Arts & Culture Editor
October may be quickly coming to a close, but Millersville’s Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center and the Ware Center in Downtown Lancaster continue to bring a diverse array of musical, cultural and dramatic groups to entertain audiences, whether they are Millersville students or residents of Lancaster. This week and weekend are no exception, as they will be hosting artists from all over, from Ireland to New York to Lancaster.
One of the more worldly acts coming to the Ware Center this week is Kilmeen Drama Group, who will be performing “Playboy of the Western World” on Wednesday, Oct. 29, and Thursday, Oct. 30, both at 7:30 p.m. Founded in 1954 in St. Mary’s Theatre in Rossmore, West Cork, Ireland, the Kilmeen Drama Group is one of the longest established drama groups nationally. As winners of the 2013 Abbey Theatre Award at this year’s RTE All Ireland Drama Festival, they have competed in one act and three act drama festivals.
“Playboy of the Western World” is a controversial three-act play that sparked riots in 1907 when it first opened in Ireland’s national theatre, the Abbey. It is about a man who catches the attention of a group of locals after claiming that he ran away from home after killing his father.
On Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Ware Center, Nash Bhatt, an award-winning filmmaker and resident of York County, will screen of two of his films. Marking its world premiere, his 30-minute, short film, “A Considerate Husband,” will be screened at 1 p.m., followed by a showing of his multiple award-winning, full-length film, “The Rise and Fall of Their American Dream.” (Both films contain explicit language, adult themes and violence, and are not appropriate for viewers under 17.) Between the screenings, Bhatt and members of the cast and crew of “A Considerate Husband”-which was shot in the Lancaster and York areas-will participate in a question and answer session.
For their “Jazz in the Sky” concert series, progressive jazz singer J.D. Walter will perform at the Winter Center on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Residing in New York City, Walter’s style of jazz has been described as a combination of Betty Carter, Nat King Cole, and Milton Nascimento. Walter is also recognized as a pioneer in the use of electronic effects and looping devices, implementing them in live performance situations with his ensembles, as well as solo work.
Millersville University’s Department of Music and Jazz at the Ville have a treat planned for concert-goers this Halloween on Friday, 7:30 p.m. at the Winter Center. Millersville University’s jazz groups will be performing an evening full of Halloween-themed tunes such as “That Old Devil Moon,” “Dr. Heckle & Mr. Vibe,” “Masquerade,” “Blues for Dracula” and “Witchcraft.” The event will take place in Biemesderfer Concert Hall at the Winter Center.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m., Professors Ross Ellison and Shawn Gingrich will present “Dueling Organists,” a program dedicated to organ music. In the recital, the performers will each play sets in alternation, “dueling” with their skill at the organ. Works to be performed include music by J.S. Bach, Marcel Dupre’, Cesar Franck, Jean Langlais, Felix Mendelssohn, and Louis Vierne as well as several contemporary composers.
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.