MIAC announces 2013-14 live season


The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture (MIAC) is pleased to announce its 2013-14 live season, packed with an array of great performances in music, dance and theater – plus a few delightfully unexpected surprises.

This season features 11 exciting performances (see listing below), from riveting family entertainment with The Cashore Marionettes to the hot young jazz fusion group Snarky Puppy. One of Erie’s most popular performers, Yamato – The Drummers of Japan, returns for their special 20th anniversary tour highlighting the best of their past productions.

“This season is just as exciting as previous years, but it’s also wonderfully different,” said Jamie Grady, MIAC director. “We are excited to have booked these acclaimed artists that will provide a season of awe and entertainment for the whole family.”

Performances will take place in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, as well as other venues on the Mercyhurst campus and in Erie. Indie-folk duo The Bengsons, for example, will perform at The Erie Art Museum while staying in Erie for a two-week residency of outreach and workshops.

The anticipation surrounding the 2013-14 season isn’t just about the performances. A new community partner initiative pairs each live act with local organizations in recognition of their contributions to the Erie community. Partnerships are being established with the ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum; The Erie Art Museum; Erie Asian Pacific American Association; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Frankie & May Fresh Grocer, and more.

Another thing to look forward to: Pre-show events, when the entertainment kicks off before the curtain goes up. At no additional charge, ticketholders get access to pre-show parties featuring local music, art shows, food and refreshments – including tastings by Lavery Brewing, the newly appointed official brewery of MIAC.

Following the announcement of the 2013-14 MIAC Live Season, the institute will soon unveil its fall film schedule in its three popular series: The Maria J. Langer Film Series (critically acclaimed independent world movies); On Screen/In Person series (documentaries featuring live Q-and-A sessions with their directors); and the Classic Film Series (old favorites once again on the silver screen). Additionally, MIAC will continue to present “The Met: Live in HD,” the popular series of live simulcasts from The Metropolitan Opera.

The 2013-14 MIAC Live Season is supported in part by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, PA Council on the Arts, ArtsErie, Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, Cumulus Media, PNC Bank, Erie Federal Credit Union, WQLN Public Media, WJET/WXFP, WICU/WSEE and the Erie Reader.

For more information about MIAC, call the box office at 814-824-3000 or visit miac.mercyhurst.edu.


 The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture’s 2013-14 Live Season


The Cashore Marionettes, “Simple Gifts” and “Life in Motion”

Saturday, Sept. 14, at 2 and 7 p.m.

Walker Recital Hall


Aquila Theatre Company’s “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare

Sunday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m.

Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center


Howard Fishman, “The Basement Tapes Project”

Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m.

Taylor Little Theatre


The Bengsons

Friday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m.

The Erie Art Museum



Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m.

Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center

Tim Warfield, “All Star Jazzy Christmas”

Friday, December 13, at 8 p.m.

Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center

Compagnie Käfig, “AGWA/Correria”

Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m.

Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center


The Irish Rovers

Saturday, March 8, at 8 p.m.

Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center


Snarky Puppy

Thursday, March 20, doors open at 8 p.m.

The Crooked i


Ahn Trio

Thursday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m.

Walker Recital Hall


Moscow Festival Ballet, “Swan Lake”

Tuesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center


PHOTO: From Compagnie Käfig, “AGWA/Correria”


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