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MIAC Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture

2013-14 Season

Delightfully unexpected – that’s what we hope you will find the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture’s 2013-14 Season to be. We have spent the better part of a year trying to find just the right mix of artistry, entertainment and excitement for our audience. We are looking forward to sharing these wonderful unique artistic experiences with you. What’s new for this season?

Delightfully unexpected.

Expect to arrive early! For each of our events, we have assembled a series of pre-show activities that will add to your overall experience. Enjoy lawn games for children before The Cashore Marionettes, a discussion with a cast member from Aquila Theatre Company, or original dubstep music before Compagnie Käfig. This season, we’re offering good reasons to show up early, say hello to friends and neighbors and experience something different. Come early, get a good parking spot and join in on the fun. This year, we celebrate some of the great organizations that make living in Erie so wonderful through our Community Partnership Program. Some of this year’s partners include the ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Erie Art Museum, and Frankie & May Fresh Grocer. Each year, we hope to highlight another group of organizations that make Erie special. Please let us know if your organization would like to partner next year – we would love to hear from you. We encourage you to sit back and read through our brochure carefully, as you do not want to miss anything. Inside, we are sure you will find some something familiar, something interesting and something you have not seen before. Throughout the year, check back in to our website and Facebook page to see what is going on behind the scenes. We encourage you to add your own comments and photos before and after the shows. Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun!

Photo by Jodie Forbotnik/Knock Productions

Finally, a special thanks to our corporate sponsors, especially our season sponsor Cumulous Radio, for supporting the work and vision of MIAC as well as the other great arts organizations throughout our community. A vibrant arts community is essential to the Erie community. We hope you enjoy the 2013-14 MIAC Season.

Jamie & Christine

Jamie Grady Director Institute for Arts & Culture Mercyhurst University

Christine Olivier Assistant Director Institute for Arts & Culture Mercyhurst University

“The range of movement truly has to be seen to be believed and even that might be pushing it.” - The Toronto Sun

The Cashore Marionettes Sponsored by Erie Federal Credit Union Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, 2 and 7 p.m., Walker Recital Hall Internationally acclaimed, The Cashore Marionettes have redefined the art of puppetry. Their moving and often humorous performances have astounded audiences in Europe, the Far East, and North America. Through virtuoso manipulation, beautiful music, theatrical illusion and artistic insight, these original vignettes provide an entertaining and sensitive revelation of what it is to be human. Simple Gifts (2 p.m.) is appropriate for ages 8 and up and provides amusing, riveting and sophisticated family entertainment. Life in Motion (7 p.m.) is appropriate for ages 12 and up is a powerful, surprising, one-of-a-kind performance.

Aquila Theatre Company’s Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Made possible by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, 2 p.m., Pre-show discussion at 1 p.m., Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center “...hugely enjoyable and very funny.” - The London Times William Shakespeare’s rollicking comedy Twelfth Night has it all – a shipwreck, romance and side-splitting quips. From the master of insult and merriment comes the tale of young aristocrat Viola who washes up on the shore of Illyria and disguises herself as a man to work as a Duke’s page. Quickly she finds herself tangled in the midst of a hilarious love triangle of mistaken identities in this wild Shakespearean ride. Performed by the Aquila Theatre Company, the foremost producer of touring classical theater in the United States and abroad, Twelfth Night promises to delight audiences young and old.

Ticket Prices: Ticket Prices: Adult: $20 Senior: $17 Youth/Student: $14

Community Partner:

Pre-Show Event: Hirt Center Lawn, 1 p.m.

Join us for an art show featuring Heather Cash’s whimsical work; face painting for kids of all ages; and fun movement games with the ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum, all to the sound of your favorite oldies on WMCE radio.

Adult Tier 1 - $25 Adult Tier 2 - $22 Senior Tier 1 - $22 Senior Tier 2 - $19 Youth/Student Tier 1 - $17 Youth/Student Tier 2 - $15

Community Partner:

PACA - Performing Arts Center and Theatre

Pre-Show Event:

Cummings Gallery, 1 p.m. Brush up your Shakespeare in an intimate conversation with MU faculty and a member of the cast. Then, let our costume team gild you in Shakespearean finery and snap a picture!

Howard Fishman The Basement Tapes Project

“Not only a tremendous musical talent, but also a raw honesty and sincere righteousness.” -The New York Times

Ticket Prices:

Sponsored by Cumulus Radio, our season sponsor

General admission - $12

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, 8 p.m., Taylor Little Theatre

Community Partner:

“Scintillating…gritty…brilliant.” -The Washington Post The Basement Tapes Project explores the mysterious underground recordings made by Bob Dylan and The Band in 1967 and has been presented to wide acclaim at major national venues. Ever-evolving and increasingly difficult to pin down, Howard Fishman filters a deep passion for New Orleans soul, gritty pop, fervent gospel, open-hearted country and experimental jazz through a completely original aesthetic to create a sound entirely his own. Performing both well-known songs from the 1975 album Basement Tapes as well as songs that have never been officially made public. The Basement Tapes Project presents a special insight into Dylan’s musical relationship with The Band, using songs as suggestions into the life of one of America’s most influential artist.

The Bengsons Sponsored by WICU

Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, 8 p.m., Erie Art Museum

Community Partner:

Ticket Prices:

Pre-Show Event:

Adult - $28 Senior - $25 Youth/Student - $20

Center for Academic Engagement, 6:30 p.m. Sip on beer from Lavery Brewing Company and sing along to Joni Mitchell tunes performed by Linda Wingerter, Bob Martin and Steve Sears. How much do you know about Bob Dylan? Score prizes with our trivia game!

This husband-and-wife electroacoustic/folk/rock duo are likened to a pairing of Janis Joplin and David Byrne. Abigail and Shaun Bengson are the best in vaudevillian indie folk and young stars of the NYC experimental music and theater community. Their radiantly emotive songs blend rousing, all-joinhands group choruses with spry vocal melodies and rich instrumentation that incorporate everything from banjo to accordion to classical harp. They have performed their original shows, musicals and performance pieces across the country and around the world. After their single “Ashes” was featured on So You Think You Can Dance, it shot to No. 1 on the folk chart in July 2013. We’re pleased to host these incredible artists for two weeks and integrate this storytelling duo into the fabric of Erie’s arts community. With workshops covering writing and performance, The Bengsons will provide a challenging and uplifting experience to inspire, tickle and nurture participants of all ages and levels.

Opening Act: The Zack Orr Band

With his richly-layered, melodic harmonies, singer/songwriter Zack Orr enamors crowds as he shifts between guitars and a laptop, drawing comparisons to the likes of Radiohead and David Byrne. His debut album, The Unstoppable Lift, was called “stunning and inventive” by Ben Fong-Torres of Rolling Stone fame. His latest release, Francisco The Man, was nominated for Best Concept Album by the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards.

Ticket Prices: Adult Tier 1 - $40, Adult Tier 2 - $37 Senior Tier 1 - $37 Senior Tier 2 - $34 Youth/Student Tier 1 - $28 Youth/Student Tier 2 - $25


Sponsored by WMCE Radio Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, 2 p.m., Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center

Happiness is ‘Tis The Season with Santa’s Toy Shop

The Mercyhurst Dancers and Liturgical Dance Ensemble Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, 2013 ‘Tis the Season offers a one-hour narrated presentation of three short works for the entire family, including “Babes in Toyland,” “Santa’s Toy Shop” and a spiritually based work presented by the Liturgical Dance Ensemble. Pre-performance holiday music will welcome you and dancers will greet the audience members of all ages in the lobby after the performance.

Adult: $15.50 Senior/Student: $12.50 Youth: $5 Mercyhurst student with ID: $3.50

Community Partner:

Special Family Performance:

Erie Asian Pacific American Association

Saturday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m. All tickets: $5 Bring the whole family to enjoy this special presentation! Join The Mercyhurst Dancers and Liturgical Dance Ensemble for an afternoon of family fun and holiday cheer.

”This is a show of unbridled enthusiasm, much humour and great musical variety” -The Scotsman (UK) In celebration of 20 amazing years, Yamato- The Drummers of Japan will embark on a special anniversary tour “ROJYOH,” or “on the road.” Fans from all over the world will experience the spectacular celebration of their exhilarating combination of drumming and theatricality. This extraordinary show highlights Yamato’s most memorable performances. Using Taiko drums, some of which are more than 400 years old, Yamato channels up a primordial thunder, as the stage resonates with booming power. This sensation returns to the Mercyhurst stage in an encore presentation for two performances of unforgettable, explosive rhythm you won’t want to miss.

Ticket Prices:

Pre-Show Event:

1 p.m. and 6 p.m., Cummings Gallery Explore world cultures with the Asian Pacific American Association as they lead you through an interactive experience.

Photo by Mark Santillano

Tim Warfield’s Jazzy Christmas

“They’re animated by waves of energy, as if volts of electricity were traveling from muscle to muscle and limb to limb.” -Tresca Weinstein,

Adult Tier 1 - $30, Adult Tier 2 - $27 Senior Tier 1 - $27, Senior Tier 2 - $24 Youth/Student Tier 1 - $21 Youth/Student Tier 2 - $18

Friday, December 13, 2013, at 8 p.m., Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, onstage seating “It is simply one of the best holiday albums I’ve heard” -Edward Blanco, WDNA Florida “…an absolute delight and should be part of everybody’s Christmas jazz collection. Five stars.” -Carl Stewart, Jazz Caravan, KRTU San Antonio Saxophonist Tim Warfield’s All Star Jazzy Christmas brilliantly showcases a collection of traditional holiday songs reinvented through improvisation. What began merely with an intention to develop more suitable material to perform during the holidays has flowered into a new CD and a comprehensive touring schedule. This evening’s performance will feature popular favorites including “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Silent Night” as well as rare gems like Claude Thornhill’s “Snowfall” and “The Dreidel Song,” all in the spirit of the winter season. Seating is limited, as guests will join the band onstage for a stylish evening of music, refreshments and desserts.

Ticket Prices:

Community Partner:

Pre-Show Event:

Cummings Art Gallery, 7p.m.

© Michel Cavalca

Expect to get rowdy as Mercyhurst’s Alan Amereck mixes dubstep beats while Erie breakdancers show off their skills.

Compagnie Käfig AGWA/Correria Ticket Prices:

Community Partner:

Pre-Show Event:

$60 per person

Local restaurant discounts

Buy four or more $50 per person

Grab dinner before the show and receive discounts at selectarea restaurants. After your meal, join us for cool jazz, drinks and dessert onstage with the band.

Includes complimentary drinks and desserts.

Made possible by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts Sponsored by Erie Reader Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at 8 p.m., Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center French choreographer Mourad Merzouki has made it his life’s ambition to transform hip-hop dance into a mainstream art form. Merzouki’s success is manifested in his acclaimed Compagnie Käfig and its worldwide reputation for innovative choreography. Compaigne Käfig is a company of 11 dancers in their teens and early twenties hailing from Rio de Janeiro. These charming young men, combined with the performances’ imaginative choreography, have thrilled audiences worldwide. AGWA and Correria are highly entertaining pieces filled with rhythms that give impetus to a dreamlike and sensitive universe, and win over audiences in a roar of standing ovations.

“I’ve never heard a sound like this. It’s what music should be.” -Music Soulchild Community Partner: Ere Housing and Neighborhood Development Service (H.A.N.D.S.)

Pre-Show Event:

Cummings Art Gallery, 7p.m.

The Irish Rovers Sponsored by WJET-TV

Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 8 p.m., Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center “Irish, high-energy tunes with lyrics that quicken the blood and make you feel really worth living” -Telegraph Journal After almost half a century of playing concerts around the world, The Irish Rovers are ending their career on the touring circuit with their “Long Goodbye Tour.” After releasing more than 40 albums in North America and many more internationally, The Irish Rovers continue to receive rave reviews for their recordings and performances. In 2012, The Rovers were awarded the Irish Music Association’s Tommy Makem Award, which honors a traditional approach to Irish music. Through their tour, The Irish Rovers hope to sing a proper farewell to all those they have entertained for these many years. Come hear your favorite Rover songs live one last time.

Sing along to traditional Celtic tunes by local band The Bangerzz while sipping a seasonal stout courtesy of Lavery Brewing Company. Sláinte!

Ticket Prices: Advance Sales - $12, At the Door - $15

Ticket Prices: Adult Tier 1 - $45 Adult Tier 2 - $43 Senior Tier 1 - $43 Senior Tier 2 - $40 Youth/Student Tier 1 - $32 Youth/Student Tier 2 - $30

Snarky Puppy

Sponsored by WSEE and the Jazz Touring Network, made possible through Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program Thursday, March 20, 2014, doors open at 8 p.m., The Crooked i

Community Partner: Pre-Show Event:

Arrive early for Crooked i drink specials and jam out to a surprise opening act.

Named to the iTunes “Best of 2012 Albums” in the jazz category, Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music – all while keeping their thumb on the pulse of the youth jazz movement. The group features Grammy Award-winners known for their work with artists like Kirk Franklin, Snoop Dogg and Erykah Badu. Through their deliverance of raw funk, sensitive dynamics and, most importantly, a delicate mixture of composition and improvisation; Snarky Puppy has gained a reputation for putting on one of the most unique live experiences around.

Ahn Trio

“This was an afternoon that deserved bravos within minutes of the opening steps.” -Las Vegas Review-Journal

Sponsored by WQLN Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Walker Recital Hall “All the youthful fire, passion and commitment one could possibly want.” -The Toronto Star Witness the three internationally celebrated sisters (Lucia on piano, Angella on the violin and Maria on the cello) fearlessly merge classics with contemporaries for an evening of dynamic music. Pushing boundaries and blurring lines, the Ahn Trio makes the case that this is the new classical music for this century. The members of the Ahn Trio thrive on dissolving the barriers between art forms and have fused their work with that of dancers, pop singers, DJs, painters, installation artists, photographers and even kite makers. Recently, they performed in the Czech Republic with rock group the Tata Bojs to sold-out shows. It’s this unique blend of styles that makes the critically acclaimed Ahn Trio one of the most anticipated artists of the season.

Ticket Prices: Adult - $27 Senior - $24 Youth/ Student - $18

Community Partner:

Pre-Show Event:

Hirt Center Lobby, 6:30 p.m. Sample local cuisine from Frankie & May Fresh Grocer while you browse our CSA (community-supported agriculture) membership showcase, featuring local Erie farms.

Ticket Prices Adult Tier 1 - $30, Adult Tier 2 - $27 Senior Tier 1 - $27, Senior Tier 2 - $24 Youth/Student Tier 1 - $21, Youth/Student Tier 2 - $18

Community Partner: Pre-Show Event:

Cummings Art Gallery, 6:30 p.m. Immerse yourself in adventure as Mercy Center for the Arts teachers use crafts and creativity to lead you through this classic tale.

Moscow Festival Ballet’s “Swan Lake” Sponsored by PNC Bank

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center Revered by audiences and dancers, “Swan Lake” is widely considered the greatest of all classical ballets. The ballet’s haunting beauty stems from its pure union with Tchaikovsky’s sublime score – most completely realized when 24 perfect swans emerge from the mist and move as one through the moonlight. The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded by legendary Bolshoi Ballet Principal Dancer, Sergei Radchenko. He envisioned a company that would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of classic Russian movement. In addition to commissioning new works from within Russia and abroad, the company specializes in 20th Century full-length ballets, delighting audiences the world over.

Mercyhurst Student Theatre Performances

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, Directed by Brett D. Johnson, Ph.D. Thursday-Saturday, April 24-26, 2014, 8 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, 2 p.m. Taylor Little Theatre

Urinetown: The Musical

Music by Mark Hollmann, Lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis Book by Greg Kotis, Directed by Brett D. Johnson, Ph.D. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 24-26, 2013, 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, 2 p.m. Taylor Little Theatre

Ticket Prices: Adult: $15 Senior/Student: $10 Youth/Mercyhurst student with ID: $5

Ticket Prices: Adult: $10 Senior/Student: $7 Youth/Mercyhurst student with ID: $5

In an enchanted forest, a quartet of mismatched lovers and a gang of hapless actors cross paths with the king and queen of the fairies, who are entangled in their own domestic dispute. Shakespeare’s comic romp of confusion and desire returns to the stage of Taylor Little Theatre in a new production.

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

D’Angelo Department of Music Spring Opera: Cinderella

An Evening with Chita Rivera Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, 8 p.m. Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center Chita Rivera is Broadway’s most accomplished and versatile performer and is universally regarded as an American national treasure. She has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and received seven additional Tony nominations. Her career is highlighted by starring roles in West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago, The Rink (Tony Award) and Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award). She received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor in Washington, D.C., in December 2002, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. Ms. Rivera will discuss her legendary career in an onstage interview with Brett D. Johnson, Ph.D.

Friday, March 28 and Sunday, March 30, 2014

Photo by Laura Marie Duncan

Ticket Prices: This event is free and open to the public. No tickets required.

Adult: $10 Senior/Student: $7 Youth/Mercyhurst student with ID: $5

Otherwise known as Cenerentola in Italian, Cinderella is a beloved opera written in 1817. With the enduring theme of good versus evil, the D’Angelo Department of Music’s production is true to the original version featuring an ignorant stepfather and a wise mystic instead of popular culture’s evil stepmother and fairy godmother. Audiences will recognize this cherished fairytale through fantastical costumes and staging – from castle interiors and beautiful ball gowns to fireplaces and cinders. The production will feature a grand finale to rival any in grand opera repertoire, celebrating the triumph of good over evil.

Mercyhurst Student Dance Performances Happiness is Dance

Happiness is Raw Edges: A Celebration of Twenty/Forty Years

The Mercyhurst Dancers

Friday, Nov. 8 - Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013

The Mercyhurst Dancers and returning alumni

A presentation of classical and contemporary dances dedicated to the 2013-2014 university academic theme of “happiness,” with choreography by Ursula Payne and Mercyhurst choreographers Melissa Bobick, Tauna Hunter, Noelle Partusch, and Mark and Solveig Santillano.

Friday, May 2 - Sunday, May 4, 2014

Photo by Rick Klein

Happiness is Beyond Words III

An Evening with Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre and SoMar Dance Works

Celebrating 40 years of dance at Mercyhurst University, The Mercyhurst Dancers honor Tauna Hunter, artistic director, and Michael Gleason, production manager/ resident designer, for their passionate commitment to dance. The evening will feature The Mercyhurst Dancers and guest appearances by alumni in a 20-year collection of choreography by both Hunter and Gleason. “Talk Back” offers a special opportunity to meet, talk with and ask questions of the dancers and choreographers following the Friday and Saturday evening performances.

Photo by Larry Coleman

Friday, Feb. 28 – Sunday, March 2, 2014 With choreography by George Balanchine, Lesley Bories-Scalise, James Clouser, Michael Gleason, Tauna Hunter, and Mark and Solveig Santillano, this evening benefiting SAFENET is sure to make anyone happy. In addition, “Talk Back” offers a special opportunity to meet, talk with and ask questions of the dancers and choreographers following the Friday and Saturday evening performances.

Ticket Prices: Adult: $15.50 Senior/Student: $12.50 Youth: $5 Mercyhurst student with ID: $3.50 Photo by Ed Flores

The Met: Live in HD

Movies at Mercyhurst

Intrigue. Romance. Betrayal. Revenge. See why opera has captivated audiences for generations when The Met: Live in HD comes to the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. This series of live simulcasts continues with 10 spectacular operas in 2013-14, from the satirical misadventures in Shostakovich’s The Nose to the heart-wrenching story of young love in Puccini’s La Bohème. And in HD, you’ll feel like you’re right there in the action as these dramatic plots unfold.

Who doesn’t love warming up to a matinee movie on a lazy Sunday afternoon? Join us Sundays at 2 p.m. for Movies at Mercyhurst in the Taylor Little Theatre, an intimate venue that’s perfect for experiencing the great films of past and present.

Film lineup coming in September 2013. Stay tuned!

Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky

Prince Igor by Borodin

New Production Oct. 12, 2013, 12:55 p.m.

New Production March 9, 2014, noon

The Nose by Shostakovich

Werther by Massenet

Oct. 26, 2013, 12:55 p.m.

New Production March 15, 2014, 12:55 p.m.

Falstaff by Verdi New Production Dec. 14, 2013, 12:55 p.m.

The Maria J. Langer Film Series, curated in collaboration with Mercyhurst University academic departments, features an array of critically acclaimed independent world movies and documentaries that inspire reflection and conversation with the greater Erie community.

Ticket Prices: Adults - $18 Seniors/students - $15 Youth (under 12) - $10 Mercyhurst students with ID - $7.50

The On Screen/In Person Series will bring six independent filmmakers to campus, followed by Q-and-A sessions that gives the audience an opportunity to learn more about the passion and creativity behind the filmmaking process.

La Bohème by Puccini April 5, 2014, 12:55 p.m.

Ticket Prices:

Tosca by Puccini

Così Fan Tutte by Mozart

Jan. 18, 2014, 12:55 p.m.

April 26, 2014, 12:55 p.m.

Langer Film Series and On Screen/In Person: Adults - $6; Seniors/students - $5; Mercyhurst students (with ID) - Free

Rusalka by Dvořák

La Cenerentola by Rossini

Feb. 8, 2014, 12:55 p.m.

May 10, 2014, 12:55 p.m.

Classic films: $1 for everyone

The Classic Film Series is a great way to see an encore of the films you love shining on the big screen. We screen films in celebration of milestone anniversaries. We’ll take you back in time to the film’s original premiere date with news clips and cartoons preceding the films. Tickets are only $1!

2013-14 Cummings Art Gallery Schedule

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 2-5 p.m.*

For more information, call 814-824-2092

Edge to Edge: Works by Judith Brandon

Juried Student Art Show

Monday, Aug. 26 – Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 Reception: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, 2-4 pm..

Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 – Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 Reception: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 7-9 p.m.

Judith Brandon’s work has a sense of mystery and a powerful gravity to it, a subtle but irresistible pull that draws the viewer in and gives one a sense of being a witness to epic moments in flux.

Mercyhurst University students submit artworks in any medium to be judged in this juried art competition.

*Subject to change depending on Academic Calendar

Concealed | Revealed Works by Jodi Staniunas Hopper Art Faculty Show with guest alumnus Will Ursprung ‘76 Saturday, Oct. 5 – Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 Reception: Thursday, Oct. 10, 5-7 p.m. Mercyhurst University art faculty exhibit new works in this annual exhibition. Faculty include Daniel Burke, Tom Hubert, Gary Cardot, Jodi StaniunasHopper, Mary Elizabeth Meier, Jamie Borowicz, and Patricia Tomczak-Czulewicz.

Monday, Feb. 17 – Sunday, March 23, 2014 Reception: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, 5-7 p.m. The exhibition will feature a number of Luchadora Masks and their respective imagery, altered wedding wear, and carnival style show posters relating to the many roles of women.


Senior Thesis Art Show Monday, March 31 – Sunday, April 27, 2014 Reception: Saturday, April 5, 2014, 2-4 p.m. Mercyhurst University senior art students display their final art projects.

Reused, Reclaimed & Repurposed Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 – Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 Reception: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, 7-9 p.m. Artists reclaim and repurpose found objects to create new works. Artists included are John Bavaro, Ron Bayuzick, Amara Geffen, Brian Pardini, Suzanne Proulx, Deborah Sementelli, Fran Schanz, and Jesse and Ricardo.

Interior Design Senior Show Tuesday, April 29 – Monday, May 19, 2014 Reception: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7-9 p.m. This exhibit highlights the final projects of interior design students under the tutelage of Kathy Weidenboerner, interior design department chairwoman.

Box Office


To purchase tickets to any MIAC event or Mercyhurst Student performance over the phone call 814-824-3000 or pick up your tickets by visiting the Box Office located in the lobby of the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center

Box Office Hours

Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. On Event Days: 60 minutes before each event at performance venue

Parking East 38th St. Taylor Little Theatre

Parking Walker Recital Hall

Front entrance Parking

Group Sales Information

Group discounts are available for parties of 20 or more to MIAC Live performances. With your group purchase, receive $2 off regular ticket prices. Contact Annette Gardner at 814-824-3106 to plan your group experience.

Subscriptions Create your own season subscription package! Order 3 or more shows per person from the MIAC Live Series and take 20% off per ticket! The more you buy, the more you save. Visit our website to download an order form.

Accessibility We are pleased to say that all three of our venues have accessible entrances and our Front of House staff is happy to accommodate any specific needs to make your visit as enjoyable as possible. Please contact the box office to learn more about stair free entries, wheelchair seating, or assisted listening devices*. *At this time, only performances in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center are equipped with assisted listening devices.

All performances, prices and venues are subject to change.


Briggs Ave. entrance

Center for Academic Engagement (not shown in photo)

N Setting your GPS? Here’s our street address: Mercyhurst University 501 East 38th St. Erie PA 16546

Once you’re on campus, it’s easy to get to all of our performance venues – just follow the black and silver signs. You can enter campus from the front gates on East 38th Street, or through the side entrance located on Briggs Ave. Event parking on campus is always free. See the map above to locate the parking lot that’s most convenient for you. See you at the show!


Community Partners

A special thank you to the following organizations for their continued support of MIAC and their commitment to the arts in Erie:

Cumulus Radio

Erie Federal Credit Union

PNC Bank

Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Avalon Hotel


Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority

WJET 24/FOX 66

Erie Reader

WMCE Radio

Lavery Brewing Company

WQLN Public Media

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum

Erie Art Museum

Frankie & May Fresh Grocer

Erie Asian Pacific American Association

Glass Growers Gallery

Erie Housing and Neighborhood Development Service (H.A.N.D.S.)

Jazz Erie


The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture is pleased to announce our community partners for the 2013-14 MIAC Season. Our community partners were chosen in recognition contributions to the Erie community and way of life. Join us in celebration of this season’s partnerships:

PACA - Performing Arts Center and Theatre

Partnership for Erie’s Public Schools

World of Music

Box Office: (814) 824-3000

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