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2015=16 MIAC Season

Mercyhurst's Institute of Arts and Culture presents a broad-ranging array of music, dance and performance theater for the upcoming year.  A pre-premier Broadway musical in the making about life in Uganda, music from Canada, Sudan, Vienna, New Zealand, Israel, Brazil, and New York.  Some jazz, some not.  But much to interest eclectic music lovers.  Programs of special interest are detailed below.: 

Prices for shows at the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center.:  Box seats $30, General Admission for adults $20 or $17, Seniors & Military $17 or $14, Students & Youth $14 or $11.

Prices for shows at Walker Recital Hall:  Adults $15, Seniors & Military $12, Students & Youth $9

Invisible Thread authorsWeds., Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m.  Mary D'Angelo PAC  INVISIBLE THREAD

A preview performance of the music for a new Broadway musical brings the show's creators, Griffin Matthews and Matt Gould to the stage with a local gospel choir.  

The story: A black American volunteer arrives in Uganda from NYC to help build a school and escape his church's probing into his sexuality.  But when he meets a group of destitute, orphaned teenagers he becomes obsessed with the mission that will change his and their lives forever.

The score for this musical is a winner of the Richard Rogers Award for Musical Theater


Leif VollenbekkTuesday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.  LEIF VOLLEBEKK, singer, self accompanied on guitar and harmonica

A special concert at the Erie Art Museum, E. 5th St. between State & French.

Tickets: Adults $15, Seniors/Military $12, Students & Youth $9.

Montreal to Manhatten to Paris.  Balladeer Vollebekk brings original and traditional songs and folk music in English and French.


Nels Cline & Julian LageSat., Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.  Walker Recital Hall, Mercyhurst.  NELS CLINE & JULIAN LAGE, guitars.

Wilco rocker Cline had joined the ranks of "great guitarists of all time" per Rolling Stone.  Lage is an up and coming jazzer -- appearing with Jim Hall, Mark O'Conner, Scott Colley & Antonio Sanchez, Eric Harland, Fred Hersch, and many others.  He is a regular member of Gary Burton's touring group.

Expect the two to defy genre boundaries and produce beautiful, exciting music.

Bollywood Masala Orchestra and dancersTues., Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. Mary D'Angelo PAC.  BOLLYWOOD MUSALA ORCHESTRA & DANCERS OF INDIA.

Founded by Rahis Bharti, this show combines brass band, Indian percussion, dancers, a fakir and acrobats.  Driving rhythms and dazzling colors of India's indigenous pop scene.  A fun evening for the family!


SinkaneWeds., Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.  Mary D'Angelo pac.  SINKANE

Audience is onstage!  Be part of the action!

Singer/guitarist Ahmed Gallab brings his Sudanese-based Afropop and dance club rhythms -- with overtones of R&B, psychedelic pop and Tropicalia.

Joinde by bandmates Ish Montgomery - bass, and Jonny Lam - guitar.  A hit in NYC, Sinkane now brings its slow burn funk to Erie



The Vienna Boys ChoirMonday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.  Mary D'Angelo PAC.  THE VIENNA BOYS CHOIR

A pre-Christmas concert by this acclaimed group, which has worked with composers from Mozart to Bruckner.  The choir's history dates back over 500 years.  Franz Shubert and Hans Richter were once members, among many other musical notables.

A great evening for the family.  Prices are about $5 higher than other D'Angelo performances listed here.


The Wellington Ukulele OrchestraFriday, March 9, 7:30 p.m.  Mary D'Angelo PAC.  THE WELLINGTON INTERNATIONAL UKULELE ORCHESTRA.

This mix of sweet sounds and brawny guys is currently " New Zealand's hottest music/comedy ensemble."  With music ranging from Justin Timberlake to the Beatles to Cyndi Lauper to South Pacific fare (think Hawaiian), there should be a little something for everyone.



Avi AvitalThursday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.  Walker Recital Hall.  AVI AVITAL, mandolin.

Israel-born Avital's repertoire includes baroque and classical music, jazz, Israeli folk music  and more.  His musical skills are superior.  He has played for audiences at Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, London's Wigmore Hall.  He will be joined onstage by an accordianist and a percussionist.



Dorrance DanceWednesday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.  Mary D'Angelo PAC.  DORRANCE DANCE.

Michelle Dorrance leads he troupe in honor of tap dance tradition, but enters a new trajectory of street, club and experimental dance forms. 

With live musical accompaniment -- dance blended with house music, blues and solo tap.


MatutoThursday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.  Walker Recital Hall.  MATUTO.

Bluegrass, swing, rock & blues -- combined with their Brazilian counterparts: forro chorinho, samba and marakatu.

Guitarist Clay Ross, accordianist Rob Curto and a band of NYC and Brazilian percussionists.  Improvisation.  New musical directions!


Allison MillerThursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.  Walker Recital Hall.  ALLISON MILLER'S BOOM TIC BOOM.

And for the finale, a real jazzer -- NYC-based drummer Allison Miller, with excellent support from pianist Myra Melford and bassist Tod Sickafoose.  The trio has appeared at New York's Winter Jazz Fest and on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series.  Attentive listeners.

Below, the trio with guest artist, violinist Jenny Sheinman.

For more information, go to:  http://miac.mercyhurst.edu/events/filter/live.






August 12, 2015