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October – December 2013

Presented by Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts

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Celebrating 15 Years September 9, 2014 Created as the first facility in the nation to accommodate the arts and the sciences under one roof – Central Pennsylvania has come to know Whitaker Center as the place for eye-opening, creative, cutting-edge, and engaging events, programs and activities. Whitaker Center has earned a reputation as A Place To Discover It All. Harsco Science Center has introduced the region to innovative programs and exhibitions that are expected from a world-class Science Center. We have presented internationally acclaimed special exhibits, including artifacts from the Titanic, carefully preserved human specimens and animatronic dinosaurs. Our educators have designed state-of-the-art science learning materials; reaching new groups of professional educators through cutting-edge technologies. The program of live performances presented in Sunoco Performance Theater, introduces the community to diverse forms of human expression in a space that is unique in the region. The theater also provides community arts organizations with an exceptional performance space, to create the highest levels of performance. In Select Medical IMAXŽ Theater, we have presented more than 90 engaging and eye-opening films to educate children and adults, from the depths of the oceans to outer space. Giant screen films are a favorite among the teachers who plan field trips to Whitaker Center. In fact, three out of four students who visit the Science Center as part of field trip, also see an IMAX film. As we move through the 15th year of serving the region, we are proudly building a tradition of excellence in promoting innovative science education and presenting inspiring and engaging visual and performing arts in Central Pennsylvania. We invite you to join us throughout the year, as we continue to present cuttingedge and creative programs, demonstrating that Whitaker Center is A Place To Discover It All.

Michael L. Hanes, Ph.D. President and CEO

Gary D. St. Hilaire Board Chair

Contents October – December 2013 Upcoming Shows


SPOTLIGHT Performers


Resident Companies


Holiday Gift Ideas


Scene at Whitaker Center


Official Newsletter of Whitaker Center


Whitaker Center President & CEO Michael L. Hanes, Ph.D. Editor-in-Chief Nicole L. Newkam


Creative Manager Jeremy Fallinger Publisher/Advertiser/ Printer/ Art Direction/Production Graphtech 717/238-5751

Aimee Mann


The Piano Guys

SPOTLIGHT is published quarterly by Graphtech and Whitaker Center’s Marketing Department.The contents are property of Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and may not be reproduced without express written permission of the editorial staff.


Gordon Lightfoot

IMAX® is a registered trademark of IMAX Corporation.


Holiday Trains & Trees Exhibition






Upcoming Shows PERFORMANCES OCTOBER Arturo Sandoval** October 5, 7:30pm Bo Bice** October 10, 7:30pm Aimee Mann** October 11, 8pm Dailey & Vincent** October 18, 8pm 2013 Governor’s Awards for the Arts October 22, 7pm Whitaker Center at the Forum An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt** October 24, 7:30pm The Piano Guys** October 25, 8pm Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show Theatre Harrisburg* October 31, 11:30pm November 1-2, 8-9, 14-17 Fri & Sat, 8pm; Thurs, 7:30pm; & Sun, 2pm

NOVEMBER Whitaker Center at the Forum Gordon Lightfoot: 50 Years On The Carefree Highway Tour** November 2, 8pm The Priests** November 21, 7:30pm The Mavericks** November 23, 8pm The Machine** November 27, 7:30pm

DECEMBER Christmas with the Celts** December 5, 7:30pm George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet* December 14-15 Whitaker Center Presents at the Forum Get The Led Out** December 28, 7:30pm * Denotes Whitaker Center Resident Company ** Denotes Whitaker Center presented performances, eligible for Performing Arts Membership. All Whitaker Center presented shows are sponsored by

IMAX® Through November 8 Australia: Land Beyond Time Dinosaurs Alive! 3D Born to be Wild 3D Dolphins and Whales 3D: Tribes of the Ocean Opens November 9 The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience Santa vs. the Snowman 3D Opens December 13 The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug An IMAX 3D Experience Through January 1 Flight of the Butterflies 3D SPOTLIGHT


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in Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s enchanting production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker ! Be delighted by the dazzling costumes, charming sets and accomplished dancers set to the magical music of Tchaikovsky. Make ‘The Nutcracker’ your family’s holiday tradition. ™


The performance was superb as usual. I have enjoyed the Nutcracker before and every time the talent of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet was exceptionally exhibited. This is a treat that all children should see! –P.K.



Experience an intimate venue in the heart of downtown Harrisburg Saturday, December 14, 1 & 5 PM Sunday, December 15, 2 PM Tickets: 717.214.ARTS (2787) or

There is only one word that comes to mind in describing this event, ‘Spectacular!’ –L.C.

The evergreen freshness of ‘The Nutcracker,’ as choreographed by George Balanchine, is cause for wonder. –The New York Times


Maestro Stuart Malina conducts the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra Saturday, December 21, 1 & 5 PM Sunday, December 22, 2 PM Tickets: 717.534.3405 or

The Nutcracker has become a Christmas tradition that I share with my daughter. It is always beautiful, magical and just plain good. –G.L.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Photos: Rosalie O’Connor, Maria Barnett



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George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

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Art, Dance, Film, Theatre, Jazz, Opera, Comedy and much more!

Fam Fun Fest:

Melva S. McIlwaine Concert

2013 Van Cliburn Classical Piano Silver Medalist, Beatrice Rana

Tues., Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.

Winter Center | Millersville $23 adults, $20 seniors, Free MU students; all reserved seating

Billy Kelly and the BlahBlahBlahs

Hosted by WXPN Kids’ Corner Kathy O’Connell

Sat., Nov. 23, 11 a.m.

(10 a.m. pre-show activities for the kids) Ware Center | Lancaster $8/adults, $4 kids under 12

“Sounds of Desire”

Featuring Heather Raffo

Tues., Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.

“Irish Christmas in America”

Accompanied by acclaimed Middle Eastern instrumentalists and vocalists.

Top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor and boundless energy.

Ware Center | Lancaster $18 Adult, $15 Senior, $5 for students

Mon., Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. Ware Center | Lancaster $25 Adult, $20 Senior, $5 Students

Only at the world-class venues of Millersville University! • Tickets: 717-872-3811

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Aimee Mann Friday, October 11, 2013 I Sunoco Performance Theater, 8pm During the '80s, Aimee Mann led the post-new wave pop group 'Til Tuesday. After releasing three albums with the group, she embarked on a solo career. Her first solo album Whatever (1993), was a more introspective, folk-tinged effort than 'Til Tuesday's albums, and received positive reviews. In 1995, Mann released the hit That's Just What You Are, a song included on the soundtrack to the television series Melrose Place. Her career got a kick-start in early 2000, when she released her soundtrack for the critically acclaimed film Magnolia. The song Save Me, earned Mann an Academy® Award nomination. In 2002, Mann returned to the forefront with the self-released Lost in Space. Late 2004 saw the release of Live at St. Ann's Warehouse, which was followed in 2006 by the critically acclaimed Forgotten Arm. Mann later, released a collection of Christmas songs, One More Drifter in the Snow. Charmer (2012) is her first album in four years. Aside from being a musician, Mann has made a memorable cameo appearance on the IFC comedy series Portlandia. Sponsored by

Dailey & Vincent Friday, October 18 | Sunoco Performance Theater, 8pm Dailey & Vincent is one of the top Bluegrass bands in America. From the very beginning of their partnership in late 2007, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent quickly established themselves as fresh voices in their genre. The concoction of their fantastically powerful vocal blends, four award-winning studio albums, and heavy touring schedules, has gained them well-deserved attention from bluegrass, country, and gospel critics and fans alike. The duo toured throughout the country last year, performing over 115 shows, including several high-profile and prestigious events with the Grand Ole Opry, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the ACM Honors, the BMI Awards and the IBMA Awards. They have been recognized as a three-time IBMA Entertainer of The Year band, a three-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, a two-time Grammy® nominee, and Dove Award winners. Although Dailey and Vincent aren’t related by blood, the instinctive vocal blend they have achieved rivals that of any singing siblings. It’s no accident that they titled an earlier album Brothers From Different Mothers, and with Brothers Of The Highway; the ties they’ve forged grow ever stronger. Sponsored by




An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt Thursday, October 24, 2013 I Whitaker Center at the Forum, 7:30pm As a Grammy® Award-winning singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music; fusing elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues. Lovett has earned four Grammy® Awards, including Best Male Country Vocal Performance (1989) and Best Country Album for The Road to Ensenada (1996). When not performing musically, Lovett has an active acting career and has appeared in feature films such as The Player, Short Cuts, Cookie’s Fortune, and TV shows such as, Castle. Lovett’s latest album, Natural Forces, was released in 2009. John Hiatt is a talented singer and guitarist best known for his prolific songwriting. His songs have been successfully covered by musicians from Bonnie Raitt and the Neville Brothers to Iggy Pop and Three Dog Night. With 11 Grammy® nominations and 24 albums to his name, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008. That same year, Hiatt earned a Lifetime Achievement Award in Songwriting from the American Music Association. He has released 19 studio albums; Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns (2011) is Hiatt’s latest work. Sponsored by

The Piano Guys Friday, October 25, 2013 I Sunoco Performance Theater, 8pm Hailing from Utah, The Piano Guys became an Internet sensation through their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos. Since joining forces in 2011, they have created over 35. The Piano Guys spectacular videos have so far netted over 186 million YouTube views (500,000 views/day) and garnered over 440,000 Facebook fans. The group actually consists of only one piano player, Jon Schmidt, and one other instrumentalist, Steven Sharp Nelson, on cello. Yet the other three – Paul Anderson, Tel Stewart and Al van der Bee – are equally significant members of the group. Looking for an alternative to low-yield conventional advertising, Anderson devised a Facebook promotional page and YouTube channel featuring the most famous pianist he could find – local pianist, Jon Schmidt. A self-described “New Age Classical” player, Schmidt was well-established locally, thanks to eight albums and seven piano books of his song transcriptions. Their most recent video Mission Impossible featuring YouTube violin sensation Lindsey Stirling, continues to build momentum with over 1.5M views in one month. The Piano Guys have performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC’s Today Show and Katie. Sponsored by SPOTLIGHT



Gordon Lightfoot: 50 Years On the Carefree Highway Tour Saturday, November 2, 2013 I Whitaker Center at the Forum, 8pm Known as one of the leading singer/ songwriters of the ‘60s and '70s, Gordon Lightfoot is Canada's most successful contemporary folk artist. He has recorded 20 albums and has earned five Grammy® nominations. Lightfoot's radio hits in the U.S. have earned five No. 1 spots, and five Top 10 and 13 Top 40 hits. In Canada, he has earned 16 No. 1 spots, 18 Top 10 and 21 Top 40 hits. Aside from being a musician, Lightfoot has starred in feature films Harry Tracy and Desperado. Lightfoot’s career nearly came to a halt in early 2002, when he suffered an abdominal aortic aneurysm; he was in a coma for six weeks. Lightfoot survived the illness, and in 2003, he was named a Companion of the Order of Canada – the highest honor the nation bestows on civilians. Two years later Lightfoot released the studio album Harmony (2004). In 2012, Lightfoot released All Live, a collection of recordings from his many appearances at Massey Hall. This is only Lightfoot’s second live album, in a career spanning over 40 years. Sponsored by

The Priests Thursday, November 21, 2013 I Sunoco Performance Theater, 7:30pm Like Il Divo, The Priests make classical music that's intended to appeal to a broad, pop-minded audience. Father Eugene O'Hagan, Father Martin O'Hagan, and Father David Delargy hail from Northern Ireland, where they began signing together as students at St MacNissi's College. They later trained for the priesthood at the Irish College in Rome, and it was during this time that they were invited to sing for the Pope in the sacred liturgy. Returning to Ireland to work in their separate ministries, the trio continues to sing together, while still fulfilling their duties as full-time parish priests. The Priests self-titled debut album was released in 2008. The release was a phenomenal commercial success, charting high on Billboard's Classical Traditional and Christian/Gospel charts, and amazingly, earned the No. 1 spot on the Top 200 chart. The group’ s second album, Harmony (2009) charted well in multiple countries. By the following year, The Priests had sold more than three million albums worldwide, and wrapped up 2010 by releasing a traditional Christmas album, NOËL. Sponsored by



The Mavericks Saturday, November 23 I Sunoco Performance Theater, 8pm Fusing traditional country with traditional rock & roll – The Mavericks are back. The country-steeped garage band, which emerged in 1989, reunited in 2012 after an eight-year hiatus. Two decades have passed since their polyrhythmic brand of post-modern country gave the world: All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down, Here Comes The Rain, and Dance The Night Away. The Mavericks have captured the infectious energy and robust sound from their live shows on their new release, In Time. Songs including Dance In The Moonlight, Born To Be Blue, Back In Your Arms Again, and All Over Again – proof the Mavericks continue to created genre-defying soul music. For lead singer Raul Malo; drummer Paul Deakin; multi-instrumentalist Robert Reynolds; longtime collaborator keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden; and seasoned guitarist Eddie Perez, life has become richer in a sense of their own musicality. It has also deepened the connection between the band, in a way that heightens the chemistry, which made the Grammy®-winning band – one of the most exciting live acts in any musical genre. Sponsored by

The Machine Wednesday, November 27 I Sunoco Performance Theater, 7:30pm Hailed for their flawless execution, the New York-based band The Machine is America’s premier Pink Floyd tribute band. Their performances showcase Pink Floyd’s enormous legacy through a multi-dimensional approach. During their 20-plus year career, The Machine has gained worldwide success, touring throughout North America, Central America, the Middle East and Europe. In 2009, the band’s concert DVD, Live In Amsterdam, received prominent coverage from "It’s been very rewarding for us to travel all over the country and internationally – having the honor to present the musical experience of Pink Floyd to newer fans who never had the option of seeing Pink Floyd in concert,” said drummer Todd Cohen. The Machine's latest album release, The Symphonic Side of the Moon (2011), is a richly layered rendition of Pink Floyd's seminal album, Dark Side of the Moon, performed with a full symphony orchestra. The members of The Machine include founding members Joe Pascarell (guitar, vocals) and Tahrah Cohen (drums), and longtime stage mates Ryan Ball (bass, vocals) and Scott Chasolen (keys, vocals). Sponsored by



Christmas with the Celts Thursday, December 5 I Sunoco Performance Theater, 7:30pm The Celts (formerly known as The Blair Band) have been performing around the world for the last 15 years. Blending Irish born and Irish-American musicians, the band performs a combination of fiery Scottish/Irish traditional instrumental tunes and vocal songs, as well as their own Beatles/American pop influenced original songs with Celtic instrumentation. The Celts have released eight records and have been featured on tons of Celtic music compilations over the years. The group has performed in front of as many as 80,000 people everywhere from Civic Auditoriums to Festivals, Performing Arts Centers, churches and pubs. A typical concert involves not only fervent, inspired music, but also periodic bouts of spirited Irish dancing. The group includes Ric Blair (acoustic/electric guitar, piano/keyboards, vocals, bodhran, Irish whistle/Irish fiddle), Jeff Durham (percussionist), Patrick D’Arcy (Dublin piper), Kimberly Barnes (Irish fiddle), and Deb Shebish (Scottish fiddle). Sponsored by

Get The Led Out Saturday, December 28 I Whitaker Center at the Forum, 7:30pm From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical – Get The Led Out (GTLO) has captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin – and brought it to the big concert stage. Dubbed by the media as "The American Led Zeppelin," GTLO presents a two hour+ set each night, spanning the mythical career of the legendary British super group. Get The Led Out's approach to their performance of this hallowed catalog is not unlike a classical performance. "Led Zeppelin is sort of the classical composers of the rock era," says lead vocalist Paul Sinclair. "I believe 100 years from now they will be looked at as the Bach or Beethoven of our time. As cliché as it sounds, their music is timeless." GTLO’s catalogue of cover hits includes Heartbreaker, Ten Years Gone, Whole Lotta Love, Kashmir, and Stairway to Heaven. GTLO includes Paul Sinclair (lead vocals/harmonica), Hammond (electric and acoustic guitars/mandolin), Jimmy Marchiano (electric and acoustic guitars/vocals), Billy Childs (bass guitar/vocals), Adam Ferraioli (drums/percussion) and Andrew Lipke (keyboards/electric and acoustic guitars/vocals/percussion). Sponsored by



Resident Companies Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

Established in 1955 by Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is a nationally and internationally recognized school of classical ballet headquartered in Carlisle, PA. CPYB’s mission is to inspire, educate and enrich the lives of the students and the region through training in and the performance of classical ballet. 5 North Orange Street, Suite 3, Carlisle, PA 17013-2727 • 717/245-1190

Market Square Concerts

Great chamber music for your mind and heart Market Square Concerts is dedicated to the presentation of a wide repertoire of chamber music by professional artists of international acclaim, both established and emerging. The organization actively participates in activities to further an understanding and appreciation of chamber music, including educational outreach through our Soundscape program. P.O. Box 1292, Harrisburg, PA 17108 • 717/221-9599

Theatre Harrisburg

Now in its 87th season, Theatre Harrisburg has been enhancing the quality of life in the Capital Region by providing diverse and affordable theatre experiences and opportunities for creative expression and intellectual stimulation to the Central Pennsylvania Community. 513 Hurlock Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110 • 717/232-5501

Resident Company Calendar OCTOBER


Theatre Harrisburg Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show October 31, 11:30pm

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ December 14, 1pm & 5pm December 15, 2pm


FEBRUARY Market Square Concerts Ray Chen, Violin & Julio Elizalde, Piano February 25, 8pm

NOVEMBER Theatre Harrisburg Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show November 1-2, 8-9, 14-17 Fri & Sat, 8pm; Thurs, 7:30pm; & Sun, 2pm



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Your Destination for Holiday Happenings! Featured Exhibition The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug An IMAX 3D Experience Opens December 13

Holiday Trains and Trees Presented in Gloria M. Olewine Gallery November 9 – January 1 Experience a delightful display of model trains and themed trees with the return of the season’s popular Holiday Trains and Trees exhibition. Guests of all ages will marvel at the magnificent display of beautifully decorated trees, surrounded by themed toy train sets. “With its beautiful Christmas trees and chugging model trains, Trains and Trees has become a popular holiday tradition for thousands of Whitaker Center visitors,” said Steve Bishop, Vice President of Science and IMAX® Programs.

The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience Opens November 9 Climb aboard for the return of this holiday IMAX favorite. Based on the classic children’s book, Billy embarks on a Christmas Eve adventure on a train bound for the North Pole to visit Santa Claus, in a magical journey of self-discovery. MPAA Rating: G. Running Time: 99 minutes. Please note special pricing applies for Hollywood Movies.

The second in a trilogy of films – adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – continues the adventure of the title character Biblo Baggins (Martin Freeman), as he journeys with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen dwarves. Led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), the film takes audiences on an epic quest to reclaim the lost dwarf kingdom of Erebor. This film is not yet rated. Please note special pricing applies for Hollywood Movies.

Santa vs. the Snowman 3D Opens November 9 Take a hilarious trip to the North Pole with this fun-filled IMAX 3D holiday movie. A lonely Snowman’s quest for true friendship results in a battle with Santa to win the adoration of children at Christmas time. Filled with exciting 3D effects and loaded with laughter, guests of all ages will enjoy this popular giant-screen comedy. Not rated, but suitable for all audiences. Running Time: Approx. 35 minutes.

For more information and showtimes, please visit or call 717/214-ARTS. 20


One-Stop Shop for Holiday Gift-Giving From space food ice cream, edible bug lollipops and science kits, to lava lamps, educational toys and more – Wonders at Whitaker Center has something for all ages.

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New items from the popular Vessel Amber International, Inc. are here. Featuring an array of colors set in sterling silver. Reasonably priced, makes this unique jewelry very affordable.

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Handcrafted in China, since 1951, Dynasty Gallery Art Glass includes sculptures of jellyfish, turtles, penguins and more.

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We take pride in offering Fair Trade gifts from all over the world, featuring beautiful art from India, South America, China, and Africa. Proceeds benefit the artists and their families.

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News from Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CAMPAIGN

Volunteers Make Whitaker Center a Better Place! Cathy Rummel has been a volunteer of Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts since 2001. She has served in many different capacities from the Information Desk and ushering for Sunoco Performance Theater shows. Cathy is a regular Friday usher at Select Medical IMAXÂŽ Theater. She works extremely hard and always has a positive attitude, and is a true example Cathy Rummel of professionalism, hard work, and dedication to our organization. Cathy has donated more than 2,800 hours of volunteer time to Whitaker Center.

October-December 2013 Volume 13 Number 4

The mission of Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is to serve as the center for scientific, artistic, cultural and educational activities to enhance the region’s quality of life and economic vitality.

Without volunteers such as Cathy Rummel and so many others like her, Whitaker Center would be unable to provide the services it does to Central PA. The volunteer program at Whitaker Center includes diverse people of all ages, abilities, educational levels and employment backgrounds. A contribution of your time and talent is one of the most generous gifts you can provide. We are currently accepting applications for volunteers (age 16 and up) to fulfill a variety of roles. For more information about volunteering, visit or contact Katie Hicks, Volunteer and Membership Coordinator at or 717/724-3857. Volunteers share skills, learn new ones, meet new people, and have the power to make a difference and inspire others. Join us today! | A Member Benefit | SPOTLIGHT




The Whitaker Foundation Final Gifts July 31 was an exciting day for Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC). A press conference was held in Kunkel Gallery to announce the final gift of $3.9 million from The Whitaker Foundation. Two-thirds of the gift, approximately $2.6 million, was awarded to Whitaker Center. This gift was a very pleasant surprise and will be put towards Whitaker Center’s Excellence & Innovation Campaign. The goal of this campaign is to raise $25 million by 2014 to be used for capital improvements and endowment. Prior to this gift, the campaign had raised more than $17.5 million. This substantial contribution will put the campaign over $20 million and well on our way to our goal of $25 million. The other $1.3 million was awarded to TFEC and will be used to provide grants to local nonprofits in Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry and northern York counties. “The community is the beneficiary of the strong partnership between TFEC and Whitaker Center; a partnership further fueled by The Whitaker Foundation’s final gifts,” said Gary D. St. Hilaire, chair, Whitaker Center board of directors and president and CEO of Capital BlueCross. “Uncas Whitaker was a pioneer as was his foundation in the creation of Whitaker Center. Once again his foundation is providing a gift that will serve as the springboard of the 15 Year Anniversary Campaign. It is my hope the spirit of philanthropy displayed by Uncas Whitaker and The Whitaker Foundation will inspire others to support the mission of Whitaker Center far into the future.”

Dr. Michael Hanes, President and CEO Whitaker Center and David Schankweiler, Board Chair TFEC


(From L-R) Kristen Olewine Milke, Janice Black, David Schankweiler, Dr. Michael Hanes, Gary D. St. Hilaire, Bill Lehr

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“Whitaker Center Presents…” Sponsored by Capital BlueCross Whitaker Center is excited to announce that Capital BlueCross is the new Whitaker Center Presents, presenting sponsor. This five year sponsorship is a healthy and encouraging way to kick-off Whitaker Center’s 15 Year Anniversary Campaign. Capital BlueCross’s generosity and willingness to invest in Whitaker Center’s future will further ensure brining fabulous performances to Harrisburg, including this fall’s line-up: Arturo Sandoval, Bo Bice, Aimee Mann, Dailey & Vincent, Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt, The Piano Guys, Gordon Lightfoot, The Priests, The Mavericks, The Machine, Christmas with the Celts, and Get The Led Out. (From L-R) Dr. Michael Hanes, Whitaker Center President & CEO with Gary D. St. Hilaire, Whitaker Center Board Chair and Capital BlueCross President & CEO

Give the Gift of Membership Individual Memberships ($89 each) and Family/Grandparent Membership ($119 each): • Membership good for a full year from purchase • Unlimited FREE general admission to Harsco Science Center • Hands-on science learning for all ages • FREE or discounted admission to over 250 cooperating members of Association of Science - Technology Centers • $2 Off Select Medical IMAX® Hollywood & documentary tickets • 10% off educational programs/camps • 10% off at Wonders at Whitaker Center • 10% off IMAX theater concessions

For more information, visit or contact Katie Hicks, Volunteer & Membership Coordinator at | A Member Benefit | SPOTLIGHT




15 Year Anniversary Campaign Since 1999, Central Pennsylvania has come to know that Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is A Place To Discover It All. As we plan to celebrate our 15 Year Anniversary in September 2014, we have concern about maintaining the high quality programs that have been the hallmark of Whitaker Center. Whitaker Center stands as a tribute to community involvement and support. In the late 1990s, community leaders were successful in securing $54 million to fund the total cost of construction. Since the inception of the Excellence & Innovation Campaign in 2004, community leaders have once again achieved tremendous success in raising $17.5 million toward a goal of $25 million. With this record of success as the backdrop, this final phase of the campaign must have a primary focus on contributions to the endowment, in order to secure the future of Whitaker Center. As we approach the 15th anniversary of the grand opening, the importance of community support of the mission of Whitaker Center has never been greater. We need to further develop in the areas of annual giving, major gifts, and planned giving to ensure the sustainability of Whitaker Center for the next 15 years.

GOALS FOR THE 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CAMPAIGN: Increase our Annual Campaign goals • FY 2014 $1.25 million • FY 2015 $1.50 million • New Whitaker Society Increase our Major Gifts and complete the E&I Campaign • Raise $7.5 million for the endowment -A  dvancing Performing Arts Challenge – educational endowment - Unrestricted endowment • Raise funds for digital IMAX conversion Strengthen our Planned Giving Program • Slate & Stone Society


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Whitaker Society The new Whitaker Society is a multi-year pledge commitment for both individuals and companies, designed to increase our dollars raised, provide stability to our annual campaign, and foster a spirit of philanthropy and camaraderie. Unlike similar non-profits where one out of every two dollars is from donations, Whitaker Center programming generates two-thirds of the funds necessary for operation. The other third must come from donations. In order to keep admissions and fees as low as possible, we rely on donations from those who support education, first-class live performances, and amazing IMAX® films we offer to thousands of children and adults each year. Gifts to the annual campaign are used to address immediate needs and thus, have an immediate impact.

Multi Year Pledge Commitment to Whitaker Center’s Annual Campaign: $5,000




$15,000 Minimum of $5,000 for three (3) years

Benefits of being a member of the Whitaker Society: • R  ecognition in SPOTLIGHT, Whitaker Center’s quarterly playbill • Display in Kunkel Gallery with giving levels • S  pecial invitations to VIP events to foster a spirit of philanthropy and camaraderie

For more information, please visit or contact Michele Holloway, Director of Development at 717/724-3886 or Megan Weber, Development Coordinator at 717/724-3875.

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is named in memory of the founder of AMP Incorporated, Uncas A. Whitaker and his wife, Helen F. Whitaker; in recognition of generous gifts from The Whitaker Foundation and The Helen F. Whitaker Fund. The Whitakers had an abiding concern for the quality of life in Central Pennsylvania; the home community of AMP Incorporated. | A Member Benefit | SPOTLIGHT




Advancing Performing Arts Challenge In pursuit of our goal to present the finest in live performances for our region, to expand arts education for our audience and to sustain a world-class performance space for years to come, Whitaker Center’s Board of Directors is committed to raising funds toward a performing arts endowment as part of the current Excellence & Innovation Campaign. Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, Whitaker Center has been challenged to match, dollar for dollar, the donor’s gift of $1 million. Our unique opportunity to raise $2 million through this special challenge ensures the continued success and sustainability of Whitaker Center’s performing arts programs. For our children, access to the arts is an integral part of a well-rounded education. Whitaker Center, along with our three Resident Companies, will use the performing arts endowment to support arts education programming along with presenting a greater number of artists who will spend time in residencies, master classes and workshops.

The Slate & Stone Society Legacy gifts to Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts can affect our mission for generations to come. There are many creative ways to affirm your commitment to our mission through a legacy gift. An outright bequest, a gift of life insurance, or a charitable gift annuity, are just a few ways you can have a lasting impact on the future of Whitaker Center. You can create a gift that helps you achieve your philanthropic and financial goals, while at the same time creating opportunities for children in awe of the Science Center; reasons for standing ovations in the theater; and provide countless chances to explore the world on a sixstory screen. The Slate & Stone Society promotes and recognizes the philanthropic camaraderie that has been the foundation of our mission. For more information, please visit or contact Michele Holloway, Director of Development at 717/724-3886 or Megan Weber, Development Coordinator at 717/724-3875.


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222 Market Street Harrisburg, PA 17101 Box Office 717/214-ARTS Fax 717/221-8208 IMAX® Theater 717/214-IMAX Whitaker Center PASSPORT is published periodically for members, donors, friends and guests. The contents of this newsletter are the property of Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and may not be reproduced without the express written permission of the editorial staff. IMAX® is a registered trademark of Imax Corporation. The official registration and financial information of Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed under the law.

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Board of Directors


Gary St. Hilaire Board Chair

Marion C. Alexander John Altmeyer Dennis Brenckle Mark Caldwell Steven Etter Russell Ford Bradley Forman Miles Gibbons, Jr. James Grandon, Jr. Lois Lehrman Grass Derek Hathaway Clifford Jones (d) Paul Kunkel, M.D. William Lehr, Jr. Harold McInnes Kristen Olewine Milke David O’Brien Anthony Pascotti Jeffrey Peters Thomas Philips Patricia Smith, CPA Marian Warden William Warren, Jr., Esq. Mary Webber Weston Richard Willey LeRoy Zimmerman, Esq.

Terry Lehman, CPA Vice Chair David Lavery Board Secretary Carole Yon Treasurer Michael Murchie Immediate Past Board Chair Michael Hanes, Ph.D. President and CEO Peter Ballantine J. Robert Baum, Ph.D. Elizabeth Billingsley, M.D. John Calogero Barbara Carbaugh Chris Dawson, AIA David Desfor Shawn Farr Patricia Ferris Donna Fisher Robert Grubic Sharon Hassinger Patricia Husic Larry Kluger David Leader Barry Malamud H. Glenn Manning Craig Roda Elyse Rogers, Esq. Anthony Seitz, Esq. James Stewart Jack Stover, Esq. Meron Yemane


President Emeritus Thomas R. Stone, Ph.D, CFRE

Regular Hours of Operation Tuesday – Saturday 9:30am-5pm Sunday 11:30am-5pm

Holiday Hours of Operation Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28) – Center closed Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) – Center closed Christmas Day (Dec. 25) – Center closed New Year’s Eve – Tuesday (Dec. 31, 2013), Open 9:30am-5pm New Year’s Day – Wednesday (Jan. 1, 2014), Open 11:30am-5pm IMAX® movies and live theater performances will be held on Mondays as scheduled. Tickets for Monday IMAX movies may be purchased at the Concession counter, inside the IMAX lobby. The Box Office opens one hour prior to live theater performances. For up-to-date showtimes and events, visit or call 717/214-ARTS. Hours, movies, performances, Science Center programs and showtimes are subject to change without notice.

Executive Staff

Thanks PCA!

Michael L. Hanes, Ph.D. President and CEO Steve Bishop Vice President, Science & IMAX® Programs Lisa Kreider Vice President, Operations Jacqueline Wolpert, CPA Chief Financial Officer Michael Chapaloney Director of Marketing & Sales Michele Holloway Director of Development

Whitaker Center receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.




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The October through December 2013 quarterly playbill for Whitaker Center.