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are important milestones and great opportunities for throwing a party. And that’s just what we’re doing all season long in recognition of our 15th season. We’ve assembled some of the most dynamic and gifted performers of our time and invited them to campus. As you scan the pages of this booklet, you’ll probably recognize a few of the artists—gifted performers such as Jazz Master Wynton Marsalis, who has collected nine Grammys and became the first jazz musician ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. You may also recognize the name of legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy, who has received five Grammy Awards and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Some of the performers may be unknown to you, but don’t let that discourage you. Remember, there is thrill in discovery. Our Gala performance is set for May, with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, known as the standard-bearer of contemporary Latin music. They’ve been hailed for reintroducing the classic sounds of New York City Salsa to music lovers worldwide. For those who love dance, we’re particularly delighted about the appearance of Complexions. Their groundbreaking mix of methods, styles, and cultures has created an entirely new and exciting vision of human movement. If you especially enjoy shows that’ll have you laughing, don’t miss the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Their performances range from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding and Spaghetti Western sound tracks. They take audiences on “a world tour with only hand luggage.” Even more treasures—familiar and unfamiliar—are waiting for you to explore throughout the 15th Anniversary Season. Discover these peerless artists of dance and music in one of the prized buildings on the Mercyhurst College campus—the beautiful Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.


jazz at lincoln center orchestra & wynton marsalis

Wednesday September 29 at 7:30 p.m. Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center

Jazz and the 2010-11 PAC season begin here. Wynton Marsalis may be the most influential jazz figure of his generation, and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is a powerhouse-15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players bringing a century of the jazz tradition thrillingly alive. Marsalis and the J@LC band are keepers of the jazz flame, and they ignite the season with blazing virtuosity. For one night, the jazz center of the world will be in Erie, PA. Orchestra: $75 Rear Orchestra/Balcony: $50 MC Students: 20% Off w/ ID

In my humble opinion, the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center has been a significant investment in broadening access to an urban market that is increasingly becoming more diverse. The D’Angelo Center has presented performers of all backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities, contributing to the overall fabric and development of our community, culturally through the arts and through education. I can’t imagine what out community would be like today, culturally, absent the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

Gary Horton

Urban Erie Community Development Corporation President

Sphinx Chamber Orchestra

with the Harlem String Quartet

Friday October 8 at 7:30 p.m. Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center

The Sphinx Project envisions “a world in which classical music reflects cultural diversity and plays a role in the everyday lives of youths. ” What might that world sound like? It would sound like the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra, a collection of the top laureates of the national Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players. The New York Times described their Carnegie Hall performance as “first-rate in every way.” You’ll call them breathtaking and inspiring. Adult: $15 Senior/Student/PC: $15 Youth/MC Student: $7.50

The Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center’s support of dance in our community is outstanding. My dance majors and I no longer have to travel to Pittsburgh or Cleveland to see world-class dance performances and more important, dance majors have been hired by dance companies that have performed at the Center. In addition, the dance department is able to present classes with the internationally renowned artists when they are in residence. This is truly a win-win for dance at Mercyhurst and for Erie. I appreciate Mr. Furhman’s passion for the art form and his commitment to dance programming in Erie is to be commended.

Tauna Hunter

Mercyhurst College Dance Department Chair

corbin Dances

Saturday October 16 at 7:30 p.m. Walker Recital Hall CorbinDances. And choreographs. And pushes boundaries. Patrick Corbin’s 15 years with the acclaimed Paul Taylor Dance Company resulted in five appearances on the PBS series “Great Performances” and a “Bessie” award for Sustained Achievement in dance. Now, with a company of his own, Corbin is creating wondrously beautiful and moving works with some of New York’s finest young dancers. CorbinDances is an evening of dance not to be missed. Adult: $15 Senior/Student/PC: $15 Youth/MC Student: $7.50

sfjazz collective

Sunday October 17 at 7 p.m. Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center What the Lincoln Center Orchestra is to large-ensemble repertory jazz, the SF Jazz Collective is to the tradition of fiery, explosively creative small-group music. The term “all-star” is overused but there is no other way to describe this cooperative of worldrenowned soloists – all of whom are leaders in their own right. The collective star power on the PAC stage on this night will be incandescent and unforgettable. Adult: $15 Senior/Student/PC: $15 Youth/MC Student: $7.50

Ukulele orchestra of great Britain

Thursday November 4 at 7:30 p.m. Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center

Only in Britain could you have a Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, and only at the PAC can you see this surprising, delightful show. Well, you could go to the Uke’s other two North American tour stops: Carnegie Hall and Convocation Hall in Toronto. This completely original, wonderfully entertaining ensemble is the musical embodiment of daft English humor as their hilariously unlikely medleys (try “David Bowie’s “Life on Mars?” with Sinatra’s “My Way”) demonstrate. Gold Circle: $35 Adult: $25 Senior/Student/PC: $20 Youth/MC Student: $15

a funny virtuosic twanging singing awesome foot-stomping obituary of rock-n-roll and melodious entertainment

All communities have fire departments, police departments and water departments. What separates communities is their commitment to culture. For a long time, the D’Angelo Center has provided a much needed niche in this community for film buffs, music buffs, dance buffs, theater buffs-it’s all here and it’s a jewel in this community.

Barry Grossman

Cavani String Quartet

Friday January 21 at 7:30 p.m. Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center

To experience a performance by the Cavani String Quartet is to be completely immersed in music and transformed by it, too. Known for technical brilliance and passionate commitment, the Quartet in 2005 became the first recipient of the Guarneri String Quartet Residency Award from Chamber Music America. This performance is sure be a one of a kind as the group joins members of the college’s music, dance, and art departments for special collaborative, multi-media presentation. The quartet will play a work composed by D’Angelo Department of Music professor Dr. Albert Glinsky, while the Mercyhurst Dancers perform a piece choreographed by dance department faculty member Mark Santiliano, all set to the backdrop of beautiful hand-crafted artwork by art department chair Dan Burke. Adult: $15 Senior/Student/PC: $15 Youth/MC Student: $7.50

It’s hard to believe that this facility has been here for 15 years. It is such an integral part of the community and more important it is a huge part of our tourism economy. We are now seeing visitors coming specifically to Erie because of the D’Angelo Center and the activities and events that are taking place here. I certainly think it has improved and enhanced our tourism product by changing the negative perceptions visitors often have prior to coming to Erie. The D’Angelo Center attracts more tourists, who spend more money, and allow for tourism to become a much larger part of Erie’s economic development.

John Oliver VisitErie Director

LOVE SONGS with Kathy Kosins

Friday February 11 at 8 p.m. Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center

ASCAP award-winning vocalist Kathy Kosins grew up in Motown-era Detroit and worked as a background singer in R&B and pop records before falling in love with jazz. And while we’re on the topic of that word, love: New York Sun writer Will Friedwald praised her “swing and sensuality... great vintage songs. I wasn’t expecting to fall in love.” Could there be any better recommendation for a romantic, Valentine’s Day weekend date? Adult/Senior/Student/PC: $15 Youth/MC Student: $7.50


Friday March 4 at 7:30 p.m. Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center The PAC’s annual Irish Festival dates from the very opening season of the hall fifteen years ago, so a celebration is in order. And we have one of the first order, too. Dervish returns to the PAC stage for the third time, to play what they like to call “Magical Music from Ireland,” but that is a modest description. This sextet of traditional Irish musicians conjures a complete world on stage, a total immersion in the Irish soul that will haunt your memory and uplift your spirit. Gold Circle: $30 Adult: $20 Senior/Student/PC: $15 Youth/MC Student: $10


Sunday March 27 at 3 p.m. Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center With Alvin Ailey, Complexions artistic directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson made some of the exciting movement of the last 25 years. Now with their own company, they are reimagining the possibilities of their art form and creating some of the most passionate and expressive movement of which the human body is capable. The complexions of dance are changing and this company is changing our world. Gold Circle: $30 Adult: $20 Senior/Student/PC: $15


Sunday April 3 at 7 p.m. Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center

Buddy Guy simply is the blues. The undisputed heir to the Chicago tradition, Guy is the very embodiment of the passion, joy, and deep feeling of the music that Chicago calls its own. At 74, this member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is indisputably a legend. But he’s a living legend, a consummate showman, and a master guitarist who anticipated blues-rock and continues to deliver searing, emotion-soaked performances. A recent Guy CD says it all: “Damn Right I’ve Got the Blues.” And you will too. Orchestra: $35 Rear Orchestra/Balcony: $30 MC Students: 20% Off w/ ID

Hal Grossman

Monday April 18 at 7:30 p.m. Walker Recital Hall As a teacher, Hal Grossman is one of the mainstays at Michigan’s famed Interlochen Arts Academy. As first violinist of the Oxford String Quartet, he is acclaimed in North America and Europe for his sensitive chamber playing. But as a recitalist he is a mesmerizing presence, as you will hear at this special musical event. Find out why Grossman was a prize winner in the Stulberg and Lima Young Artist Competitions and received exceptional reviews from The New York Times on his Carnegie Hall debut. Adult: $15 Senior/Student/PC: $15 Youth/MC Student: $7.50

spanish harlem

annual fundraiser gala

delicious food cool drinks hot music



Friday May 13 at 7:30 p.m. Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center


New York style and sophistication meet Afro-Caribbean rhythm and passion in Spanish Harlem. The Spanish Harlem Orchestra is the musical embodiment of that steamy, culturally rich neighborhood. It’s where salsa was born-a music played with explosive brilliance by this thirteen-member all-star ensemble directed by worldrenowned pianist, arranger, and producer Oscar Hernández. You don’t have to dance if you come to this concert, but you may find the impulse impossible to resist.

$50 (includes all you can eat/drink post show party!)

Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride Saturday February 26 at 1 p.m.

*Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Saturday March 26 at 12:30 p.m.

Wagner’s Das Rheingold Saturday October 9 at 1 p.m.

Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov Saturday October 23 at 12 p.m.

Donizetti’s Don Pasquale

Saturday November 13 at 1 p.m.

Verdi’s Don Carlo

Saturday December 11 at 12:30 p.m.

*Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West Sunday January 9 at 1 p.m.

John Adam’s Nixon in China Saturday February 12 at 1 p.m.

Rossini’s Le Comte Ory Saturday April 9 at 1 p.m.

*Verdi’s Il Trovatore Saturday May 7 at 1 p.m

Wagner’s Die Walküre Saturday May 14 at 12 p.m.

*Strauss’ Capriccio

Sunday May 22 at 1 p.m. Front Row Balcony: $30 Adult: $18 Senior/Student: $15 Youth: $10

*Due to previously scheduled events, these operas will not be shown live.

The first time I attended an opera I just came away speechless because it had everything for me. It had great music, stage presence and drama. Not to mention the sets, the costuming and the story were timeless. Opera is something that everyone can relate too and people should give it a chance. It is really quite affordable for anyone to come to the opera here at Mercyhurst and it is truly the finest in the world-the Metropolitan Opera from New York City. What makes this experience especially unique is that you are not only sharing it with several hundred people in the auditorium, but you are sharing it with millions across the world as it takes place, live, on the Met stage.

Mary Ellen Dahlkemper LIfe long arts supporter (pictured with husband Ed Lesser)

Firebird, Pulcinella Suite and The Rite of Spring Saturday October 30 at 2 & 7 p.m. Sunday October 31 at 2 p.m. (free preshow discussion at 1 p.m. in the Cummings Art Gallery) Stravinsky’s Firebird celebrates 100 years. The Russian folk tale of a magical glowing bird that is both a blessing and a curse to its captor completes a program of Stravinsky favorites, Pulcinella Suite and The Rite of Spring, with a just a bit of a twist.

Raw Edges

The Mercyhurst dancers

Mercyhurst College Dance Department 2010 | 2011 Season

Danielle Feller ‘10 Photo credit: Larry Coleman

Saturday February 5 at 2 & 7 p.m. Sunday February 6 at 2 p.m. An annual evening of new cutting-edge works by innovative emerging choreographers with the ever popular Take-a-Break, a behind-the-scenes choreographer and audience chat moderated by Assistant Professor, Mark Santillano.


Saturday April 30 at 2 & 7 p.m. Sunday May 1 at 2 p.m. (meet the characters following this show) This charming children’s classic is brought to life with the beloved music of Sergei Prokofiev, stunning sets and costumes, and exceptional performances by the Mercyhurst Dancers; a very special experience the entire family can enjoy. Adult: $15.50 Senior/Student: $12.50 PC: $7.50 Youth: $5 MC Student: $2.50

Faculty Recital Series

Recitals are held in the Walker Recital Hall and are free and open to the public. Shirley Yoo, piano Thursday September 16 at 8 p.m. LotUS (League of the Unsound Sound) Thursday October 21 at 8 p.m. The works of Robert Schuman In celebration of Stairways’ 50th Anniversary Thursday November 11 at 8 p.m. Faculty Collage Thursday January 13 at 8 p.m.

Debut Recital of The D’Angelo Piano Trio Jonathan Tortolano, cello; Barton Samuel Rotberg, violin; Shirley Yoo, piano Thursday February 3 at 8 p.m Barton Samuel Rotberg, violin Thursday March 24 at 8 p.m. Chamber Music Faculty and honor students Thursday May 5 at 8 p.m.

Così fan Tutte

by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, ossia La Scuola Degli Amante (They All Do It, or The School For Lovers) Fri., March18 at 8 p.m. Sat., March19 at 8 p.m. Sun., March 20 at 2 p.m. Così is one of the greatest comedies in the operatic repertoire. Two sisters, their maid, their fiancés and a cynical old bachelor prove nothing has changed much in the 200 years since the premiere of this masterpiece (May 1811) when it comes to affairs of the heart! Adult: $15.50 Youth: $5

Senior/Student: $12.50 PC: $7.50 MC Student: $2.50

The music department presents over 70 concerts, recitals, and master classes each season , most of which are free and open to the public. For more information, to receive a music department brochure, or to be on the mailing list, please call or write Krista Lamb (814) 824-2394,

D’Angelo Department of Music

Stravinsky Celebration

The MAry D’Angelo PErforming Arts Center was made possible by a generous gift from Dr. George and Mary D’Angelo in 1996. When the Center opened, it consisted of two full-time and two part-time staff members. In its infancy, the center brought in nearly 4,000 people a year and offered between six and seven programs, which consisted of the finest in classical music featuring such artists as Kathleen Battle and the Juilliard String Quartet. Fifteen years later, the Center has grown to a staff of six full-time employees and offers over 100 events each year. Last year, the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center entertained more than 27,000 people from tri-state region and has helped shape, please, and educate the community over the years The Center has continued to grow and thrive through the sustained support of individual donations, businesses, volunteers, audience members-people like you.

Keep up the good work

how YOU can help volunteer

Interested in our events but can’t afford tickets? Sign up for the Center’s volunteer usher program. Volunteer shifts are available for all events and there is room for people with skills of all kinds. To become a volunteer, call Bruce at (814) 824-2550.


If you like what we are doing, please help us out. The D’Angelo Center events are made possible thanks to the support of people like you. We welcome all levels of donation, whether it’s a one-time or an annual; big or small, every penny counts. To make a donation, call Michael at (814) 824-3000.


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