New Partnership with The Arts at Millersville University
(Lancaster, PA) The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and The Office of Visual and Performing Arts at Millersville University announce with great excitement a new partnership and performance venture for classical and popular music lovers alike in Lancaster County.
The LSO and The Arts at Millersville are broadening the spectrum of good orchestral music, beginning the 2015 concert season September 19 with Hollywood Heroes and Villains—a tribute to Hollywood with music we love from Star Wars, Superman, Frozen, and more. This is a family-friendly, full orchestra performance complete with many surprises including favorite movie characters and a costume contest. It will be the opening night of the Arts Season for Millersville University.
The second full orchestra concert on May 14, 2016, Broadway Our Way, will star Will & Anthony Nunziata singing the best of Broadway tunes. The brothers are touted by Entertainment magazine as having, “amazing voices,” and are described by Huffington Post as, “a nearly impossible pairing of talent, stage presence, and charisma.” They are one of the top Broadway talents as touted by Playbill, Broadway World, and CBS’ Good Morning America.
These two popular, family-friendly music performances synchronize the intentions of both the LSO and The Arts at Millersville to provide musical enrichment to patrons and increase their ability to support fine performances from two of Lancaster’s premier arts organizations.
Performances will take place at Clair Performance Hall in the Winter Visual & Performing Arts Center on the campus of Millersville University. Ticket sales will begin with LSO and The Arts at Millersville University patrons and open to the public this summer.
“I was looking to do something a bit different for our 5th season opening night, and partnering with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra on a new venture sounded exciting and right up my alley,” says Director of the Office of Visual & Performing Arts Laura Kendall. “It’s an opportunity for the University to grow audiences for orchestra music and enhance the learning of our students.”
“Classical music is and always will be the core of our programs under Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser’s artistic direction, and this new series allows us to expand our programming and let our hair down a bit more,” explains Executive Director Paige McFarling. “Laura and I have been talking for some time about how we can combine forces and resources, and I am grateful for her energetic and collaborative leadership that is helping to make this happen.”
The Orchestra will continue to offer their high quality classical series at the Fulton, and expanding into the popular musical territory is a bold and adventurous direction that offers more to its loyal audiences and also deepens opportunities for new audiences. McFarling adds, “Our goal is to bring more value to Lancaster County performing arts patrons by combining the strengths of two strong arts organizations into one experience, and to energize the musicians and audiences of tomorrow while being good stewards of the generous donors who support both of our organizations. Together, we are able to do more, stretch farther, and emerge with something new.”
“I’m delighted to be a part of this new series from the LSO. They are continually making great program choices,” adds Laura Kendall. “And under Paige’s leadership, the LSO is forging partnerships that bring more people to their great music and offer a model for area organizations to work together.”
Opening its 69th season, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra has evolved from a community orchestra into an organization of professional musicians serving 52,000 music enthusiasts with 24 yearly subscription concerts, popular holiday concerts, and the New Year’s Eve gala celebration.
The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra is a 75-member, professional orchestra under the baton of Stephen Gunzenhauser that was founded in 1947 by Frederick S. Klein and John H. Peifer, Jr. from Franklin & Marshall College. The orchestra is a non-profit organization, governed by a board of 25 community volunteers and managed by a professional staff under the direction of executive director Paige McFarling. Ticket sales revenues and donations from hundreds of corporate and private benefactors underwrite the Symphony’s invaluable contribution to the quality of life in south central Pennsylvania.
Millersville University’s Office of Visual and Performing Arts oversees the Ware and Winter Center and serves as cultural centers for the campus, Lancaster City and the region by presenting a wide variety of events and exhibitions ranging from student and faculty works to internationally acclaimed ensembles. The vision is to promote civic engagement, collaboration and innovation between the University and the greater Lancaster community. By bringing innovative events to life, we ensure the arts flourish as a core component to life-long learning, encourage curiosity and understanding of our world, and create a gathering space for the community to make meaningful memories.
Millersville University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. A member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
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