SHIPPENSBURG, PA (November 26, 2012) - The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University announces the addition of four new performances to the 2012-2013 season schedule. Tickets to the new performances go on sale Monday, December 3, 2012 at 11 a.m. and can be purchased by visiting or calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469), or purchase online at luhrscenter.com.
New performances include: An Evening with Olivia Newton-John on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 8 p.m.; America's Got Talent Live: All-Stars Tour on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 8 p.m.; Under The Streetlamp on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 8 p.m.; and Sara Evans on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Pop and country music star, Olivia Newton-John, will perform on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 8 p.m. Olivia Newton-John's career began with her 1973 U.S. album debut, Let Me Be There, which produced her first top ten single of the same name and led to her being honored by the Academy of Country Music as the Most Promising Female Vocalist and garnered her a GRAMMY Award as Best Country Vocalist. This proved to be only the beginning of a very exciting career. Her countless successes include three more GRAMMYs, numerous Country Music Awards, American Music Awards and Peoples Choice Awards, five No. 1 hits, and 15 top 10 singles. Tickets to this performance are $59, $55, $49 & $39.
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."
Olivia's appeal seems to be timeless. With a career spanning more than three decades, she is still a vibrant, creative individual that is adored by fans across the world. Newton-John last appeared at the Luhrs Center in 2006 when she performed for a sold out crowd.
The America's Got Talent Live: All-Stars Tour features an exciting lineup of the most popular performers from this summer's breathtaking season of America's Got Talent, as well as top stars from recent seasons. The live tour will be hosted by the one-and-only Jerry Springer, from the pop-culture TV program, The Jerry Springer Show. Touring acts include: Olate Dogs, this season's one million dollar winner; Eugene Landau Murphy, last season's winner; Eric Dittelman, this season's amazing mentalist/mind reader; Spencer Horsman, this season's dazzling escape artist and illusionist; and Anna Graceman, last season's 12 year old singing sensation. See the acts that wowed the nation, and experience the magic and excitement of America's Got Talent live and in-person! Tickets are $55, $45 & $25. A special $85 VIP ticket is also offered, which includes a post-show meet and greet with the performers.
America's hottest new pop quartet, Under The Streetlamp, features the dreamy voices of Michael Cunio, Shonn Wiley, Michael Ingersoll and Christopher Kale Jones. The group specializes in Doo-Wop derived hits, along with old-time Rock ‘n' Roll, Motown-era soul classics and exquisite harmonies. Under The Streetlamp, along with their seven-piece band, are poised to bring the repertoire of The American Radio Songbook of the 50's, 60's and 70's (and even some hits from the 80's) to a whole new audience while simultaneously reminding the original fans why they fell in love with the music in the first place. Under The Streetlamp breathes fresh new life into the music and proves that great music is truly timeless. Tickets to this performance are $38, $35, $29 & $25.
Six years after her last studio album, Sara Evans is back with her recent release, Stronger, a landmark record filled with the kind of gutsy explorations on life and love that have made Evans one of the most compelling female vocalists of her generation.
If people are surprised to hear that Evans is back, it's because it didn't seem as though she'd ever gone away. She continued to tour and maintain close contact with her active fan base. She became an author, and has already completed two novels - The Sweet By and By and Softly and Tenderly. She released a greatest hits collection that included four new tunes, and she's continually remained a favorite with Country radio thanks to such hits as "Born to Fly," "Suds in the Bucket," "I Keep Looking," and "Perfect." Tickets are $65, $59, $55 & $49.
In addition to these four new performances, Ballroom Dance Lessons return to the Luhrs Center on Mondays this spring, beginning March 25 for six sessions. Lessons will be taught by seasoned dance instructor, Frank Hancock, and take place on the Luhrs Center stage. Hour long classes are offered for Beginners (5:30 p.m.), Advanced (6:30 p.m.) and "Third Timers" (7:30 p.m.) and cost $35 per person for each course. Beginner classes include the Swing, Foxtrot, Cha Cha and Tango; Advanced classes include the Waltz, Mambo, Two-Step, Rumba and Advanced Swing; Third Timers classes are for those dancers who want to "kick it up a notch," and include advanced levels of the Junior Waltz, Rumba, Hustle, Merengue, Polka and Cupid Shuffle. Both singles and couples are welcome and can register by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at (717) 477-SHOW beginning December 3 at 11 a.m. Please note, online registration is not available.
In addition to new performances being added, the Luhrs Center announces a change to the name of the annual Festival Celebration Series, which will now be known as the Shippensburg Symphony Festival Series. Each performance within the Series includes The Shippensburg Festival Symphony, and Concert III includes both the Symphony and The Shippensburg Festival Chorus. This year's Series will take place on consecutive Thursdays in July, 2013 and will feature Robert Tevin᷉o as guest conductor for the Series. Soloists include: Concert I (July 11, 2013 at 8 p.m.) - cellist, Johannes Moser; Concert II (July 18, 2013 at 8 p.m.) - pianist, Kirill Gerstein; and Concert III (July 25, 2013 at 8 p.m.) - mezzo-soprano, Sasha Cooke. Dr. Blaine Shover, professor of music at Shippensburg University, is artistic director for the Series. Tickets for the Series are priced at $100, $70 & $49. Tickets can also be purchased for individual concerts at $35, $25 & $18. Additional information, including the Series repertoire, is available at luhrscenter.com.
"We have included something for every taste in live entertainment at the Luhrs Center this season. These four new performances are a wonderful addition to the exciting performances already scheduled for the second half of our 2012-2013 season," commented Dr. Leslie Folmer Clinton, associate vice president for external affairs and director of the Luhrs Center. "And live entertainment tickets and gift certificates make a terrific holiday gift. But, don't wait too long after December 3 to purchase your tickets to these new performances; we do anticipate some of them selling quickly," she added.