We The People First Friday Art and Dance
December 4 | 6-8 P.M. | Ware Center

VHDANCE presents                                                                                “Danses pour Noël” – Excerpts from Handel’s Messiah                       7-8 P.M. | Steinman Hall

“Phenomenology” | The Art of Yesid Gomez                                         6-8 P.M. | Lyet Lobby

The beauty of Handel’s Messiah Oratorio comes to the stage in a delightful dance concert! Under the direction and choreography of Valerie Henry, two Lancaster-based dance ensembles, Dance Mosaic and Premiere Danse will be joined by ZCWA Dance Academy of Charlotte, North Carolina to bring Charles Jennens’ lyrics to life using a fusion of ballet, modern, and world dance. Adorned with elaborate costuming, fabric, and dynamic staging, this popular “rite of Christmas” will stir the joy of the season in everyone. 

Events are FREE and open to the public. Safety first! Masks are required and our facility adheres to social distancing guidelines.

Young Patrons Submit Artwork of Friends in Honor of "Corduroy" Screening

Some of our favorite submissions from young patrons who attended the live-streaming event “Corduroy” earlier this month. The play about the beloved stuffed bear of the same name, was adapted for the stage by Barry Kornhauser. The live stream was a production from the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, MN. that was offered FREE of charge to 100 families in our community.  For all the submissions in response to our request to share a story, drawing or other work of art describing a favorite friend, the Arts at Millersville made a donation to Toys for Tots.

Anna and her friend MONKEY the monkey
Ian's friend CROAKER the frog
Grace's friend UNI the "caticorn"

In this, the 10th Anniversary of Millersville University’s opening of the Ware Center, the Arts at MU continues to pursue its mission of fostering creativity, learning and understanding through the cultural arts even in these toughest of times. We have taken significant steps to ensure the safety and health of our patrons when attending our “in-person” events, which include:

  • Separate Entrances and Exits;
  • A Temperature Kiosk reading before entering;
  • Masks worn at all times;
  • Limited capacity venues and indoor spaces (compliant with DOH regulations);
  • Socially distanced seating and accommodations including restrooms and elevator (compliant with CDC guidelines); and
  • Continual maintenance of cleanliness to high touch and high traffic areas.

We also have been able to provide free virtual Performing Artist Series performances and Family Fun Fest experiences to Lancaster County families and local schools continuing our dedication to cultural arts education regardless of physical or economic circumstances.

Though we are not having a social event this year, the Arts at MU is participating in the Extraordinary Give on Friday, November 20th. As a special incentive this year, our Silver Season Sponsor 12:34 MicroTechnologies has generously offered to match our first $500 donation! Like all of the worthy organizations in our community, we too, are grateful for your continued support of our efforts to embrace a vast array of artistic endeavors and make these offerings available to a broad span of our community, especially young people. Thank you for your consideration as you give EXTRA this year!
Finally, the Arts at MU will continue to present music, dance and theatre and host unique cultural events when, where and how we can, because the arts will always find a way. If you haven’t already, be sure to click below to join our list for email news and updates!
Robin Zaremski,
Director, Visual & Performing Arts Center
Millersville University
Beethoven’s 250th Birthday Celebration with Xun Pan

Click below to watch the videos captured LIVE.

Friday, August 28 – Beethoven Sonata Concert

Friday, September 25 – Beethoven Sonatas “Moonlight” and Others

Friday, November 13 – The Great Beethoven Opus 31



Beethoven’s Five Lesser-Known Piano Sonatas 

Saturday, February 27, 2021 | 7:30 P.M.

Complete Piano/Cello Works of Beethoven

with Emilio Colon & Xun Pan

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 | 7:30 P.M.

Thursday, May 6, 2021 | 7:30 P.M.


2020/2021 Season Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

                                      Silver Sponsors​

Our Mission

The Office of Visual and Performing Arts continues Millersville University’s long history of hosting performances and fosters innovation, creative thinking, collaboration, and community and campus engagement. We oversee the University’s two state-of-the-art performing arts facilities-The Ware Center located in heart of Downtown Lancaster, PA and The Winter Center located on the University’s campus in Millersville, PA.

In these venues, “Lancaster County’s Home for the Cultural Arts” features music, live theater, film, poetry, dance concerts, community events and art exhibits.  See all of our upcoming events here.

The Ware Center
The Winter Center

The Arts at Millersville is pleased to partner this season with the following organizations