Arts & Culture Editor
Fall semester not only brings a new change in weather but it also starts a whole new calendar of events to look forward to for the next academic year. The Ware Center, located in downtown Lancaster, held their Opening Night Gala on Friday, September 20, 2013 to start their artistic year-long season for both the Ware Center and Winter Center.
Friday night began this season that has a calendar scheduled with over 300 exciting, memorable and unique performances and events for students and families alike. All guests of the dinner gala that started off the night entered the Ware Center and walked the red carpet that led them to the third floor where they entered the atrium. The glass ceiling allowed guests to dine under the stars. A grand piano was the center of attention, surrounded by beautifully decorated tables. The grand salon over-looks Prince Street that allowed guests to take in the downtown night from above.
Among the guests were President Dr. John Anderson, who could be seen talking to just about everyone in the room, previous President Dr. McNairy with her elegant signature hats and smile, and the sponsors for this upcoming artistic season, who have decided to either sponsor the entire Season, Dance Series, Family Fun Fest and Student Matinee, Music series or Film Series.
Following dinner, guests made their way into Steinman Hall where they would preview small show cases of what is to come for the future. Short segments of future performances included an opening by Marieann Meringolo and J.R. Ankney. Performances following were classical music, theater, art exhibitions, Jazz, “CONstruct Dance” routine by CONstruct Dance Ensemble, World Festival dancers, Poetry, Lectures, Dance, and a piece of the Holiday Shows to come.
President, Dr. John Anderson addressed the audience that filled every seat in the house for the evening after the performances for the night. Following Dr. Anderson, Director of the Ware Center & Winter Center, Harvey Owen, gave his closing remarks for the night. “My hopes for the next year are that our shows are well attended by the MU community: students, faculty, and staff. We do this for them,” Harvey admitted. The night went beyond well for Harvey who is a stickler for detail and was met on all of his demands. “So, how did my night go… just perfectly… thanks to a strong, cohesive team of more than five dozen people who put it together.” As Harvey spoke of his appreciation and thanks for not only everyone in attendance, but for the Lancaster and Millersville community, he emphasized how diverse the events throughout the next year will be, “We have over 300 events for the public planned for the Season. So almost regardless of your tastes, there is going to be something you’ll like. Highlights include: our Film Series, the Family Fun Fest programs, our many events on each of the First Friday celebrations downtown, an Orchid Show, Beatrice Ran- the 2013 Van Cliburn Silver medalist, the Rumschpringe Short Film Festival, Atzilut’s “Concert for Peace”… there are so many, I can’t narrow it down.”
To end the performances, Marieann Meringolo and Daniella Dalli performed “When I Think of Home” moving along with the theme for the night. Finale for the night, Local band “Wake up Call” performed in the lobby while guests could mingle over beverages and cupcakes, continuing the happy atmosphere until the end. And as for the year, let the Artistic Season begin.