The Charles R. and Anita B. Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center.

The grand opening of the Charles R. and Anita B. Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center at Millersville University is set for Friday, October 12. The newly renovated 84,000-square-foot center features a concert hall, recital hall, performance hall, classrooms, a recording studio, piano lab, a music library, faculty offices and more. The $26 million renovation project, which was funded with public and private dollars, has been underway since March 2010.

“This new venue will provide a creative hub for students, faculty and the surrounding community in music, art and theater. We hope to provide a vibrant place for local, regional, national and international artists to show their work and connect with students in residencies, master classes and workshops,” said Laura Kendall, director of the Winter Center.

The public is invited to attend the Winter Center dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony, which will begin at 4 p.m. Guest speakers will include Michael Warfel ’84, chair of the Council of Trustees; Stephen Kepchar ’71, chair of the Soar to Greatness capital campaign cabinet; Greg Lefever ’89, chair of the capital campaign fundraising priority committee for the Winter Center; and Dr. Diane Umble, interim dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Selected students will also speak about the impact the building will have on their education. After the dedication, guests will be invited to tour the building with student guides, as well as view exhibits and demonstrations.

The Winters have been long-time benefactors of the University and contributed a major gift in 2008 to the renovation and expansion of Lyte Auditorium into the University’s Visual and Performing Arts Center. Dr. Winter is a world-renowned medical surgeon, practicing for more than 40 years in Lancaster County.

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