Big acts planned for Ware and Winter Center for fall season

Katie Pryor
Arts & Culture Editor

With the autumn season just around the corner, Millersville University’s Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center and the Ware Center in downtown Lancaster City both have numerous events in store for their 2014 fall season.

Roaring Twenties-themed pre-and-post-show parties and a performance from The Hot Sardines will take place at the Ware Center’s Opening Night on September 26.
Roaring Twenties-themed pre-and-post-show parties and a performance from The Hot Sardines will take place at the Ware Center’s Opening Night on September 26.

Saturday, Sept. 26, will be the Opening Night for the Ware Center, where they will present a concert from The Hot Sardines and a post-show 1920’s style dessert reception. Founded by Parisian frontwoman Miz Elizabeth and pianist and bandleader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo after a chance meeting on Craigslist, the band is also made up of Fast Eddy Francisco as the residential tap dancer, Jason Prover on trumpet, Alex Raderman on drums, Evan “Sugar” Crane on bass, and Nick Myers reeds. With their influences including Ray Charles, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong and his Hot Fives, Bessie Smith and other famous jazz musicians, The Hot Sardines describe their music as “music from the ‘20s, but born in the ‘00s.” The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., but a Pre-Show Party will start at 6 p.m. where guests can enjoy Charleston dancing and refreshments. Guests are encouraged to wear their best Roaring Twenties attire.

Frank Ferrante will be performing his acclaimed impression of Groucho Marx on November 5.
Frank Ferrante will be performing his acclaimed impression of Groucho Marx on November 5.

For the Winter Center and Ware Center, Millersville’s Department of Music will be holding faculty recitals to display the talents and skills of the Music faculty. Three of these fall recitals will be held at the Winter Center. The first of this series of recitals will be held by Dr. Christy Banks, who will be performing on clarinet on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 2:30 p.m at the Winter Center. On October 5, 2:30 p.m., instructor of percussion Dr. James Armstrong will present his recital, “The Works of Percussion and Beyond”. Dr. Ross Ellison and Shawn Gingrich will present “Dualing Organists” on Sunday, November 2 at 2:30 p.m. Professor of piano Dr. Anita Renfroe and Dr. Xun Pan, director of the gifted and talented program for international students, will present “Fantastic Conversations” on October 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ware Center.

The Winter Center will also be presenting concerts featuring the Department of Music’s student ensembles. On September 27 at 7:30 p.m., the Department of Music will present the choral concert “Choral Kaleidoscope”, which will feature performances from all of the department’s choral ensembles, including the Chorale, Cantilena, University Choir, and the Marauder Men’s Glee Club. The Millersville Jazz Ensemble will be performing with Rodney Mack and some of America’s top brass musicians at the “Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass and the MU Jazz Festival”. “Invitation to the Dance” will present the orchestra, wind ensemble and concert band playing various genres of dance, including ballet, musical theatre and ballroom on Oct. 16 at 2:30 p.m. Cantilena and Men’s Glee Club will present the choral concert “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” on Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m., in which they playfully explore age-old aspects of gender and relationships between the sexes as reflected in choral music from medieval times to the present.

Music professor Dr. Christy Banks will perform a faculty recital at the Winter Center on September 21.
Music professor Dr. Christy Banks will perform a faculty recital at the Winter Center on September 21.

For theatre enthusiasts, the Ware Center will present several theatrical programs as well. The first of which will be “Lady With All the Answers” on Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m., a one-woman show that will chronicle the life of the late, beloved advice columnist Eppie Lederer, also known as Ann Landers. Oct. 29-30 will feature a visit from the acclaimed Irish theatrical troupe Kilmeen Drama group, who will present the three-act play, “Playboy of the Western World”. This controversial play, which sparked riots in 1907 when it first opened in Ireland’s national theatre, the Abbey, is about a man catches the attention of a group of locals after claiming that he ran away from home after killing his father. “Frank Ferrante in An Evening with Groucho” on November 5 at 7:30 p.m. will feature award-winning actor, director and playwright Frank Ferrante as he recreates his acclaimed portrayal of the legendary comedian Groucho Marx. The fast-paced performance will feature some of Groucho Marx’s most famous one-liners, anecdotes, and songs.

Tickets may be purchased online at MUTicketsOnline.com, at the Student Memorial Center Ticket Office (Room 103, 21 S. George St., Millersville), by calling the ticket office at 717-871-7600 or at the Ware Center Box Office (42 N. Prince St., Lancaster). Ticket offices are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Winter Center Box Office will be opening one hour prior to showtime. Tickets can also be ordered online at artsmu.com.