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Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture unveils live season

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Vienna Boys Choir

From Austria’s royal palaces and the streets of Montreal to a village in Uganda and the Brazilian backwoods, the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture has assembled a cast of performers from around the globe in its 2015-16 MIAC Live season. 

Bringing together music, dance, theatre and comedy, the 14-performance lineup includes a legendary choir with over 500 years of acclaim, contemporary dance pioneers from an Israeli Eco Art village, the creators of a hot new musical set to premiere on Broadway this fall, and an old-time vaudevillian who will soar above the audience.

“This season is about expanding our artistic horizons and inviting to Mercyhurst and to Erie artists who will ignite curiosity and transport audiences across the world,” said Christine Olivier, MIAC director of programming. “Whether they’re pushing audiences to engage with complex social issues or offering an experience for the sake of art, these artists have the ability to transport audiences to places they’ve never been.”

For the third straight year, MIAC will host week-long artist-in-residency programs with two performers, Czech-born vaudeville clown Tomáš Kubínek and swampy Brazilian bluegrass ensemble Matuto. Designed to bring professional-level performing artists to locations and individuals who don’t often have the opportunity to experience artistic presentations, MIAC’s artist-in-residency program connects performers with groups such as the Barber National Institute, Music for Veterans, Springhill, the Bethesda Children’s Home, the ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum and the Mercy Center for the Arts.

“Education has long been at the heart of MIAC, and we look forward to engaging with schools and organizations around town,” Olivier said. “We’re excited about the opportunities these artists present, especially with regard to Tomáš’ gifts for physical comedy and Matuto’s infectious blend of charisma and rhythm.”

Returning this season are MIAC’s Movies at Mercyhurst series, screening acclaimed films and provoking documentaries in a Sunday matinee, and the popular Met: Live in HD series of simulcasts live from New York’s Metropolitan Opera. In addition, MIAC is pleased to announce the new addition of live high-definition screenings from London’s National Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow to its programming lineup.

“The National Theatre regularly collaborates with some of the most captivating actors and directors going today, and Bolshoi truly is one of the world’s most elite dance companies,” Olivier said. “This is a chance for Erie audiences to experience stellar stage and ballet performances without having to fly across the globe.”

The 2015-16 MIAC Live season is sponsored by Cumulus Media, with additional support from WICU/WSEE, Erie Reader, Connoisseur Media, WJET, the Jewish Community Council of Erie, WQLN Public Media, Happi 92.7-FM, PNC Bank, Lavery Brewing Company, Erie Ale Works, the Mid Atlantic Tours program and the Jazz Touring Network of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and Doris Cipolla, in memory of her partner, Charlene M. Tanner. Additionally, MIAC is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Erie Arts & Culture, and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.

For tickets or more information, call the box office at 814-824-3000 or visit

2015-16 MIAC Live Season:

An Evening with the Creators of Invisible Thread

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center


Tomáš Kubínek

Saturday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center


Leif Vollebekk

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.

Erie Art Museum


Reshimo by Vertigo Dance Company

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center


Nels Cline & Julian Lage

Saturday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.

Walker Recital Hall


Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.

Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center



Thursday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center


Vienna Boys Choir

Monday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center


The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Presents the Stories of Eric Carle

Saturday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Walker Recital Hall


Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

Friday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.

Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center


Avi Avital

Thursday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.

Walker Recital Hall


Dorrance Dance

Wednesday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.

Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center



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

Walker Recital Hall


Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom

Thursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.

Walker Recital Hall