Thursday, March 3 at 6 PM | FREE event
Grupo Fuego starts off the weekend with a special First Thursday Latino performance in Steinman Hall. Grupo Fuego’s electrifying dance performances have made them a signature Latino dance group on the East Coast. This is a family-friendly presentation; all are welcome. Doors open at 5:45 PM.
“We want to be melodic and we want to make the people dance and have fun. That’s our goal,” says Julio Rodriguez, the group’s band leader and keyboard player. They certainly demonstrate that energy vibrantly on their 2007 album “The Element,” recorded by Grammy-winning producer Freddie Mendez in Puerto Rico, Rodriguez’s home territory.
Grupo Fuego has participated in many Latino and multi-cultural events including performances at La Calle Ocho Festival, Virginia Beach Latin Festival, Latino del Norte Arts’ Festival, Cincylatino Festival, Cincy-Cinco Festival, Fiesta Olé, Toledo Latinofest, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for Latino Heritage Day, the Cleveland Music Hall for Brewfest, the Puerto Rican Cultural Festival in Cleveland and Chicago, the Taste of Cleveland Festival, the Columbus Latino Festival, and the Cityfolk Festival in Dayton, among many others.
Grupo Fuego has also shared the stage with legends of Latin music including Victor Manuelle, Elvis Crespo, Jose Alberto “El Canario”, Tito Rojas, Aventura, Monchi y Alexandra, Tito Puente Jr., Ivy Queen, Sonora Carruseles, Fat Joe, and Huey Dunbar.
Following the show, an adults-only professional networking reception with drinks and appetizers will take place in the lobby.
Paloma Players Presents: Anna in the Tropics
Friday, March 4 at 7:30 PM | FREE event
The Paloma Players, Lancaster’s Latino Theater troupe, brings Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Anna in the Tropics to life. This performance is free and open to all, but note that the play contains adult language and situations that are not suitable for children.
Anna in the Tropics is set in 1929 at a Cuban-American cigar factory in Ybor City, Florida. The play chronicles the plight of workers who still roll cigars by hand while lectors, who have been hired to educate and entertain them, read to the workers as they work. When a new lector is hired and begins to read from Tolstoy’s Russian classic Anna Karenina, the lives of Tolstoy’s characters begin to deeply influence the workers, creating chaos in their own lives.
Anna in the Tropics, along with its Pulitzer Prize for Drama, was honored with two nominations at the 2004 Tony Awards. The show was nominated in the category of Best Play and Best Featured Actress in a Play (Daphne Rubin-Vega). Cruz was the first Latino playwright to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Jazz in the Sky Presents KENIA
Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 PM | Tickets: $25 reserved seating
March’s Jazz in the Sky will feature the Brazilian original Kenia for a night of savvy, swinging samba, bossa nova, and choro (called the New Orleans jazz of Brazil), in the Ware Center’s intimate Owen Salon overlooking Prince Street.
All tickets include complimentary beverage service which begins at 7 PM with the concert beginning at 7:30 PM. The Ware Center is located at 42 N. Prince Street.
Kenia’s deep, sultry South American voice will be accompanied by accomplished pianist, Harrisburg ’s Steve Rudolph and his jazz trio. A talented performer heavily influenced by American jazz, Kenia captures the audience regardless of geographical or musical boundaries. She has the ability to translate her songs into the universal language of passion and poetry, with just the right flavor of South American spice.
Steve Rudolph has been playing music professionally for over 40 years. His vast experience includes concert performances with many great jazz masters, including Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Terry Gibbs, Rufus Reid, Buddy Tate, Al Grey, the Mills Brothers, and Cal Collins. He has toured throughout the U.S. and all over the world, and has been largely responsible for the growth and development of the thriving jazz scene in Central PA.
Tickets can be purchased online by visiting ArtsMU.com or by calling 717-871-7600, or in person at the Ticket Office located in the Student Memorial Center on Millersville’s campus, or the Ware Center, located at 42 N. Prince Street, in Lancaster. Doors open one hour before each show for ticket sales, subject to availability.
The Millersville University Visual and Performing Arts Season is made possible by support from Season Platinum Partner Rodgers & Associates and Gold Season Sponsors Aussie and the Fox and Hagelgans & Veronis, and Silver Season Sponsors Clipper Magazine, The Hotel Lancaster, 12:34MicroTechnologies, and Weber Advertising. First Friday Music Stage is sponsored by Fine Living Lancaster. This season’s Luminary Donors include Ann Barshinger, John & Susan Garofola, Mary Burton & Laurent Horne, Linda Holman Marcks, William McIlwaine, Peggy Neff, Mary Kearns & Jon Walker, and Paul & Judy Ware.
Millersville University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. A member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.