‘Fall’-ing into a new season at MU

Victoria Altsman, Contributing writer

The Music department and MIAC have lined up a lively concert series and events for the upcoming fall semester.

The Roche Live Concert Series held their first performance of their 30th season on Sept. 10.

The concert featured married pianists Hyun Ju and David Curtin, who performed multiple “four hand” pieces, or pieces performed by the duo together on one piano.

They performed Romantic-era pieces by Johannes Brahms and Franz Schubert.

The pieces on the concert were in varying styles from the composers and included Brahms’ waltzes, Schubert’s military marches and Brahms’ Hungarian Dances.

Nathan Hess, D.M.A., who organizes the Roche events, was ecstatic to have the duo come to Mercyhurst, as duo pianists have not been on the Mercyhurst stage in several years.

Hess hoped that the pianists’ concert would show students the expansive repertoire that duo pianists have and bring a new style to the Mercyhurst stage that few people have seen before.

Hess expresses his gratitude to the pianists for coming on short notice after an act had to cancel a few weeks back.

He also is excited that he can “pay back” Lock Haven University by having David Curtin, a professor from Lock Haven, perform at Mercyhurst, as Hess performed a concert at Lock Haven a few years ago himself.

The next Roche concert will take place on Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. The musicians will be the Akropolis Reed Quintet, a group famous for playing all of its repertoire completely from memory.

All Roche concerts are free and open to the public.

The Music department is also preparing for the opening event of the Faculty Concert Series on Sept. 19. Faculty members Jonathan Moser and Kellen Degnan will be performing a joint concert featuring works for violin and cello.

The two will be performing duo pieces as well as solo pieces.

Moser says they have a great collection of songs lined up for the event.

The Faculty Concert on Sept. 19 is free and open to the public. It will take place in Walker Recital Hall at 8 p.m.

The next concert in the faculty recital series will be the annual faculty collage.

The faculty collage concert features multiple members of the D’Angelo Department of Music’s faculty and is an anticipated concert every fall.

The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture also has a fantastic event line-up for the fall.

Acclaimed Broadway and movie star Shirley MacLaine will be performing on the Mercyhurst stage on Sept. 20 in “An Evening with Shirley MacLaine.”

Tickets for this event are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and $25 for students and children.

The event will be held in the Mary D’Angelo Auditorium at 7:30 p. m.

Other upcoming MIAC events this season include the “Photography of the NPAA” exhibit Sept. 24 in Cummings Art Gallery and the Wind Ensemble performance on Sept. 30 in the Mary D’Angelo Auditorium.

Tickets for the photography event are not yet available.

Tickets for the Wind Ensemble performance are $5 for adults and $2 for students and children.