Shippensburg University’s Music and Theatre Arts Department is pleased to announce its annual spring Chapel Series Concerts. The series includes three performances hosted in the Old Main Chapel and all are free and open to the public.

March 20 – 3:00 p.m. – Mowbray-Webber Guitar Duo

Guitarists Candice Mowbray and Danny Webber perform music that bridges multiple musical styles, often simultaneously combining elements of classical, jazz and other traditions. Using electric and acoustic instruments, the duo incorporates Renaissance music, inventions by Bach, modern and classic jazz standards, and new compositions into wide-ranging and artful musical programs. Included on this concert will be a newly-commissioned work for electric guitar duet by Canadian composer, Cam Millar, and the duo’s own transcription of Duke Ellington’s “Fleurette Africaine” which was featured in the Seven Tones Project, an initiative for musicians and filmmakers to create short films based on the music of Duke Ellington.

March 27 – 3:00 p.m. – Christyan Seay, tenor

The March 27 Vocal Recital presents Tenor Christyan Seay along with Professor Fred Dade in a varied program highlighting such composers as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Richard Strauss and George Frederick Handel. Coleridge-Taylor represents an era of long neglected black composers whose vast output of compositions are being discovered by musicians and vocalist across the globe in addition to the traditional songs of Strauss and Handel presented in the recital. The program also features selections from Broadway/Musical Theater (West Side Story, Curtains and Chess) and a set of jazz/gospel infused Negro Spirituals arranged by contemporaries David Neff and Norah Duncan.

April 21 – 7:00 p.m. – Blanka Bednarz, violinist

Violinist Blanka Bednarz has enjoyed an international career, performing in her native country of Poland, throughout Europe, China, and North America. She will be accompanied by Shippensburg University music professor, Margaret Lucia. They will play César Franck’s much-loved Sonata for violin and piano. They will also be joined by Shippensburg University music professor, Mark Hartman to perform the Suite for Two Violins and piano by Moritz Moszkowski. Several other pieces will round out the program. Ms. Bednarz will also perform the famous Butterfly Lovers Concerto with the Shippensburg University-Community Orchestra at 3:00 pm, Sunday, April 24 at the Luhrs Center.