Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 8 p.m. as part of the duo’s reunion tour. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at www.luhrscenter.com.

The LOGGINS & MESSINA tour is the unexpected and unlikely return of the most successful duo of the early Seventies – a group whose most enduring songs were so well crafted that they have never really gone away. At the same time, they are rebuilding the personal connection that was lost long ago.

“This is less about a musical reunion and more about reuniting a relationship that’s become more of a friendship than ever before,” says Jimmy Messina. “It’s funny how our separate journeys have somehow brought us back around, into each other’s lives again,” Kenny Loggins says.

Though LOGGINS & MESSINA’s first Greatest Hits collection was called Best Of Friends, their relationship has long been a complex and sometimes difficult one. When they first met, Messina was already a well-established success story, having produced and played with the legendary band Buffalo Springfield and later with the country-rock pioneers POCO. Loggins, meanwhile, was a young singer-songwriter with far less experience, but with talent to burn as evidenced by early compositions like “House At Pooh Corner” and “Danny’s Song.” Then Sittin’ In (1971), originally envisioned as a one-off joint release intended to introduce Loggins as part of a Messina six-album production deal with Columbia Records, became a smash hit.

This accidental duo was created by public demand. In the next few years, a series of albums would follow in rapid order – 1972’s Loggins & Messina, 1973’s Full Sail, 1974’s double-live On Stage, the same year’s Mother Lode, 1975’s cover song set So Fine and 1976’s Native Sons. The Best of Friends collection followed later that year and in 1977 another live album fittingly called Finale. With that, Loggins & Messina, who had sold sixteen million albums and become one of rock’s most popular draws, was over and apparently done.

Loggins established himself as a solo artist with a series of albums starting with 1977’s Celebrate Me Home, 1978’s Nightwatch, 1979’s Keep The Fire, 1980’s Alive, 1982’s High Adventure, 1985’s Vox Humana, 1988’s Back To Avalon, 1991’s Leap Of Faith, 1993’s Outside: From The Redwoods, 1994’s Return To Pooh Corner, 1997’s Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: The Greatest Hits of Kenny Loggins and The Unimaginable Life, 1998’s December, 2000’s More Songs From Pooh Corner, 2002’s The Essential Kenny Loggins, 2003's It's About Time, 2007’s How About Now, and his newest children’s CD on Walt Disney Records’ Disney Pearl Series All Join In, as well as a number of soundtrack contributions.

Messina recorded five solo albums: 1979’s Oasis, 1981’s Messina, 1983’s One More Mile and 1996’s Watching The River Run Revisited. Messina also reunited with POCO for the 1989 album Legacy, as well as establishing the Songwriters’ Performance Workshop whose purpose, explains Messina, “is to empower amateurs.”

For both men the reunion tour represents what Jimmy Messina calls “a great and meaningful opportunity.” Loggins adds, “I’m especially looking forward to the L&M audiences. I love to see the good old friends from the 70's, and the ones we made too, as well as the friends I’ve picked up as a soloist along the way. This reunion proves to me that anything is possible. Now we get to see where it goes from here.”

For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Contact the box office for details.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2009-2010 Season
This season’s performances include: Mike Super – Magic & Illusion (Sept. 12), LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8-SOLD OUT), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Legends of Country Rock – POCO, Pure Prairie League & Firefall (Oct. 23), YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4), Brian Regan (Nov. 6), The Ten Tenors (Nov. 12), Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5), Kenny Rogers – 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6 – SOLD OUT), Canadian Brass Christmas (Dec. 10), Aga-Boom (Jan. 29 & 30), Mardi Gras Mambo – The Neville Brothers  with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), Jesus Christ Superstar (Feb. 21), Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture (Feb. 25), The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2), The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18), Leahy (Mar. 23), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27), Thank You Gregory! a tribute to the legends of tap (Apr. 6), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9), Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22), LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5), and the Festival 2010 Celebration Series special guest artists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & Christopher Parkening (Jul. 8, 15 & 22).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.
    
###

H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University Presents its 2009-2010 Season

July 16, 2009

The Luhrs Center 2009-2010 Season Tickets go on Sale July 27, 2009 at 11 a.m. Tickets can be ordered in person at the Luhrs Center Box office, by calling 717.477.SHOW, or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (July 16, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University announces its 2009-2010 season schedule. Single tickets, season subscriptions and flex series tickets go on sale Monday, July 27, 2009 at 11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at www.luhrscenter.com.

The 2009-2010 Luhrs Performing Arts Center Season boasts great entertainment including intimate solo artist performances, musicals, children’s programming, orchestral concerts, comedy, and much more (see full schedule below).

The 2009-2010 Season begins with the winner of NBC’s “Phenomenon”, magician and illusionist Mike Super on September 12 and concludes in July 2010 with the Festival 2010 Celebration Series featuring star performances by world-renowned classical artists. This season’s spectacular performances include: LOGGINS & MESSINA (Sept. 17), Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone (Oct. 1), FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons (Oct. 8), AMERICA (Oct. 17), Kenny Rogers 2009 Christmas & Hits Tour (Dec. 6), Mardi Gras Mambo: The Neville Brothers with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 (Feb. 11), The Pink Floyd Experience (Feb. 16), An Evening with George Benson (Apr. 9) and LITTLE ANTHONY & THE IMPERIALS (Jun. 5). Featured musicals this season include Jesus Christ Superstar Starring Ted Neeley (Feb. 21) and The Pirates of Penzance (Mar. 18). Children will love Junie B. Jones (Dec. 5) and Charlotte’s Web (Feb. 13). Families will rave over YAMATO-The Drummers of Japan (Nov. 4) and The Peking Acrobats (Mar. 2). Comedy performances include Brian Regan (Nov. 6), Etta May and The Southern Fried Chicks (Mar. 27) and Diva Nation – Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign! (Apr. 22).

“Each season, we build the programming around the interests of the people in our region,” said Dr. Leslie Folmer Clinton, Luhrs Center director. “We know there are a lot of people looking for great entertainment at reasonable prices. We add entertainment variety to ensure there’s something for everyone.”

“Access to the Luhrs Center is easy and the parking is plentiful. There’s not a bad seat in the house and the acoustics are fantastic,” said Dr. Clinton. “But please come and see for yourself,” she added.


2009/10 H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center Season Schedule
Ticket prices and additional information is available online at www.luhrscenter.com or by calling 717.477.SHOW.

Mike Super Magic & Illusion    Saturday, September 12, 2009 7:30 PM
Presented by APB

Dance Lessons – Beginner & Advanced    Mondays, Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 19 & 26, 2009

LOGGINS & MESSINA    Thursday, September 17, 2009 8 PM

Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone    Thursday, October 1, 2009 8 PM

FRANKIE VALLI & The Four Seasons    Thursday, October 8, 2009 8 PM

AMERICA    Saturday, October 17, 2009 8 PM

Legends of Country Rock
POCO, Pure Prairie League, Firefall
    Friday, October 23, 2009 8 PM

YAMATO-The Drummers of Japan    Wednesday, November 4, 2009 8 PM
World Tour 2009, Matsuri – “Fiesta!"

Brian Regan    Friday, November 6, 2009 8 PM

The Ten Tenors    Thursday, November 12, 2009 8 PM

SU Community Orchestra Fall Concert    Sunday, November 22, 2009 3 PM

Junie B. Jones    Saturday, December 5, 2009 11 AM & 2 PM

Kenny Rogers    Sunday, December 6, 2009 7 PM
2009 Christmas & Hits Tour

Canadian Brass Christmas    Thursday, December 10, 2009 8 PM

Aga-Boom-Theater of Physical Comedy    Fri/Sat., January 29, 7 PM and January. 30, 2 & 7 PM

Mardi Gras Mambo
The Neville Brothers with Dr. John & The Lower 9-11 
   Thursday, February 11, 2010 8 PM

Charlotte’s Web    Saturday, February 13, 2010 11 AM & 2 PM

The Pink Floyd Experience    Tuesday, February 16, 2010 8 PM

Jesus Christ Superstar    Sunday, February 21, 2010 7 PM

Dr. Benjamin Carson - Lecture “Gifted Hands”    Thursday, February 25, 2010 8 PM
H.O.P.E. Diversity Scholarship Program

The Peking Acrobats    Tuesday, March 2, 2010 8 PM

The Pirates of Penzance    Thursday, March 18, 2010 7:30 PM

Leahy    Tuesday, March 23, 2010 8 PM

Etta May and the Southern Fried Chicks    Saturday, March 27, 2010 8 PM

Thank You, Gregory!    Tuesday, April 6, 2010 8 PM
a tribute to the legends of tap

Masquerade - Luhrs Circle of Friends Gala    Friday, April 9, 2010 6 PM

An Evening with George Benson    Friday, April 9, 2010 8 PM

SU Concert Band Spring Concert    Sunday, April 11, 2010 3 PM

SU Community Orchestra Spring Concert    Sunday, April 18, 2010 3 PM

Diva Nation    Thursday, April 22, 2010 8 PM
Where Music, Laughter & Girlfriends Reign

LITTLE ANTHONY and THE IMPERIALS    Saturday, June 5, 2010 8 PM

Festival 2010 Celebration Series
Concert I: Festival Chamber Orchestra    Thursday, July 8, 2010 8 PM
Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg, violinist

Concert II: Festival Chamber Orchestra    Thursday, July 15 2010 8 PM
Christopher Parkening, classical guitarist

Concert III: Festival Chamber Orchestra & Chorus    Thursday, July 22, 2010 8 PM
Guest Artist to Be Announced


For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW(7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount (Call the box office for details and restrictions).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###

Pennsylvania Native Bobby Vinton Live in Concert at the Luhrs Center

May 13, 2009
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents
Bobby Vinton - Live in Concert, Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 8 p.m.



SHIPPENSBURG, PA (May 13, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Bobby Vinton - Live in Concert on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 8 p.m. Available tickets are $45, $38 and $28. For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit www.luhrscenter.com.

Bobby Vinton has been called “the most successful love singer of the ‘Rock-Era’” by Billboard Magazine. Starting with his first hit release “Roses Are Red” in 1962 through 1972 (10 years) he had more #1 records than any other solo male artist.

Vinton’s name has been synonymous with superstardom, a true survivor and today he continues to enjoy success as a top-rated performer. He is one of the few stars capable of headlining in Atlantic City and Las Vegas in addition to playing dates around the world. He has established himself as one of America’s top concert performers and versatile entertainers. The hit songs he has performed over the years have become classics. His impressive list of hits includes renowned love songs such as: “Roses are Red”, “Blue Velvet”, “Mr. Lonely”, and many more. His songs are recognized as standards throughout the world and his music has retained its vitality and relevance through our changing times. Vinton’s hit-making capability was again evidenced with the release of “My Melody of Love”, when it became the number one song in the nation and was embraced by Polish Americans around the country as their new national anthem. Not long after, his best-selling autobiography THE POLISH PRINCE was published. The phenomenal success Bobby experienced in the recording industry carried over to other areas of the entertainment world.

Vinton was born in Canonsburg, Pa. (a suburb of Pittsburgh), the son of a locally popular band leader, Stan Vinton. When he was a young boy, his parents encouraged him to study music, and at the age of sixteen formed his first band. The band played clubs around the Pittsburgh area and with the money he earned, Bobby helped finance his college education at Duquesne University. There he studied music and graduated with a degree in Musical Composition. While at Duquesne, he became proficient on all of the instruments in the band (piano, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, drums and the oboe) -- a talent which he displays in his shows today. He recently received an honorary doctoral degree in music from his alma mater.

Vinton was awarded over a dozen gold records and albums during his career and has sold over 75 million records. Over the past several years, he has been honored by over one hundred national organizations and more than a dozen mayors across the United States for his unique contributions to the ethnic communities. He was invited to Poland as a guest of the government. As a tribute to his talents and community services the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce bestowed the ultimate honor upon Vinton--a bronze star on the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard.

For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW(7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10-SOLD OUT), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20 – SOLD OUT), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles (Mar. 18 – SOLD OUT), Peter, Paul & Mary (Mar. 20 – SOLD OUT), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3 – SOLD OUT), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14 – SOLD OUT), Annie (Apr. 22), An Evening with Howie Mandel (Apr. 24), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Comedian Howie Mandel Comes to the Luhrs Center for One Night of Stand-Up Comedy

April 9, 2009
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents An Evening with Howie Mandel, Friday, April 24, 2009 at 8 p.m.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (April 9, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents An Evening with Howie Mandel on Friday, April 24, 2009 at 8 p.m. For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit www.luhrscenter.com.

Howie Mandel has remained a constant force in show business for over 30 years and has been thrust back in the spotlight as the host of what has become a national phenomenon “Deal or No Deal.” The show has become an instant hit and is consistently one of the most watched programs each week. NBC has put the show on both Mondays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m. and the ratings continue to grow each week.

Mandel is also the producer and host of NBC’s classic TV prank show, “Howie Do It.” In this weekly, one-hour reality show, the camera is exposed but the motives remain hidden. During each episode, the unsuspecting “marks” will think they are the stars of a new game show or reality show, or that they are auditioning for a big Hollywood movie or television role. What they don’t realize is, they ARE the stars, but in the most unexpected and entertaining way, in front of millions of people on TV.

Mandel has done countless comedy specials both on cable and network television. He has also hosted his own syndicated talk show, “The Howie Mandel Show,” and continues to be a mainstay on the talk-show circuit. He frequently appears on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno performing his signature hidden-camera bits. He is also one of the first people that Regis calls to fill in for him when he takes a vacation from “Live with Regis and Kelly.” Howie also continues to perform as many as 200 concerts a year throughout the U.S. and Canada.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW(7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10-SOLD OUT), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Richard Loring’s African Footprint (Feb. 26), Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles (Mar. 18), Peter, Paul & Mary (Mar. 20-rescheduled date), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), An Evening with Howie Mandel (Apr. 24), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.
###

Leapin Lizards! Annie is Coming to the Luhrs Center

April 6, 2009
ANNIE, America’s Most Beloved Musical, comes to the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on April 22, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (April 6, 2009) – Leapin’ Lizards! America’s most beloved musical, ANNIE, is back in 30th anniversary tour, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this classic musical about never giving up hope. The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie will be presented at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45, $38 and $28. For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit www.luhrscenter.com.

“One of the best musical ever,” proclaims the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times says, “Ageless ANNIE as engaging as ever.”

ANNIE, with music by Charles Strouse and book by Thomas Meehan, is again directed by its lyricist, Martin Charnin, who brought the original production of ANNIE to Broadway in 1977. Tony Award winning set designer, Ming Cho Lee, has created a fresh look for this new production.

The original Broadway production of ANNIE won seven 1977 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Book and Score. It ran for 2,377 performances, and has subsequently been produced all over the world. The original production is one of the top 20 longest running shows in Broadway history, and ANNIE continues to be one of the most successful musicals ever.

Boasting one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “N.Y.C.” and the ever optimistic “Tomorrow,” you can bet your bottom dollar that ANNIE will bring a smile to your face.

In addition to Charnin, Meehan, Strouse and Lee, ANNIE’s creative team includes original Broadway musical staging by Peter Gennaro, choreography by Liza Gennaro, lighting design by Ken Billington, costume design by Theoni Aldridge and sound design by Peter Hylenski. ANNIE is being produced by Networks Presentations, LLC. For more information, visit annieontour.com.

For tickets and information, contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center web site at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10-SOLD OUT), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Max & Ruby (Feb. 21), Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles (Mar. 18-SOLD OUT), Peter, Paul & Mary (Mar. 20 - SOLD OUT), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), An Evening with Howie Mandel (Apr. 24), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy to Amaze and Dazzle Luhrs Center Audience

April 1, 2009
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (April 1, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 8 p.m. Direct from Broadway, this show has been proclaimed, “The grandest circus spectacle east of Vegas” by New York Magazine. The show, making its Broadway debut in June 2008, is the first of its kind ever to perform on Broadway. This groundbreaking theatrical, acrobatic and musical adventure was this past summer's must see Broadway entertainment sensation for audiences of all ages. Available tickets are $35, $30 and $25. Only a few seats remain. For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit www.luhrscenter.com.

Created and directed by Neil Goldberg, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy is an exotic encounter inspired by nature’s unpredictable creations that are brought to life by an international cast of 25 soaring aerialists, spine-bending contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians. The astounding feats performed in this action packed Cirque Dream are enhanced with over 150 spectacular costumes and set in a fantastical jungle ignited by striking visual effects. From the breathtaking aerial ballet of butterflies to the balancing giraffes, gigantic flowers and trees, this world-class explosion of athleticism, theatre and imagination will exhilarate and entertain audiences of all ages.

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy is the latest brainchild of Goldberg’s theatrical imagination and Cirque Productions, creators of international performance and touring sensations Cirque Ingenieux, Cirque Dreams Pandemonia, Cirque Dreams Coobrila, Cirque Dreams Illumination and Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Over one million fans throughout the U.S. have attended a Cirque Dreams show in the last year.

“Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy remains true to my original Cirque Dreams vision which began with the company in 1993 - to blend European artistry with circus and Broadway theatrics in a dramatic fashion that transcends imagination, leaves its narration to the eyes of the beholder, and offers something for everyone” says Goldberg. The New York Post agrees and proclaims Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy “Dazzling…a highly theatrical presentation replete with elaborate scenery and wall-to-wall music”, and for children whose passion is gymnastics or jungle fauna, the New York Times says, “Waste no shekels on tickets for The Lion King. This is the show for you.”

The New York Daily News hails Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy “Colorful, imaginative and expertly performed…a fantasy worth indulging.” USA Today raves, “Dazzling! A fantastical tale of an enchanted jungle”, the Associated Press recommends it as “A family friendly, mind-bending extravagant spectacle” and the L.A. Times “Jaw dropping! A whiz-bang family friendly spectacle.” Critics and audiences alike have praised Cirque Dreams shows as “A circus to blow your circuits” (San Diego Union Tribune), “Executed to perfection.” (Chicago Sun Times) and “Pure talent on a stage. A breath of fresh jungle air” (The New Yorker). For more information about the show, visit: www.CirqueDreamsBroadway.com

For tickets and information, contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center web site at www.luhrscenter.com.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10-SOLD OUT), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Max & Ruby (Feb. 21), Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles (Mar. 18-SOLD OUT), Peter, Paul & Mary (Mar. 20 - SOLD OUT), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), An Evening with Howie Mandel (Apr. 24), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

U.S. Military Academy Band's Jazz Knights Team Up with SU Jazz Ensemble for a Night of Big Band Jazz at the Luhrs Center

March 31, 2009
Shippensburg University presents a Free Concert Featuring Shippensburg University’s Jazz Ensemble with the United States Military Academy Band’s Jazz Knights on April 9, 2009 at 8 p.m. at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (March 31, 2009) – Shippensburg University presents the Shippensburg University’s Jazz Ensemble and the United States Military Academy Band’s Jazz Knights, Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 8 p.m. at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center. Admission is free; however, reserved seating is required. For more information and to secure tickets for this unique concert, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469).

Shippensburg University’s Jazz Ensemble and the United States Military Academy Band’s Jazz Knights, team up for a night of big band jazz and classic favorites. The Jazz Knights will perform big band jazz along with popular music including “Come Fly With Me,” “My Favorite Things,” and “Mack the Knife.” The SU Jazz Ensemble will perform pieces representing swing, funk, Dixieland, and vocal jazz genres.

Members of the Jazz Knights of West Point are graduates of America’s finest music schools and are recruited and selected through a competitive audition process specifically for service in the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. Members of the band have played with such jazz icons as Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Ahmad Jamal and the Glenn Miller Band.

The SU Jazz Ensemble is comprised of university students interested in performing jazz literature representing styles from the Big Band era to the present. In addition to on-campus performances, the SU Jazz Ensemble has recently performed at Union Station in St. Louis, MO, Mishler Theater in Altoona, PA and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh, PA.

For more information and to R.S.V.P. for this event, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469). Additional information is also available by visiting the Luhrs Center’s Web site at www.luhrscenter.com.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10-SOLD OUT), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Max & Ruby (Feb. 21), Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles (Mar. 18-SOLD OUT), Peter, Paul & Mary (Mar. 20 - SOLD OUT), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), An Evening with Howie Mandel (Apr. 24), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

CBS21 News and Shippensburg University Faculty Team Up for a Weather Summit at the Luhrs Center

March 30, 2009
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center in partnership with CBS21First Warning Weather Team and the S.U. Geography and Earth Science Faculty present a Free Weather Summit
on April 7, 2009 at 7 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (March 30, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University in partnership with CBS21 First Warning Weather Team present the CBS21 News 5th Annual Weather Summit on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 7 p.m. Admission to this meteorological extravaganza is free. To R.S.V.P for this event, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469).

This night will be filled with nothing but weather. The CBS 21 First Warning Weather Team and Shippensburg University Geography, National Weather Service personnel and Earth Science professors will headline an evening of in-depth weather discussion, presentations and information. It will be a fascinating evening for weather buffs of all ages.

For more information and to R.S.V.P. for this event, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469). Additional information is also available by visiting the Luhrs Center’s Web site at www.luhrscenter.com.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10-SOLD OUT), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Max & Ruby (Feb. 21), Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles (Mar. 18-SOLD OUT), Peter, Paul & Mary (Mar. 20 - SOLD OUT), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), An Evening with Howie Mandel (Apr. 24), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Tommy James & The Shondells and The Grass Roots to Rock the Luhrs Center

March 17, 2009
The Group who sang the classic songs “Hanky Panky,” “Mony, Mony” and “Crimson and Clover” to perform with Special Guests The Grass Roots on April 3, 2009 at 8 p.m.
at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University.



SHIPPENSBURG, PA (March 17, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guests The Grass Roots on Friday, April 3, 2009 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50, $40, $30 and $25. For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit www.luhrscenter.com.

The music of Tommy James and The Shondells is played continuously, everyday, in every country in the world, and has been for over a generation. Their songs have become so ingrained in modern culture, it’s difficult to go for more than a couple of days without hearing one of them on the radio, TV, in films, or one of the 300 plus cover versions of his songs by other artists. Tommy James has sold to date over 100 million records and has been awarded 23 gold singles and 9 gold and platinum albums.

In 1959, at the age of 12, Tommy James formed his first rock band, “The Tornadoes”. In 1964 Tommy and the group signed with “Snap Records”. One of the 4 sides they recorded was an obscure song written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich called “Hanky Panky”. The group changed their name to “The Shondells” and released it as a single. It was an instant local hit but didn’t break nationally and was soon forgotten.

Two years later, the record was found in an obscure record bin by a Pittsburgh nightclub DJ who played it at his weekend dances. The response was so overwhelming that the local radio stations began to play it and the local record distributor began to bootleg copies of the song. In ten days, sales had reached 80,000 so that by May of 1966, “Hanky Panky” was the number one record in Pittsburgh and Tommy James was a sensation.

Their most notable hits include: “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Mirage,” “I Like the Way,” “Getting Together,” “Out of the Blue,” “Get Out Now,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Something to Me,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion” and the party icon hit “Mony, Mony”.

Tommy James and The Shondells were also one of the first acts to experiment with Music Videos of their hits starting with “Mony, Mony” in 1968, thirteen years before MTV.

By the mid-1980s, Tommy’s songs, now considered classics, were being covered all over the world by everyone from punk rockers like Joan Jett and the Blackhearts to symphony orchestras like The Boston Pops. At one point in 1987, Tiffany and Billy Idol, with their versions of “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Mony, Mony”, fought it out for the top spot on the charts for a solid month, each eventually going number one. It was the first time in music history that two cover versions of songs by the same artist went number one back-to-back.

In the 1990s Tommy’s music has been played on countless movie soundtracks including: “Forrest Gump,” the Oliver Stone movie “Heaven And Earth,” “Cape Fear,” “Pontiac Moon,” “Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead,” “Off And Running,” “Vice Versa” and in 1999 REM’s cover of “Draggin’ the Line” was one of the high points in the summer blockbuster “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” while the film “A Walk On The Moon” featured Cher singing “Crimson and Clover”, and Morcheeba doing “Crystal Blue Persuasion”. In 2008, three major Hollywood movies used Tommy’s songs: “We Are Marshall” used “Draggin’ the Line”, “Zodiac” and “The Nanny Diaries” both used “Crystal Blue Persuasion”.

The special guests for this performance, The Grass Roots, are a highly successful rock and roll group that consistently produced quality music from 1966 to 1975. Although they never attained a number one hit on the charts, they were consistently in the top end of popular music in the turbulent rock music scene. Their most notable hits include: “Let’s Live for Today,” “Midnight Confessions,” “Temptation Eyes,” “Two Divided by Love” and “Where Were You When I Needed You”.

From 1967 to 1972, The Grass Roots set a record for being on the Billboard charts 307 straight weeks. They are one of only nine bands that have charted twenty nine or more Top 100 Billboard singles. They have sold over twenty million records worldwide. They hold the all time attendance record for a one act, the US concert of 600,000 people on July 4th, 1982 in Washington, DC. They have appeared on over 50 national television shows. Many of their hits are still seeing heavy rotation on oldies stations to this day.

For tickets and information, contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center web site at www.luhrscenter.com.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10-SOLD OUT), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Max & Ruby (Feb. 21), Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles (Mar. 18-SOLD OUT), Peter, Paul & Mary (Mar. 20 - SOLD OUT), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), An Evening with Howie Mandel (Apr. 24), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles to Perform for Capacity Crowd at the Luhrs Center

March 10, 2009
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents
RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles, Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 8 p.m.



SHIPPENSBURG, PA (March 10, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 8 p.m. This performance is sold out. For information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit www.luhrscenter.com.

In a show the Denver Post calls “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles,” RAIN boasts a repertoire of nearly 200 Beatlemaniac favorites, ranging from such beloved songs as “Yesterday” and “Hey Jude” to classic hits including “Revolution” and “Come Together.” The concert now features surround sound giving audiences the ultimate Beatles sound experience!
RAIN covers the Fab Four from their very first Ed Sullivan Show appearance through the Abbey Road album, through the psychedelic late 60s and their long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days. RAIN is a multi-media, multi-dimensional experience...a fusion of historical footage and hilarious television commercials from the 1960s lights up video screens and live cameras zoom in for close-ups.
For the four longtime band members – Joey Curatolo (Paul McCartney), Joe Bithorn (George Harrison), Ralph Castelli (Ringo Starr) and Steve Landes (John Lennon), with a little help from their friend Mark Lewis (keyboards, percussion) – the music is first and foremost. For more than two decades, RAIN has distinguished itself by focusing on details, always being faithful to The Beatles with the ultimate goal of delivering a perfect note-for-note performance. All the music is performed live, with no pre-recorded tapes or sequences.
“RAIN creates musical nirvana…makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up! A thrilling bit of time-warping nostalgia...Boomer Heaven!” --Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Uncanny! RAIN are a quartet of fine musicians in their own right…as The Beatles, they triumph!” raves the Boston Herald.
“An adoring Valentine to The Beatles,” declares the Washington Post.
“RAIN is a spectacular extravaganza…did the audience love it? Yeah, yeah, yeah!” exclaims The Philadelphia Inquirer.
“Parents (and grandparents) and kids were on their feet bopping like crazy,” cheers The Courier Post.
Like The Beatles, the onstage members of RAIN are not only supreme musicians, but electrifying performers in their own right. www.raintribute.com
For more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW(7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com.

RAIN MARKETING/PRESS REPRESENTATIVE: MERLE FRIMARK
merle@merlefrimarkpr.com 212-819-1133
About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10-SOLD OUT), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Max & Ruby (Feb. 21), Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles (Mar. 18-SOLD OUT), Peter, Paul & Mary (Mar. 20 - SOLD OUT), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), An Evening with Howie Mandel (Apr. 24), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

The 5 Browns -- Classical Music's First Family of Piano Virtuosos -- to Perform at the Luhrs Center

January 23, 2009
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents The 5 Browns, Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 8 p.m.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (January 23, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents the The 5 Browns on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 8 p.m. The performance will include Symphony No.5 in c minor, Op. 67 by Beethoven, The Planets by Holst, 3 Nocturnes for Orchestra by Debussy, and others. Tickets are $45, $40, $35 and $25. For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit www.luhrscenter.com.

The 5 Browns -- Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae -- classical music’s first family of piano virtuosos, are delivering on their dream to wake up classical music by introducing it to the widest, largest and most excited audience they can find. Summer 2008 performances included Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, the Oregon Bach Festival and Ravinia Festival. Concerts for the ’08 -’09 season include a tour of Japan, as well as performances throughout the length and breadth of the USA including appearances at the Marin Center in San Rafael, Mesa Arts Center, University of Richmond, Brigham Young University, Oklahoma State University – Stillwater, Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady, Waterfront Arts Festival in Norfolk, VA and an orchestral appearance with the Dallas Symphony. In addition to touring, The 5 Browns have just finished writing a book for Phoenix Books which will be released early 2009.

Whether performing individually or together in various combinations from duo to complex five-piano arrangements, The 5 Browns reveal a deep connection to the intent of their material while bringing a fresh energy and dynamic character to the color and tonal spectrum of their sound.

The 5 Browns are the sons and daughters of Keith and Lisa Brown from Utah who wanted their Mormon children to have music in their lives. The goal was to raise “five good people.” Not only did they achieve their goal, but they also managed to raise five great pianists. Each child at around age 3 showed a clear talent and interest in piano lessons, and while the children were introduced to other instruments, their passion was the piano. Playing came as naturally to them as eating or sleeping and as early as age 9 they had each made their debut with a major symphony orchestra-a major pay-off for the hours of practice and dedication the entire family had devoted.

When Desirae began to plan for college – Deondra, a year younger, decided to accelerate her education in order to attend with her sister – the family began looking into music schools and scholarships before deciding upon New York’s Juilliard School. One year later when Gregory, Melody and Ryan were accepted to Juilliard, they became the first family of five siblings ever accepted simultaneously and so the entire Brown family, along with their five pianos, moved from Utah to New York.

The quintet enjoyed their first wave of critical attention in February 2002 when People magazine dubbed them the “Fab Five” and at about the same time they were featured on Oprah and 60 Minutes. Soon thereafter, the 5 Browns signed with SONY BMG Masterworks and their success grew with the 2005 release of their debut album on RCA Red Seal. Simply titled The 5 Browns, the New York Post proclaimed: “One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years…When these kids do Rachmaninoff, they’ll make you forget about Marshall amps.” By the end of 2005, the 5 Browns were one of the top classical artists of the year.

In the music world they are an unprecedented concert attraction: a singular quintet of world-class concert pianists, performing on five pianos and various ensemble combinations, dedicated to bringing classical music to the lives of people everywhere. And they present the music true to themselves by focusing not only on the content, but through their presentation. For their clothing doesn’t influence how they hear music, nor how they perform it. To that end you won’t see the 5 Browns in tux, tails or formal gowns. Instead they take advantage of their two act concert to not only show their more “dressed up” side, but also their casual and “hip” side, as they can feel just as comfortable playing in concert dress or in jeans.

The quintet has garnered extensive coverage from media outlets ranging from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The View to The Martha Stewart Show, Public Radio’s Performance Today, as well as The New York Times, Parade, the Los Angeles Times, the Sunday London Telegraph and Entertainment Weekly who called them “… five young Mormons who all play scorching piano. Thundering down on five Steinways together, they’re button-down cute and somewhat otherworldly.” Following an appearance with the Dallas Symphony, The Dallas Morning News said: “Send them out to schools from shore to shore, with piano teachers on hand to sign up students afterward and the future of classical music will look a lot brighter…The 5 Browns proved that classical music can reach teens and twenty-somethings on their own ground, but without posturing or cheapening the product.”

All through the quintet’s career, the 5 Browns have been astounded by the audiences’ enthusiastic responses to their performances in a variety of venues far away from the revered walls of Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center. Playing in schools and civic auditoriums, where the tickets are affordable and families can attend together (often three generations at once), their concerts have sold out and – to everyone’s delight – the Browns have tapped a new audience. The Browns had younger members of their audiences dancing in the aisles on a recent tour while the roar of 2,500 screaming grade school and high school kids in a packed concert hall in Arizona nearly swept the group off the stage. And it happened again amid the deafening cheers of 4,000 in the college basketball arena of a small Idaho town, so packed that even the seats with no view were taken. The Browns have discovered that nearly a third of their audience has seldom, if ever, attended a concert of classical music, while another third is college-age or younger. With young fans waiting patiently as long as an hour after performances to get the 5 Browns' autographs, greeting the fans in the lobby after each of concert is especially important and rewarding to the quintet.

Audiences in the UK, France and Germany, as well as Japan and Korea have also been dazzled by the 5 Browns who present themselves just as they really are: young adults with a modern look who love fashion, sports, computer games, dancing and all types of music – most of all, classical. And audiences, especially the kids, are enthralled when the five perform in concert. When the 5 Browns sit down to perform on their five Steinway grand pianos … their eyes lock … a silent signal passes between them. And in an instant they are transformed, from “regular” kids to musical dynamos. Flawless in precision and steeped in passion, they invariably stun critics and shatter the preconceptions of those who think classical music inscrutable or intimidating.

“How could a classical musician ever imagine walking out on a stage with a sea of university students roaring as if we were the latest band!” Melody Brown has said. “Never before could I have thought that I'd be performing works by Debussy or Rachmaninoff for so many people my age and find that they actually really enjoyed what they heard! It just shows you that classical music is not only meant for those who have grown up around it. It can be placed in a concert hall, stadium, or living room, and it has the same effect – this music can transcend everything!”

Their latest CD, Browns in Blue, features atmospheric classical and jazz-inspired piano music, performed with the sublime virtuosity that propelled these twenty-something year old siblings to the top of the nation’s classical music charts first in 2005 with The 5 Browns (which spent 8 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Classical chart) and the next year with No Boundaries also #1 on the charts for 21 weeks.

With Browns In Blue, The 5 Browns extend their individual and collective mastery of the piano and their command of classical repertoire through a series of emotionally complex works by Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, and Saint Saens (featuring violin virtuoso Gil Shaham) to the jazz-influenced contemporary masterpieces of Gershwin (with special guest performance by trumpeter Chris Botti), W.C. Handy and Piazzolla. The 5 Browns round out Browns In Blue with a newly-commissioned five-piano piece by John Novacek.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW(7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10-SOLD OUT), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Max & Ruby (Feb. 21), Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles (Mar. 18), Peter, Paul & Mary (Mar. 20-rescheduled date), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), An Evening with Howie Mandel (Apr. 24), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

World Renowned Czech Symphony Orchestra to Perform at the Luhrs Center on its U.S. Tour

January 14, 2009
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents the
Czech Symphony Orchestra, Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (January 14, 2009) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents the Czech Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 8 p.m. The performance will be conducted by Principle Conductor Theodore Kuchar and will include these works:
From Bohemia’s Meadows and Forests by Bedrich Smetana
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor by Sergei Rachmaninov featuring Pianist Derek Han
Symphony No. 8 in G Minor by Antonín Dvorák

For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit www.luhrscenter.com.

The Czech Symphony Orchestra (also known as The Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra of Ostrava) was established in 1954 and arose from the Czech Radio Orchestra. In a short time it became one of the foremost symphony orchestras in the country. Since its first tour abroad in 1958, the Czech Symphony Orchestra has visited most of Europe, the U.S., Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Many significant Czech and foreign guest artists have performed with the Orchestra, including Václav Neumann, Václav Smetá?ek, Ji?í B?lohlávek, Libor Pešek, Zden?k Mácal, Charles Mackerras, Arvid Jansons, Vladimír Fedosejev, Serge Baudo, Roberto Benzi, Helmut Rilling and others. Other important instrumentalists who have performed with the Orchestra include Ivan Moravec, Josef Suk, Václav Hude?ek, Lazar Berman, André Navarro, János Starker, Rudolf Kerer, and Mistaslav Rostropovich and Gidon Kremer as well as vocalists are Placido Domingo, José Carreras, Montserrat Caballé, Katja Ricciarelli, Eva Urbanová, Dagmar Pecková, and Gaetana Bardini.

The Czech Symphony is renowned for its performances of the works of Janá?ek and other significant Czech composers such as Dvo?ák, Smetana and Martin?, however the Orchestra’s repertoire goes far beyond the works of Czech composers and includes, to name a few, the works of Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, R. Strauss, Reger, Szymanowski, Schumann, Bruch, and Bruckner. The Czech Symphony has also recorded for a number of labels including Panton, Rosa, Direkt, Centaur, Naxos, Palatina, and Brilliant Classics for which they just recorded six CD’s of works by Nielsen and Dvo?ák. Another recording project for the Brilliant Classics label was a three-CD box set of the complete works of Smetana.

Since the 1990’s the Czech Symphony Orchestra has devoted itself to the interpretation of the so-called national and international “New Music“. With the participation of many leading international musicians and performers, the Ostrava Centre of New Music organizes the Orchestra’s various summer festivals and workshops, which are attended by many young performers from around the world.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW(7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10-SOLD OUT), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Max & Ruby (Feb. 21), Richard Loring’s African Footprint (Feb. 26), Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles (Mar. 18), Peter, Paul & Mary (Mar. 20-rescheduled date), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), An Evening with Howie Mandel (Apr. 24), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Bunny Siblings Max & Ruby Come to Life on Stage at the Luhrs Center

December 8, 2008
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Max & Ruby, Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Tickets go on sale December 10, 2008 at 11 a.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (December 8, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University announced today the addition of the family performance, Max & Ruby, to the 2008-2009 season schedule. Max & Ruby is a new musical for children 3 and up based on the series of books by Rosemary Wells and the popular television program on Nick Jr. and Noggin. Two performances are scheduled for Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Tickets ($15, $12 & $10) go on sale to the public December 10, 2008 at 11 a.m. For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit www.luhrscenter.com.

Rosemary Wells’ beloved bunny siblings Max and Ruby come to life on stage in a fun-filled musical production for the whole family. Seven-year-old Ruby and her little brother Max want to put on a play for Grandma. But, as is typical with the mischievous Max and his older sister, Ruby, some comedic hurdles arise along the way and Ruby needs to call on her Bunny Scout friends to help them try to finish the play on time. This 60-minute musical is recommended for audiences age 3 and up.

Max & Ruby is a musical with music and lyrics by Carol Hall (“Sesame Street,” Free to Be…You and Me, and the award-winning Broadway musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) and book by Glen Berger (Off-Broadway hit Underneath the Lintel). The show is based on the series of books by Rosemary Wells and the top-rated television program produced by Nelvana Studios and Silver Lining Productions, as seen on Nick Jr. and Noggin.

The production is directed by Randy White with choreography by Tracy Bersley. The scene design is by Louisa Thompson and the costumes are by Junghyun Georgia Lee. After a brief New York City-area tour in spring 2007, two companies of Max & Ruby began their national tours in fall 2007. The show premiered at Off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre in December 2007. Max & Ruby plays a wide range of venues, from large Broadway-sized performing arts centers in major metropolitan areas to elementary school cafeterias.

Theatreworks USA has a distinguished history of not only providing young audiences with their first taste of the performing arts, but also giving young actors, writers, directors, and designers an early opportunity to work in this field. A list of Theatreworks USA alumni reads like a veritable “who’s who” of theatre: four-time Tony-winning director Jerry Zaks, Robert Jess Roth (Beauty and the Beast), Michael Mayer (Thoroughly Modern Millie); writers Marta Kauffman and David Crane (TV’s “Friends”), Lynn Ahrens and Steven Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island), Jason Robert Brown (Parade), Larry O’Keefe (Bat Boy), Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx (Avenue Q); and Tony-winning actors John Lloyd Young, Roger Bart, Chuck Cooper, and John Glover. Esteemed performers F. Murray Abraham, Henry Winkler, and Judy Kuhn also got their start with Theatreworks, and other actors have gone on to originate lead roles in such Broadway shows as Avenue Q, Hairspray, Young Frankenstein, Rent, Wicked, Jersey Boys, and many others. The actors, writers, director, choreographer, and designers of Max & Ruby may also go on to similar success in musical theatre.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW(7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount.

About Theatreworks USA
Theatreworks USA is America’s largest and most prolific professional not-for-profit theatre for young and family audiences. Since 1961, Theatreworks USA has enlightened, entertained, and instructed over 72 million people in 49 states and Canada, now performing for about four million people annually. Every year, the company tours approximately 16 shows from its ever-growing repertoire of 115 plays and musicals. In addition, Theatreworks USA also has an extensive multi-cultural guest artist roster, including storytellers, puppeteers, poets, and magicians. Under the direction of Barbara Pasternack (Artistic Director) and Ken Arthur (Managing Director), Theatreworks USA is also one of the most honored theatres of its kind. It is the only children’s theatre to receive both a Drama Desk and a Lucille Lortel Award. In addition, Theatreworks USA was the recipient of a 2001 Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, and in May 2000, The Actors Fund of American bestowed its Medal of Honor upon its founders, Jay Harnick and Charles Hull

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10-SOLD OUT), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Max & Ruby (Feb.21), Richard Loring’s African Footprint (Feb. 26), Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles (Mar. 18), Peter, Paul & Mary (Mar. 20-rescheduled date), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), An Evening with Howie Mandel (Apr. 24), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Broadway's Spirit of Christmas to Bring New York-Style Holiday Cheer to the Luhrs Center

November 26, 2008
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents the sold out Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas, Sunday, December 14, 2008 at 7 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (November 26, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents the magical holiday celebration, Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas, on Sunday, December 14, 2008 at 7 p.m. This performance is sold out.

Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas is one of the most delightful and enchanting holiday shows ever. Fabulous Christmas songs, a glittering cast, gorgeous costumes and the highest-kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole will take the Luhrs Center audience to a winter wonderland of fun and festive cheer.

This New York-style Christmas production will be a special performance that the entire family will enjoy. Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas will start the holiday season off in grand style with festive Christmas songs like White Christmas, Silent Night, Deck the Halls, Joy to the World, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, The First Noel, and more.

For more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10-SOLD OUT), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Richard Loring’s African Footprint (Feb. 26), Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles (Mar. 18), Peter, Paul & Mary (Mar. 20-rescheduled date), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), An Evening with Howie Mandel (Apr. 24), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Comedian Howie Mandel Just Added to Luhrs Center 2008-2009 Season Schedule

November 24, 2008
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents An Evening with Howie Mandel, Friday, April 24, 2009 at 8 p.m.
***Tickets on sale December 3, 2008 at 11 a.m.***


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (November 24, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University announced today the addition of An Evening with Howie Mandel on Friday, April 24, 2009 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the public December 3, 2008 at 11 a.m. For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit www.luhrscenter.com.

Howie Mandel has remained a constant force in show business for over 30 years and has been thrust back in the spotlight as the host of what has become a national phenomenon “Deal or No Deal.” The show has become an instant hit and is consistently one of the most watched programs each week. NBC has put the show on both Mondays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m. and the ratings continue to grow each week.

Mandel has done countless comedy specials both on cable and network television. He has also hosted his own syndicated talk show, “The Howie Mandel Show,” and continues to be a mainstay on the talk-show circuit. He frequently appears on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno performing his signature hidden-camera bits. He is also one of the first people that Regis calls to fill in for him when he takes a vacation from “Live with Regis and Kelly.” Howie also continues to perform as many as 200 concerts a year throughout the US and Canada.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW(7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10-SOLD OUT), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Richard Loring’s African Footprint (Feb. 26), Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles (Mar. 18), Peter, Paul & Mary (Mar. 20-rescheduled date), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), An Evening with Howie Mandel (Apr. 24), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

The Luhrs Center Welcomes Michael McDonald this Holiday Season

November 5, 2008
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents
Michael McDonald – On This Night, Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 8 p.m.



SHIPPENSBURG, PA (November 5, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents the five time Grammy-winner Michael McDonald on Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 8 p.m. for an unforgettable holiday performance. The performance will be a mixture of holiday music and Michael McDonald’s classic songs. For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit www.luhrscenter.com.

Michael McDonald, born and raised in St. Louis, not only grew up on Motown music, but went on to incorporate his vocal passion of the music with his love of rock n’ roll into a stellar Grammy-winning career that has expanded over thirty years. As a keyboard player, guitarist and vocalist, McDonald started out in local combos throughout St. Louis, singing Motown tunes in clubs. He soon moved to California where in 1972 he worked with Steely Dan for years before joining the Doobie Brothers in 1976. With his voice and songwriting style, he helped transform the Doobie Brothers into a more soulful rock group with hit songs like “What A Fool Believes,” “Real Love,” “You Belong To Me,” “It Keeps You Runnin’,” and “Little Darling (I Need You),” among countless others.

McDonald quickly became one of most distinctive and popular singer-songwriters to emerge from the 70’s rock scene and began his successful multi-platinum solo career after the Doobie Brothers disbanded in 1982. He has since released eight albums with singles that have reached Top 10 on the Billboard R&B and Pop Charts.

He has written songs with Kenny Loggins (“This Is It”) and Carly Simon (“You Belong To Me”) as well as written for Patti Austin, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Anita Baker, Paul Carrack, Stanley Clarke and more while performing duets with Patti, James Ingram and others. He and Ingram had a Top 10 R&B hit with their duet “Yah Mo B There” in 1983.

MOTOWN is nothing less than McDonald’s passionate emotional nod towards the record collection that started him down the road to his stellar career. “Motown music was something I always gravitated to as a kid. Diana & Marvin albums and Marvin Gaye’s Super Hits were records I played thousands of times,” says McDonald. “Music of My Mind,” “Talking Books” - they were albums that were always on my turntable, so of course this record was a joy for me.”

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW(7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10-SOLD OUT), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Arthur Live! (Feb. 21), Richard Loring’s African Footprint (Feb. 26), Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles (Mar. 18), Peter, Paul & Mary (Mar. 20-rescheduled date), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Tony Award Winning Musical Movin' Out Comes to the Luhrs Center

October 22, 2008
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Movin’ Out, a musical conceived, choreographed and directed by Tony-Award winner Twyla Tharp and based on the songs of Tony-Award winner Billy Joel, Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (October 22, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents MOVIN’ OUT, the Tony Award-winning musical conceived, choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp and based on 24 classic songs by Billy Joel, Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 8 p.m. For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit www.luhrscenter.com.

Told through the choreography of Twyla Tharp and more than two dozen of Billy Joel’s songs, MOVIN' OUT is the story of lifelong friends through two turbulent decades that change them and the world around them forever. Songs like “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” and “Pressure” all come together to weave a musical backdrop which beautifully complements Tharp’s innovative choreography. The songs and dance take audiences through a poignant narrative comprised of three main elements: post-World War II idealism, the Vietnam War and its subsequent unrest, and finally, survival.

Many will recognize MOVIN OUT’s main characters, as they come straight from Joel’s lyrics. There’s Brenda and Eddie from “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” Tony and Sergeant O’Leary from “Movin’ Out,” Judy from “Why, Judy, Why,” and James from “James”—and their story is told completely through dance, with no dialogue whatsoever. MOVIN’ OUT is “a story told without language,” Tharp says. “The movement and the action tell the story—the experience, the emotional resonance, comes from action rather than language.”

The Broadway production of MOVIN’ OUT played for over three years and closed on December 11, 2005 after 28 previews and 1,303 regular performances. It joined the pantheon of great Broadway dance musicals when it surpassed the runs of Contact, Fosse and Bring in ‘Da Noise/Bring in ‘Da Funk. MOVIN’ OUT received two 2003 Tony Awards – one for Ms. Tharp (Best Choreography) and one for Mr. Joel (Best Orchestrations).

MOVIN’ OUT features a scenic design by Kelly Tighe, costume design by Suzy Benzinger, lighting design by Donald Holder and sound design by Duncan Robert Edwards. Musical Supervision is by Rob Cookman.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW(7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Arthur Live! (Feb. 21), Richard Loring’s African Footprint (Feb. 26), Rain: The Beatles Experience (Mar. 18), Peter, Paul & Mary (Mar. 20), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Luhrs Center's Scheduled Peter, Paul and Mary Performance Postponed Until Spring 2009

October 20, 2008
The Sold Out Peter, Paul and Mary Performance Scheduled for November 15, 2008 at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
Postponed until March 20, 2009 at 8 p.m.



SHIPPENSBURG, PA (October 20, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University announced today that the upcoming sold out Peter, Paul and Mary performance originally scheduled for Saturday, November 15, 2008 is postponed until Friday, March 20, 2009. Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary has been recovering from health concerns for several months. On her doctor’s advice, Peter, Paul and Mary will need to reduce the number of dates they are currently scheduled to perform this fall. For additional information, please contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit www.luhrscenter.com.

Patrons holding tickets for this performance have the option to exchange their tickets for the same seat on the new date, use the value of the tickets for another upcoming Luhrs Center performance, use the value of the tickets for a membership to the Luhrs Circle of Friends annual donor fund, or receive a refund for the value of the tickets. Those affected patrons are requested to respond by November 10, 2008.

Patrons should contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Box office sales associates will be available to assist with their accommodations. A waiting list is being taken at the Luhrs Center Box Office as tickets may become available for the March 20, 2009 performance.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Arthur Live! (Feb. 21), Richard Loring’s African Footprint (Feb. 26), Rain: The Beatles Experience (Mar. 18), Peter, Paul & Mary (Mar. 20), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Magic Tree House: The Musical Live on Stage at the Luhrs Center

October 16, 2008
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents
Magic Tree House®: The Musical, Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.



SHIPPENSBURG, PA (October 16, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents two performances of Magic Tree House: The Musical, Saturday, November 1 at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. Mary Pope Osborne’s beloved Magic Tree House books have sold more than 60 million copies worldwide, and are recognized as one of the most popular (and best selling!) children’s series of all time. Now audiences can enjoy Magic Tree House: The Musical live on stage at the Luhrs Performing Arts Center. For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit www.luhrscenter.com.

Working closely with Mary Pope Osborne to preserve the imagination-stimulating power of the Magic Tree House books, the creators of Magic Tree House: The Musical have developed an enchanting blend of song, story, and stagecraft that will keep audiences of all ages on the edge of their seats. The show features more than two dozen life-sized (and dragon-sized!) puppets by Mary Brehmer, a three-time Daytime Emmy nominee for her Muppet work. The sets by Broadway designer Alexander Dodge, with lighting by Matthew Richards, create a spectacular, ever- changing environment that will dazzle children and adults alike. And Daytime Emmy winner Sarah Iams has designed wonderfully imaginative costumes to outfit the entire kingdom of Camelot, including a spectacular magician’s cloak for Merlin and whimsical dance costumes for an entire troupe of Irish step dancers.

Featuring over a dozen original songs, Magic Tree House: The Musical takes Jack and Annie, the series’ popular brother/sister team, on their most thrilling adventure yet. To restore joy and magic to King Arthur’s kingdom, they must travel to Camelot’s dreaded Otherworld and return with water from the mythical Cauldron of Memory and Imagination. If they fail, Camelot will be lost and forgotten forever — and the Magic Tree House will be destroyed! Rising to each new challenge with courage, humor, and resourcefulness, Jack and Annie discover that memory and imagination are gifts we can all use to fill our lives with magic.

Much more than just another ‘kids’ show’, Magic Tree House: The Musical is a full scale, Broadway style musical that the whole family will enjoy. There will be two performances on November 1 at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. Magic Tree House: The Musical will be two hours long including a 25-minute intermission. To learn more about Magic Tree House: The Musical visit www.MTHmusical.com

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW(7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Peter, Paul & Mary (Nov. 15-SOLD OUT), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Arthur Live! (Feb. 21), Richard Loring’s African Footprint (Feb. 26), Rain: The Beatles Experience (Mar. 18), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Multi-Platinum Recording Group Air Supply to Perform at the Luhrs Center

October 10, 2008
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Air Supply, Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 8 p.m.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (October 10, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Air Supply, Saturday, October 25 at 8 p.m. For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit www.luhrscenter.com.
Graham Russell & Russell Hitchcock met on May 12, 1975, the first day of rehearsals for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ in Sydney, Australia. They became instant friends with their common love for the Beatles and of course singing. After the shows performance at 10:30, they would play pizza parlors, coffee bars and night clubs with just one guitar and two voices. They quickly gained a reputation for great harmonies and for original songs that Graham was writing constantly. They made a demo on a cassette, of two songs, ‘Love and Other Bruises’ and ‘If You Knew Me’ and CBS Records signed them. They made a single in one afternoon and it shot to number one on the National charts. That same year, they opened for Rod Stewart across Australia and then throughout the US and Canada playing all the famous huge venues before Rod would take the stage.
In Australia they had to start again and made a record called ‘Life Support’. On this record were some treasures of songs, including ‘Lost in Love’ which went top 10 in Australia and found its way to Clive Davis in New York, NY. Davis signed Air Supply to Arista Records and in 1980, ‘Lost in Love’ became the fastest selling single in the world and leaped to the top of the all the charts. The second single was ‘All Out of Love’ and that went up the charts even quicker. Seven top-five singles later, Air Supply at that time had equaled the Beatle’s run of consecutive top five singles. The albums ‘Lost in Love’, ‘The One That You Love’, ‘Now & Forever’ and ‘The Greatest Hits’ sold in excess of 20 million copies. ‘Lost in Love’ was named “song of the year” in 1980, and with the other singles sold over 10 million copies.
The trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock’s soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell’s simple yet majestic songs created a unique sound that would forever be known as Air Supply.
However, it was the live show that always held audiences captive around the world. They were the first western group to tour China, Taiwan and countless other countries, that before would not allow pop music into their borders. In 1983 they recorded ‘Making Love Out of Nothing at All’ by Jim Steinman which solidified the group as a permanent force in modern music. This song was released on “The Greatest Hits” album which soared past 7 million copies.
‘Lost in Love’, ‘All Out of Love’, ‘The One That You Love’, ‘Sweet Dreams’ and ‘Making Love Out of Nothing at All’ have each achieved multi-million plays on the radio.
In 1986 they began to tour in places that no-one had been before with lavish productions. In South America and Asia they became a part of everyone’s life. In 1989, they recorded ‘The Earth Is’ album selling over a million copies outside of the US. This album was followed by ‘The Vanishing Race’ CD and with the singles ‘Goodbye’ and ‘It’s Never Too Late’, again saw multi-platinum success. The following albums, ‘News from Nowhere’, ‘Yours Truly’, and ‘Across the Concrete Sky’ all gave their second greatest hits album multi-platinum status as they traveled the world each and every year.
In 2000 a new production company was founded to be devoted to Air Supply’s entire future product, called A Nice Pear, which gave them complete creative control.
In July 2005, their live DVD, ‘It Was 30 Years Ago Today’ celebrates 30 years of success around the world. In fall 2005 an acoustic DVD/CD will be released called ‘The Singer and the Song’. Their next studio CD is near to completion with all new and original songs that encompass a unique theatrical theme that will show a different side of Air Supply.
It was July 2005 that Air Supply smashed attendance records when in Cuba, at one show they played to 175,000 people.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW(7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Peter, Paul & Mary (Nov. 15-SOLD OUT), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Arthur Live! (Feb. 21), Richard Loring’s African Footprint (Feb. 26), Rain: The Beatles Experience (Mar. 18), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Swing with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at the Luhrs Center

October 2, 2008
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 8 p.m.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (October 2, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Thursday, October 16 at 8 p.m. For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit www.luhrscenter.com.

As committed to their music as the swing era lifestyle, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is not only renowned for their impeccable performances, but for their classic suit and fedora styling and gentlemanly demeanor. Their fans span generations, filling concert halls around the country for shows that transport them back to a more wholesome, optimistic period. In fact, young adult fans regularly show up dressed in ‘40s-era outfits and dance sophisticated swing routines.

After first gaining mainstream popularity with their breakthrough performance in the movie Swingers, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy have gone on to become one of the most popular touring bands on the road today. BBVD now carries on the tradition of the legendary big bands and orchestras by touring non-stop, performing over 100 concerts each year around the world. Like the Glen Miller Orchestra, Benny Goodman, and the Count Basie Big Band, BBVD sell out shows to audiences of all ages in cities as far flung as Honolulu, HI, St. Petersburg, FL, even making an appearance at last summer’s Pori Festival in Finland. And as a twist, the band has recently begun collaborating with symphonies in select cities, including the Air Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, the Hartford Symphony in Hartford, CT, Columbus Symphony in Ohio, and the Dayton Philharmonic in Dayton, OH.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW(7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Peter, Paul & Mary (Nov. 15-SOLD OUT), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Arthur Live! (Feb. 21), Richard Loring’s African Footprint (Feb. 26), Rain: The Beatles Experience (Mar. 18), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Recycled Percussion to Bring "Power-Percussion" and "Junk Rock" to the Luhrs Center

September 30, 2008
The APB Concert Committee at Shippensburg University presents
Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour, Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (September 30, 2008) – The APB (Activities Programming Board) Concert Committee at Shippensburg University presents Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, October 14 at 8 p.m. For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit www.luhrscenter.com.

Recycled Percussion has emerged from underground live show sensation to one of the most powerful touring shows in the U.S. The band has single-handedly brought the terms “Power-Percussion” and “Junk Rock” into mainstream music circles with their acclaimed live show.

Remarkable hard-rock drumming led by the world’s “fastest extreme drummer” Justin Spencer, and intoxicating hip-hop funk grooves spun by turntablist “DJ Pharaoh” create music that is sophisticated and technical in construction, mesmerizing in execution, and a fist-pumping thrill to experience.

Recycled Percussion’s insane live performance is considered to be the peak of on-stage percussion extremity. Performing on everything from their signature “trash” kits, including plastic buckets, huge ladders, mortar casings and giant 50 gallon containers - the band of two drummers, electric guitar and a DJ keep the audience on their feet through 80 minutes of spark-emitting, masterfully played power tools, and a mind-blowing beatbox “vocal artillery” session, backed up by chest crushing, power-driven, sweat-drenched drumming.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW(7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Peter, Paul & Mary (Nov. 15-SOLD OUT), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Arthur Live! (Feb. 21), Richard Loring’s African Footprint (Feb. 26), Rain: The Beatles Experience (Mar. 18), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

The Sublime Sounds of Crosby and Nash to Fill the Luhrs Center

September 29, 2008
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents
An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash, Friday, October 10, 2008 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (September 29, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents An Evening with David Crosby and Graham Nash, Friday, October 10 at 8 p.m. For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit www.luhrscenter.com. Only a few seats remain for this performance.


Long time creative partners Crosby and Nash bring out the best in each during their performances. Their distinct yet complementary styles deliver seamless and inspiring music. These Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are legendary for their airtight and crystal-clear vocal harmonies - a sound that’s one of the true touchstones of the rock ‘n’ roll era.

Born in Blackpool, England, Graham Nash began performing at the age of 14 with hometown pal Allan Clarke, in a style heavily influenced by the Everly Brothers. The pair committed to a musical career and first billed themselves as the Two Teens, who, after several evolutions and name changes, became The Hollies (named after Buddy Holly). With Nash singing high harmony, Clarke on lead, and Tony Hicks underneath, The Hollies created some of the most stirring 3-part harmonies in popular music—before CSN—and became one of the most commercially successful acts of the British Invasion phenomenon, with hits including “Bus Stop,” and “Carrie Anne.”

David Crosby and Graham Nash first met in 1968. Crosby had just produced Joni Mitchell’s acclaimed debut, and had begun collaborating with Stephen Stills. They invited Nash to Joni’s Laurel Canyon home during an L.A. stop on a Hollies tour, and played him two songs of Stills’ they were writing: “Helplessly Hoping,” and “You Don’t Have To Cry.” Nash joined in on harmony, and according to Crosby, “I thought I was gonna die. I thought my heart was gonna jump right through my mouth. It was about the rightest thing I ever heard.” Millions of fans agreed—the trio’s stellar, self-titled ’69 debut was a smash, and, in addition to the two aforementioned tracks, delivered the classics “Suite: Judy Blues Eyes,” “Marrakesh Express,” and “Guineverre.” CSN won the 1969 GRAMMY® for Best New Artist, made musical history at Woodstock, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, and continue to record and perform together (as do CSNY).

Crosby and Nash’s first joint LP was 1972’s Crosby & Nash, of which online music authority allmusic.com wrote, “This self-titled release is one of—if not arguably the—most impressive side project to arise from CSN.” Both spotlighting and weaving together the individual sounds of these two singer-songwriters, the disc delivered the Top 40 hit “Immigration Man,” and the classic, “Southbound Train.” In 2004they released Sanctuary Records’ double-disc Crosby-Nash.

Produced by David Crosby and Graham Nash along with the father-son team of Russell and Nathaniel Kunkel, the 2CD Crosby-Nash was their first album of original material in almost 30 years, following up 1976’s Whistling Down The Wire (and 1975’s Wind On The Water).

Among the stand-outs on Crosby-Nash is the disc one opener “Lay Me Down,” written by James Raymond, with an enchanting lead vocal courtesy of David Crosby. Citing it as one of his favorites, Nash describes the track as “a brand new melody with today’s sensibilities, but somehow, it sounds ancient, hundreds of years old.” The soft and pensive “Through Here Quite Often,” a Crosby composition, features his keen lyrical observations of a waitress and the small kindnesses she brings to peoples’ days.

Each artist continues to pursue solo passions. David Crosby tours and records with CPR, the jazz-inflected rock ensemble he formed with son James Raymond in 1995. He has also won widespread acclaim for Stand And Be Counted, his book and television program documenting the activism and social awareness of contemporary musical artists, and for his efforts in support of campaign finance reform. Graham Nash’s 2002 solo album, Songs For Survivors, marked the first time a major artist premiered a new album in 5.1 DVD-A prior to its stereo release. Nash has also pursued a career as a photographer and digital imaging pioneer parallel to his work in music, and his first book, Eye To Eye: Photographs By Graham Nash—featuring over 180 black & white images--has just been published.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW(7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season

This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Peter, Paul & Mary (Nov. 15-SOLD OUT), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Arthur Live! (Feb. 21), Richard Loring’s African Footprint (Feb. 26), Rain: The Beatles Experience (Mar. 18), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University

The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Synergy Brass Quintet to Blaze the Luhrs Center's Stage with Percision and Amazing Technique

September 18, 2008
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Synergy Brass Quintet, Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 8 p.m.

Season Media Sponsors: WITF-FM, WITF-TV, Central PA Magazine, RSVPA.com, and CBS21/CW15

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (September 18, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Synergy Brass Quintet Thursday, October 2 at 8 p.m. For tickets and information for the performance, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit www.luhrscenter.com. They will also conduct a free Modern Music Experiment workshop from 4-5 p.m. at the Luhrs Center. In addition, there will an “Instrument Petting Zoo” where children and adults can test out Conn-Selmer instruments.

Synergy Brass Quintet performs more concerts than anyone in classical music today, averaging nearly 300 engagements per year. Acclaimed for “a veritable fireworks display of outstanding musical ability combined with superb showmanship” (Door Concerts,Inc) in addition to “blazing precision [and] amazing technique” (The Watertown Daily Times), the Synergy Brass Quintet has emerged as one of the world's most exciting ensembles. Synergy” has hit on a magical approach...unadulterated exuberance, and a rock star approach of performing," (U.S.1). Their engagements have taken them to every corner of the United States including the Ravinia Music Festival in Illinois, the Bethlehem Musikfest in Pennsylvania, the Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts, and internationally at the Festival de Musica de Camara de Aguascalientes. And, after hearing the ensemble at Tanglewood in 2003, Samuel Adler invited the Synergy Brass Quintet to perform on the premiere recording of his Transfiguration: An Ecumenical Mass. Synergy is often heard on National Public Radio, and in 2005 they broadcast on NBC with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

In addition to Synergy’s rigorous performance schedule, the ensemble dedicates an enormous amount of time to the education of tomorrow's musicians and music-lovers. They have presented various programs at over 500 public schools from coast to coast, “[bringing] classical music to the kids in a way that they thought it was some pretty cool music. Not always an easy task to do...The students (even the non-band students) talked about you long after you were gone” (Bottineau High School, Bottineau, ND). Synergy teaches the various genres of music and composer backgrounds to “present a very educational program” (North Ward Elementary School, McCook, NE), making music accessible to all children.

Synergy Brass Quintet further educates musicians by presenting master classes and events at colleges and conservatories including The Boston Conservatory, Manhattan School, Rice University, University of North Texas, Northwestern University, the San Francisco Conservatory, Arizona State University, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Eastman School of Music, and more. Having served as Quintet-in-Residence at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Synergy was commended for their “energy and dedication and musicianship.” Other residencies include the International Festival at Roundtop and the Rockport Chamber Music Festival. These workshops, clinics, residencies and master classes enable the Synergy Brass Quintet to inspire a passion for music in the next generation.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW(7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Group discounts for 20 or more people are available by calling 717.477.SHOW.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Peter, Paul & Mary (Nov. 15-SOLD OUT), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Arthur Live! (Feb. 21), Richard Loring’s African Footprint (Feb. 26), Rain: The Beatles Experience (Mar. 18), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

NBC-TV’S “America’s Got Talent” Winner Terry Fator to Perform for a Capacity Crowd at the Luhrs Center

September 11, 2008
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Terry Fator, Friday, September 26, 2008 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (September 11, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Terry Fator, the 2007 winner of NBC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent” Friday, September 26 at 8 p.m. This performance is sold out.

A native of Dallas, TX, Terry Fator’s career has reached a whole new level since “America’s Got Talent” and has been headlining at sold out shows nationwide. The Las Vegas Hilton recently signed him to a multi-million dollar contract worth for three performances each month through 2008.

It took this ventriloquist, singer, comedian and celebrity impressionist 32 years to become an overnight sensation when he won the hearts of America and was selected “America’s Got Talent” 2007 $1 million dollar prize winner on NBC-TV. His key decision to blend those incredible skills with his amazing ability to mimic famous singers won over the judges and millions of fans who voted for him, and are attending his sold out concerts nationwide. He recently performed on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW and guest Simon Cowell exclaimed that Fator was one of the best entertainers in the world.

The multi-talented Fator believes that he is an illusionist with puppets and his cast of seven original puppet characters is quite unique. He states that, “I look at myself as a talk show host and the characters are my guests. I can guarantee anyone who comes to my show, within a second or two, will feel that the puppet is the real entity. I love creating life out of wood and felt.”

Terry Fator is perhaps the first entertainer to combine the art of ventriloquism with celebrity impressions. His puppets, including Cowboy Walter, Emma Taylor and Winston the Impersonating Turtle, effortlessly perform the singing styles of an eclectic group of stars including: Tony Bennett, Elvis, Maroon Five, Garth Brooks, Nat King and Natalie Cole, Roy Orbison, Marvin Gaye, Gnarls Barkley, James Blunt, Brooks & Dunn, Louis Armstrong and even Kermit The Frog.

Fator was 6 years old when he discovered he had a knack for mimicking voices. He began by memorizing Bill Cosby comedy routines. “Friends would come over to the house and they would say ‘Do Cosby,’” he recalls. “It was something I was always able to do, and it would drive my parents, brother and sister crazy.”

When he was 10, he found a library book on ventriloquism and began learning how to throw his voice. He pursued a more conventional performing career in entertainment for 15 years, but in 2001 decided to follow his first ambition: mimicry and ventriloquism. His career turned a corner in 2004, when his manager heard his Garth Brooks impression and asked if he could do the country star’s voice through his puppet.

Prior to his “America’s Got Talent” win, Fator shared the stage with Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Neal McCoy, Styx, and performed for some of the largest corporations in the United States including: General Motors, AT&T, Midas Muffler, etc.

Fator is currently writing his autobiography, WHO’S THE DUMMY NOW? which will be released later this year.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season,/b>
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Peter, Paul & Mary (Nov. 15-SOLD OUT), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Arthur Live! (Feb. 21), Richard Loring’s African Footprint (Feb. 26), Rain: The Beatles Experience (Mar. 18), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Award-Winning Country Artist Tracy Lawrence to Perform at the Luhrs Center

September 2, 2008
The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents An Evening with Tracy Lawrence, Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (September 2, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents An Evening with Tracy Lawrence Thursday, September 18 at 8 p.m. The presenting media sponsor for this performance is WAYZ-FM 104.7 - Today’s Hottest Country. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office or calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased online twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at www.luhrscenter.com.

Tracy Lawrence is one of the premier voices of his generation. He has posted more No. 1 Billboard country singles than greats like Glen Campbell, Keith Whitley, Ernest Tubb, Wynonna or Barbara Mandrell, to name just a few; more Top 5’s than Shania Twain, Faith Hill or The Judds; and more Top 10’s than Ricky Skaggs, Charlie Rich, John Michael Montgomery or Dwight Yoakam.

Lawrence hit the national spotlight in 1991 at the age of 23. He was a huge fan of Keith Whitley, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, and he idolized George Strait, complementing those influences with an appreciation for Southern rock, which he knew held a special place in the hearts of his honky-tonk audiences. He also admired Randy Travis’ country tradition.

Lawrence’s debut album, Sticks And Stones (1991) boasted four Top 10 country hits and launched him into the forefront of the decade’s young talent. In 1993 he was named SRO’s Best New Touring Artist.

His second album, the double-platinum Alibis (1993), spawned four straight #1 smashes - the title cut, “Can’t Break It To My Heart,” “My Second Home” and “If The Good Die Young”. Yet another quartet of major hits rose from the platinum I See It Now (1994), including “If The World Had A Front Porch” and “Texas Tornado.” Then, Lawrence hit a creative and sales peak with “Time Marches On,” a Bobby Braddock-penned blockbuster that led the 1996 album of the same name to double-platinum status and earned Lawrence nominations at all the major awards ceremonies.

Lawrence’s next album, 1997’s The Coast Is Clear, produced the trademark hit “Better Man, Better Off.” It preceded Lessons Learned (2000), which found the singer re-energized by his country roots. Both discs earned critical praise and kept Lawrence’s radio presence and catalog sales chugging along.

He was named Billboard’s Top New Male Vocalist in 1992, garnering the Academy Of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist trophy a year later; he earned the Country Weekly Golden Pick Awards’ Video Artist Of The Year prize in 1995 and its Editor’s Choice Platinum Pick crown in 1996, among other honors.

Lawrence has produced his own and others’ work and co-wrote a number of the songs he’s recorded, including “If The World Had A Front Porch” and “Can’t Break It To My Heart.” He contributed the song “Renegades, Rebels And Rogues” to the Maverick soundtrack and has starred in two CMT specials, one of which included footage from a USO tour that saw him entertain troops in Kosovo. He also co-produced nine of the 13 songs on The Civil War: The Nashville Sessions, a collection of songs written for the Broadway theater production “The Civil War: An American Musical Event.” It features Travis Tritt, Deana Carter, Trace Adkins, Kevin Sharp, Michael English, Trisha Yearwood and John Berry.

Lawrence has always been active in charitable causes, and he is annually at the helm of two events that are especially meaningful to him: a homecoming concert in his hometown that funds the Tracy Lawrence Foundation and a golf tournament in Texarkana, Texas, benefiting both the Tracy Lawrence Foundation and the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Lawrence’s foundation has endowed scholarships and, most recently, provided funds to equip a high school computer science lab, a room that has been named after him. Lawrence helped raise more than a million dollars for the fight against Cystic Fibrosis; he’s participated in numerous fundraisers for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; generated awareness and funds for CASA, a non-profit organization providing trained volunteer advocates to abused and neglected children caught up in the legal systems; and supported a lengthy list of the charitable causes of fellow celebrities and media outlets through live concert appearances, autograph signings, auction item donations, and interviews. “People have a duty to help each other out,” he says. “I’m happy I can give something back to society through my efforts to raise funds and awareness for these important causes.”

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW(7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. A group discount for 20 or more people is available by calling 717.477.SHOW.


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center’s 2008-2009 Season
This season’s performances include: An Evening with Tracy Lawrence (Sept. 18), Terry Fator (Sept. 26 –SOLD OUT), Synergy Brass Quintet (Oct. 2), An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10), Recycled Percussion – Man vs. Machine Tour (Oct. 14), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Air Supply (Oct. 25), Magic Tree House®:The Musical (Nov. 1), Peter, Paul & Mary (Nov. 15), Movin’ Out (Nov. 20), Michael McDonald – On This Night (Dec. 6), Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas (Dec. 14 – SOLD OUT), Czech Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 3), The 5 Browns (Feb. 10), Juan Williams (Feb. 19), Arthur Live! (Feb. 21), Richard Loring’s African Footprint (Feb. 26), Rain: The Beatles Experience (Mar. 18), Koresh Dance Company (Mar. 24), Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots (Apr. 3), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14), Annie (Apr. 22), Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6), and the Festival 2009 Celebration Series – 40th Anniversary with special guest artists André Watts, Joshua Bell and Frederica von Stade (Jul. 9, 16 & 23).

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University Presents its 2008/09 Season

July 16, 2008
The Luhrs Center 2008/09 Season Tickets go on Sale July 28, 2008 at 11 a.m. Tickets can be ordered in person at the Luhrs Center Box office, by calling 717.477.SHOW, or online at www.luhrscenter.com.



SHIPPENSBURG, PA (July 16, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University announces its 2008/09 season schedule. Single tickets, season subscriptions and flex series tickets go on sale Monday, July 28, 2008 at 11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office, calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at www.luhrscenter.com.

The 2008/09 Luhrs Center season is full of great entertainment including intimate solo artist performances, musicals, children’s programming, orchestral concerts, comedy, and much more (see full schedule below). The season begins with country singer Tracy Lawrence on September 18 and concludes in July 2009 with the Festival 2009 Celebration Series featuring Andre Watts, Frederica Von Stade and other renowned artists. Featured performances include: An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash (Oct. 10), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 16), Peter, Paul & Mary (Oct. 27), Rain: The Beatles Experience (Mar. 18), Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy (Apr. 14) and Bobby Vinton (Jun. 6). Featured Broadway musicals this season include Movin’ Out (Nov. 20) and Annie (Apr. 22).

(Editor’s Note: Photos of the Luhrs Center as well as performer photos are available for download from www.luhrscenter.com/mediacenter. Additional photos are available upon request from Jeff Sommer at 717.477.1123 x3297 or email at jesomm@ship.edu. More information about the performances is also available at www.luhrscenter.com.)

“Each season, we build the programming around the interests of the people in our region,” said Dr. Leslie Folmer Clinton, Luhrs Center director. “We know there are a lot of people looking for great entertainment at reasonable prices. We add entertainment variety to ensure there’s something for everyone.”

“Access to the Luhrs Center is easy and the parking is plentiful. There’s not a bad seat in the house and the acoustics are fantastic,” said Dr. Clinton. “But please come and see for yourself,” she added.


2008/09 H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center Season Schedule

Ticket prices and additional information is available online at www.luhrscenter.com or by calling 717.477.SHOW.


An Evening with Tracy Lawrence - Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 8 PM
Terry Fator - Friday, September 26, 2008 - 8 PM
Synergy Brass Quintet - Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 8 PM
An Evening with David Crosby & Graham Nash - Friday, October 10, 2008 - 8 PM
Recycled Percussion - Man vs. Machine Tour - Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - PM
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 8 PM
Air Supply - Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 8 PM
Magic Tree House®: The Musical - Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 11 AM & 3 PM
Peter, Paul & Mary - Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 8 PM
Movin’ Out - Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 8 PM
Shippensburg University Community Orchestra Fall Concert - Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 3 PM
Michael McDonald – On This Night - Saturday, December 6, 2008 - 8 PM
Broadway’s Spirit of Christmas - Sunday, December 14, 2008 - 7 PM
Czech Symphony Orchestra - Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 8 PM
The 5 Browns - Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 8 PM
Juan Williams - Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 8 PM
Arthur Live! - Saturday, February 21, 2009 - 11 & 2 PM
Richard Loring’s African Footprint - Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 8 PM
Rain: The Beatles Experience - Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 8 PM
Koresh Dance Company - Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 8 PM
Shippensburg University Concert Band Spring Concert - Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 3 PM
Tommy James & The Shondells with Special Guest The Grass Roots - Friday, April 3, 2009 - 8 PM
Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy - Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 8 PM
Shippensburg University Community Orchestra Spring Concert - Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 3 PM
Annie - Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - 7:30 PM
Bobby Vinton - Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 8 PM

Festival 2009 Celebration Series - 40th Anniversary!

Concert I: Festival Chamber Orchestra - Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 8 PM
Gerhardt Zimmermann, guest conductor
Andre Watts, pianist
Concert II: Festival Chamber Orchestra - Thursday, July 16 2009 - 8 PM
Stuart Malina, guest conductor
Renowned guest artist to be announced
Concert III:
Festival Chamber Orchestra & Chorus - Thursday, July 23, 2009 – 8 PM
Frederica Von Stade, Mezzo-soprano

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University

The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Festival 2008 Celebration Series Highlights Guest Conductors and Artists from Eastern U.S.

June 30, 2008
The Festival 2008 Celebration Series to perform its 39th Annual Orchestral Concert Series at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University,
July 10, 17 & 24, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (June 30, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University will host the Festival 2008 Celebration Series, three orchestral concerts on July 10, 17 & 24. This year’s concerts will feature guest conductors from the east coast and internationally recognized and acclaimed soloists. Tickets are $15 per concert or $40 for the entire series and can be purchased by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

Concert I on July 10 will feature guest conductor David Amado, musical director of the Delaware Symphony, and pianist Alon Goldstein. The program will include Mozart’s Concerto for Piano No. 12 in A (K. 414), Arvo Pärt’s Fratres and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92. David Amado is one of the most watched and sought-after young American conductors. He has been praised by the press, audiences and fellow musicians for his performances which combine deep musical insight and visceral energy. Alon Goldstein is one of the most respected young pianists on the international scene. Admired for technical prowess and musical intelligence, he is poised to lead his talented generation. Goldstein earned his masters degree from the Peabody Conservatory, where he worked intensively with Leon Fleisher. He has earned glowing recommendations from Fleisher, Claudio Abbado, and Zubin Mehta, among others.

Concert II on July 17 will feature John Clanton, cover conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra, as guest conductor and violinist John Eaken. Featured on the concert will be Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36. During a concert with the National Symphony Orchestra, John Clanton was described by the Washington Post as “a promising musician” who shows an “affinity for the exuberant music” while also showing himself to be “a conductor of patience and intelligence.” A native of South Carolina, he received his undergraduate music degree from Furman University and his Masters of Music in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Donald Hunsberger. John Eaken, soloist and concertmaster for the Festival Chamber Orchestra, is well-known throughout Central Pennsylvania as concertmaster for the York Symphony and as a member of the critically acclaimed Eaken Piano Trio. This will be Eaken’s thirty-ninth year as concertmaster of the Festival Chamber Orchestra.

Concert III on July 24 will feature Blaine Shover, Conductor, Elisabeth Turchi and Elizabeth Shoenfelt, Sopranos, Greg Oaten, Tenor and Dean Sensenig, Bass. Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor will be performed on the first half of the concert. Sopranos Elisabeth Turchi and Elizabeth Shoenfelt are featured in this setting of the Mass. Ms. Turchi holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University and her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Shenandoah University. Ms. Shoenfelt graduated from Messiah College in 2002 with a B.S. in music education with a voice concentration. As has become tradition, the entire Festival series will conclude on a lighter note with the overture and selections from Johann Strauss’s “Die Fledermaus” as well as other of his works.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Group discounts for 20 or more are also available by calling 717.477.SHOW.

About the Festival Chamber Orchestra
The Festival Chamber Orchestra is a select ensemble of professional musicians from south central Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. Now in its 38th year, the orchestra was formed to stimulate interest in chamber orchestra music and to provide regional audiences with top-quality professional performances of the repertoire. For the first 15 years of its existence, the orchestra was directed by its founder, Dr. Miles Cowdrey, who was a professor of music at Shippensburg University. Dr. Erik Shear was artistic administrator in 1985. Since 1986, the Festival has been under the artistic direction of Dr. Blaine Shover.

About the Festival Chamber Chorus
The Festival Chamber Chorus was formed in 1985 by Dr. Blaine Shover to perform as part of the Festival Celebration Series held each year at Shippensburg University. The chorus is comprised of 26 professional singers, many of whom have established noted careers as soloists. Although the majority of members come from Pennsylvania, some travel from as far as Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Virginia. In addition to their association with the Festival Chorus, they have appeared with the Bach Choir, Bethlehem, PA; the Paul Hill Chorale, Washington, D.C.; the United States Army Chorus, Fort Meyers, VA; the Handel-Haydn Society, Boston, MA; and the Westminster Choir, Princeton, NJ. As soloists, members have been heard with the Washington Opera, the Oratorio Society of Washington, D.C., the Spoleto Festival, the Harrisburg Civic Opera, and the Maryland Symphony.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

Legendary Pennsylvania-Born Performers Sell Out Luhrs Center

May 16, 2008
Pennsylvania’s own Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell to perform for a capacity crowd
at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University,
Saturday, June 7, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.



SHIPPENSBURG, PA (May 16, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents the legendary artists Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell together in concert on June 7, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. This performance is sold out.

Frankie Avalon was born in Philadelphia, PA and his singing talents were recognized early with his first song “De De Dinah”. Later “Venus” became the first of many smash hits of the era. His talents were in demand as he appeared on television programs hosted by Perry Como, Ed Sullivan and Dick Clark. His list of accomplishments grew as he performed in over thirty movies, including The Alamo, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Grease, the popular 1960s beach movies, and reuniting in 1987 with Anette Funicello for Back to the Beach.

Concerts and club dates have taken him to the entertainment meccas of the United States as well as the far reaches of the world and even behind the Iron Curtain with his appearance at the International Festival of Stars in Romania. His endeavors have not been limited to entertainment. In 1992 he became the National Ambassador for the National Arthritis Foundation, in 1993 and 1994 he hosted the New York TV Center “Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon”. He began his own manufacturing and distribution of health products as President and CEO of Frankie Avalon Products, Incorporated, appearing on the Home Shopping Network monthly.

Bobby Rydell was born April 26th, 1942 in Philadelphia, PA. He is one of the world’s most talented and sincere entertainers. As a young boy, Robert Ridarelli showed an uncanny inclination toward music and showmanship. Such obvious abilities were fostered by young Robert’s father, Adrio Ridarelli, who took time to introduce his son to some of the best music ever made. Father and son would frequent Philadelphia’s big band hot spots to take in the lively postwar sounds of legendary acts. The songs, performances, arrangements, and characters of the scene were nourishing to the soul, but not the passion.

Rydell’s talent and passion prevailed and the hit song “Kissin’ Time” was released on Cameo Records in 1959. After that, “We Got Love”, “Wild One”, “Swingin’ School”, and 30 records on the charts with 15 in the top 20 followed. He took his new celebrity status and went on to record more great music, including two hit covers in 1960, “Volare” and “Sway”, and introduced the world to Bobby Rydell the actor in Bye Bye Birdie and other TV and film projects. He also sang a standing room only performance at New York’s legendary Copacobana. Today, Bobby Rydell is still using his talent and charm to please audiences all over the world.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University

The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###

Grammy® Award Winning Jazz Orchestra to Visit the Luhrs Center

April 11, 2008
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra to bring a night of creative jazz to the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on April 25, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (April 11, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra on April 25, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $25, $22, $18 and $15 and are available at the Luhrs Center Box Office in person, by phone at 717.477.SHOW, or online at www.luhrscenter.com. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra will also conduct a free workshop at the Luhrs Center entitled “Precepts of Swing” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. the day of the performance.

For over four decades the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra has been committed to engaging audiences in jazz and related American music experiences. The orchestra serves as a creative outlet for some of the nation’s foremost performers, composers, and arrangers. One of the driving forces behind the longevity and artistic excellence of this ensemble is a commitment to the original Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra precepts of sound and the nurturing and encouragement of creativity and experimentation in the creators, performers and listeners of jazz.

The orchestra’s most recent recording titled, “The Way – Music of Slide Hampton” won a Grammy® in 2004 for “best arrangements for jazz orchestra”. In March of 2006 the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra released a recording of works by its resident pianist, composer and arranger Jim McNeely to critical acclaim. In 2006-2007, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra performances in the U.S include the University of Arizona, Michigan State University, Kansas State University, Detroit’s Symphony Hall, Orange County Performing Arts Center, University of Massachusetts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

“Precepts of Swing” Workshop
The focus of the free “Precepts of Swing” workshop at the Luhrs Center on April 25 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. will be to share the orchestra’s talent, expertise and vision in the nurturing of young players. The workshop will be based on a selection of arrangements from the orchestra’s repertoire. Using these arrangements as a framework, band members will discuss topics dealing with all aspects of ensemble playing, improvisation and the art of listening. Special emphasis will be placed on section development, the role of section leaders and the unity of the full band. The content of the workshop will be an historical and relevant educational experience for today’s young players.

For ticket information or more information about the “Precepts of Swing” workshop, contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###

New York's Finest Dance Company Comes to the Luhrs Center

April 9, 2008
Paul Taylor Dance Company to bring a night of modern dance to the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on April 22, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (April 9, 2008) –H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center and the APB Cultural Arts Committee at Shippensburg University present the Paul Taylor Dance Company on April 22, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $29, $25, $22 and $18 and are available at the Luhrs Center Box Office in person, by phone at 717.477.SHOW, or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

Paul Taylor Dance Company, one of the world's most exquisite ensembles, will be performing the following dances:
Aureole
Troilus and Cressida (reduced)
Counterswarm
Promethean Fire

The Paul Taylor Dance Company, celebrating its 50th anniversary, has performed Paul Taylor's works in more than 500 cities in 62 countries. It has represented the United States at arts festivals in more than 40 countries and has toured extensively under the aegis of the U.S. Department of State. In 1997 the Company toured throughout India in celebration of that nation's 50th Anniversary. The Company’s 1999 engagement in Chile was named the Best International Dance Event of 1999 by the country's Art Critics' Circle. In the summer of 2001 the Company toured in The People's Republic of China and performed in six cities, four of which had never seen American modern dance before. In the spring of 2003 the Company mounted an award-winning four-week, seven-city tour of the United Kingdom.

While continuing to garner international acclaim, the Paul Taylor Dance Company performs more than half of each touring season in cities throughout the United States. San Francisco and Durham host annual engagements during which audiences have the opportunity to see Mr. Taylor's newest works. The Company's annual season at New York City Center in March 2005 was attended by nearly 26,000 people. In celebration of the Company's 50th Anniversary and 50 years of creativity by one of the most extraordinary artists the world has ever known, the Taylor Foundation presented Mr. Taylor's works in all 50 States between March 2004 and November 2005. The tour underscored the Taylor Company's historic role as one of the early touring companies of American modern dance. The 50th Anniversary celebration also featured a Golden Quartet of new dances.

Beginning with its first television appearance for the Dance in America series in 1978, the Company has appeared on PBS in nine different programs, including the 1991 Emmy Award-winning Speaking in Tongues. and The Wrecker's Ball -- including Company B, Funny Papers, and A Field of Grass -- which was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1997. In 1999 the PBS American Masters series aired Dancemaker, the Academy Award nominated documentary about Mr. Taylor and his Company. In 2004, PBS aired Acts of Ardor, featuring Black Tuesday and Promethean Fire.

For more information and for tickets contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com.

About Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor first presented his choreography with five other dancers and himself on May 30, 1954 in Manhattan. That modest performance marked the beginning of a half-century of unrivaled creativity. In the decades to come, Mr. Taylor became a cultural icon -- indeed, a living legend and one of history's most celebrated artists. His two dance companies (Taylor 2 was created in 1993) travel the globe many times over, bringing his ever-burgeoning repertoire to theaters and venues of every size and description in cultural capitals, on college campuses and in rural communities -- and often to places modern dance has never been before. His choreography once deemed experimental, avant-garde and even “painful” to sit through, quickly became the gold standard of modern dance, one of America's two indigenous art forms (the other being jazz.) He bridged, as no other choreographer, the once-distant camps of ballet and modern dance by allowing internationally acclaimed ballet companies to acquire the works he creates on his own celebrated troupe. He has been showered with every prestigious award the United States and France can bestow on an artist. Perhaps most remarkable of all, his creative powers have shown no sign of abating even after 52 years and 124 dances.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###

Luhrs Center Hosts World Famous Traveller Flat Stanley

March 28, 2008
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley will bring a night of music and fun for all ages to the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on April 18, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (March 28, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents IntraMusic Theatrical’s production of The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley on April 18, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $18, $15, $12 and $10 and are available at the Luhrs Center Box Office in person, by phone at 717.477.SHOW, or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley is the story of Stanley Lambchop. He is your normal, everyday kid until one day he wakes up flat! One night, the bulletin board on the wall above Stanley's bed comes loose and falls. Right on top of Stanley! And the next morning, Stanley Lambchop wakes up flat. Not just a little flat… really, really flat. But maybe it’s not so bad. He can slide under locked doors, roll up like a mat, and become a trampoline. His friends even fly him like a kite. But there has to be more, and Stanley knows just what to do. Putting himself in a big envelope, he travels the world – a human letter!
In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley – the ultimate exchange student– scours the globe for a solution to his unusual problem. He’s stamped, posted and cancelled from Washington D.C. to France to Honolulu and beyond. And whether he's rapping with the Declaration of Independence, thwarting a robbery at the Louvre Museum in Paris, or ‘hanging ten’ off the coast of Hawaii, Stanley is closing in on his goal of being a three-dimensional boy once more.

Based on the popular children’s book series by author Jeff Brown, with illustrations by Scott Nash, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley brings this beloved character to a new generation of families through song, dance and the spectacle of live theater. In October 2006 The Los Angeles Times wrote, “Flat Stanley, the world-famous paper doll, is a two-dimensional Forrest Gump, thanks to student fans around the globe.”

And Flat Stanley has never been more popular. Recent appearances include Oprah, as a guest of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and a visit to the White House with President Bush, the first lady and the first dogs! Flat Stanley has also made cameos on The West Wing, ER, The Daily Show, and with Clint Eastwood at the Academy Awards.

Harper Collins, publisher of the book series, has been instrumental in creating the ‘Flat Stanley’ phenomenon by encouraging teachers and students to study geography, social studies and other curriculum topics through a grass roots ‘Stanley’ pen pal program. “Every year tens of thousands of students nationwide send their Flat Stanleys to friends and family all over the world. Their Stanleys return home with a wealth of information about new places and experiences,” comments Tim McDonald, book writer for The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley.

“A live tour is the natural extension of Flat Stanley’s popularity”, adds Stephen Gabriel, president of IntraMusic Theatricals, who leads an accomplished team of creators and designers in producing this tour. “Children and families can come together for the first time in one place to share an amazing ‘Flat Stanley’ journey.”

Book writer Tim McDonald (book writer for The Kennedy Center’s recent Willy Wonka tour), and composer/lyricist, Bryan Louiselle (fresh from adapting Disney’s High School Musical for the stage), have teamed up to bring Flat Stanley to life. “Our goal was not only to tell the story of how Stanley became flat, but to show the rich experiences open to him by being different”, reflects McDonald.

For more information contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com.

About HarperCollins Children’s Books
HarperCollins Children’s Books is one of the leading publishers of children’s books. Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality, award-winning books for young readers, HarperCollins is home to many children’s classics—Charlotte’s Web, The Chronicles of Narnia, Goodnight Moon, Where the Sidewalk Ends and Flat Stanley; popular series — A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Princess Diaries. HarperCollins Children’s Books is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, one of the leading English language publishers in the world and a subsidiary of News Corporation (NYSE: NWS, NWS.A; ASX: NCP, NCPDP). Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins has publishing groups in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australasia. You can visit HarperCollins Children’s Books on the Internet at http://www.harperchildrens.com.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###

The Luhrs Center Hosts Premiere Chinese Acrobat Company

March 10, 2008
The Golden Dragon Acrobats bring a night of award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes and ancient theatrical technique to the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on April 8, 2008 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (March 10, 2008) – The APB Cultural Arts Committee at Shippensburg University presents Golden Dragon Acrobats on April 8, 2008 at 8 p.m. at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 and $15 and are available by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or online at www.luhrscenter.com 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. The Golden Dragon Acrobats are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats have become the world’s leading Chinese acrobatic troupe, performing more than any other company. Danny Chang, director of the troupe and world-renowned impresario, and Angela Chang, choreographer, combine their expertise, love of their art, and life-long discipline in producing tours for the Golden Dragon Acrobats.

Their dedication has brought their company from Cangzhou, Hebei province in China, around the world to all 50 states and over 65 countries on five continents, including performances at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Germany’s Elspe Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Caesar’s Palace in Atlantic City, and the Seattle Children's Festival. With performers trained in the rigorous art of Chinese acrobats since early youth, the Golden Dragon Acrobats have garnered international acclaim. The group counts among its awards seven National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) Entertainers of the Year Awards and the Campus Activities Today’s Performers of the Year Award.

Now marking their 28th year of continuous touring in the U.S., the members of the Golden Dragon Acrobats are actors, athletes, and artists, with an unmistakable love for their art. Their spellbinding feats of physical daring and grace, enhanced by elaborate traditional costumes in brilliant colors and a combination of ancient and contemporary theatrical techniques, continue to enthrall audiences of all ages.

For more information contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area, which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###

Direct from Broadway to the Luhrs Center Comes the Red Hot Tour of RING OF FIRE

March 7, 2008
Direct from Broadway comes the first national tour of RING OF FIRE – The Music of Johnny Cash, featuring more than 30 signature songs from this legendary artist. The music of the Man in Black ignites the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center stage on April 3, 2008 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (March 7, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents the Phoenix Entertainment production of RING OF FIRE - The Music of Johnny Cash on April 3, 2008 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $42, $35, $28, and $22 and are available by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or online at www.luhrscenter.com 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Stories of passion, redemption, humor, and salvation set the stage ablaze in this musical celebration of the world's most famous rebel, Johnny Cash. One of the best “jukebox musicals” of our time, RING OF FIRE includes such hits as “Walk the Line,” “Hurt,” “Jackson,” “I’ve Been Everywhere,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “A Boy Named Sue,” and the title track “Ring of Fire”. With smashing medleys and a hearty bounce in its guitar-driven step, this shindig will have you stompin’ your feet and shoutin’ for more!

“Effective, funny and imaginatively presented,” proclaims the New York Post. “Ring of Fire is HOT!” declares Variety. “FIRE burns brighter, truer and with more imagination than most!” exclaims USA Today.

Nearly three years after his passing, Johnny Cash remains one of the most popular entertainers of all time. His success is incomparable – 11 Grammy® Awards (including 1999 Lifetime Achievement Grammy), inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock Music Hall of Fame, and a Kennedy Center Honor. He has placed 48 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop charts and over 130 hits on the Billboard Country singles chart - more than anyone in history. His autobiography Man in Black has sold around 1.5 million copies and the official Johnny Cash website, www.johnnycash.com, receives more than 9 million hits per day.

RING OF FIRE celebrates the Man in Black – Johnny Cash – who was and always will be one of the most popular and most respected artists of our time.

For more information contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com.

About Phoenix Entertainment
Now entering its eighth year of operations, Phoenix Entertainment is an international theatrical producing and management enterprise founded by long time colleagues Stephen Kane and Michael McFadden. The Phoenix mission is to develop, produce and resent Broadway musicals along with casino and family style entertainments throughout North America and beyond. Over two decades of theatrical success and industry partnership have resulted in the Phoenix team delivering thousands of performances of more than 50 live productions on four continents.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area, which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

The Beach Boys Sell Out the Luhrs Center

February 13, 2008
The Beach Boys to sing their classics to a capacity crowd at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on February 29, 2008 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (February 13, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents The Beach Boys in concert on February 29, 2008 at 8 p.m. This performance is sold out.

The Beach Boys, the all-American rock and roll band, have had 36 top 40 Billboard Hits and still holds the record among American bands. They have sold albums by the ten millions since their beginnings in1961. Their impact on American music still echoes through their sophisticated arrangements and harmonies. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and Museum in 1988 and the Grammy® Hall of Fame in 1994. In 2001, they won the Grammy® Life Time Achievement Award.

Among the most popular of their hits include “Surfin’,” The Beach Boys’ first hit written by Mike Love. With his cousin, Brian Wilson, Love wrote the classics “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girls” and the Grammy® nominated “Good Vibrations.” Years later, Love showed he still had the lyrical chops by co-writing the chart-topping song, “Kokomo.”

Few, if any, acts can match The Beach Boys’ concert presence, spirit and performance. They were center-stage at Live Aid, multiple Farm Aids, the Statue of Liberty’s 100th Anniversary Salute, the Super Bowl and the White House. On one day alone—July 4, 1985—they played to nearly 2 million fans at shows in Philadelphia and Washington, D. C.

The Beach Boys continue to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut over 40 years ago. Today, the touring band includes founding Beach Boy, Mike Love (lead vocals), and Beach Boy-vet Bruce Johnston (vocals/keyboards) with Mike Kowalski (drums), Christian Love (guitar/vocals), Randell Kirsch (guitar/vocals), Chris Farmer (bass/vocals), Tim Bonhomme (keyboards/vocals), John Cowsill of The Cowsills (keyboards/vocals/percussion) and Scott Totten (guitar/vocals).

The band has appeared on countless worldwide TV shows throughout the years including: The Ed Sullivan Show, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and The Tonight Show. Recent television appearances include regular performances on Don Imus’ MSNBC show Imus In The Morning, TNT’s NBA All-Star Game, NBC’s Macy’s Day Parade, VH-1 Classic, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Today Show, PBS’ A Capitol Fourth, Good Morning America, Weekend Today and The O’Reilly Factor.

Their 2006 Capitol Records release, Sounds of Summer (RIAA certified double platinum with over two million in sales and climbing); marked a resurgence in Beach Boys interest that has again rocked the world.

For more information contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area, which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###

Congressional Comedians to Bring Laughter to the Luhrs Center

February 13, 2008
Capitol Steps to share a night of political satire at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University, March 1, 2008 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (February 13, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents the Capitol Steps on March 1, 2008 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30, $25, $20, and $15 and are available by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or online at www.luhrscenter.com 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Capitol Steps will bring rip-roaring political fun straight from Capitol Hill. These one-time political staffers now travel the country performing over 500 political satire shows a year. It does not matter which side of the political fence you are on, the Capitol Steps are equal opportunity offenders.

Capitol Steps was formed in December 1981 when 3 staffers for Senator Charles Percy planned entertainment for Christmas Party. Since then they have created song parodies and skits that convey a special brand of humor. They are notoriously unafraid to say in public what others are thinking. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded 27 albums, including their latest, Springtime for Liberals. They have been featured on CBS, NBC, ABC, and PBS, and have preformed for the last five U.S. presidents. They have only received complaints from politicians who have not been included in the program.

Cast members for this performance include: Andy Clemence, Janet Gordon, Dave Kane, Mike Loomis, Jack Rowles and Delores Williams. Most cast members have worked on Capitol Hill; some for Democrats, some for Republicans, and others for politicians who firmly straddle the fence. No matter who holds office, there’s never a shortage of material.

For more information contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Please contact the Luhrs Center Box Office for more details.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###

LeVar Burton to Speak at Scholarship Benefit

February 5, 2008
Celebrated actor LeVar Burton is guest speaker Feb. 21 at Shippensburg University’s annual Gifted Minority Scholarship Fund program.

The annual program is held to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and to raise funds for the university’s Gifted Minority Scholarship Fund. The fund was started in 1983 to provide academically talented and financially deserving minority students with the opportunity to receive a quality educational experience.

The program includes the annual dinner at 6 p.m. in Heiges Field House followed at 8 p.m. by his presentation in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the dinner and lecture are $40 per person. Tickets for just the lecture are $15 per adult and $5 for children 12 years old and younger. Shippensburg University students receive free admission to the program by picking up tickets in advance at the Luhrs Center box office.

A special reception featuring an opportunity to meet Burton is from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. in the Orrstown Bank Lobby on the second floor lobby of the Luhrs Center. Cost is $75 per person and includes the reception, dinner and the lecture.

Burton, the multi-talented actor, director, producer, and writer, will share his thoughts about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his presentation titled “Our Journey toward Enlightenment: From Dr. King to the Present.”

Burton got his start by being cast in the lead role for the miniseries ROOTS—his first professional audition. Millions know him from his work on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He has directed numerous episodes for Next Generation, Voyager, Deep Space Nine, and Enterprise. He directed Showtime’s The Tiger Woods Story, Disney Channel’s film Smart House, and the feature film Blizzard, a family Christmas film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Christopher Plummer.

Viewers of Public Television know him from his award winning show The Reading Rainbow. He is a member of the National Commission on Library and Information Sciences, a panel of experts who advise the president on policy for the storage, retrieval, and dissemination of information. He earned a Grammy Award for his narration of The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Burton is also the author of the science fiction thriller Aftermath.

For more information about the dinner, call 477-1738. To order tickets, visit www.luhrscenter.com or call the Luhrs Center box office at 477-SHOW (7469).

Second Jeff Dunham Show Added to Luhrs Center Schedule

February 1, 2008
Comedian/Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham to perform a second show at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on March 29, 2008 at 9:45 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (February 1, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents comedian/ventriloquist Jeff Dunham for a second show on March 29, 2008 at 9:45 p.m. Tickets for the first show at 7 p.m. are sold out. Tickets for the recently added 9:45 p.m. show are $36, $32, $28 and $23 and are available beginning February 11, 2008 at 11 a.m. at the Luhrs Center Box Office in person, by phone at 717.477.SHOW, or online at www.luhrscenter.com. Ticket order limit is 8 and there are no group discounts for this performance.

Comedian/ventriloquist Jeff Dunham continues to make audiences laugh all over the country with his comedic skill and the funniest business partners. His partners - including crowd favorites Walter, the old curmudgeon and Achmed, the dead terrorist - have been seen on the Tonight Show and Comedy Central numerous times. Dunham was voted “Funniest Male Stand-up Comic” at the American Comedy Awards and the only person to win “Ventriloquist of the Year” award twice. Additionally, viewers recently voted Dunham to third place (for the second time in two years!) in Comedy Central’s “Standup Showdown.”

Dunham’s comedic skill, impeccable technique, and sleight of hand make him a master of his craft. In fact, audiences often forget there is a person behind the puppets. “What makes this performer the best at what he does is the believability factor,” one reviewer wrote. “Dunham's characters have more personality than a lot of people I know.”

His talent has parlayed him to the top of his game with multiple critical achievements and television appearances, including a recent profile on CBS’s “60 Minutes II.” The comic was interviewed by correspondent and actress Candice Bergen, daughter of the legendary ventriloquist Edgar Bergen. Between jokes and laughs, Ms. Bergen called Dunham “...flat out FUNNY!”

Dunham usually opens with ten minutes of his own stand-up comedy to establish that he is the comedian, but notes “If people walk away thinking, ‘Those guys were FUNNY,’ rather than ‘He was a great ventriloquist,’ then I've done my job.”

For more information contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. A Podcast interview with Jeff Dunham and Walter is also available for download at www.luhrscenter.com.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Legendary Artist to Sing to Sold Out Crowd at the Luhrs Center

January 28, 2008
An Evening with Anne Murray, a night of inspiration and entertainment, comes to the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on February 14, 2008 at 8 p.m.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (January 28, 2008) –The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents An Evening with Anne Murray on February 14, 2008 at 8 p.m. This performance is sold out.

An Evening with Anne Murray will be a night of laughter, inspiration and entertainment. Possessing one of the most unique voices in the world today, Anne Murray’s songs continue to soothe the audience and pull them in. Her musical legacy speaks for itself.

She began singing at the age of seven and has not stopped. Since 1968 her recordings have graced airwaves and she is recognized as one of Canada’s most enduring national treasures. With 50 million career album sales, Anne Murray continues to sell out concert halls throughout North America.

Her quick wit and easy sense of humor find their place on stage next to many of her own classics including “You Needed Me” and “Danny’s Song”. Murray is a recognized Grammy®, ACM and Country Music Award winner; has a star at Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles and is on Nashville and Canada’s Walkway of Stars. She is also a Companion of the Order, the highest honor that can be awarded to a citizen of her homeland. She was a guest star on American Bandstand, the Dolly Parton Show, Saturday Night Live, and other popular shows of the era.

She has traveled the world sharing the gift of song, and remains one of the most consistent and enduring live performers of our time — the ultimate singer’s singer. “I feel I have a gift and all gifts are meant to be shared.” notes Murray. “For me, it’s really no more complicated than that. I just do my best to share it the best way I know how — singing the best way I know how”.

For more information contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###

Luhrs Center to Host World Famous Gospel Choir

January 22, 2008
The Harlem Gospel Choir to share a night of inspiration and joy through music at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on February 7, 2008 at 8 p.m.



SHIPPENSBURG, PA (January 22, 2008) – The APB Cultural Arts Committee at Shippensburg University presents The Harlem Gospel Choir on February 7, 2008 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25, $20, $15 and are available by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or online at www.luhrscenter.com 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Harlem Gospel Choir will bring a night of excitement that will have you out of your seats, clapping your hands and moving your feet! Comprised of the finest singers and musicians from churches in Harlem, the choir travels the world sharing the joy of faith through music and raising money for children. Although there are more than 40 members to the choir, they travel in groups of 9 to inspire on a more personal level with the audience. The theme of every performance is bringing people and nations together and giving something back; and this is what they have done since the choir was founded in 1978 by Allen Bailey.

They help children’s charities including Poland’s largest children’s charity, Feed the Children. They have performed for Nelson Mandela, Sir Elton John, and a Pope John Paul II, and have sung with artists such as Diana Ross, U2, Lisa Marie Pressley and Jessica Simpson. In 2006, Mayor Bloomberg declared January 15, 2006 “Harlem Gospel Choir Day”. In 2007, they appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, performed with the U.S. Army Band, the Dixie Hummingbirds, and Lyle Lovett. Alison Barber from the United States Department of Defense wrote “thanks to your wonderful singers for the inspiration you provided at our Freedom Walk. The Choir did a perfect job of helping us all reflect on 9/11 and also look forward to a better future.” Recently the Choir appeared with Jessica Simpson in the Christmas Day Parade at Disneyland in California on December 25, 2007. The Choir performed “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” with the pop superstar.

For more information contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Please contact the Luhrs Center Box Office for more details.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

Boston Brass to Bring Unique Musical Experience to the Luhrs Center

January 18, 2008
Boston Brass to perform classical arrangements to jazz standards at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on January 31, 2008 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (January 18, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Boston Brass on January 31, 2008 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $$28, $23, $18 and $15 and are available by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or online at www.luhrscenter.com 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

From exciting classical arrangements, to breathtaking vocal harmony, to burning jazz standards, Boston Brass achieves new levels in brass performance while treating audiences to a unique musical experience that captivates all ages. The ensemble includes J.D. Shaw, French horn; Jeff Conner, trumpet; Lance LaDuke, trombone & euphonium; Jose Sibaja, trumpet and Andrew Hitz, tuba. The ensemble’s lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, bridges the vast ocean of classical formality to delight audiences to an evening of boisterous fun, exciting knowledge and an enthusiastic love of music, deftly exhibited by five brash brass players. Boston Brass has transcended the traditional mores of brass ensemble literature and, with a host of original arrangements, has pioneered a new generation of music that sets out to achieve one simple goal: entertain at all costs with blistering precision.

Performing over 100 concerts annually, the members of Boston Brass have dazzled audiences at concerts and jazz festivals around the world in such cities as Tokyo, Singapore, Taipei, Macau, New York, Portland, Seattle, Philadelphia, Detroit, Dallas, San Antonio, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Sacramento, and Los Angeles. As committed to education as they are to performance, they have conducted master classes at colleges and universities around the country including The Eastman School of Music, Rice University, University of Connecticut, Syracuse University, University of North Carolina, University of Florida, University of North Texas, Boston University, Yale University, University of Michigan and U.C.L.A. Along with their instrument sponsor, Conn-Selmer, Boston Brass has also conducted clinics and concerts at national and regional music educational conferences in New York, Massachusetts, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Missouri, Iowa, South Carolina, Ohio and Texas. In cooperation with Conn-Selmer, Boston Brass helped raise over $100,000 for VH1’s Save the Music program, giving musical instruments to schools in need. Boston Brass has been featured educators and performers at the American Bandmaster Association Conference in Gainesville, FL, Southern Oregon University’s American Band College in Ashland, OR, and at the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention in San Antonio, TX.

During the 2005 season Boston Brass made their debut appearances in the Far East, with an eight city concert tour of Taiwan, and as featured guest ensemble at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) 2005 conference in Singapore. They also much acclaimed concert appearances in Hong Kong and Macau. In December 2005 Boston Brass made their debut tour of Japan with an eight city tour.

Boston Brass has been featured on The CBS Morning Show, National Public Radio's Performance Today, the Great American Brass Band Festival and has recorded several ground breaking, extraordinary, delightful albums. Two of these albums appear on the Summit Records label: Stealing the Show, a collection of overtures and arias, and Young Fogeys, a collage of jazz and swing favorites. The ensemble’s latest release on the Loft Recordings label entitled Out of This World, features heroic music for brass and organ. Along with Seattle's St. Mark's Cathedral organist J. Melvin Butler, the band explores symphonic textures from all eras of music and even includes a commission from Hollywood composer Bruce Edward Miller entitled Pluto: The Last Planet. The summer of 2000 proved to be an exciting time as Boston Brass teamed up with the legendary jazz recording genius Rudy van Gelder to produce Ya Gotta Try. This collaboration, which features music from Horace Silver, Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie and many others, further explores the innovative jazz styles that have propelled Boston Brass to the forefront of their genre. The 2003 release Within Earshot features classical pieces by Shostakovich, Ginastera, Dvorak, Liszt and others. In that same year, Boston Brass collaborated with the Syracuse University Wind Ensemble for a new recording of Christmas classics titled Christmas Bells are Swingin’, which was released in 2004 and featured many of the most beloved tunes of the holiday season.

For more information contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Please contact the Luhrs Center Box Office for more details.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

The Luhrs Center Hosts a Night of Motown Classics

January 14, 2008
Influences: The Motown Greats, a concert by four emerging artists, comes to the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on January 28, 2008 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (January 14, 2008) – The APB Cultural Arts Committee at Shippensburg University presents Influences: The Motown Greats at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on January 28, 2008 at 8 p.m. Four top emerging singer/songwriters showcase well-known and loved classics and favorites from artists like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Smoky Robinson and Marvin Gaye. Tickets are $20 & $15 and are available by contacting the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or online 24/7 at www.luhrscenter.com.

Influences: The Motown Greats is a night of favorite Motown classics performed by four talented musicians who will bring a fresh approach to Motown favorites, share personal stories of their favorite artist’s impact on their work and then share some of the best new original music this country has to offer. The evening will end with a high-energy jam with all the artists and the audience joining in.
The four artists performing in this night of Motown are:

Ben Carroll
Hybrid Magazine calls Ben Carroll “A cross between John Legend and John Mayer.” Carroll is the son of members of the Grammy®-winning Starland Vocal Band, best known for their number 1 hit “Afternoon Delight,” in 1976. He lives in New York City and performs live at favorite local haunts such as The Living Room, Jammin’ Java in Virginia, and Club Passim in Boston. He’s also played at music festivals around the world and colleges and universities around the U.S. Ben has performed alongside Grammy®-winner John Legend on The Today Show on NBC and has shared the stage with Grammy®-winner Shawn Colvin as well as many others.

Lover Undercover (Luckytone Records, 2005) is Ben Carroll's debut record which the press praises and music lovers love. “Dola Rosa,” “Angel's Arms,” and “Lover Undercover” are all songs from the record that are played on FM and Satellite radio, and MTV and Country Music Television place Ben's songs in many of their shows. Carroll released his second album in 2007, Real Thing. Songs include “Real Thing”, “My Darling True”, and “Heart is a River”.

Chris Cauley
“A scrappy little kid with a guitar.” That’s how Chris Cauley describes himself, but Chris Cauley is a creative genius. His music is filled with his own experiences, thoughts and fears. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Chris grew up listening to the masters of soul like Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway. He was raised as a church boy singing in the choir and hearing tight harmonies at a young age. He was a middle-schooler when he first picked up a guitar and had no formal training.

Fish Out Of Water is Chris’ debut for Red Drum Records and is a musical treasure trove full of songs about love and life - some of which are about his own experiences while others are purely the product of his imagination and includes “Picture Perfect,” “Figure It Out,” “Giving Up On Me,” and “Stone Statue Face.”

Chinua Hawk
Chinua Hawk is a singer, songwriter and entrepreneur. Born and raised in New Jersey, Chinua considers himself a citizen of the world. As a performer with hundreds of performances under his belt, Chinua captivates audiences all over the world with the simplicity and class that defines his career. Along with his extensive touring record, Chinua also boasts CD sales not only in the US, but also in France, England, Japan, Switzerland, and Canada. He performed with Celine Dion in front of a crowd of 30,000 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and has written songs with Wyclef Jean and worked in the studio with producer/rapper Kanye West on rapper Talib Kwelis’ song “Just To Get By.”

Hawk’s latest CD called The Shoe Box Collection is a compilation of songs that he has always loved but never released including “Hey Love,” “Missing You” and “Winter”. He is currently working on a new CD which is tentatively called Brand New Day.

Nadine Zahr
Nadine Zahr is a contemporary singer/songwriter that defies all expectations of the genre. Critics have hailed her as one of the West Coast’s worthiest up-and-coming talents. The revered West Coast publication, Music Connection, wrote “Nadine Zahr is a Dave Matthews-like guitar talent and this woman can flat-out sing.”

Zahr’s debut album, Underneath the Everyday, features 11 original compositions that showcase the singer’s expressive four-octave voice and includes “Where I Never Was,” “Sunset,” “Beautiful Soldier” and the impressionistic lyricism of “Horses and Fish.”

For more information contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Please contact the Luhrs Center Box Office for more details.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###

Sweet Honey In The Rock® to Perform Concert in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

January 2, 2008
Sweet Honey In The Rock® will perform a concert in celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on
January 22, 2008 at 8 p.m.



SHIPPENSBURG, PA (January 2, 2008) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center and the Office of Social Equity at Shippensburg University present Sweet Honey In The Rock® on January 22, 2008 at 8 p.m. Sweet Honey In The Rock® is the dynamic, all-female, Grammy® award-winning singing group that makes soul-stirring music using the might and majesty of their voices. The group sings a capella — unaccompanied except for rhythms they create with their bodies and hand-held percussion instruments.

This special concert will celebrate the Civil Rights Movement and its achievements. In 1996 this Movement for freedom and justice became a federal holiday, named for one of the great leaders of that struggle, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sweet Honey In The Rock® was founded by Bernice Johnson Reagon in 1973 at the D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company. This now internationally renowned a cappella ensemble has been a vital and innovative presence in the music culture of Washington, D.C. and in communities of conscience around the world. Now in her fourth decade, the ensemble moves forward, following Bernice Johnson Reagon’s retirement in February 2004, continuing the legacy begun thirty-three years ago.

From Psalm 81:16 comes the promise to a people of being fed by honey out of the rock. Honey – an ancient substance, sweet and nurturing. Rock – an elemental strength, enduring the winds of time. The metaphor of sweet honey in the rock captures completely these African American women whose repertoire is steeped in the sacred music of the Black church, the clarion calls of the civil rights movement, and songs of the struggle for justice everywhere.

Rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions, Sweet Honey In The Rock® possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of Blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, Hip Hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. Sweet Honey’s collective voice, occasionally accompanied by hand percussion instruments, produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms.

In the best and in the hardest of times, Sweet Honey In The Rock® has come in song to communities across the U.S., and around the world raising her voice in hope, love, justice, peace, and resistance. Sweet Honey invites audiences to open their minds and hearts and think about who we are and what we do to one another and to our fellow creatures on this planet.

Sweet Honey In The Rock® is Arnaé, Ysaye Maria Barnwell, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, and Shirley Childress Saxton.

For more information contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount. Please contact the Luhrs Center Box Office for more details.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###

VH1 Brings Pop-Culture Roast to the Luhrs Center

November 15, 2007
VH-1’s Best Week Ever LIVE! will perform at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center
at Shippensburg University on December 7, 2006 at 9 p.m.



SHIPPENSBURG, PA (November 15, 2007) –The APB Concert Committee at Shippensburg University presents VH-1’s Best Week Ever LIVE! on December 7, 2007 at 9 p.m. VH-1’s pop-bashing television sensation, “Best Week Ever,” pokes fun at the week’s top stories. With raw nerve and sharp wit, four comedians will take the microphone to take jabs at the world’s dumbest celebrities. Tickets are $20 for the general public ($10 for Shippensburg University students with valid I.D.) and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office or calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or online twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at www.luhrscenter.com.

“The Best Week Ever, LIVE!,” the touring edition of the hit VH-1 series, puts the pop-culture world through their paces. Comedians Mike Britt, Pete Holmes, Chuck Nice and Lurie Kilmartin will bring their unique blend of stand up, roasts, and laughter at the expense of celebrities to the Luhrs Center stage.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Group discounts for 20 or more are also available by calling 717.477.SHOW.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###

Marie Osmond to Bring "The Magic of Christmas" to Capacity Crowd at the Luhrs Center

November 9, 2007
Marie Osmond will perform her Christmas show at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on November 30, 2007 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (November 9, 2007) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents the sold out performance, Marie Osmond - The Magic of Christmas, on November 30, 2007 at 8 p.m. Marie Osmond, currently competing on hit show “Dancing with the Stars” on ABC, brings her family to the stage for an evening of Christmas entertainment. It’s a holiday memory in the making, a spectacular evening that will leave everyone feeling “magical.”

Christmas-time means family and Marie Osmond has been welcomed into the homes of millions of families for four decades, before she was even big enough to hang up her own stocking. As an icon and trusted name in family entertainment, Osmond brings her warmth, joy and the magic of this season to the stage for the 2007 holidays.

Every wonder-filled song from Osmond’s symphonic version of “O, Holy Night” to rockin’ the house with Kay Thompson’s “Jingle Bells” will create a starlit holiday memory, enhanced by Osmond’s orchestra and Christmas cast. Holiday favorites such as “Sleigh Ride,” “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “The Christmas Waltz,” “Let There be Peace on Earth,” “White Christmas” and even a fun, impromptu medley of some of Osmond’s own hits over the last 25 years, along with a unique video sharing memories from some of the most famous televised Osmond Family Christmas shows, will be shared in the same warm, open-hearted performing style that has always been connected with the Osmond name. It’s like getting an invitation to Osmond’s personal Christmas celebration.

As a child and a teenager, Osmond endeared herself to an entire generation. Currently featured on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” that bond with her audience not only continued, but grew stronger through the years. Osmond’s career blossomed into hit records, network television shows, Broadway musicals, movies of the week, world-wide concert tours, a top ten New York Times bestselling book author, television commercials, lecture tours and an extremely successful Marie Osmond Collector Dolls business.
With all her successes over 40 years in the entertainment industry, Osmond’s legion of fans now spans generations.

For more information contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###

Yamato Bring Drums of Japan to the Luhrs Center

October 29, 2007
Yamato – The Drummers of Japan will perform at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on November 13, 2007 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (October 29, 2007) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University and the SU APB Cultural Arts Committee present Yamato – The Drummers of Japan on November 13, 2007 at 8 p.m. Not quite dance, not quite spectacle, but definitely art; Yamato – The Drummers of Japan bring a new kind of music to the Luhrs Center. Free educational events accompany this concert. Tickets are $28, $23, $18 and $15 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office or calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or online twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at www.luhrscenter.com.

The group, Yamato, was born in the “birthplace of Japanese culture.” The 10 men and women of the troupe craft their music to unite their own heartbeats with the beating of the drums, and with the audience. Their performance on November 13th, SHIN-ON, Japanese for “Heartbeat”, is a hybrid of musicianship and showmanship. Using unusual instruments such as the miya-daiko, a barrel-shaped wood drum and the kane, a brass drum that is struck with a stick made of deer-antler, they create a sound that isn’t unusual so much as evocative.

Since its formation 14 years ago in Nara, Japan, Yamato has played to more than a million people, giving over a thousand performances in over twenty different countries, and yet their enthusiasm remains undiminished. They travel with several dozen drums of various sizes, displaying the instruments’ versatility and appeal, whether at impromptu street performances or in concert halls seating several thousand.

Based in the thousand-year-old Asuka village, and with the musical instrument Wadaiko as its core, Yamato looks for new expressions in drumming. They aren’t trying to inherit or pass on the traditional music of ancient times, but seek the creation of new Japanese stage performance based on Wadaiko.

Their world travels began in 1998 when they performed at the legendary Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since then they have toured Great Britain, Europe, Asia and the Americas. Their current tour is the root of Yamato’s energy, and this world tour is a journey to exchange this energy.

Educational Activities on November 13
In addition to the performance, there will be two free educational opportunities on November 13. At 4 p.m. Yamato will lead a workshop in the Grove Theatre at the Luhrs Center. This unique cultural experience will provide instruction in the art of drumming. Also on November 13 will be a lecture by Shippensburg University Associate Professor of English, Dr. Richard Zumkhawala-Cook and Director of Orchestral Activities at Messiah College Dr. Timothy Dixon. The lecture, The Globalized iPod: The Transnational Currents of Music in the 21st Century will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Orrstown Bank Lobby (Upper Lobby) of the Luhrs Center. These activities are open to the general public.

To order tickets or for more information about the Yamato performance, workshop or lecture, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Group discounts for 20 or more are also available by calling 717.477.SHOW.

This tour is made possible by a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.

www.midatlanticarts.org

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Michael Bolton to Sing His Classic Hits at the Luhrs Center

October 18, 2007
Michael Bolton to perform at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on November 8, 2007 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (October 18, 2007) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Michael Bolton on November 8, 2007 at 8 p.m. If you made a list of the entertainers who have won multiple Grammy® Awards and sold more than 53 million albums, Michael Bolton would be on that list. If you made a list of the entertainers who have done that and performed with the likes of Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and Kanye West, Michael Bolton would be the only person on that list. Tickets are $55, $45 and $30 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office or calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or online twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at www.luhrscenter.com.

Bolton’s hits include “That’s What Love Is All About,” “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay,” “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You,” “Time, Love And Tenderness,” “When A Man Loves A Woman,” “I Found Someone,” among many others.

Bolton’s achievements as a songwriter may surprise those only acquainted with his singing career. In addition to hits for Streisand, KISS and Cher, he’s written songs for Joe Cocker, Marc Anthony, Kenny G., Peabo Bryson, Greg Allman, Wynonna Judd and many others; over the years, he has earned multiple honors in this field, including BMI’s Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year and Million-Air awards, ASCAP’s Writer and Publisher Awards and a Hitmaker Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. “I got to watch fans lift their lighters to KISS’ last big hit, ‘Forever,’ which I wrote with Paul Stanley,” Bolton relates with satisfaction. He’s also collaborated with such hitmakers as Diane Warren, Robert John “Mutt” Lange, Desmond Child and Babyface.

Bolton just received his multiplatinum award for rapper/producer Kanye West’s College Dropout album (which sampled his “Maybe It’s the Power of Love”) when a sample of his music would appear on a live DVD by another hip-hop star, John Legend.

After his extraordinary successes in the pop arena, he took on a new challenge: opera. In the midst of a tour to support his Greatest Hits album, with a couple of weeks to prepare and study Italian, he joined the late Pavarotti onstage for a series of demanding arias and then recorded an album, 1998’s My Secret Passion: The Arias, which sat atop the Classical charts for six weeks. That album features, among other operatic selections, Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma”; Bolton’s live performance of the piece appears on 2005’s Til the End of Forever.“

In addition to being a musician, Bolton is also a social activist. Bolton has testified before both houses of Congress, notably as a champion of The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and an advocate for the safety of women and children generally. “Of all the access that my career has afforded me, this is probably the most important,” Bolton reflects. “I’ve been able to add my voice to the chorus of support for bills to spend billions on a national level, not to mention millions regionally. Advocates of women’s rights have tremendous allies on both sides of the aisle, real leaders who have dedicated themselves to passing legislation like this. I’m just grateful to be part of the process.” Here, as in all of his endeavors, Bolton combines heart, soul and hard work to make a difference in people’s lives.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Group discounts for 20 or more are also available by calling 717.477.SHOW.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###

"A Year With Frog and Toad" Hops Up On Stage at the Luhrs Center

October 17, 2007
“A Year With Frog and Toad” will open at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on November 3, 2007 at 2 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (October 17, 2007) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents “A Year with Frog and Toad” on November 3, 2007 at 2 p.m. Arnold Lobel's beloved characters hop from the page to the stage in Robert and Willie Reale's Tony® Award nominated musical “A Year With Frog and Toad”, an IntraMusic Theatricals production. Tickets are $18, $15 and $10 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office or calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or online twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at www.luhrscenter.com.


The musical was developed by renowned scenic designer, Adrianne Lobel - the author’s daughter - with music by Robert Reale and book & lyrics by Willie Reale. It originated in 2002 at the Children’s Theater Company of Minneapolis, where the Star Tribune called it “a spiffy, snazzy, clever little musical” and “a welcome success in the world of Musical Theater”. A successful New York run at the New Victory Theater followed, where the New York Times urged “anyone who cherishes musical theater and can beg or borrow a child from 4 up might be well advised to make a beeline for Times Square in search of tickets for ‘A Year With Frog and Toad.’” The path continued to Broadway’s Cort Theater, where the show opened in April, 2003 and earned 3 Tony Award nominations for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score.

The jazzy score has a country-western thread and clever lyrics that keep fingers snapping and feet tapping. Frog and Toad soft-shoe their way across the stage with their friends Snail, Mouse and Turtle, sharing simple pleasures, like eating cookies galore in a show-stopping number that will tweak the sweet tooth of everyone in the theater. The lovable Snail, who spends the entire show trying to deliver a letter at his own very, very slow pace, brings the house down with his solo “I’m Coming Out of My Shell.”

Children are likely to have encountered the Frog and Toad books in school or the library, where they are a favorite of parents and teachers who embrace the simple and lovely stories and beautiful illustrations. In addition to over 60 public performances, the tour will offer 80 daytime school shows, where children are bussed into the venues to experience the joy of live musical theater. Teachers are sent a study guide in advance, giving children the opportunity to discuss the themes of the show and relate them to classroom curriculum prior to seeing the performance.

It is no small feat to find high quality family entertainment that appeals to the younger set as well as their parents and grandparents. “A Year With Frog and Toad” is that rare show that does it all. Of the premiere performance, Variety wrote “When contrasted with the bright, clamorous and empty standards of children’s entertainment, this production’s endearing charm seems no small achievement.”

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Group discounts for 20 or more are also available by calling 717.477.SHOW.

About IntraMusic Theatricals (IMT)
IntraMusic Theatricals (IMT) is a music and theatrical production company specializing in family entertainment. From a production partnership with the Julie Andrews Collection of children's book to the development of new musicals such as James and the Giant Peach, IMT is at the forefront of creating significant new works for families and children.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###

Skaggs and Hornsby Bring Unique Bluegrass Collaboration to the Luhrs Center Stage

October 12, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Friday, October 12, 2007)

Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder to perform on October 27, 2007 at 8 p.m. at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (October 12, 2007) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder on October 27, 2007 at 8 p.m. These two legendary artists bring to the stage a show not soon forgotten. Skaggs, the beloved “Ambassador of Bluegrass” and Hornsby, who blends almost a dozen genres to create his complex sound, have 15 Grammy® Awards between them. Available tickets are $48, $38 and $28 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office or calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or online twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at www.luhrscenter.com.

[Editor’s Note: A photo is available online at www.luhrscenter.com/mediacenter.]

The collaboration, which began with the recording of Ricky Skaggs and Friends Sing the Songs of Bill Monroe, led to the recording of their most recent album, Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby. Backed by Kentucky Thunder and a few special guests, the album draws from deep roots in Mountain Music and, combining Hornsby’s virtuostic piano and unmatched songwriting, created the quintisential modern Bluegrass sound. When paired together, these two legends of the music industry put forth one of the most entertaining shows in the entertainment industry.

Skaggs is, today, known as the “Ambassador of Bluegrass.” With 12 Grammy® Awards under his belt, his name has become synonymous with Country Music. With eight consecutive Grammy® nominated albums behind him, Skaggs brings possibly the most tenured voice of Bluegrass to the stage. Born in 1959 in Kentucky, Skaggs was already an accomplished singer and Mandolin player by the time he reached his teens. He began his professional career in 1971 when he and his late friend, Keith Whitley, were invited to join the band of Bluegrass patriarch, Ralph Stanley. Skaggs quickly built a reputation for creativity and performed on the band’s debut album in 1975, which is widely considered to be one of the most influential Bluegrass albums ever recorded. Throughout the 1970’s, Skaggs built on his foundation of skill and experience, recording his first solo album in 1981, Waitin’ for the Sun to Shine. This legendary recording launched Skaggs to the top of the Country music charts, where he would remain for much of the 1980’s. In 1997, when his then-current recording contract was at an end, he created his own record label, “Skaggs Family Records,” which went on to garner an unprecedented eight consecutive Grammy® nominated albums, six of which won the award. Ricky Skaggs has often said that he is “just trying to make a living” playing the music he loves. But it’s clear that his passion for bluegrass puts him in the position to bring this lively, distinctively American form of music out of isolation and into the ears and hearts of audiences across the country and around the world.

Hornsby, a three-time Grammy® winner who’s sold more than 10 million records since his multi-platinum debut in 1986, draws from a wide array of influences--among them jazz, pop, classical, bluegrass, rock, vaudeville and sounds both swinging and downright original to create one of the freshest sounds in Country Music today. He struck RIAA gold--and triple platinum--with his debut album, The Way It Is, recorded with his band, the Range. His debut generated three Top 20 hits, including its #1 title track, and earned Bruce Hornsby & the Range the Best New Artist Grammy® for 1986. He has performed with such notables as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Bela Fleck and The Grateful Dead.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Group discounts for 20 or more are also available by calling 717.477.SHOW.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###

America's Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet to Perform at the Luhrs Center

September 20, 2007
The Kinsey Sicks to perform on October 11, 2007 at 8 p.m. at the
H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University.



SHIPPENSBURG, PA (September 20, 2007) – The APB Cultural Arts Committee and the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University present The Kinsey Sicks on October 11, 2007 at 8 p.m. For over a decade, The Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, have flirted, flounced and flaunted their way across the stage, serving up a feast of music and comedy to audiences across the United States. Tickets are $20 and $15 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office or calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or online twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at www.luhrscenter.com.

For well over a decade The Kinsey Sicks have brought their unique blend of music, comedy and outlandish women’s clothing to stages across the United States. By combining award-winning acapella singing, sharp satire and over-the-top drag, they have developed a loyal following. The Kinsey Sicks began in 1993 as a group of friends who went to a Bette Midler concert in San Fransicso dressed as the Andrews Sisters. Assuming they would be among many drag-queens, they quickly realized they were the only ones present. Later that night they were approached to perform at their first live event.

Since then, The Kinsey Sicks have produced and performed full-length theatrical productions around the country in such prestigious venues as the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, the Nordstrom Recital Hall in Seattle, the Ogden Theatre in Denver, the Colony Theatre in South Beach, and the Wheeler Opera Hall in Aspen. They have packed the houses with shows such as “The Balled Sopranos,” “Motel Sicks: A Dragapella Summer Vacation” and “Everything But the Kitsch ‘n’ Synch,” all of which premiered at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre Center.

In 2001, The Kinsey Sicks produced and starred in their critically acclaimed Off-Broadway hit, “DRAGAPELLA! Starring The Kinsey Sicks” at New York’s legendary Studio 54. That production received a nomination for a Lucille Lortel Award as Best Musical of 2001 and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Lyrics.

The Kinseys Sicks have been profiled on national television, including on “20/20” and “CBS Early Show with Bryant Gumbel,” and were the subjects of a lengthy cover feature in the arts section of the New York Times. They have won numerous a cappella awards and have recorded five CDs: Dragapella, Boyz 2 Girlz, Sicks in the City, I Wanna Be a Republican, and Oy Vey in a Manger: Christmas Carols and Other Jewish Music. (www.kinseysicks.com)

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Group discounts for 20 or more are also available by calling 717.477.SHOW.

About the APB Cultural Arts Committee
Founded April 11, 1983, the award-winning Activities Program Board (APB) is Shippensburg University’s main programming board, focused on improving cultural, social, recreational and educational programs for the University and the surrounding community. APB is comprised mainly of general members with leadership provided by four executive student officers and the chairpersons of eight committees. APB offers students standard events such as Parents and Family Day, MAC’s Statewide Stepshow and SpringFest, as well as providing them with concerts, comedians, tournaments, dances, poetry slams, day trips, movies, etc. The organization provides leadership opportunities for students that compliment the classroom experience in addition to developing team building skills while working with the administration, faculty, and fellow classmates.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###

Everything's Coming Up Roses When Tony Award®-Winning "Gypsy" Entertains at the Luhrs Center

September 13, 2007
The Legendary Broadway musical “Gypsy” comes to the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on October 3, 2007 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (September 13, 2007) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents “Gypsy” on October 3, 2007 at 8 p.m. “Gypsy” is the story of the quintessential stage mother, her dreams for herself and her daughters, and the daughter who dared to live her own dream. One of the greatest musicals of all time, “Gypsy” entertains one and all. Tickets are $28 and $38, and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office or calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or online twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at www.luhrscenter.com.

“Gypsy” tells the story of Rose, an overbearing stage mother who is determined to make her girls the stars of vaudeville. Rose overwhelmingly favors her younger daughter, June, who headlines the act, while Louise is relegated to the chorus. Rose’s attention eventually turns to her older daughter, but it is Louise herself who discovers her own talent, and becomes a bigger star than Rose ever dreamed possible. Set against the freewheeling days of vaudeville and burlesque, “Gypsy” explores ambition, jealousy, family relationships, and the bittersweet loss of innocence.

Based on the memoirs of entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee, “Gypsy” was written by three virtuosos of American musical theater: Arthur Laurents (book), Jule Styne (music), and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics). The original production, starring Ethel Merman as Mama Rose and directed by Jerome Robbins, was an instant hit when it opened at the Broadway Theatre in 1959. Subsequent revivals garnered a total of three Tony Awards® and featured such talents as Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly and Bernadette Peters in the role of Mama Rose.

“Gypsy” features some of the biggest songs in Broadway history, including Everything’s Coming Up Roses, Rose’s Turn, Some People, and Together, Wherever We Go.

“Gypsy” is produced by Phoenix Entertainment. The director is Sam Viverito, with Michael Borth as musical director. The creative team includes Michael Hotopp (scenic design), Charlie Morrison (lighting design), and Craig Cassidy (sound design).

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Group discounts for 20 or more are also available by calling 717.477.SHOW.

About Phoenix Entertainment
Phoenix Entertainment is an established international theatrical producing and management enterprise founded by long time colleagues Stephen Kane and Michael McFadden. The Phoenix mission is to develop, produce and present Broadway musicals along with casino and family style entertainments throughout North America and beyond. More than two decades of theatrical success and industry partnership have resulted in the Phoenix team delivering thousands of performances of over 70 live productions on four continents.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###

The Oak Ridge Boys Bring Legendary Stage Act to the Luhrs Center

September 5, 2007
The Grammy® Award winning Oak Ridge Boys to perform on September 26, 2007 at 8 p.m. in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (September 5, 2007) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents The Oak Ridge Boys on September 26, 2007 at 8 p.m. With one of the most distinctive sound in the music industry, The Oak Ridge Boys bring 50 years of tradition to bear on a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. Tickets range from $20 to $50, and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office or calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or online twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at www.luhrscenter.com.

The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of country hits and a #1 pop smash that earned them Grammy®, Dove, CMA and ACM awards. The Oak Ridge Boys represent a tradition that extends back to 1943. The original group, based in Knoxville, TN, began performing country and gospel music in nearby Oak Ridge. They called themselved the Oak Ridge Quartet, and they began regular appearences at the Grand Ole Opry. By the 1970’s their sound had evolved to gospel with a pop edge.

“When I go on stage, I get the same feeling I had the first time I sang with the Oak Ridge Boys,” says lead singer Duane Allen. “This is the only job I’ve ever wanted to have.”

Their string of hits includes the chart-topper “Elvira,” as well as “Bobbie Sue,” “Dream On,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” and many others. They’ve scored ten gold, three platinum, one double platinum album and one double platinum single. Additionally, they’ve had more than a dozen #1 singles.

“I was a fan of the Oaks before I became a member,” adds bass singer Richard Sterban. “They were the most innovative quartet in Gospel music. Being in The Oak Ridge Boys is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.”

The Oak Ridge Boys have performed with Paul Simon, George Jones, Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Roy Rogers, Billy Ray Cyrus and others. They have appeared before three presidents and produced one of the first country music videos in 1977. The Oak Ridge Boys are Duane Allen singing lead, Richard Sterban singing bass, Joe Bonsall singing tenor and William Lee Golden singing baritone. Together they comprise one of country’s truly legendary acts.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Group discounts for 20 or more are also available by calling 717.477.SHOW.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###

Hampton Rock String Quartet Reinvents Classical Music at the Luhrs Center

September 5, 2007
The Hampton Rock String Quartet to perform on September 29, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (September 5, 2007) – The Activities Programming Board (APB) Cultural Arts Committee at Shippensburg University present The Grammy® Award winning Hampton Rock String Quartet on September 29, 2007 at 7:30 p.m at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center. Playing traditional, priceless acoustic instruments, The Hampton Rock String Quartet adds rock amplification, smoke and lights to move classical music into the 21st century. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office or calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or online twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at www.luhrscenter.com.

The Hampton Rock String Quartet is the original rock string quartet, devoting its career exclusively to arranging, performing and recording classically influenced arrangements of well known rock songs from Led Zepplin to Queen. Having recorded with artists including *NSync, Cyndi Lauper and Britney Spears, their diversity and style is singular in the music community.

The Quartet’s members are Regis Iandiorio and Abe Appleman on violin, Rochard Maximoff on viola and John Reed on cello. The group was trained at Julliard and has been nominated for multiple Grammy® Awards.

In a career spanning over twenty years, The Hampton Rock String Quartet has performed in venues around the world, from Queen Elizabeth Hall in London to the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. They have been featured on television on The Today Show, ABC, and the BBC.

Their recordings are on the soundtracks to “Ram Dass, Fierce Grace” and “Blue Helmet.” They have four CD’s released on Mona Lisa Sound – Symphony From The Devil, HSQ Rides Again, Take No Prisoners and HSQ Does Christmas (again).

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Group discounts for 20 or more are also available by calling 717.477.SHOW.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###

Philippine Madrigal Singers to Perform at the Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University

August 29, 2007
The Philippine Madrigal Singers to perform September 12, 2007 at 8 p.m.
at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University.



SHIPPENSBURG, PA (August 29, 2007) – The APB Cultural Arts Committee and the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University present the Philippine Madrigal Singers, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. The Philippine Madrigal Singers is one of the world’s best choirs after having consistently won all the top prizes in the world’s prestigious choral competitions for the last 42 years. Tickets are $25, $20 & $15 and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office or calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or online twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at www.luhrscenter.com.

[Editor’s Note: A photo is available by accessing the Luhrs Center Media Center. Additional photos are available upon request. Please contact Jeff Sommer at 717.477.1123 x3297 or email at jesomm@ship.edu.]

The Philippine Madrigal Singers was founded in 1963 by National Artist for Music, Professor Andrea O. Veneracion. The group is mostly composed of students, faculty and alumni from the University of the Philippines. The group’s trademark performance stance, singing in a semi-circle without a conductor, is instantly recognizable. Their standard performance clearly exhibits the seamless fusion of their musical virtuosity, technical proficiency and soulful singing. Their highly eclectic repertoire spans the breadth and length of vocal music: from Renaissance madrigals to the avant-garde, from Filipino and international folksongs to the latest pop hits, even from the most cerebral choral masterpieces to the most humorous of novelty numbers. This world-class choir can honestly sing anything with authenticity and professionalism while keeping their audience thoroughly entertained.

The group’s initial foray into the international scene took place in 1969 at the First Choruses of the World Festival held at the Lincoln Center in New York City with a critically-acclaimed performance that marked the beginning of a distinguished and illustrious musical legacy. To date, the Madz has consistently won top prizes in the most prestigious choral competitions held at Spittal, Austria; Arezzo and Gorizia in Italy; Neuchatel, Switzerland; Debrecen, Hungary; Varna, Bulgaria; Tolosa, Spain and Marktoberdorf, Germany. It was in June of 1997 when the Madz sealed their stature as the World’s Best Choir when they bagged the grand prize at the ultimate competition of global choral champions. The Philippine Madrigal Singers won over five other prize-winning European choirs at the Grand Prix European de Chant Choral Competition in Tours, France. Recently, the Madz won top prizes in the Certamenes Internacional Habaneras y Polifonia held in Torrevieja, Spain in 2004.

Presently under the masterful leadership of Madz alumnus Mark Anthony A. Carpio, the Philippine Madrigal Singers continues to set new standards of excellence at a global level. Since their humble beginnings as a university-based chamber ensemble throughout their legendary rise as international choral champions, this 42-yearold cultural icon known as the Philippine Madrigal Singers has irreversibly cemented its stature as one of world’s best choirs for all time.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Group discounts for 20 or more are also available by calling 717.477.SHOW.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University Presents Their 2007/08 Season

July 27, 2007
The Luhrs Center 2007/08 Season Tickets go on Sale July 30, 2007 at 11 a.m. Tickets can be ordered in person at the Luhrs Center Box office, by calling 717.477.SHOW,
and online at www.luhrscenter.com.



SHIPPENSBURG, PA (July 27, 2007) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University announces the 2007/08 season schedule. Single tickets, season subscriptions and flex series tickets go on sale Monday, July 30, 2007 at 11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office or calling 717.477.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or online twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at www.luhrscenter.com.

The 2007/08 Luhrs Center season is full of great entertainment including intimate solo artist performances, musicals, children’s programming, orchestral and jazz concerts, comedy, and much more. (See full schedule below.) The season begins with the Philippine Madrigal Singers on September 12 and concludes with the Festival 2008 Celebration Series in July. Featured performers include: The Oak Ridge Boys (Sept. 26), Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby (Oct. 27), Michael Bolton (Nov. 8), Marie Osmond (Nov. 30), Anne Murray (Feb. 14) and Jeff Dunham (March 29). Featured Broadway musicals include Gypsy (Oct. 3) and Ring of Fire – The Johnny Cash Musical (Apr. 3).

(Editor’s Note: Photos of the Luhrs Center as well as performer photos are available upon request. Please contact Jeff Sommer at 717.477.1123 x3297 or email at jesomm@ship.edu. More information about the performances is also available at www.luhrscenter.com.)

“Each season, we build the programming around the interests of the people in our region,” said Leslie Folmer Clinton, Luhrs Center director. “We know there are a lot of people looking for great entertainment at reasonable prices. We add entertainment variety to ensure there’s something for everyone.”

“Access to the Luhrs Center is easy and the parking is plentiful. There’s not a bad seat in the house and the acoustics are fantastic,” said Folmer Clinton. “But please come and see for yourself,” she added.

2007/08 H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center Season Schedule
Ticket prices and additional information is available
online at www.luhrscenter.com or by calling 717.477.SHOW.

Philippine Madrigal Singers Wednesday, September 12, 2007/ 8 p.m.
The Oak Ridge Boys Wednesday, September 26, 2007/8 p.m.
The Hampton Rock String Quartet Saturday, September 29, 2007/7:30 p.m.
Gypsy Wednesday, October 3, 2007/8 p.m.
The Kinsey Sicks Thursday, October 11, 2007/8 p.m.
Daniel Tammet Thursday, October 25, 2007/8 p.m.
Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby Saturday, October 27, 2007/8 p.m.
with Kentucky Thunder
A Year With Frog & Toad Saturday, November 3, 2007/2 p.m.
Michael Bolton Thursday, November 8, 2007/8 p.m.
Yamato – The Drummers of Japan Tuesday, November 13, 2007/8 p.m.
Marie Osmond Friday, November 30, 2007/8 p.m.
The Magic of Christmas
Sweet Honey In the Rock Tuesday, January 22, 2008/8 p.m.
Influences: The Motown Greats Monday, January 28, 2008/8 p.m.
Boston Brass Thursday, January 31, 2008/8 p.m.
Harlem Gospel Choir Wednesday, February 7, 2008/8 p.m.
An Evening with Anne Murray Thursday, February 14, 2008/8 p.m.
LeVar Burton Thursday, February 21, 2008/8 p.m.
Capitol Steps Saturday, March 1, 2008/8 p.m.
Jeff Dunham Saturday, March 29, 2008/7 p.m.
Ring of Fire Thursday, April 3, 2008/8 p.m.
The Johnny Cash Musical
Golden Dragon Acrobats Tuesday, April 8 2008/8 p.m.
The Musical Adventures
of Flat Stanley Friday, April 18, 2008/7 p.m.
Paul Taylor Dance Company Tuesday, April 22, 2008/8 p.m.
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Friday, April 25, 2008/8 p.m.
Frankie Avalon & Bobby Rydell Saturday, June 7, 2008/8 p.m.

Festival 2008 Celebration Series
Concert I: Festival Chamber Orchestra Thursday, July 10, 2008/8 p.m.
Concert II: Festival Chamber Orchestra Thursday, July 17, 2008/8 p.m.
Concert III: Festival Chamber Orchestra & Chorus Thursday, July 24, 2008/8 p.m.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Festival 2007 Celebration Series to Showcase Central PA Orchestra Conductors

July 3, 2007
The Festival 2007 Celebration Series at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on July 12, 19 & 26
welcomes guest conductors from Central PA orchestras:
Concert I: Stuart Malina, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra
Concert II: Stephen Gunzenhauser, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra
Concert III: Blaine Shover, Festival Celebration Orchestra and Chorus




SHIPPENSBURG, PA (July 3, 2007) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University will host the Festival 2007 Celebration Series three orchestral concerts on July 12, 19 & 26, 2007. This year’s concerts will feature guest conductors from throughout the Central Pennsylvania region and internationally recognized and acclaimed soloists. Tickets are $15 per concert or $40 for the entire series and can be purchased by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

Concert I on July 12 will feature the Festival Chamber Orchestra with guest conductor Stuart Malina. Malina is well-known in Central Pennsylvania as the conductor of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. He has also won a TONY award for his orchestration of Billy Joel’s songs for the musical Movin’ Out, which he helped create with director/choreographer Twyla Tharp. For the Festival 2007 Celebration Series Concert I, Malina will conduct works by Beethoven including “Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67” and “Concerto for Violin in D, Op. 61” with guest violinist, John Eaken. Eaken, soloist and concertmaster for the Festival Chamber Orchestra, is also well-known through Central Pennsylvania as concertmaster for the York Symphony and as a member of the critically acclaimed Eaken Piano Trio. This will also be Eaken’s thirty-eighth year as concertmaster of the Festival Chamber Orchestra.

Concert II on July 19 will feature the Festival Chamber Orchestra with guest conductor, Stephen Gunzenhauser. Gunzenhauser is the conductor and music director of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and is internationally recognized conductor and Grammy nominee. For concert II, he will conduct Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with featured pianist, Vladimir Stoupel, the Russian-born French pianist. Stoupel has performed as soloist with many of the leading orchestras of the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Symphony and the Russian State Orchestra. Also included on the program will be Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 (New World)” and Astor Piazzolla’s “Tangazo”

Concert III on July 26 will feature the Festival Chamber Orchestra and Chorus with conductor Blaine Shover, Festival Celebration Series artistic director and Festival Chorus founder and conductor. Shover will conduct Handel’s “Messiah” (Mozart’s Orchestration) with guest soloists Lauren Curnow, Soprano; Gwendolyn Lentz, Mezzo-soprano; Greg Oaten, Tenor; and Damian Savarino, Bass. This performance will focus on the dramatic aspect of this great oratorio providing a new perspective to the audience.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Group discounts for 20 or more are also available by calling 717.477.SHOW.


About the Festival Chamber Orchestra
The Festival Chamber Orchestra is a select ensemble of professional musicians from south central Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. Now in its 38th year, the orchestra was formed to stimulate interest in chamber orchestra music and to provide regional audiences with top-quality professional performances of the repertoire. For the first 15 years of its existence, the orchestra was directed by its founder, Dr. Miles Cowdrey, who was a professor of music at Shippensburg University. Dr. Erik Shear was artistic administrator in 1985. Since 1986, the Festival has been under the artistic direction of Dr. Blaine Shover.

About the Festival Chamber Chorus
The Festival Chamber Chorus was formed in 1985 by Dr. Blaine Shover to perform as part of the Festival Celebration Series held each year at Shippensburg University. The chorus is comprised of 26 professional singers, many of whom have established noted careers as soloists. Although the majority of members come from Pennsylvania, some travel from as far as Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Virginia. In addition to their association with the Festival Chorus, they have appeared with the Bach Choir, Bethlehem, PA; the Paul Hill Chorale, Washington, D.C.; the United States Army Chorus, Fort Meyers, VA; the Handel-Haydn Society, Boston, MA; and the Westminster Choir, Princeton, NJ. As soloists, members have been heard with the Washington Opera, the Oratorio Society of Washington, D.C., the Spoleto Festival, the Harrisburg Civic Opera, and the Maryland Symphony.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

The Spinners to Bring Their R&B Sound to the Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University

May 18, 2007
The legendary Pop/R&B group will perform at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (May 18, 2007) – The Spinners, the legendary Pop/R&B group, will perform at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on Saturday, June 2 at 8 p.m. Available tickets are $27, $23 and $18 and can be purchased by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

Throughout the years The Spinners have acquired twelve (12) gold records with hits on top of both Pop and R&B charts and they are one of the few groups who can boast of four lead singers. Today, original members Bobbie Smith, Henry Fambrough, and Pervis Jackson are joined onstage by lead singer Frank Washington, high tenor Harold “Spike” Bonhart and a soul-infused 5-piece band.

In 1972, The Spinners signed with Atlantic Records and teamed up with producer Thom Bell, setting into motion an amazing recording career. A partial list of their hit singles on Atlantic include “Mighty Love,” “Then Came You,” “I’ll Be Around,” “One Of A Kind (Love Affair),” “Games People Play,” and “Could It Be.” In 1979, they completed their first collaboration with producer Michael Zager, and by early 1980, the single, “Working My Way Back to You,” was topping Pop and R&B charts giving the group its 12th gold record. The Love Trippin’ album’s release included “The Cupid Medley,” one of the fastest selling records in The Spinners’ career. The follow-up album, Labor of Love, featured such stand- out tunes as “Yesterday Once More,” and “Long Live Soul Music.” With the release of “Can’t Shake This Feeling,” their fourth LP in just over two years, the quintet entered a brand new phase of their remarkable career as they joined the award winning producing/writing/playing team of James Mtume and Reggie Lucas. Other past releases include songs on the motion picture soundtracks of “Twins” and “Spaceballs,” and a single on Arista Records, a duet with Dionne Warwick entitled “Then Came You.”

The Spinners have six Grammy® nominations and have performed twice during the awards ceremony. They received a Black Gold Award from Dick Clark for their many achievements in the recording industry, and they have been awarded the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Award for their contribution to R & B. The group received a star on the Hollywood “Walk of Fame,” and has appeared in numerous network and cable television specials paying tribute to the music of the 70’s. In 1993, The Spinners performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Bill Clinton.

Throughout the years, The Spinners have taken the opportunity to give back to the community through charity, making appearances on behalf of autistic children, the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization, the NAACP, the Urban League, and many others.

Today, this legendary R & B group maintains a full touring schedule, performing for fans of all ages in sold out houses around the country.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Group discounts for 20 or more are also available by calling 717.477.SHOW.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

Grammy®-Award Winning New York Voices to Perform at the Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University

April 11, 2007
New York Voices to bring their close jazz harmonies to the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on Friday, April 27, 2007 at 8 p.m.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (April 11, 2007) – Grammy®-Award winning New York Voices to perform at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on Friday, April 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28, $25, $18 and $15 and can be purchased by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or online at www.luhrscenter.com. New York Voices will also conduct a vocal jazz clinic in the Luhrs Center’s Grove Theatre from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. prior to their performance. The clinic is included with the purchase of a ticket to the performance. Call the Luhrs Center Box Office for more details.

The New York Voices vocal ensemble is renowned for their excellence in jazz and the art of group singing. Like the great groups that have come before, such as Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Singers Unlimited, Manhattan Transfer and Take 6, they have learned from the best and taken the art form to new levels. Their interests are rooted in jazz, but often Brazilian, R & B, classical, and pop influences are included with equal creativity and authenticity.

New York Voices was formed in 1987 by Darmon Meader, Peter Eldridge, Kim Nazarian, Caprice Fox and Sara Krieger. Darmon, Peter, Kim and Caprice attended Ithaca College in NY and were part of an invitational alumni group formed to tour the European Jazz Festivals in the summer of ’86 and subsequently formed New York Voices. In 1989 they signed their first record deal with GRP Records and released their self-titled debut album, “New York Voices”. The group received rave notices and quickly received domestic and international recognition in the Jazz World. From ‘89 to ‘94, they released four total CDs on the GRP Label, “Hearts of Fire”, “What’s Inside”, and “The Collection”. In 1992, Sara Krieger retired her chair, and after auditioning over 60 vocalists from all over the U.S., the group found Lauren Kinhan.

Besides their own CDs, New York Voices has made many guest appearances on recordings and live performances that have earned them critical acclaim and demand in a variety of musical settings. You can find their performances on such CDs as their Grammy®-Award winning collaboration, Count Basie Orchestra with New York Voices, Live at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG Records), the contemporary classical The Ancient Tower (Robert Lepley - EarthBeat Records), Heirs to Jobim (BMG Records), Don Sebesky’s I Remember Bill (BMG), Jim Hall’s By Arrangement (Telarc), A Love Affair - the Music of Ivan Lins (TELARC), Irving Berlin’s Louisiana Purchase (DRG), and many more. They have had the pleasure of performing with a number of influential jazz artists including Ray Brown, Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, George Benson, and the like.

In early 1997, NYV signed a new record deal with RCA Victor. They traveled down a different road creating their first high concept CD paying tribute to a contemporary composer which produced, New York Voices Sing the Songs of Paul Simon. They explored and used a variety of styles to express new turns on this singer/songwriter’s popular songbook.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Group discounts for 20 or more are also available by calling 717.477.SHOW.


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

Emerson Drive to Bring Countrified Soul to the Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University

March 30, 2007
Academy of Country Music nominees to perform at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 9 p.m.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (March 30, 2007) – The Academy of Country Music nominees Emerson Drive are slated to perform at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on Thursday, April 19 at 9 p.m. The concert is sponsored by the APB Concert Committee. All tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 717.477.SHOW or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

Emerson Drive emerged from Canada onto the Nashville country music scene in 2001 with their brand of hip country combined with stellar musicianship. Their first release EMERSON DRIVE garnered numerous industry awards and nominations including, ACM Top New Vocal Group/Duo [awarded in 2003]; Billboard’s #1 Top Country Artist of the Year for 2002; R&R’s #1 New Artist MVP for 2002; Group of the Year for two consecutive years, from the Canadian Country Music Association; two Top 5 hits with “Fall Into Me” and “I Should Be Sleeping”; as well as a number one music video on CMT’s Top Twenty Countdown with “Fall Into Me.” Most recently the band took home top honors at the 2005 CCMA’s with coveted spots in the “2005 CCMA All Star Band,” Dale Wallace (keyboards) and David Pichette (fiddle) were awarded the distinction of being best on their instrument.

Emerson Drive’s new album, COUNTRIFIED, on Midas Records Nashville proves they’ve definitely come to play. “The title of the record basically sums up everything we are as a group,” says lead vocalist Brad Mates. “It’s the music we feel is Emerson Drive, and it’s a stamp of what we believe is our kind of country music – something our fans can really relate to.”

Alabama member Teddy Gentry and producer Josh Leo came out to hear Emerson Drive just after the band was released from DreamWorks, and were immediately blown away by what they heard and wanted to work with them. It was the ultimate compliment for a group of guys who had idolized Alabama and their music. The input and direction of Gentry and Leo proved invaluable and added even more to the band’s rejuvenated recording process. As producers, they understood what kind of sound Emerson Drive was going for, especially in capturing the band’s live sound in the studio. With Gentry and Leo at the helm, the songs took center stage and the difference is evident in the finished product. “We really let the songs breathe a little bit this time around,” says Wallace “It is much more relaxed and like our live sound.”

Emerson’s electrifying onstage energy comes through at every turn on their new CD COUNTRIFIED. Rocking tunes like “Testify” and “Countrified Soul” let the band do what comes naturally and what they do best – tear it up onstage. “Countrified Soul” kicks off with a blast of the band’s signature harmonies, and then quickly turns into a full-tilt, fun-filled, “the weekend’s-here-let’s-party” romp where the guys turn it up and let it loose. Dubbed “turbograss” by Gentry, the song allows Emerson Drive’s amazing musicianship to shine through during its fiery instrumental breakdowns, and offers up a groove that is equal parts squaredance/breakdance.

At the other end of the spectrum are songs like the sweetly reverent “Everyday Woman.” The song’s touching sentiment is sure to capture female hearts with its simple message singing the praises of a woman who probably seems ordinary to most of the world but is actually everything to her man. Demonstrating his versatility and range, Mates taps into his Southern soul on the grooving, “Sweet Natural Girl,” (a tune that paints a picture of bliss through the eyes of a man totally and completely intoxicated by love). “A Good Man” the band’s current single, celebrates small town life and the rewards of just being a good person – a sentiment the members of Emerson Drive definitely relate and aspire to in the bigger picture. And the touching ballad “Moments” lets Mates’ vocals take center stage. The tear-jerking tune about a homeless man reflecting on the twists and turns of his life and what he might have done differently is sure to become another signature song for this versatile band.

COUNTRIFIED and its eleven songs mark an artistic turning point for the band. They feel they have finally made a record that is truly indicative of their talents and musical capabilities. “These songs have incredible meaning and we are really proud of this album,” says Mates. “We hope our fans enjoy it.”

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Group discounts for 20 or more are also available by calling 717.477.SHOW.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

World Renowned Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan to Perform at the Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University

March 29, 2007
Ronan Tynan to perform inspiring spirituals and Broadway classics
at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
on Saturday, April 14, 2007 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (March 29, 2007) – World renowned Irish tenor, Ronan Tynan, will perform at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on Saturday, April 14 at 8 p.m. Available tickets are $35, $29 and $20 and can be purchased by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

Introduced to international audiences in 1998 as a member of the Irish Tenors, Tynan has become known for his unique voice and irresistible appeal. As part of the famed Irish Tenors he joined Anthony Kearns and John McDermott (later Finbar Wright) and this trio became an instant worldwide sensation. Previous to joining the Irish Tenors, he won both the John McCormack Cup for Tenor Voice and the BBC talent show “Go For It” less than one year after beginning the study of voice. He also won the International Operatic Singing Competition in Maumarde, France. He made his operatic debut as Pinkerton in Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly”, and then performed as tenor soloist in Verdi’s “Requiem”, Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”, Handel’s “Messiah”, Rossini’s “Stabat Mater”, and Puccini’s “Messa di Gloria”. In addition to his singing, he published his autobiography “Halfway Home” in February 2002.

He has a special relationship with American audiences and considers New York City his home away from home.

“New York is powerful and intense, and it begs you to take it on,” Tynan says, “If you do that and do it right, it will give you absolutely everything you want. The thing I love about New York and the states is that there are so many people who want you to do well. They will you to do well. They encourage you, and they rejoice in your success. That’s a great virtue. I think Americans are fantastic people, amazing,” he adds.

In 2004, Tynan sang for the funeral of President Ronald Reagan. He is also famous for being the voice of the New York Yankees with his performances of “God Bless America” at Yankee Stadium during the seventh-inning stretch. In the wake of 9/11, the men and women of the New York Police Department and New York Fire Department and their families counted on Tynan’s concern and beautiful voice to console them. He performed at benefits and memorial services for New York’s Finest and Bravest, and his singing softened the sorrow of many in the wake of the tragedy. He has performed for countless dignitaries worldwide including the wedding of New York’s former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to Judith Nathan and the 80th birthday celebration of former President George H.W. Bush.

Tynan’s latest CD, “The Dawning of the Day”, is a collection of faith-based songs that are an extension of his artistic and spiritual being. This follow-up to his self-titled Decca debut features the production of multiple Grammy®-winner Brown Bannister, known for his work with several artists including Amy Grant, and who Tynan describes as “having a tremendous understanding of faith-driven music.” The album contains the tracks “Morning Has Broken (duet with Vince Gill),” “Dawning of the Day,” and “God Bless America.”

“I’m really proud of this album,” Tynan says. “I worked with an amazing team which I think comes through on everything from the arrangements to the selection of songs.”

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Group discounts for 20 or more are also available by calling 717.477.SHOW.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

Orchestra to Perform Feb. 15 as Part of Annual Scholarship Program

January 24, 2007
The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, led by trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, will perform Feb. 15 as part of the annual Gifted Minority Scholarship Benefit Dinner and Program.

The annual program is held to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and proceeds of the program benefit the Gifted Minority Scholarship. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. in Heiges Field House. Cost is $40 per person and includes a ticket to the 8 p.m. performance in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are also available for just the performance. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 years old and younger. SU students will be admitted free with their ID but must pick up tickets in advance at the Luhrs Center box office.

The orchestra, a beacon for the troubled city of New Orleans, is a spirited, swinging 16-piece band steeped in the rich culture of jazz, blues, swing and spirituals. The evening will feature Big Band arrangements, the music of Duke Ellington, and original compositions including a work composed by Mayfield to celebrate the ongoing efforts of the Gifted Minority Scholarship Fund. Raised in the proud musical legacy of the Delta, the orchestra has boldly laid a foundation to preserve America's indigenous music and inspire a new generation of greatness in jazz.

CIRQUE DREAMS Jungle Fantasy to Take Luhrs Center Audience on a Soaring Jungle Adventure

January 18, 2007
Created by Neil Goldberg, CIRQUE DREAMS Jungle Fantasy will perform at
the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
on February 11, 2007 at 3 pm.



SHIPPENSBURG, PA (January 18, 2007) - CIRQUE DREAMS Jungle Fantasy will take audiences on an all-new soaring adventure when performing at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University, Sunday, February 11 at 3 pm. Available tickets are $30, $25 and $20 and can be purchased by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or online at www.luhrscenter.com. [Editor’s note: Logos and additional photos available upon request.]


Produced by Cirque Productions and Artistic Director Neil Goldberg, CIRQUE DREAMS Jungle Fantasy is a nonstop, action-packed 2-hour adventure performed in two acts that stretches the imagination beyond the realm of possibilities, and brings seemingly impossible feats to the stage.


In the spirit of the successful international touring sensations Cirque Ingenieux and Cirque Dreams comes the latest reinvention of theatrical circus artistry from Cirque Productions, CIRQUE DREAMS Jungle Fantasy, a colorful dream in an enchanted forest performed on stage and in the air. An international cast of graceful aerialists, spine bending contortionists, vine swinging characters, strongmen and balancers bring this jungle dream to life in a lush, Broadway setting filled with wildly unpredictable designs, special effects, inventive choreography, puppeteering and dazzling costumes. Imaginative theatrics combined with world-class acrobatics make CIRQUE DREAMS Jungle Fantasy an exhilarating journey the entire family can experience together.


The Minneapolis Star-Tribune recommends CIRQUE DREAMS Jungle Fantasy as “Very funny, very entertaining – a magical, vividly evoked realm.” USA Today proclaims it “Dazzling…A fantastical tale in an enchanted jungle.” Critics and audiences alike have hailed Neil Goldberg’s Cirque Productions as “A circus to blow your circuits” (San Diego Union Tribune), “Acrobatic audacity and limitless imagination” (New York Daily News), “A mind-tingling spectacle” (Dallas Morning News) and “A Fanciful family-friendly production” (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette).


Goldberg’s signature style of inventive acrobatics, unique costumes and creative choreography is enhanced by a clever original musical score that heats up the jungle and presents some of the most striking visual and special effects ever on stage. The whimsical jungle creatures and loose-limbed acrobatic characters of CIRQUE DREAMS Jungle Fantasy will leap from the depths of imagination beyond the dreams of audiences.


To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com. Group discounts for 20 or more are also available by calling 717.477.SHOW.


About Neil Goldberg, Artistic Director for CIRQUE DREAMS Jungle Fantasy
Neil Goldberg’s illustrious career has included productions for 2 Super Bowls, 2 Miss Universe Pageants, the Walt Disney World Company and thousands of private and corporate events worldwide. He has worked with Baryshnikov, Liza Minnelli, Joan Collins, Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor, Gloria Estefan, Bob Hope, Vanessa Williams, Donald Trump, Christopher Reeve and others on productions for NBC, ABC, CBS, charitable events and projects spanning the globe.


In 1993, Neil created Cirque Productions, the first American company to produce European, theatrical and cirque-style shows for corporate events, theatres and tours. Recognizing his globally inspired imagination and Broadway expertise, the L.A. Times most recently labeled him with the title of today’s leading “theatrical impresario and circus maven.” In 1996, after opening Cirque Ingenieux at Bally’s Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ, Neil appeared on NBC’s Today Show and was hailed by the New York Daily News as “uniquely ingenious.” Since then he has created and opened over 12 new original productions performing in theatres, casino’s and touring worldwide. They include Imaginique for Busch Gardens Williamsburg, VA, Cirque Branson, year-round at the Remington Theatre in Branson, Missouri, Christmas Dreams, an original Broadway style musical performing at the Grand Palace Theatre in Branson, Missouri and the original Cirque Dreams, now performing at the Palm Springs Pavilion Theatre, Palm Springs California through 2008.


Cirque Productions is headquartered in Dream Studios, a state of the art theatrical production, rehearsal, training, design and costume manufacturing complex. Exclusively contracted performers are relocated to develop their skills at Dream Studios under the direction of Neil’s team of professional coaches, choreographers, gymnasts, aerialists, writers, inventors and more hoping to be cast into one of the company’s many ongoing and future productions.


Neil’s world travels continue in order to inspire his imagination and develop new talent by seeking out young dreamers and aspiring artists internationally. Besides the United States, his journeys have created opportunities for performers from The Mongolian School of Contortion, The Acrobatic Training Center of Beijing China, The Sports Acrobatic Association of Poland, The Moscow Circus, The Russian State College for Variety Arts and more.


The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###


The Hungarian Symphony Orchestra to Bring Majestic Sound to the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center

January 16, 2007
International Orchestra to perform works by Mussorgsky, Liszt and Tchaikovsky at the Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University, Thursday, February 8, 2007 at 8 p.m.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (January 16, 2007) - Celebrating its 100th Anniversary 2007, the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of András Ligeti, will make a stop at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on Thursday, February 8, 2007 at 8 p.m. as part of their debut American tour. Tickets are $35, $28 & $20 and can be purchased by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or online at www.luhrscenter.com. [Editor’s note: Biographies and photos available upon request.]


This performance will include “Night on a Bald Mountain” by Mussorgsky, “Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major” by Liszt and “Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64 by Tchaikovsky.


Featured pianist for “Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major” will be Finnish pianist, Paavali Jumppanen. Jumppanen won First Prize in the 2000 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and four special prizes: the Bruce Hungerford Memorial Prize, the Maurice M. Clairmont Piano Prize, the Joseph Kalichstein Piano Prize, and the Pennsylvania Presenters' Prize, a thirteen-concert tour throughout the state. He is also the recipient of the First Miriam Horowitz Meckler Award, established by YCA alumna pianist Ruth Laredo


The Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, currently under the leadership of András Ligeti, has become one of the most prominent ensembles in Hungary and Europe. Founded in 1907, the orchestra didn’t reach new artistic heights until the 1950’s. Since 1995, the Hungarian Symphony has resided at the Matav House of Music in Budapest.


The orchestra’s diverse repertoire includes contemporary works, oratorios and youth performances. While performing over 60 concerts each season, the orchestra performs in Budapest at the renowned Franz Liszt Academy and the Grand Assembly Hall of the Academy of Sciences.


Winner of several prizes from MIDEM (Europe’s major recording conference); the Hungarian Symphony has performed works by Beethoven, Brahms, Strauss, Stravinsky and Puccini. Upcoming tours include returns to France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Israel and the former Yugoslavia.


To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center Website at www.luhrscenter.com.

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Burning River Brass to Perform Holiday Concert at the Luhrs Center

November 8, 2006
Burning River Brass Ensemble to perform a Holiday Concert
at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
Thursday, November 30 at 8 p.m.



SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (November 8, 2006) – Burning River Brass (BRB) is scheduled to perform a holiday concert at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on Thursday, November 30 at 8 p.m. The performance will consist of brass ensemble classics and holiday favorites. Tickets are $28, $23, $25, $18 and $15 and are available by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or by visiting the Luhrs Center Web site at www.luhrscenter.com.

One of the most respected brass ensembles in the United States, BRB has been dazzling audiences since 1996 with “power and virtuosity,” “harmonious blend,” and “consistently stirring performances.” Composed of twelve of the finest brass and percussion players in the country, BRB is an ensemble on fire!

The original inspiration behind Burning River Brass was to give great players who were also good friends a chance to play together on a consistent basis. Soon after the first rehearsal in May 1996, BRB began to grow rapidly. The ensemble made its debut in September of 1996 in Tremont, Ohio under the auspices of Arts Renaissance Tremont and by 1998 was touring nationally.

In 1999 Burning River Brass was offered a recording contract by Dorian Recordings® and shortly thereafter recorded its first CD — Of Knights and Castles. The disc was met with great critical acclaim and was followed by the release of Russian Carnival in 2000. The group’s third CD was entitled Romanza Espana—Spanish Masterworks for Brass and was released in the fall of 2004. During the 2005 holiday season, BRB released its long requested Christmas CD—Christmas Around the World. All of the recordings have been praised for their energy, sound, and style.

In concert, Burning River Brass strives to present a variety of music that audiences find entertaining and which the ensemble enjoys playing. BRB’s repertoire includes fresh arrangements of classic literature as well as original works written specifically for the group. The ensemble is consistently applauded for the infectious joy with which it performs. The camaraderie continues into BRB’s educational and outreach programs, where the players endeavor to provide students with a rich, positive experience that will encourage their enthusiasm for music in the future.

Burning River Brass has been heard on NPR’s Performance Today and Sunday Baroque as well as radio stations throughout the United States and abroad. During the 2006-7 season, BRB will continue to tour nationally visiting Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois, Georgia, South Carolina, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and California.

For more information and to order tickets, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit www.luhrscenter.com.


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally-known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###



Dorothy the Dinosaur's Dance Party

October 18, 2006
It’s a party and you’re all invited!
DOROTHY THE DINOSAUR’S DANCE PARTY
Designed, Arranged & Produced by The Wiggles



SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (October 18, 2006) – It’s the First National Tour of DOROTHY THE DINOSAUR’S DANCE PARTY! Dorothy and her friends will dance their way into Shippensburg, Pa. at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on Saturday, November 4 for 2 performances, 1 pm and 2 pm. Tickets are $28 and $18 and are available by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or by visiting the Luhrs Center Web site at www.luhrscenter.com. The $28 seats include a bag filled with cool surprises from Dorothy the Dinosaur.

Everybody knows and loves The Wiggles, but sometimes Greg, Murray, Anthony and Jeff are so busy that they don’t have a chance to visit all their fans. So, The Wiggles are sending their best friends out on the road to entertain the children of America with DOROTHY THE DINOSAUR’S DANCE PARTY! The Wiggles themselves have designed, arranged and produced DOROTHY THE DINOSAUR’S DANCE PARTY as a special treat for their devoted fans and it is a great new way to experience The Wiggles’ music and entertain your children. Dorothy and her friends are very excited about this new show, and can’t wait to visit your area.
DOROTHY THE DINOSAUR’S DANCE PARTY is a fun packed all singing, all dancing performance featuring two hosts who will sing live all your favorite Wiggles songs, with help from The Wiggles’ best friends, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and of course, Dorothy the Dinosaur. Songs include “Fruit Salad,” “Romp Bomp a Stomp,” and “Hot Potato.”
The Wiggles are the biggest ticket selling musical group in children’s entertainment with tour dates scheduled across the globe (USA, UK, Canada and Australia). Playhouse Disney is airing The Wiggles three times a day Monday-Friday and twice daily on weekends. In 2005 The Wiggles sold over 3/4 million tickets across the USA including sold out shows in New York’s Madison Square Gardens Theater.

For more information about DOROTHY THE DINOSAUR’S DANCE PARTY, please visit www.thewiggles.com. For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center Web site at www.luhrscenter.com.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally-known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

# # #


For booking information, please contact The Road Company LLC at 212-302-5200 or www.theroadcompany.com.

Award-Winning Solo Artist Olivia Newton-John to Perform at the Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University

October 16, 2006
Olivia Newton-John’s Heartstrings World Tour to stop at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on Thursday, November 2 at 8 p.m.
.

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (October 16, 2006) – The award-winning artist Olivia Newton-John is scheduled to perform at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on November 2 at 8 p.m. as part of her Hearstrings World Tour. Remaining tickets are $50, $40 and $25 and can be purchased by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or online at the Luhrs Center Web site at www.luhrscenter.com.

Olivia Newton-John has been honored by the Academy Of Country Music as Most Promising Female Vocalist and has also received a Grammy Award as Best Country Vocalist. Her countless successes include multiple Grammys, numerous Country Music Awards, American Music Awards and Peoples Choice Awards, five #1 hits including “Physical,” which topped the charts for ten consecutive weeks, and 15 top 10 singles.

In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in “Grease” catapulted Olivia into super-stardom. This film led to the production of the most successful movie musical soundtrack in history, featuring the duets “You’re The One That I Want” and “Summer Nights,” with Travolta, as well as her mega-hit, “Hopelessly Devoted To You.” Her other film credits include “Xanadu,” “Two Of A Kind,” “It’s My Party,” and recently the independent feature, “Sordid Lives.” She followed that success, by co-starring with her daughter, Chloe, in the Showtime movie, “The Wilde Girls.” Chloe has also performed on stage with Olivia during her last two tours.

In the 1990’s, Olivia successfully overcame her own battle with breast cancer, which inspired her self-penned and produced album, “GAIA,” her most personal album reflecting upon her experiences with cancer. She used these experiences to gain greater self-awareness and became a positive inspiration to millions of people battling cancer. As a breast cancer survivor, Olivia has become increasingly well known and respected for talking openly about her battle with breast cancer and for promoting public awareness of the importance of early detection.

For tickets and information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center Web site at www.luhrscenter.com.


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally-known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

Luhrs Performing Arts Center Welcomes Country Artist Lorrie Morgan

October 10, 2006

Country Artist Lorrie Morgan to perform at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on Saturday, October 21 at 8 p.m.
.

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (October 10, 2006) – The award-winning country artist Lorrie Morgan is scheduled to perform at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on October 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50, $40, $30 and $20.

Morgan quickly became one of country music’s most popular and successful female artists charting over a dozen top ten hits including “Five Minutes,” “What Part of No,” and “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” which all landed at number one. Recognized as a creative force in music videos, she charted eight number one videos at CMT. Praise from her peers and fans followed, and Morgan earned nine industry awards including four wins as Female Vocalist of the Year (1994, 1996, 1997, and 1998). She made countless appearances on major network television shows including CBS-TV’s “The Late Show with David Letterman”, NBC-TV’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, and ABC-TV’s” Good Morning America”, among others.

But it has been life’s events off-stage that have kept her grounded. Morgan has said that, in some ways, her life is like a country song as she’s experienced so many different roles including daughter, single mother, widow, divorcee, and above all, survivor.

Morgan’s current album, “And Show Me How”, is her twelfth in her career. The album is a collection of eleven songs that examine life from the perspective of lessons learned and wisdom earned. On it Morgan tells tales of love, friendship, family, and flirting with clear authority but leaves any trace of melodramatic angst behind. It’s a mature yet witty take on reaching a point in life where you’ve learned enough to feel confident and comfortable in your own skin.

Tickets are available by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or by visiting the Luhrs Center Web site at www.luhrscenter.com.


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally-known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###



Moonwalker to discuss space trip Oct. 26

October 6, 2006
Buzz Aldrin, one of the first two humans to set foot on another world, will present "The Apollo Dream" at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center.

Aldrin's visit is part of the President's Lecture Series. Tickets for the program are $15 and are available at www.luhrscenter.com or by calling 477-SHOW (7469). SU students will be admitted free with their student I.D. but must pick up their ticket at the Luhrs Center box office.

On July 20, 1969, Aldrin and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo XI moonwalk. The largest worldwide television audience in history witnessed this unprecedented heroic endeavor. It was one facet of a life that has taken him from Korean Conflict pilot to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and now to private space endeavors to share his latest concepts and ideas for exploring the universe.

Aldrin, born in Montclair, N.J., first learned about aviation from his father who was an aviation pioneer and a student of rocket developer Robert Goddard. Aldrin graduated with honors from West Point. After receiving his wings, he flew Sabre Jets in 66 combat missions in the Korean Conflict, shooting down two MIG-15s. He subsequently earned a doctorate in astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in manned space rendezvous. Techniques he devised were used on all NASA missions, including the first space docking with the Russian cosmonauts.

In 1963, he was selected by NASA as one of the early astronauts. In 1966, he established a new record for extra-vehicular activity in space on Gemini XII. He has logged 4,500 hours of flying time, 290 of which were in space, including eight hours of EVA. As backup command module pilot for Apollo VIII, the first flight around the moon, he significantly improved operational techniques for astronautical navigation star display.

He and Armstrong subsequently made their historic moonwalk. Upon returning from the moon, he embarked on an international goodwill tour and was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Since retiring from NASA, the Air Force, and his position as commander of the Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Aldrin has remained at the forefront of efforts to ensure a continued leading role for America in manned space exploration. To advance his lifelong commitment to venturing outward in space, he has created a master plan of evolving missions for sustained exploration utilizing his concept, "The Cycler," a spacecraft system that makes perpetual orbits between Earth and Mars. In 1993, he received a U.S. patent for a permanent space station he designed. More recently he founded his rocket design company, Starcraft Boosters Inc., and the ShareSpace Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to opening the doors to space tourism for all people.

He has continued to share his vision for space travel by authoring two space novels The Return and Encounter with Tiber. He has also authored an autobiography, Return to Earth and a historical documentary, "Men from Earth," describing his trip to the moon and his unique perspective on America's space program.

The Curtis Symphony Orchestra to Perform at the Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University

October 2, 2006
The Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts
Otto-Werner Mueller, conductor
Roberto Díaz, viola


Sunday, October 15, 3 p.m.
H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University

PROGRAM:

Beethoven - Leonore Overture, No. 3
Penderecki - Viola Concerto
Prokofiev - Symphony No. 5


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (October 2, 2006) – The Curtis Institute of Music’s new president, internationally renowned violist Roberto Díaz, joins The Curtis Symphony Orchestra and distinguished conductor Otto-Werner Mueller in Penderecki’s Viola Concerto on Sunday, October 15 at 3 p.m. at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University. The program also includes Beethoven’s Leonore Overture, No. 3, and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5. Tickets are $20- $10.

The Curtis Symphony Orchestra, composed of more than 100 exceptionally gifted young musicians between the ages of 13 and 25, has been called “an orchestra that any city would be lucky to have as its professional ensemble” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). It performs a three-concert season in Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, as well as programs elsewhere in the region and occasionally at Carnegie Hall. The real-world training has enabled Curtis alumni to assume prominent positions in major orchestras across the United States, Canada, and abroad. Recent visiting conductors include Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Peter Oundjian, Simon Rattle, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Robert Spano, Michael Stern, Yuri Temirkanov, and David Zinman.

Roberto Díaz, former principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, maintains an active concert career as a soloist with major orchestras and a chamber musician with the Díaz Trio, in addition to continuing to teach at Curtis and give master classes. In May 2007, he will perform the Penderecki concerto with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Christoph Eschenbach at Carnegie Hall. Other orchestral engagements include the National Symphony, Boston Pops, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, Russian State Symphony, Saarbrücken Radio Orchestra, and Orquesta Simón Bolivar.

Otto-Werner Mueller, who holds the Rita and Gustave Hauser Chair in Conducting Studies at Curtis, has helped shape the orchestral training programs of distinguished musical institutions in the United States and Canada. He has conducted in every major city in Canada and has had guest appearances with the Scottish National Orchestra; Krakow Philharmonic; and the National Symphony, Atlanta, Detroit, St. Louis, and other United States orchestras. Mr. Mueller has trained conductors of major orchestras, including the Cincinnati, San Diego, Pittsburgh, and Fort Worth symphonies; and Swedish National Orchestra; and associate or assistant conductors of the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras; Boston, San Francisco, and St. Louis symphonies; and the Los Angeles and Munich philharmonics.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center Web site at www.luhrscenter.com.


About The Curtis Institute of Music
The Curtis Institute of Music trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. As one of the world’s leading music schools, it is highly selective, with approximately 5 percent of applicants accepted each year. Curtis provides a highly personalized education, the cornerstone of which is one-on-one study with some of today’s leading musical artists, complemented by uncommonly frequent performance opportunities.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally-known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

# # #

The Joint Will Be Jumpin'!

September 14, 2006
Tony Award® winning musical “Ain’t Misbehavin’” scheduled for Thursday, September 28 at 8 p.m. at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University.

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (September 14, 2006) - The Tony Award® winning musical, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” is scheduled for Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 8 p.m. at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University. Tickets are $30 -$15.

When “Ain’t Misbehavin’” opened on Broadway in 1978, it made history by winning every Tony Award® including best musical. This extraordinary musical encompasses 30 show-stopping numbers that will take the audience on a journey not only through the legendary composer Fats Waller song book, but through Harlem in its heyday. With period costumes complete with bowlers and spats and ermine and pearls, the dynamic five-member cast and six-piece band will surely turn the Luhrs Center’s Grove Theatre into a rollicking rent party. Ain’t Misbehavin’ will be a night of high-energy entertainment that both the young and the old will enjoy.

You don’t have to be a jazz buff to enjoy Ain’t Misbehavin’-- you just have to love a good time. The joint will be jumpin’ from start to finish with Waller classics including “Honeysuckle Rose”, “Squeeze Me”, the hilariously naughty “Your Feets Too Big”, “That Ain’t Right”, and of course the classic “The Joint is Jumpin’”. This fast-paced romp will take the audience where the high-steppers partied, from honky-tonk dives to the Cotton Club and from Tin Pan Alley to the Waldorf.
Tickets are available by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or by visiting the Luhrs Center Web site at www.luhrscenter.com.


About Supreme Talent International
Supreme Talent International (STI) has researched the most creative entertainment from around the world and is proud to offer the industry's most diversified roster of Broadway and international shows, exciting stage reviews, and celebrity look-a-likes. While STI provides a wide variety of mainstream entertainment, from “Oklahoma” to “Ain't Misbehavin’”, they also feature many stage productions and International Reviews that are truly unique and have not been seen by the masses.


About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally-known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

Discover Theater! featuring Disney's Cinderella Kids and The Jungle Book Kids on Stage at the Luhrs Center

September 6, 2006
The 70-City National Tour Promotes Learning through Musical Theater.
Discover Theater! to perform Disney classics on Friday, September 22 at 7:30 PM
at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University.



SHIPPENSBURG, PA (September 6, 2006) – Lights! Music! It’s show time when DISCOVER THEATER! featuring Disney’s Cinderella KIDS and The Jungle Book KIDS comes to the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on Friday, September 22 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $22-$12.

Or perhaps not quite yet – as Mrs. Wigglesworth announces that this year’s all-school musical has been canceled! Can a group of regular kids save the day? With brain-power, cooperation, and most important – their imaginations – you bet they can! Designed to promote education through the power of musical theater, this 60-minute production features the timeless stories of Disney's Cinderella KIDS and The Jungle Book KIDS from Music Theatre International’s KIDS Collection.

How do you make Cinderella’s carriage magically appear? How do you create a river in the middle of the stage and get Mowgli to swim in it? Creating fictional worlds onstage is not always easy, and sometimes our young heroes disagree, but in the end, they show that anything is possible once you let imagination out of the box! Discover valuable lessons about the importance of teamwork and ingenuity as you watch six kids bring the memorable stories and songs of these beloved Disney classics to life.

In a unique collaboration, Disney Theatrical Productions (DTP) and Music Theatre International (MTI) have created stage adaptations of some of Disney’s classic animated and live-action feature properties for licensing to the nation’s schools through MTI’s innovative Broadway Junior/MTI KIDS division. DISCOVER THEATER!, developed by IntraMusic Theatricals in association with MTI and DTP, is designed to encourage the licensing and production of these beloved shows and demonstrate the educational potential of exposing children to musical theater.

“Performing arts centers around the country serve as leaders in arts education. Schools and community groups look to these organizations for programming that not only entertains, but also engages the local arts curriculum,” comments Stephen Gabriel, president of IntraMusic Theatricals, who will lead an accomplished team of creators and designers in producing this tour.

This year’s DISCOVER THEATER! show incorporates Disney’s Cinderella KIDS and The Jungle Book KIDS into an hour-long story about six students exploring their imaginations through theater. “The show works on multiple levels,” says Gabriel, “first as pure entertainment with the wonderful Disney songs and characters, next as a dramatization of important children’s literature, and finally as a example of how kids can solve one problem after another while ‘putting on a show’.”

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center Web site at www.luhrscenter.com.


About Music Theatre International
Music Theatre International has recently partnered with prominent publishing and entertainment companies to ensure that in times of increasing budget cuts, musical theater still has a prominent role in the schools and the lives of students. Through a landmark agreement between MTI and Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, between 40,000 and 65,000 of the nation’s 88,000 elementary and middle schools will include musical productions as a regular subject in McGraw-Hill textbooks for the first time in the 2005-2006 season. Through its partnership with Disney Theatrical Productions, MTI has released four stage adaptations of Disney animated features – Disney’s Aladdin JR., Cinderella KIDS, 101 Dalmatians KIDS and The Jungle Book KIDS. Four more titles – Disney’s Mulan JR., Alice in Wonderland JR., The Aristocats KIDS, and Sleeping Beauty KIDS – will be available exclusively through MTI in late 2006. To date, over two million children have performed more than 20,000 MTI Education productions since the program’s launch. For more information, please visit www.broadwayjr.com.

About Disney Theatrical Productions
Disney Theatrical Productions was launched in 1994 with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which has thrilled countless audiences in productions worldwide and is now one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history. In 1997, Disney completed restoration of the historic New Amsterdam Theatre on New York’s 42nd Street and opened The Lion King, which received six 1998 Tony® Awards, including Best Musical. In addition to its extensive run on Broadway, The Lion King can be seen on several international stages and touring throughout the United States. Disney premiered its first new musical outside the U.S. in 1999, when Der Glöckner von Notre Dame, an adaptation of the Disney film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, opened in Berlin. Disney’s third Broadway show, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, won four 2000 Tony® Awards and completed a remarkable four-year run at the Palace Theatre in September 2004. Disney Theatrical Productions’ recent projects include a U.S. tour of the new musical revue On the Record, TARZAN® on Broadway, and a co-production of Mary Poppins with Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. Through a partnership with MTI, select Disney classics can come to life in professional, amateur and youth productions across the country and around the globe.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally-known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


###


Nationally Touring and Award Winning Junk Rock Group “Recycled Percussion” to Rock the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center

August 29, 2006
“Recycled Percussion” to perform at the Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 7:30 pm.

Shippensburg, PA (August 29, 2006)- Nationally Touring and Award Winning Junk Rock Group “Recycled Percussion” will make a stop at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center Shippensburg University on Saturday September, 16th at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15. The band is currently on the fall leg of their National "Rock Your Junk" Tour, which is slated to be their largest tour to date hitting over 200 college campuses nationwide.

Recycled Percussion has emerged from underground live show sensation to one of the most powerful touring shows in the U.S. The band has single-handedly brought the terms “Power-Percussion” and “Junk Rock” into mainstream music circles with their acclaimed live show. Remarkable hard-rock drumming led by the world’s "fastest extreme drummer" Justin Spencer, and intoxicating hip-hop funk grooves spun by turntablist “DJ Pharoah” create music that is sophisticated and technical in construction, mesmerizing in execution, and a fist-pumping thrill to experience.

Scheduled for release and distribution to all stores Worldwide in October, their new DVD/CD Combo Set, “Recycled Percussion: Live at Allegheny” captures the band’s insane live performance and what is considered to be the peak of on-stage percussion extremity. Performing on everything from their signature “trash” kits, including plastic buckets, huge ladders, mortar casings and giant 50 gallon containers, to an absolutely massive traditional drum kit - the band of three drummers and a DJ keep the audience on their feet through 80 minutes of spark-emitting, masterfully played power tools, and a mind-blowing beat box “vocal artillery” session, backed up by chest crushing, power-driven, sweat-drenched drumming. Bonus footage includes scenes from the "Rock Your Junk" tour and NBA performances.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center Web site at www.luhrscenter.com. More information about the band is available at www.recycledpercussion.com and www.myspace.com/recycledrocks.

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally-known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

International Music Legend Dionne Warwick to Perform at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center

August 22, 2006
Dionne Warwick to open the 2006-2007 Season at the Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University on Saturday, September 9, 2006 at 8 pm.


Shippensburg, PA (August 22, 2006)- Dionne Warwick is scheduled to perform at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on Saturday, September 9, 2006 at 8 pm. Tickets are $65-$30.


Celebrating 45 years in show business this year, Dionne Warwick’s signature interpretations have been at the forefront of popular music for decades touching different generations and demographics. In total, she has had nearly sixty charted hit songs since “Don’t Make Me Over” climbed the charts in 1962.


Warwick received her first of six Grammy Awards in 1968 for her classic hit, “Do You Know The Way to San Jose?,” and in doing so, became the first African-American solo artist of her generation to win the prestigious award for Best Contemporary Female Performance. Dionne also preceded the success of some her musical peers by becoming the first such artist to achieve twelve consecutive Top 100 hit singles from 1963-1966, including “Walk on By,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” “Close To You,” “Anyone Who Had A Heart,” among many others.


Her Grammy-winning, chart-topping single, “That’s What Friends Are For,” was the first music collaboration which raised millions of dollars for AIDS research and AMFAR. Throughout the world, she has devoted countless hours to many philanthropic causes, serving as the U.S. Ambassador for Health, Global Ambassador for the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization, among several other educational and charitable endeavors.


Warwick most recently performed with Burt Backarack on “American Idol” on Fox Network in May 2006. She is currently completing her first new album of duets for Concord Records, due out this fall featuring an array of top flight artists, including Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Reba McEntire, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan and Wynonna Judd, among many others. She will continue to complete her world tour, performing in every city and on every continent that she has ever played.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center Web site at www.luhrscenter.com.

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally-known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.



###

H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center 2006/07 Season Tickets On Sale Monday, July 31, 2006

July 24, 2006
The Luhrs Center 2006/07 Season tickets go on Sale July 31, 2006 at 11 am and can be ordered by calling 717.477.SHOW, online at www.luhrscenter.com, or at the Luhrs Center Box Office.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (July 24, 2006) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University announced today that tickets for the 2006/07 season will go on sale Monday, July 31, 2006 at 11 am. Single tickets, season subscriptions and flex series tickets will be available for the 2006/07 season. Tickets may purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office Monday through Friday from 11 am to 6 pm, calling at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or online twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at www.luhrscenter.com.

The 2006/07 Luhrs Center season is full of great entertainment including intimate solo artist performances, musicals, children’s programming, orchestral and jazz concerts, comedy, and much more. (See full schedule below.) The season begins with Dionne Warwick on September 9 and concludes with the Festival 2007 Celebration Series in July 2007. (Editor’s Note: Photos of the Luhrs Center as well as performer photos are available upon request. Please contact Jeff Sommer at 717.477.1123 x3297 or email at jesomm@ship.edu. More information about the performances is also available at www.luhrscenter.com.)

“We built this season based on the varied interests of the people in our region and have already received positive feedback from last year’s subscribers and advertisers about our line-up,” said Leslie Folmer Clinton, Luhrs Center director. “We know there are a lot of people looking for great entertainment at affordable prices. We believe the variety of entertainment being offered will have something for everyone.”

“Access to the Luhrs Center is easy and the parking is plentiful. There’s not a bad seat in the house and the acoustics are fantastic,” said Folmer Clinton. “But please come and see for yourself,” she added.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally-known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

The 37th Annual Festival 2006 Celebration Series at Shippensburg University to Host Numerous Guest Artists

July 5, 2006
The Festival Chamber Orchestra to perform in their new home, the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, with several guest conductors and solo artists in a three concert series, July 13, 20 & 27, 2006 at 8 pm.

Shippensburg, PA (July 5, 2006) - The Festival Chamber Orchestra celebrates its 37th annual series of summer concerts with three performances during the month of July (July 13, 20 & 27) at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 each or $40 for the series (3 concerts).

Concert I on July 13 will feature the Festival Chamber Orchestra and guest conductor Elizabeth Schulze, resident conductor of the Maryland Symphony. The performance will open with Mozart’s Overture to the “Marriage of Figaro” (K. 492) and continue with Max Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor”, Op. 26 with violinist John Eaken. Antonin Dvoràk’s “Symphony No. 6 in D”, Op. 60 will complete the program.

Concert II on July 20 will feature Christopher Rex, principal cellist with the Atlanta Symphony, in a performance of Dvoràk’s “Cello Concerto in B minor”. Norman Nunamaker, professor emeritus of Gettysburg College will conduct. Also included on the program will be Mozart’s Overture to “The Impressario” (K. 486) and Claude Debussy’s “Petite Suite”.

Concert III on July 27 will feature the Festival Chamber Orchestra and Chorus presenting music of the theater including opera arias and choruses by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and Bizet. Songs by Gilbert & Sullivan and Cole Porter will provide a lighter fare for the Festival’s conclusion. Featured soloists will be Lauren Curnow, soprano and Jon Robert Cart, tenor. Blaine Shover, artistic director of the Festival, will conduct.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center Web site at www.luhrscenter.com.

About the Festival Celebration Series
The Festival Celebration Series is an annual event in its 37th year of existence. It is supported by Shippensburg University, the Festival Chamber Orchestra Association, and the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania’s General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Chambersburg Area Council for the Arts.

About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally-known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.


BJ Thomas and Gary Puckett to Rock Shippensburg at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center

May 22, 2006
“Hooked on a Feeling” singer BJ Thomas and “Young Girl” singer Gary Puckett to perform at the Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University
on Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 8 pm.


Shippensburg, PA (May 22, 2006)- BJ Thomas and Gary Puckett join together for a night of Pop/Rock classics at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 8 pm. Tickets are $28-$18.

BJ, short for Billy Joe, in his four decades of performing, has sold more than 70 million records, earned two Platinum records; won five Grammy Awards; had 15 Top 40 Pop/Rock Hits; and his been the only artist ever to have the “Song of the Year” on the Pop, Country and Gospel charts. Some of BJ’s hits include “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” “Rock and Roll Lullaby” and “I Just Can’t Help Believing.” BJ is also known for singing the theme song, “As Long As We Got Each Other,” for the television show, Growing Pains. He sums up his music by saying “I’ll be honest with you. When I do music, I do so with everything I can give it. And I’m sure I always will.”

In addition to his singing career, he has actively worked for various causes. His song, “Broken Toys” was adopted by child abuse agencies throughout the country.

Gary Puckett and The Union Gap were one of the most successful groups in the 60s, nabbing six consecutive gold records and sold more records in 1968 than any other recording act - including The Beatles. The Union Gap then disbanded in the seventies but in 1974, “Young Girl” was reissued in England where it received a silver record award for attaining a top five position on the pop charts, several years after its initial release.

Some of Puckett’s other hits include: “Woman Woman,” “Over You” and “This Girl is a Woman Now.” Puckett continues to tour nationally & internationally, has a new album out now, “GARY PUCKETT – LIVE”, and has recently released his first ever Chrismas CD, entitled “At Christmas”.

To order tickets or for more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center Web site at www.luhrscenter.com.


The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally-known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

Trumpet Player Maynard Ferguson to Bring Jazz and Big Band Sound to the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center

April 13, 2006
Jazz phenomenon Maynard Ferguson to conduct clinic for local students and perform at the Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University on Friday, April 28, 2006 at 8 pm.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (April 13, 2006) - Trumpet player and jazz sensation Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band will display their musical talents at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on Friday, April 28, 2006 at 8 pm. Tickets are $35-$15.

Ferguson, a native of Montreal, Quebec, began his career at age thirteen when he soloed with the Canadian Broadcasting Company Orchestra. Then he played with the Stan Kenton Orchestra for three years. This is where he made his mark in the jazz music industry and subsequently became known as a jazz legend.

Ferguson, 76, continues to amaze audiences throughout the world with his musical talents. Some songs he recorded include: “MacArthur Park,” “But Beautiful,” and a rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” In 1978, Ferguson received a Grammy nomination for his song “Gonna Fly Now” from the motion picture “Rocky.” On March 28, 2006 Maynard Ferguson released his new live album, MF Horn VI-Live at Ronnie’s (released by Maynard Ferguson Music, USA, Inc.).

While in Shippensburg, Ferguson and his band will conduct a clinic for local high school students and Shippensburg University band members prior to his performance. In addition, the SU Jazz Band will open for Ferguson and his band prior to the evening performance.

When asked what advice he would give to aspiring musicians, Ferguson commented, “They should love it. When you’re that young, you have to notice that you love it more than arithmetic and geometry.”

To order tickets or for more information, please call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center web site at www.luhrscenter.com.

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

Top Folk Music Artists to Perform at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center

April 6, 2006
Tom Chapin, Christine Lavin and Work O’ The Weavers to perform in a festival in a box called “Woody’s Children” at the Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University on Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 8 pm.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (April 6, 2006)-Folk artists Tom Chapin, Christine Lavin and Work O’ The Weavers conspire to perform in “Woody’s Children” at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 8 pm. Tickets are $28-$15.

Woody's Children is a runaway train ride barreling full voice from yesterday into today celebrating the living legacy of Woody Guthrie who wrote songs of and for the people. Chapin, Lavin and Work o the Weaves fire off all they've got from stirring elegy, to in-your-face anthems of protest to ballads of love, loss and whatever else they feel needs singing in between - rousing, festive concert Americana.

[More information on Woody Guthrie and his music can be found at http://www.woodyguthrie.org/biography.htm.]

Tom Chapin’s music crosses many generations and many different genres. For more than thirty years, Chapin has entertained and enlightened audiences of all ages with original songs told in many different musical styles. He has made eighteen compact discs which showcase his vast range of music styles. The New York Times calls him "one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music."

Christine Lavin joins Tom Chapin in this evening of folk music favorites. Christine Lavin's one of a kind theatre-concert is a fixture of popular culture. Her smart, funny, ironic songs, which have been featured in several Off Broadway musicals, are the sound tracks of American life recording our culture and foibles. She produces and hosts xm satellite's radio's SLIPPED DISCS. The Boston Globe says: "She is the classic American troubadour --find their lives in her songs."

Work O’ The Weavers spirited renditions of The Weavers timeless songs provide insight into this legendary folk group’s history and musical style. They have performed with the original Weavers members Pete Seeger and Fred Hellerman, and have sought the advice of original Weavers member Ronnie Gilbert. The group has performed extensively throughout the eastern seaboard emulating the music of the original Weavers. Performing such favorites as 'If I Had A Hammer,' 'Midnight Special,' 'The Sloop John B,' 'Goodnight, Irene,' 'This Land Is Your Land, 'Tzena Tzena,' 'Wimoweh,' 'House Of The Rising Sun,' 'Michael Row The Boat Ashore.' Songs such as these have become part of our collective consciousness. Come have fun and sing along

To order tickets or for more information, please call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center Website located at www.luhrscenter.com

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1, 500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally-known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

The Charlie Daniels Band to Bring Folk, Rock and Southern Boogie to the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center

March 30, 2006
The Charlie Daniels Band to perform at the Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University on Saturday, April 8, 2006 at 8 pm.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (March 30, 2006)- The Charlie Daniels Band is scheduled to perform at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on Saturday, April 8, 2006 at 8 pm. Tickets are on sale now at the Luhrs Center Box Office and cost $50-$20.

The Charlie Daniels Band’s music has impacted the lives of people everywhere. It hasn’t been so much a style of music, but more the values consistently reflected in several styles that has connected Charlie Daniels with millions of fans. Some of the band’s songs include “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “Uneasy Rider,” and “Long Haired Country Boy.”

When you hear a classic Charlie Daniels Band performance you hear music with no distinct genre - rock, country, bluegrass, blues and gospel. His resume includes recording sessions with artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Flatt & Scruggs, Pete Seeger and Ringo Starr. His songs have been documented by ABC Newsmagazine 20/20. In 1985, he published a collection of short stories, The Devil Went Down to Georgia, which includes the same kind of characters and tall tales as his songs.

To order tickets or for more information, please call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center Website located at www.luhrscenter.com.


The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Darrell Hammond to Perform his Comedy at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center

March 13, 2006
“Saturday Night Live” star Darrell Hammond to perform at the Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University on Friday, March 24, 2006 at 8 pm.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (March 13, 2006) – Comedian Darrell Hammond will perform at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on Friday, March 24, 2006 at 8 pm. Tickets are $35-$20. He is best known for the many impressions he has brought to the late-night show, “Saturday Night Live”.

Hammond impersonated President Bill Clinton for most of Clinton’s time in office. He has also impersonated almost the entire Bush Administration from Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell. Hammond performed a very convincing performance of Vice President Al Gore that it was referenced in preparation for the 2000 Presidential debates. He has also played other political figures including Jesse Jackson and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. As part of his repertoire, he has also impersonated media figures including Dan Rather, Ted Koppel, Geraldo Rivera and Bob Costas, and celebrities such as Sean Connery and Jay Leno.

Born and raised in Melbourne, Florida, Hammond began doing impressions as a child and pursued a career after graduating from the University of Florida at Gainesville. Hammond then lived in New York for several years and appeared in off-Broadway productions, in both dramatic and comedic roles. Later in his career, he returned to Florida and developed his skills as an impressionist and performed on local and national radio programs.

To order tickets or for more information, please call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center Website located at www.luhrscenter.com.

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1, 500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally-known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to Lurk on Stage at the Luhrs Center

February 20, 2006
The Aquila Theatre Company will present, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
at the Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University on Thursday, March 2, 2006 at 8 pm.



SHIPPENSBURG, PA (February 20, 2006)- The Aquila Theatre Company will present the classic drama The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on Thursday, March 2, 2006 at 8 pm.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, written in 1886. The prolific Scottish author virtually invented the genre of modern horror fiction with this gripping work. Set in Victorian London, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde begins with a disturbing account of a small child being abruptly knocked down by a brutally ugly man who disappears into the shadowy London streets. Compelled to investigate, the lawyer Utterson begins a manhunt that plunges him into the deepest recesses of upper class London society as he delves into the murky activities of the noted doctor Edward Jekyll.

This production, under the artistic leadership of founder, Peter Meineck, and associate director, Robert Richmond, draws on the Aquila’s long tradition of adapting important classic stories for the stage (Homer’s The Iliad, and H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man). Using original music and choreography and the best actors from London and New York, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde promises to be an unforgettable evening of spine tingling, thoughtful and exciting theatre.

Since the Aquila Theatre Company’s inception in 1991 it has won both critical and academic acclaim for its work worldwide. The Company tours extensively throughout North America and Europe and is the Company in Residence at New York University’s Center for Ancient Studies. It has presented regular runs in New York, London and multiple performances in major cities across the United States including Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

For more information about Aquila Theatre Company or their production of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, please visit www.aquilatheatre.com.

To order tickets or for more information, please call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center Web site located at www.luhrscenter.com.

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally-known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

River City Brass Band Brings Signature Style to the Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University

January 24, 2006
The River City Brass Band, America’s favorite Brass Band, will present its first concert at the Luhrs Center on Saturday, February 4, 2006 at 8 pm.

SHIPPENSBURG, PA (January 24, 2006) – The River City Brass Band, America’s favorite Brass Band, will present its first concert at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on Saturday, February 4, 2006 at 8 pm.

Founded in 1981 by the late Robert Bernat, (conductor and music director 1981-1994) the RCBB was the first professional concert band to be established in the United States in over 25 years. Today, the River City Brass Band performs a 56-concert series in Western Pennsylvania. In addition, the 28-piece ensemble tours extensively throughout the United States with more than 60 performances each year as part of community concert series, major symphony pops series, and arts festivals. From California to New York (as well as everywhere in between), River City Brass Band has delighted audiences with its signature style. Every performance features the witty and insightful commentary of Conductor Denis Colwell, superb soloists, and some lighthearted fun! Often called the “Boston Pops -- In Brass,” the band’s extensive repertoire includes American tunes, Big Band swing and jazz, music from Broadway and Hollywood, classical and contemporary masterworks, and -- of course -- traditional marches.

In addition to its unique performance style, RCBB is renowned for its recordings and original compositions. To date, RCBB has released 15 recordings, many of which are available for purchase at concerts and on the web at www.rcbb.com. The most recent recording, “Polished Brass,” offers 13 classically-flavored selections showcasing the Band’s signature style. RCBB has been responsible for nearly 200 compositions and arrangements by American and British composers which have premiered at RCBB concerts. Many of these works have since been published and are performed by brass bands throughout the world.

River City Brass Band receives praise from audiences and critics alike: “It’s not a reach to say that this may be the most fun with music you’re going to have all year,” touts the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “RCBB delivers the rare kind of show that truly manages to combine lighthearted fun with serious musicianship,” notes an audience member in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. And, most tellingly, “River City Brass Band puts the fun back into music,” explains The Tribune Review of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Additional information about the River City Brass Band can be found on the Band’s extensive web site located at http://www.rcbb.com.

To order tickets or for more information, please call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center Web site located at www.luhrscenter.com.

(Editor’s note: Additional information about the River City Brass Band can be found on the Band’s extensive web site located at http://www.rcbb.com. Photos are available by contacting Jeffrey Sommer at 717.477.1123 x3297 or by email at jesomm@ship.edu.)


The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University.

The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain will be presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally-known speakers. In addition, it will add options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attract regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and attract additional visitors to the area resulting in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis to Perform at the Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University

January 16, 2006
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performance this Thursday, January 19, 2006 will mark the Luhrs Center’s Grand Opening.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (January 16, 2006) – The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is proud to present the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO) with Wynton Marsalis this Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 8 PM. This performance will mark the grand opening of the Luhrs Center and the 1,500-seat Grove Theatre.

The world-renowned LCJO with artistic director, Wynton Marsalis, will perform a variety of pieces on this their “Jazz from Coast to Coast 2005-06” Tour. The LCJO, composed of 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra for over 12 years. Featured in all aspects of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s programming, the remarkably versatile LCJO performs and leads educational events in New York, across the U.S. and around the world; in concert halls, dance venues, jazz clubs, public parks, river boats, and churches; and with symphony orchestras, ballet troupes, local students and an ever-expanding roster of guest artists.

(Editor’s note: Please see attached LCJO Press Kit for additional information about the performance and orchestra.)

For more information or to order tickets, please call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW or visit the Luhrs Center Web site located at www.luhrscenter.com.

Tickets are currently on sale for the following 2006 Season performances:


2006 Premier Season:
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Luhrs Center Grand Opening Performance!
Thursday, January 19, 2006 8 PM

Ailey® II Dance Company
Tuesday, January 24, 2006 8 PM

River City Brass Band
Saturday, February 4, 2006 8 PM

Aquila Theatre Company -“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
Thursday, March 2, 2006 8 PM

Darrell Hammond, Actor/Comedian
Friday, March 24, 2006 8 PM

The Charlie Daniels Band
Saturday, April 8, 2006 8 PM

“Woody’s Children” - Featuring Tom Chapin, Christine Lavin and Work O’ the Weavers
Thursday, April 20, 2006 8 PM

Maynard Ferguson and the Big Bop Nouveau Band
Friday, April 28, 2006 8 PM

BJ Thomas & Gary Puckett
Saturday, June 3, 2006 8 PM

(Editor’s Note: Additional photos of the Luhrs Center as well as photos of the season performers are available upon request. Please contact Jeffrey Sommer at 717.477.1123 x3297.)


Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) is a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to jazz. With the world-renowned Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, and an array of guest artists, JALC advances a unique vision for the continued development of the art of jazz by producing a year-round schedule of performance, education, and broadcast events for audiences of all ages. These productions include concerts, national and international tours, residencies, weekly national radio and television programs, recordings, publications, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, a band director academy, a jazz appreciation curriculum for children, advanced training through the Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies, music publishing, children's concerts, lectures, adult education courses, film programs, and student and educator workshops. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, President & CEO Derek E. Gordon, Executive Director Katherine E. Brown, Chairman of the Board Lisa Schiff and JALC Board and staff, Jazz at Lincoln Center produces hundreds of events each season. Jazz at Lincoln Center's new home - Frederick P. Rose Hall - is the first-ever performance, education, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz.


The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University

The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain will be presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally-known speakers. In addition, it will add options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attract regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and attract additional visitors to the area resulting in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

Luhrs Center Dedication Celebration Planned for December 1, 2005

November 29, 2005
Shippensburg University and area communities to dedicate
the new H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center facility



SHIPPENSBURG, PA (November 29, 2005) – Shippensburg University will hold a dedication celebration for the new H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center this Thursday, December 1st at 2 PM. The celebration will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony with remarks from University and Pennsylvania state officials and the facility’s designers and contractors. In addition, remarks will be made by Grace B. Luhrs, widow of H. Ric Luhrs (for whom the building is named), and Helene Luhrs, sister of H. Ric Luhrs. Public is welcome to attend the celebration.

Also participating in the celebration will be the Shippensburg University music and theatre department faculty and SU musical groups including the Brass Ensemble, Dr. Jon Robert Cart, soloist (Music and Theatre Department Chairman), and the Madrigal Singers.

Following the ceremony, the Luhrs Center will be open from 3 – 5 PM for public tours. The tours will include Grove Theatre, back stage areas and the academic wing. During the tours, the crowd will be entertained by the SU Flute Ensemble, SU Clarinet & Saxophone Ensemble, the SU Cumbelaires, and the SU Brass Ensemble.

More information about the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center can be found by visiting www.luhrscenter.com or by calling the Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469).


The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University

The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain will be presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally-known speakers. In addition, it will add options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attract regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and attract additional visitors to the area resulting in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

To order tickets online, visit www.luhrscenter.com, call 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center Box Office located on the Shippensburg University campus. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM – 6 PM and Saturday, 10 AM – 3 PM.


The Vienna Choir Boys to Perform at the Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University

November 29, 2005
ACM Artists, Ltd. presents the Vienna Choir Boys performing a holiday concert
at the Luhrs Center Sunday, December 4, 2005 at 3 PM.



SHIPPENSBURG, PA (November 29, 2005) – The Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University is pleased to host the Vienna Choir Boys, under the direction of Martin Schebesta, for a holiday concert this Sunday, December 4 at 3 PM. Selections will include both classical and contemporary works and traditional carols. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Shippensburg University Student tickets are $15 with a valid SU I.D. (Limit one ticket per student).

Classical works will include “O praise the Lord” by Henry Purcell, “Hebe deine Augen auf (Engelsterzett)” from “Elijah”, Op. 70 by Felix Mendelssohn, and four movements from “A Ceremony of Carols”, Op. 28 by Benjamin Britten. Traditional carols include “O Little Town of Bethlehem”, “Deck the Hall” and “Away in a Manger” and others.

(Editor’s note: Please see the attached “Vienna Choir Boys Program Biography” for additional details and background information about the choir.)

To order tickets online, visit www.luhrscenter.com, call 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center Box Office located on the Shippensburg University campus. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM – 6 PM and Saturday, 10 AM – 3 PM. The Box Office will also be open one hour prior to the performance. General information and directions can be accessed by visiting www.luhrscenter.com.

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University

The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain will be presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally-known speakers. In addition, it will add options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attract regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and attract additional visitors to the area resulting in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center Box Office to Open Next Week

November 9, 2005
The Luhrs Center Box Office opens Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at 10 AM.
Luhrs Center Web site launched for easy online ticket ordering.


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (November 9, 2005) – Shippensburg University announced today that the Luhrs Center Box Office will open to the public on Tuesday, November 15. The Box Office is located in the lower lobby of the Center. When the Box Office opens, single tickets and season subscriptions will be available for the 2006 premier season and can be purchased by visiting the Box Office Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm, by calling at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or by accessing the online ticket ordering system by visiting www.luhrscenter.com.

“November 15th will be a historical day at Shippensburg University,” said Leslie Folmer Clinton, director of the new 1,500 seat Luhrs Center. “After over two years of construction, the Luhrs Center will now sell single tickets and season subscriptions to regional patrons. The 2006 season has something for everyone.”

Tickets will be on sale on November 15th for the following performances:

Vienna Choir Boys – “Christmas in Vienna”
Special Luhrs Center Dedication Celebration Concert (Luhrs Center dedication scheduled for Thursday, December 1 at 2 PM – Free, open to the public.)
Sunday, December 4, 2005 3 PM

2006 Premier Season:
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Luhrs Center Grand Opening Performance!
Thursday, January 19, 2006 8 PM

Ailey® II Dance Company
Tuesday, January 24, 2006 8 PM

River City Brass Band
Saturday, February 4, 2006 8 PM

Aquila Theatre Company -“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
Thursday, March 2, 2006 8 PM

Darrell Hammond, Actor/Comedian
Friday, March 24, 2006 8 PM

The Charlie Daniels Band
Saturday, April 8, 2006 8 PM

“Woody’s Children” - Featuring Tom Chapin, Christine Lavin and Work O’ the Weavers
Thursday, April 20, 2006 8 PM

Maynard Ferguson and the Big Bop Nouveau Band
Friday, April 28, 2006 8 PM

BJ Thomas & Gary Puckett
Saturday, June 3, 2006 8 PM

(Editor’s Note: Photos of the Luhrs Center as well as photos of the season performers are available upon request. Please contact Jeffrey Sommer at 717.477.1123 x3297.)

An easy and convenient way to order tickets will be through the new Web site located at www.luhrscenter.com. The new site contains information about the Center as well as an online ticket ordering system. It also includes information about how to become a member of the “Luhrs Circle of Friends” which supports performances. In addition, information is available about building naming opportunities and volunteer information.

“The Luhrs Center Box Office will be able to assist with all of our patrons’ needs,” said Robin Dolbin, ticket services manager. “We are ready to assist you with obtaining seats for all of the upcoming performances. The new Web site also can assist with seating choices and an easy and convenient ordering system.”

For more information about the Center including diagrams of the main theatre, Grove Theatre, are available online at www.luhrscenter.com. Patrons can also call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW and speak with a ticket services associate who will be happy to assist in any way.

“We’re excited to bring quality, world renowned performers to the greater Shippensburg area,” added Folmer Clinton. “This Center was designed as a regional performing arts center and we are dedicated to bringing only the best performances to the Grove Theatre stage.”


The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University

The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain will be presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally-known speakers. In addition, it will add options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attract regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and attract additional visitors to the area resulting in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.

###

$1 million contribution to help university meet needs of region

November 2, 2005























A $1 million contribution made today from the estate of well-known philanthropist Cora I. Grove will allow Shippensburg University to enhance its academic and cultural programming to meet the needs of current and future students as well as residents of Central Pennsylvania and beyond.

The check, the second part of a total $1.5 million gift from Mrs. Grove to support the newly-completed H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, was presented today by Marty Walker and Pat Carbaugh, co-executrices of Mrs. Grove's estate. Receiving the check were Dr. George F. "Jody" Harpster, Shippensburg's interim president, and John M. Aichele, president of the Shippensburg University Foundation. Also participating in the ceremony was Shippensburg President Emeritus Anthony F. Ceddia in whose honor Mrs. Grove made the contribution.

The theatre within the Luhrs Center is named the John L. and Cora I. Grove Theatre in honor of the Groves' tradition of philanthropy on the campus of Shippensburg University.

"Shippensburg University considers itself a family, and John and Cora Grove were important members of the campus family," Dr. Harpster said. "Through their generosity and foresight, future generations of Shippensburg students will be able to see Broadway touring companies, full symphony orchestras and hear world-renowned performers and speakers. In addition, the facility will serve as a regional hub for cultural programming, attracting thousands of visitors annually, and will have a positive impact on the economy of the region."

According to Foundation President Aichele, "The Groves have set a fine example with their generous philanthropy over the years, and it is an example that we hope others will continue to emulate. I know that Ric Luhrs, who was the SU Foundation's Navigating into the Future comprehensive campaign national chair, would have been very pleased to see the result of the generosity of our benefactors."

"Having known the Groves for many years, I can attest to their caring for this region and especially for their beloved Shippensburg University," Walker said. "Cora's $1.5 million pledge for the benefit of this wonderful arts center combines two of her favorite charitable interests, Shippensburg University and the performing arts. This $1 million gift satisfies her commitment. I know John and Cora would be pleased with this beautiful center and having their names associated with the theatre."

"Cora, as well as her husband, John, epitomized the true heart and soul of the Cumberland Valley," said Dr. Ceddia. "She had a love of this area, was concerned for people, and took a great deal of joy in service to others. Her donation today is yet one more example of her love for the community and for our students and was part of her philosophy of life of making the world a better place for all. The campus community, now and in the future, will always remember her generosity and her spirit."

The Groves have always been avid supporters of educational and cultural organizations, especially at Shippensburg University. The philanthropy of the couple has been a driving force behind the growth of the SU Foundation over the years. In addition to their continual support to the Annual Fund, they were lead contributors to the To Enhance the Tradition campaign, providing a $1.25 million gift for the John L. Grove College of Business, and they were generous supporters of the Cora I. Grove Spiritual Center and Interfaith Chapel. Mrs. Grove also provided the leadership gift to The Musical Enhancement Campaign to help purchase a pipe organ for the Spiritual Center.

The Luhrs Center is the newest building on campus. A building dedication is being planned for early December, and a grand opening is scheduled for Jan. 19, 2006 with a performance by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis.

Two Directors Hired for the New H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University

July 25, 2005
Mr. Robert Shirk, Director of Technical Services
Mr. Jeffrey Sommer, Director of Marketing and Administrative Services


SHIPPENSBURG, PA (July 25, 2005) -- Two key people were recently hired for the operation of the new H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center currently under construction on Shippensburg University’s campus. Robert Shirk was hired as director of technical services and Jeffrey Sommer was hired as director of marketing and administrative services. The new Luhrs Center is slated for completion in October 2005 with performances beginning January 2006.

In his position as director of technical services, Shirk will plan, manage and implement all technical and staging aspects for performance and related educational activities. In addition, he will also be responsible for maintaining theatre equipment and supervising stage operations. In addition to his position with the Luhrs Center, he is also a master framer at Blue Mountain Gallery. Over the years he has worked as an advisor to theatres on lighting, sound, scenery and special effects and served as master carpenter at the Arena Stage theatre in Washington, D.C. on more than 50 professional productions.

In his position as director of marketing and administrative services, Sommer will oversee all branding, marketing, promotion and public relations activities for the Luhrs Center. In addition he will be responsible for the box office operation and ticketing. He will also assist with artist programming, grant research and development, fund raising activities and corporate sponsorship. He most recently spent seven years at Tyco Electronics (Harrisburg, PA) where, for the last 4 years, he was manager of marketing communications for the global AMP NETCONNECT division. In this position he was responsible for strategic marketing communications activities including: branding, advertising, public relations, literature and collateral development, Web site development/content management, electronic communications, trade shows and events. Prior to his seven years at Tyco Electronics, he was employed by Godfrey Advertising (Lancaster, PA) as a public relations account executive and Spirax Sarco, Inc. (Allentown, PA) as a marketing coordinator. He is a 1991 graduate of Shippensburg University with a B.A. degree in Communications/Journalism.

Both positions report to Ms. Leslie Folmer Clinton, associate vice president for student affairs for campus programs and director of the performing arts center at Shippensburg University.

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University

The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University’s role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center’s 1,500-seat state of the art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain will be presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally-known speakers. In addition, it will add options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attract regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and attract additional visitors to the area resulting in a positive impact on the local and regional economy. The Luhrs Center will open to the public in January 2006.
Great Acoustics Easily Accessible Free Parking What are other saying?