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Shippensburg University Community Orchestra: Beethoven!

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Sunday, April 23, 2023


Luhrs Center, Shippensburg PA

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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor

The Shippensburg University Community Orchestra, directed by Dr. Mark Hartman, presents a wonderful evening of Beethoven in this free musical goodwill offering to the community.  The exquisitely talented Margaret Lucia (Professor in the Department of Music at Shippensburg University) joins the orchestra to present Beethoven’s dazzling and virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, followed by one of the best-known classical masterworks of all time, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C. Minor.  Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is a surefire crowd pleaser with the dramatic intensity of the first movement blossoming into the lyrical andante of the second movement, with the heroic third movement leading into a triumphant finish in the finale.  Don’t miss this exciting all-Beethoven program!

Margaret Lucia, Soloist (Piano Concerto in G): Pianist Margaret Lucia performs a wide range of keyboard repertoire, from the traditional—concertos of Mozart and Beethoven and romantic works of Chopin and Schumann—to the highly gestural, uniquely tonal or atonal compositions of contemporary composers. A passionate advocate of new music, she has premiered several works, appearing at festivals and in concert throughout the United States as well as in Japan and Europe.  As a Fulbright Scholar in 2016-17, she collaborated with women composers in Spain, and performed their works in several concerts in Madrid, Salamanca, and Palma de Mallorca.  She was invited to return to Spain in 2019 for a concert tour, in which she presented contemporary works by both Spanish and American women composers.  This tour was partially supported by a Seed Grant from the New York Women Composers in NYC.  In November, 2011, she was a featured performer on the Festival Internacional de Música Contemporanea in Havana and has recorded music by Cuban women composers of the 19th and 20th centuries.  in 2009 she formed the Vox Terra Ensemble, which performs new chamber music works in honor of Earth Day, as well as additional concerts throughout the year.  In June of 2003, she performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in New York City with tenor Jon Robert Cart in a joint recital featuring vocal and solo piano music of Spain and Latin America; they performed there again in May 2005, in works by Mexican composers of the 20th century. As a member of the Lucia Duo, she has performed frequently with her husband, violinist Anthony Lucia, including a concert of the violin and piano sonatas of Joaquin Turina in Spain in 2005. Lucia’s performances of music by women are many and widespread.  She performed works by American composer Anna Rubin and Greek composer Sofia Kamiyanna in Flagstaff, Arizona in September, 2011. In 2002, she appeared at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. for the International Alliance of Women in Music’s Annual chamber music festival. She performed music of contemporary Japanese women at the Universität in Zurich in 2007, and the music of Cuban women for the American Musicological Society Conference in Quebec, also in 2007. In addition, Dr. Lucia has appeared in lecture-recitals of contemporary and historical piano music by women composers in Vancouver, New York, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Portland, Salt Lake City, and San Antonio, as well as many other U.S. cities.  While completing her Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Lucia was the pianist in chamber music seminars conducted by violinist Rafael Druian, was keyboardist with the San Diego Symphony and a frequent performer with the San Diego Museum of Art Chamber Ensemble and SONOR, a contemporary music ensemble. Her teachers have included the late Aube Tzerko at the University of California, Los Angeles and Aspen Music Festival, and Marion Hall, Gyorgy Sebok, Gunther Ludwig, and Zhanna Arshanskaya Dawson.   Currently a Professor in the Department of Music and Theatre Arts at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, she has also taught at the University of Redlands, the University of California, San Diego, and Grinnell College in Iowa.



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Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive,
Shippenburg PA 17257
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Shippensburg PA 17257
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