SHIPPENSBURG, PA (November 14, 2011) - The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University announced today, the addition of five new performances to the 2011-2012 season schedule.  

Tickets to the new performances go on sale Monday, December 5, 2011 at 11 a.m. and can be purchased by visiting or calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469), or going online at 

New performances include:  Bryan Adams "The Bare Bones Tour" on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at

7 p.m.; J.R. Martinez - Lecture (part of the Proteus Lecture Series) on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.; Merle Haggard on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 8 p.m.; Engelbert Humperdinck on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8 p.m.; and Kenny Rogers on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 8 p.m. 

Canadian-born singer-songwriter, Bryan Adams, will be appearing with his "Bare Bones Tour" on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 7 p.m.  Adams has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide, including hits such as "Run To You," "Heaven," "Summer of '69," "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You," and many more.  He's garnered 21 top ten hits, earned nominations for three Academy Awards and five Golden Globes, received 18 Juno Awards, and American Music Award and five ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards.  Adams is currently touring the world with his critically acclaimed "Bare Bones" acoustic show, interspersing these special acoustic performances with full band stadium concerts.  Tickets to this performance are $59, $55, $50 and $45.

A fan favorite on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," J.R. Martinez will be speaking at the Luhrs Center on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Shippensburg University Proteus Lecture Series.  His lecture topic "Facing Adversity Head-on with Optimism & Resilience," will highlight the permanent change that Martinez faced following a vehicular fire which engulfed him as his Humvee hit a land-mine during his US Army deployment in Iraq.  Martinez suffered smoke inhalation and severe burns to more than 40 percent of his body.  He then spent 34 months in recovery and underwent 33 different surgeries including skin grafts and cosmetic surgery.  While hospitalized, Martinez spoke to another burn victim, giving them strength and courage, which allowed him to see the impact that he could have on other patients.  Since then, Martinez has become a highly sought-after motivational speaker, traveling the country to spread his message of resilience and optimism.  Tickets are $20, and are free to Shippensburg University students with a current student ID.  A VIP reception and dinner will take place starting at 5 p.m. and can be purchased for $75.  The reception, dinner and lecture package is available for purchase by calling 717. 477.1738.  Tickets to the lecture only are available by calling the Luhrs Center box office at 717. 477.SHOW or online at

Country music legend, Merle Haggard, will be appearing Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 8 p.m.  Only a tiny group of country music immortals can step forward to share the spotlight when it comes to being credited with having forged the genre that is known today as ‘modern country music.'  And one out of that select handful would be Merle Haggard.  Haggard has written hundreds of songs, including classics such as "Sing Me Back Home," "Okie From Muskogee," "Silver Wings" and "Workin' Man Blues."  His music has scored over 65 albums, seven having been certified gold; he's been nominated 43 times for CMA Awards, more than any other entertainer; and he's received eight Grammy Nominations and won Best Country Vocal Performance, Male in 1984.  Haggard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994.    Tickets to this performance are $57, $52, $47 and $42.

His name comes from the 19th Century Austrian composer who wrote "Hansel & Gretel," and his voice comes from heaven.  Engelbert Humperdinck brings his popular, cross-over musical style to the Luhrs Center on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 8 p.m.  Humperdinck has recorded everything from the most romantic ballads to the theme song from the Beavis and Butthead movie.  His remarkable voice and extraordinary talent has endeared him to millions of fans around the globe, with younger generations also discovering what a magnificent musician the rest of the world has been celebrating for decades.  With four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe for "Entertainer of the Year," 63 Gold and 24 Platinum records, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Humperdinck has attained an elite stature with his core audience, but has also struck a new chord with a younger generation.  Tickets are $63, $58, $54 and $48.

Kenny Rogers, the singer with the unique storytelling ability and soulful voice, returns to the Luhrs Center following his 2009 Christmas show appearance.  This time around, Rogers will be performing his

traditional show, including all of his hits, on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 8 p.m.  Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums during his storied 52 years in show business.  His long list of timeless classics includes an impressive 24 Number One hits including "The Gambler," "Lady," "Lucille," "She Believes in Me," "Islands in the Stream," and "We've Got Tonight" among them.  Rogers is one of very few artists who have enjoyed successful careers in a wide variety of genres such as

jazz, folk, rock, country, pop, and more recently - gospel.  He is the Recording Industry Association of America's eighth best-selling male artist of all time with one Diamond album, 19 Platinum albums and 31 gold albums.  Tickets to this performance are $75, $69, $64 and $55.

In addition to these five new performances, Ballroom Dance Lessons returns to the Luhrs Center this Spring, beginning Monday, March 19 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 Cha and Tango; Advanced classes include the Waltz, Mambo, Two-Step, and Rumba; 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 5 at 11 a.m.

"The Luhrs Center is primed and ready to dazzle our patrons well into the New Year," commented Dr. Leslie Folmer Clinton, associate vice president and director at the Luhrs Center.  "We've listened to our

patron's feedback and we're continuing to bring the type of entertainment that our audience is requesting," Clinton went on to say.  "These new additions to our Spring lineup make a wonderful complement to our existing season schedule.  But don't wait too long after December 5 to buy your tickets to these new performances; we do anticipate some of them selling quickly.  And of course, Luhrs Center tickets and gift certificates make great holiday gifts!" she added. 

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

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

NEW ADDITION!  Bryan Adams "The Bare Bones Tour"    Sunday, January 22, 2012, 7 PM

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

An Evening with Liza Minnelli             Friday, February 3, 2012, 8 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

An Evening with Loretta Lynn             Friday, March 2, 2012, 8 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

 NEW ADDITION!  J.R. Martinez, Proteus Lecture Series       Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 7:30 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

NEW ADDITION!   Merle Haggard           Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 8 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

NEW ADDITION!  Engelbert Humperdinck Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 8 PM

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

NEW ADDITION!  Kenny Rogers Friday, June 15, 2012, 8 PM

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  ,    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  New and existing performances can also be included in the purchase of a Flex Series of tickets.  Purchase 10 individual performances in the 2011-2012 season and receive a10 percent discount on the Flex Series.  And 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.