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Join us as we honor

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Photo Credit: Jeff Lynch

Peter Sirotin and Ya-Ting Chang

Distinguished musicians, music educators,
collaborators, and art administrators.

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Sankofa African American Theatre Company

Lifting the voices and illuminating the history,
culture, and life-experiences of African Americans.

Save the Date

Date and time

Saturday, May 20, 2023
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Pre-show party with cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres
Arts Awards Gala Production (7:15 pm –  Sunoco Performance Theatre)
Afterglow Dessert Reception

Elegant Attire • Black Tie Optional


Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts 

222 Market Street, Harrisburg,
PA 17101 United States

About the event

Since 1989, the Awards for Distinguished Service to the Arts in the Capital Region have honored artists and arts leaders, philanthropists and visionaries, educators, organizations, and companies. The Awards are presented in a Kennedy Center Honors-style theatrical gala, with proceeds supporting the work of Theatre Harrisburg, the oldest performing arts organization in the region. The event has become one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the cultural calendar.


Peter Sirotin and Ya-Ting Chang are distinguished musicians, music educators, collaborators, and arts administrators. Peter, a violinist, and Ya-Ting, a pianist, are Co-Directors of Market Square Concerts. Peter has been Concertmaster of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra since 2011.  In 1997 they co-founded the Mendelssohn Piano Trio, with which they have performed over 500 concerts and recorded 15 CDs. They have been Artists in Residence and Adjunct Instructors at Messiah University since 2002. The couple have toured North America, Europe, and Asia, both as soloists and chamber musicians. Their multiple recordings have received critical acclaim and can be heard on many major classical radio stations in the U.S. They have collaborated in performance with world-renowned performers, given masterclasses in the U.S. and abroad, and served as adjudicators in competitions.

Sankofa African American Theatre Company was incorporated in 2017, with a mission to engage and enrich the Harrisburg region around African American history, culture, and perspective on relevant issues through thought-provoking theatre. Now in its sixth season of programming, Sankofa AATC has connected thousands of students and community members in its diverse community through renowned and original performance art works by African American authors, poets, playwrights, and musicians. Sankofa AATC collaborates with local and regional artists and arts organizations to create spaces that facilitate civic dialogue and healing around the African American experience. Sankofa’s origins date to late 2015, when the founders of Open Stage of Harrisburg and actors from the cast of several August Wilson productions began serious dialogue about the need for a local theatre presence in which actors of color could take ownership of telling their own stories. This dialogue led to the formation of a founding committee, under the leadership of Sharia Benn and Don Alsedek, that led to the creation of Sankofa AATC. 


Proceeds benefit Theatre Harrisburg
Theatre Harrisburg is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the PA Department of State by calling toll-free (800) 732-0999.

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