The Live at Rose Lehrman series has featured dynamic professional programming in dance, music, theatre and family events. Presentations in dance have included notable companies such as Martha Graham Dance Company, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Momix, Alvin Ailey II, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Tango Fire, Parsons Dance Company, Urban Bush Women, Philadanco, Sydney Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico and Rennie Harris Puremovement.
In music, we have hosted such artists as Turtle Island String Quartet, Richie Havens, Gaelic Storm, Ethos Percussion Group, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Buckwheat Zydeco, Plena Libre, Danú, and The Dixie Hummingbirds. Our theatre presentations have included national tours of Aquila Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre and The Acting Company, as well as, Imago, Chicago City Limits, and the Underground Railway Theatre. Family events have featured "Angelina Ballerina," "Suessical - The Musical," Tom Chapin, Missoula Children's Theatre, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, The Paper Bag Players and numerous shows from Theatreworks USA.
- The Live at Rose Lehrman Series & the Rose Lehrman Arts Center are the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Service to the Arts in the Capital Region (2012 Arts Award).
- Live at Rose Lehrman Series Events bring in nearly 8,000 attendees annually.
- Total attendance at all events taking place in the Rose Lehrman Arts Center is over 26,000.
- The Live at Rose Lehrman Series has had an average 90% capacity for the last 10 years.
- In Season 2011-2012 the Live at Rose Lehrman Series capacity was 93%, with 8 out of 10 shows sold out in advance.
Patrons: Who comes to the Live at Rose Lehrman Series?
The excellent quality of our performances attracts patrons from the Central Pennsylvania Region, including Carlisle, Lebanon, Lancaster and York, and from as far as Allentown, Reading, Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Washington D.C., and areas of Maryland. Our recent (2009-2010) survey revealed:
- 80% rated the performance they attended as excellent or very good
- 57% have a bachelors degree or higher
- 71% are female
- 47% earn $60,000 or more
- Majority are 40 and older
Who was Rose Lehrman?
At the dedication of the Rose Lehrman Arts Center at HACC in April 1975, Lois Lehrman Grass said her mother, Rose, instilled the love of the Arts and the duty of civic service in her children. "Rose Herman Lehrman was an exquisite woman, not only in appearance, but in her manner & personality. She would be more than pleased to see her name attached to this great space at Harrisburg Area Community College," said Lois.
Rose Herman Lerhman passed away in 1968, and an oil portrait of her by Ben Solowey is prominently displayed in the lobby of the Rose Lehrman Arts Center.
Built in 1975, the Rose Lehrman Arts Center at Harrisburg Area Community College is home to the college’s acclaimed performing artist series, Live at Rose Lehrman. The Auditorium Theatre in the center is a
state-of-the-art 400 seat proscenium theatre facility. Boasting fully accessible, technically superior intimate theatre performances, no seat is more than 45 feet from the stage. Every seat is “the best seat in the house!”
The Studio Theatre, a flexible black box theatre, can seat up to 140. It is the home of HACC TheatreWorks, a student theatre production company and HACC Theatre for Young People, a program that provides theatre training and experiences for young people in the Central PA region.
Support areas for both theatres include a fully equipped scene shop, a movement/dance studio, a green room, workrooms for properties and costumes and large and small dressing rooms.
The Rose Lehrman Arts Center was the last building to be constructed in the Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg Campus 10 year master plan. When it was finished in 1975, it was the first multidisciplinary arts center in the Region.
Also included in the facility:
The Rose Lehrman Art Gallery accommodates both two and three dimensional art and is staffed by a full time curator. Nationally and internationally known artist exhibit in the gallery.
The Rose Garden Plaza adjacent to the gallery is used for receptions.
The Rose Lehrman Arts Center Box Office, concession and coatroom are located in the lobby.
Art studios and classrooms are located on the first and second floors.