2016/2017 Arts Season at Millersville University

2016/2017 Arts Season at Millersville University

— information provided by Millersville University

AAEAAQAAAAAAAATvAAAAJDk1MTgwNTM3LWU2YWUtNDg4Yy1iMjMyLTg1YWNiMWJkZTZlZAOur 2016/2017 Season highlights include innovative, thoughtful, and entertaining performances. Laura Kendall, Director of the Office of Visual and Performing Arts, the Ware & Winter Centers, says, “I am delighted to announce our 6th season schedule. Our audiences continue to embrace the variety in our performances and artists with enthusiasm. We are excited to share new visiting artists with Lancaster City and our campus community.”


We kick off the season with one of two Signature Events, The Capitol Steps, a comedy troupe that satirizes the very people and places that once employed them, on Sunday, September 25, 3:00 pm at the Winter Center. And on Saturday, December 10, at 2:00 and 7:30 pm, at the Ware Center, we partner with Lancasterhistory.org to present Salute to Pearl Harborhonoring the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, through actor interpretations of letters and photos from actual service men and women from Lancaster. The King Street Big Band and vocal trio The Victory Belles will take you on a nostalgic journey through World War II-era musical classics.

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In partnership with the Susquehanna Folk Music Society, we’re offering three dynamic groups performing at 7:30 pm in the Owen Salon at the Ware Center. Robin and Linda Williams on Thursday, September 29, performing a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that combines wryly observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism; Baltimore-based Charm City Junction on Thursday, January 19, with dance-inducing Old Time rhythms and foot stomping Irish melodies to hard-driving Bluegrass; and on Thursday, April 6, Del Rey, a virtuoso on both ukulele and guitar, plays slightly nostalgic, but fresh and thoughtful tunes. Also in our folk music offerings we’re bringing back Brother Sun with guest dobro player and vocalist, Abbie Gardner, of Red Molly fame. Enjoy this concert of harmonies and lyrics that are “warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms” on Wednesday, April 26 at the Winter Center on campus.

Our Family Fun Series begins with three programs at the Ware Center: IMpossible IZZpossible from Illstyle & Peace Productions, celebrating the art and movement of hip-hop blended with modern and traditional dance forms on Saturday, October 1, 11:00 am; Sleeping Beauty by David Gonzalez presents arhymed verse spin on the classic fairy tale with live music and image projections that create a magical multimedia world on Saturday, November 5 at 11:00 am; and Danny Weinkauf, a Grammy-winning composer whose work includes writing and producing for shows on many networks will performing his fun-inspired children’s tunes on Saturday, February 4 at 11:00 am; and on Sunday, May 7 at 3:00 pm at the Winter Center on campus Earth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live comes all the way from Australia to take your family on a breathtaking journey with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures.

Our Theatre season, all at the Ware Center, includes Wiesenthal on WednesdayOctober 5, 7:30 pm. Filled with hope, humanity, and humor, it’s the riveting true story of Simon Wiesenthal, a universal hero, who devoted his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice; The Jackie Robinson Storyby Mad River Theater Works on Friday February 10, 7:30 pm, shows the events that shaped his character, his struggle to gain acceptance, and the tremendous obstacles he overcame; One Noble Journey is the story of Henry “Box”, an African American born into slavery, who sealed himself in a wooden box for shipment to freedom in Philadelphia, told by the compelling storyteller and actor Mike Wiley on Thursday, April 13, 7:30 pm; on Friday andSaturday, April 28-29, 7:30 pm, see Sarah Bernhardt – La Davine, written and performed by Candace O’Donnell, playing the most famous actress of all time; and finally, we kick-off the Latino Arts Festival on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, at 7:30 pm, with a production by Lancaster’s Paloma Players, a company of players serving the Hispanic population of Lancaster with authentic Latino/a Theatre.


Our Classical Music programs feature The Daedalus Quartet, performing with Lancaster’s own Christopher Shih on piano on Friday, October 14, 7:30 pm at the Ware Center. This amazing quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles; Trio Clavino returns to the Ware Center to perform a repertoire of classical, folk, jazz, modern music, and multi-media with dancers from Franklin and Marshall College and The Grant Street Dance Company; Janai Brugger, Soprano, identified as one of the top 25 brilliant young artists, will perform with MU’s Dept. of Music’s Orchestra on Friday, November 18, 7:30 pm at the Winter Center on campus; Tenor Alok Kumar is a solo concert artist who has appeared with symphonies and orchestras in Spain, and across the United States, including in Symphony Hall with Boston Pops for the Richard Rodgers Centennial. His concert is Saturday, March 18, 7:30 pm at the Ware Center.

Our Dance programs, all at the Ware Center, include: The Passion of Flamenco on Tuesday, November 15, 7:30 pm, featuring Jose Luis de la Paz (Jose Luis Rodriguez), one of the most technically proficient and well known flamenco guitarists from Spain, joined by master musicians and vocalists for an evening audiences are sure to remember; DanceLancaster presents a two-day weekend of performances that explore the best of Lancaster’s contemporary, world, and ballet dance on Saturday, March 11, 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 12, 3:00 pm. NetCo Dance Company brings its 12th annual production of Outside Lies to exemplify the use of the entire body while illustrating some of the toughest issues facing society today on Saturday, April 1, 7:30 pm.

Two Holiday programs at the Ware Center include Irish Christmas in America, the hugely popular family-friendly show, now in its 11th season, which features top Irish music, song, and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor, and boundless energy on Tuesday, December 13, 7:30 pm; and Countertenor Terry Barber’s Christmas Presence, a holiday program of classics, classical, and popular favorites on Thursday, December 15 at 7:30 pm.

In addition to the above-featured programs, we also have an exciting selection of World Music, as well as concerts and programming from the Millersville University Department of Music, University Theater and All Campus Music Organization. Our concerts in the Atrium and Owen Salon are expanding this year to two exciting series – Club 42 and Jazz in the Sky – bringing you local and touring groups, cabaret artists, and jazz groups hosted by pianist Steve Rudolph.  Club events include bar service and small plates available for an additional cost through Aussie and The Fox. We will also feature art installations and a special monthly “We the People” First Friday initiative with performances from a variety of underrepresented populations throughout Lancaster.

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An exciting Film series comes to the Ware Center this year, On Screen/In Person. This tour includes six noteworthy and previously undistributed independent films accompanied by their filmmakers, the first of which, Sweet Dreams, follows a remarkable group of Rwandan women as they emerge from the devastation of genocide to create a new future for themselves, showing Tuesday September 13, 7:00 pm.

Christopher Shih, a physician from Maryland, competes in the final round of the Sixth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs hosted by the Van Cliburn Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, May 29, 2011. (Van Cliburn Foundation/Rodger Mallison)

Christopher Shih, a physician from Maryland, competes in the final round of the Sixth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs hosted by the Van Cliburn Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, May 29, 2011. (Van Cliburn Foundation/Rodger Mallison)

Allegro Chamber Orchestra will present its exhilarating Music in the Round once again, a series of three inventive and entertaining concerts in the Ware Center Atrium. And finally, in conjunction with Fine Living Lancaster magazine, the Ware Center will host the Innovator Lecture Series, bringing esteemed experts in innovation in the realms of Environment, Sustainability, Social Justice and Approaching the Future to speak at the Ware Center. The series also offers a round-table discussion by local innovators, as well as an awards program honoring locals striving to create new pathways.

For a complete listing of programs, please visit ArtsMU.com. Special discount packages are available through September 18, 2016.



The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster.
Hours are Monday – Friday 10:30 AM – 6:30 PM.

Student Memorial Center, Room 103, Millersville University campus.
Hours are Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

BY PHONE: Call the box office at 717-871-7600.
ONLINE: www.ArtsMU.com