MIAC stacks October schedule

Liberace

From a powerful film about world famous pianist Liberace to a classical piano performance by Mercyhurst's own Shirley Yoo, the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture promises many outstanding offerings during October. Following is the schedule:

MIAC Live: Howard Fishman
Taylor Little Theatre
Thursday, Oct. 3, 8 p.m.
Free pre-show event in Mercy Heritage Room at 6:30 p.m.


Howard Fishman blends soul, pop, gospel, country and experimental jazz to create a sound entirely his own. He will perform well-known songs from Bob Dylan’s 1975 album Basement Tapes as well as songs that have never been officially made public on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. in the Taylor Little Theatre at Mercyhurst University. 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 artists.

Tickets are $28 for adults, $25 for seniors and $20 for youth and students. For tickets, call 814-824-3000 or visit miac.mercyhurst.edu.

Art Faculty Show with guest alumnus Will Ursprung ‘76
Cummings Art Gallery Saturday, Oct. 5 – Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013
Artist Reception: Thursday, Oct. 10, 5-7 p.m.


Faculty from the Mercyhurst University Art Department show new works in this annual exhibition. Featured artists include Daniel Burke, Tom Hubert, Gary Cardot, Jodi Staniunas-Hopper, Mary Elizabeth Meier, Jamie Borowicz and Patricia Tomczak-Czulewicz. The show runs Oct. 5 – Nov. 10 in the Cummings Gallery and will kick off with an artist reception in the gallery on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 5-7 p.m.

Cummings Gallery is located in the lobby of the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. The show is free and open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 814-824-2092.

Homecoming/Parents Weekend
Concert Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center
Saturday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m.


Students from the D’Angelo School of Music and the dance department at Mercyhurst University celebrate Homecoming/Parents Weekend with a special concert on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. Free and open to the public.

For more information, call the box office at 814-824-3000.

Langer Film Series: Behind the Candelabra
Taylor Little Theatre
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2 p.m.


World-renowned performer Liberace lived lavishly and embraced a lifestyle of excess both on and off the stage. Behind the Candelabra, starring Academy Award winners Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, takes a behind-the-scenes look at his tempestuous relationship with Scott Thorson. The film screens on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. in Taylor Little Theatre at Mercyhurst University. This film is suitable for adult audiences only.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and $1 for Mercyhurst students with ID. For tickets, call 814-824-3000 or visit miac.mercyhurst.edu.

Faculty Recital Series: Dr. Shirley Yoo
Walker Recital Hall
Thursday, Oct. 10, 8 p.m.


Mercyhurst University music faculty member Dr. Shirley Yoo will perform works on the piano by Shostakovich, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Ravel on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 814-824-2394.

The Bengsons
Alex Theatre, Mercyhurst University – The North East Campus
Thursday, Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.


Likened to a pairing of Janis Joplin and David Byrne, electroacoustic folk-rock duo Abigail and Shaun Bengson have performed their original shows, musicals and performance pieces across the country and around the world. This husband-and-wife pair’s radiantly emotive songs blend rousing, all-join-hands group choruses with spry vocal melodies and rich instrumentation that incorporate everything from banjo to accordion to classical harp. The Bengsons perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Alex Theatre on the Mercyhurst North East campus. For more information, call 814-725-6277.

MIAC Live: The Bengsons with opening act The Zack Orr Band
The Erie Art Museum
Friday, Oct. 11, 8 p.m.


Likened to a pairing of Janis Joplin and David Byrne, electroacoustic folk-rock duo Abigail and Shaun Bengson have performed their original shows, musicals and performance pieces across the country and around the world. This husband-and-wife pair’s radiantly emotive songs blend rousing, all-join-hands group choruses with spry vocal melodies and rich instrumentation that incorporate everything from banjo to accordion to classical harp. See The Bengsons with opening act The Zack Orr Band live on Friday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. at the Erie Art Museum.

All tickets are $12. Day-of sales will be cash only at the Erie Art Museum. For tickets, call 814-824-3000 or visit miac.mercyhurst.edu.

Met HD Live: Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky
Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center
Saturday, Oct. 12, 12:30 p.m.


Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien star as the lovestruck Tatiana and the imperious Onegin in Tchaikovsky’s fateful romance. Deborah Warner’s new production, set in the late 19th century, moves episodically from farmhouse to ballroom, with a powerful snowstorm providing the dramatic setting for the finale. Piotr Beczala is Lenski, Onegin’s friend-turned-rival. Valery Gergiev conducts this production live from the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 12:30 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst University.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, $10 for youth (10 and under) and $7.50 for Mercyhurst students with ID. For tickets, call 814-824-3000 or visit miac.mercyhurst.edu.

On Screen/In Person Series: FUREVER
Taylor Little Theatre
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2 p.m.


As pets’ position in the family has evolved, so have the roles of veterinarians and death care professionals. FUREVER explores the dimensions of grief people experience over the loss of a pet. This documentary examines trends like preserving a pet’s remains through taxidermy, cloning and more, and confronts cultural assumptions regarding attachment, religion, ritual, grief and death. The film screens at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, in Taylor Little Theatre at Mercyhurst University.

The filmmaker will join the director of The ANNA Shelter and experts in grief counseling for a Q&A following the screening. Those who bring donations (food, blankets, pet toys, etc.) to The ANNA Shelter will receive discounted admission of $1. The On Screen/In Person Series is made possible by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and $1 for Mercyhurst students with ID and those who bring donations. For tickets, call 814-824-3000 or visit miac.mercyhurst.edu.

Met HD Live: The Nose by Shostakovich
Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center
Saturday, Oct. 26, 12:55 p.m.


William Kentridge stormed the Met with his inventive production of Shostakovich’s opera, which dazzled opera and art lovers alike in its inaugural run in 2010. Now, Paulo Szot reprises his acclaimed performance of a bureaucrat, whose satirical misadventures in search of his missing nose are based on Gogol’s comic story. Pavel Smelkov conducts this production live from the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 12:55 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, $10 for youth (10 and under) and $7.50 for Mercyhurst students with ID. For tickets, call 814-824-3000 or visit miac.mercyhurst.edu.

Mercyhurst Theatre Program: Urinetown: The Musical
Taylor Little Theatre
Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 24-26, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m.


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. Mercyhurst University students perform and Brett D. Johnson, Ph.D., directs this hilarious musical at Taylor Little Theatre on Oct. 24-27. Book and lyrics by Greg Kotis; music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $5 for youth and Mercyhurst students with ID. For tickets, call 814-824-3000 or visit miac.mercyhurst.edu.

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