DeSoto Amphitheater for the Performing Arts

Performances under the stars…

Special thanks to our 2017 season sponsor!

Special thanks to our 2017 season sponsor!

The DeSoto Amphitheater for the Performing Arts is an expression of the Ned Smith Center’s mission to merge the worlds of nature and the arts. At the DeSoto Amphitheater, the arts have a home surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the Ned Smith Center lands. Please join us as we celebrate the exciting 2017 season of this beautiful venue!

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., performances begin at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Tickets for all shows are $10 per person, unless otherwise noted. 

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Saturday, May 20 • Pennsylvania Regional Ballet
Sponsored by Marilyn Kauffman

Join Ned Smith Center cultural partner Pennsylvania Regional Ballet at our beloved seasonal opener. Pennsylvania Regional Ballet will perform a showcase of selected pieces in varying dance styles. Let them jeté right into your heart! Please note: as to not put our dancers in danger, this show may be altered due to rain.

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Saturday, June 3 • Lester Hirsh

Lester Hirsh is a Grammy-nominated, wonderfully gifted singer, songwriter, guitarist and all-around troubadour. Performing on Spanish 6-string and acoustic 12-string guitar, his style ranges from classical, country, and folk, to Brazilian jazz and Flamenco. His repertoire includes original compositions as well as standards performed with intriguing percussive guitar riffs and harmonica.

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Saturday, June 10 • Men in Harmony
Sponsored by SDPCreative

Since 2000, Men in Harmony has featured more than two dozen members from across central Pennsylvania. The group performs spirited musical selections ranging from inspirational hymns to traditional songs of faith, as well as contemporary Christian music and new arrangements of classic works, presented in fresh, captivating settings. The rich sound of a male chorus is a delight to behold and one to be remembered.

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Saturday, June 17 • Jim Rule
Doors open at 1pm, performance at 2pm

Come share a tasty Hall’s ice cream treat and enjoy Jim Rule, an engaging children’s performer. His songs are heard widely on radio and television. Featuring songs and stories in a variety of styles ranging from toe tapping tunes to inspirational anthems, his lyrical voice and warm sense of humor will make children and grown-ups alike smile and sing along.

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Saturday, June 24 • Ryan Alan Band

The Ryan Alan Band is an emerging country rock band based in Central Pennsylvania, originating
in Halifax, Pa. The band focuses on modern country, but infuses a rock flavor that delivers an appealing musical blend uniquely its own. This band will energize your soul with some rockin’ country! New and old country favorites with their own gritty flair guarantees a fun night!

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Saturday, July 15 • Cruise Control with No Last Call
Sponsored by Carole DeSoto

Enjoy rock, pop and jazz soulful music with Erin Cruise and her band. TheBurg called No Last Call (opening act) “grooviest, hippest, most dangerous street band Harrisburg has ever seen.”

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Saturday, July 21-22 • Shakespeare in the Woods: Romeo and Juliet
Sponsored by Kyle Kauffman

nea-lockup-BThis event is a Community Outreach program, where any size donation buys your ticket to the performance. Featuring a pre-show performance by the NSC Shakespeare Camp.

“Did my heart love till now?” Gamut Theatre presents its highly acclaimed educational outreach production of Romeo and Juliet. One of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, this tale of star-crossed lovers follows the exuberant and volatile story of Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague as their young love rises above the contempt of their feuding families. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and by the Arts for All Partnership, a collaboration between the Cultural Enrichment Fund and The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

Saturday, August 5 • Jazz Me Rhythm & Blues Band

The Jazz Me Rhythm & Blues Band is considered a variety band in that it performs everything from Sinatra to Santana, Motown to ZZ Top and everything in between. Because of this wide variety of songs, the band can entertain virtually any age group. Jazz Me has been awarded “Best Of” in the 2016 Harrisburg Style Magazine, and was named “Simply the Best ” in the Harrisburg Magazine’s readers’ poll.

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Saturday, August 19 • Kilmaine Saints

This explosive, highenergy Celtic rock band from Central Pennsylvania will lift your hearts, your spirits and your pint when you’re not looking. With several hundred shows up and down the East Coast, two critically-acclaimed releases under their belts, national and international airplay, and an ever-expanding and extremely loyal fan base, it’s no wonder the world is starting to stand up and take notice.

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Saturday, September 23 • Shotgunn
Sponsored by Fred & Anne Meckley and Marilyn Kauffman

Last show of the season! Shotgunn got its start in the 1970s, playing gigs all over the Lykens Valley. They reunited in the early 2000s, playing benefit concerts for organizations all over the place. Shotgunn plays rock and funk hits from the ’60s and ’70s. Some crowd favorites include “Soul Man,” “Smoke on the Water” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”

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