Broadway star Bernadette Peters to open MIAC Live season in September
Veteran Broadway superstar Bernadette Peters will open the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture’s 2022-23 Live Series at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on September 17.
On April 21, MIAC Artistic Director Brett Johnson announced the upcoming season of MIAC Live performances, which includes Peters, social commentator Fran Lebowitz, performer Michael Feinstein, diverse dance unit Ballet Hispánico, the Kingdom London Choir and more.
Tony and Grammy Award winner Peters will join the Erie Philharmonic for a special concert at the D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, 501 E. 38th St. Peters has had a prolific career on Broadway and in film, television and stage solo concert. for over 50 years. She had Tony-winning performances in “Song and Dance” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” Peters also has credits in 17 films to accompany extensive television work, including Emmy-nominated performances in “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” “Ally McBeal,” and “The Muppet Show.”
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On October 6, essayist and commentator Lebowitz will address the Mercyhurst crowd, offering her perspective on current events. Recently, Lebowitz offered his insights in the Netflix documentary series “Pretend It’s a City.”
After Lebowitz, on October 26, legendary performer Feinstein will celebrate the works of Judy Garland. With contributions from executive producer Liza Minnelli, “Get Happy! Michael Feinstein Celebrates Judy Garland’s Centennial,” is a nostalgic and musical journey into Garland’s illustrious career.
The MIAC series will get into the holiday spirit on November 29 with The Hot Sardines bringing their “Holiday Stomp” to Mercyhurst. The Hot Sardines, a jazzy horn ensemble, add swing to classics like “White Christmas,” “Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney,” and “Please Come Home for Christmas.”
The last MIAC Live show of the year will take place on December 12, featuring violin virtuosos Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy. The duo have won several Juno Awards each and will perform “A Celtic Family Christmas”, dubbed an evening of music, dancing and storytelling.
The 2023 leg of the MIAC Live season kicks off on February 10, when Ballet Hispánico will perform various works spanning the company’s more than 50-year history in America. Ballet Hispánico celebrates and explores Latin cultures through innovative dance productions, transformative dance training and community engagement experiences.
On February 21, the Kingdom Choir of London, drawing on various Christian traditions, will perform a performance of traditional gospel songs and popular contemporary music. The Kingdom Choir is best known for their performance at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The season continues March 28 with Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti. With several gold and platinum albums, Botti became the country’s best-selling instrumental artist. He has performed with legends such as Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Yo-Yo Ma, Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Andrea Bocelli.
On April 13, Angélique Kidjo, five-time Grammy Award winner and one of the best-known voices in international music, will give an energetic concert. Kidjo, an accomplished singer and activist, has won several accolades during her career, including being named ‘Africa’s First Diva’ by Time magazine and earning a spot on the Guardian’s list of ‘The World’s 100 Most Inspiring Women. “.
Aaron Tveit, a Tony Award-winning stage and film star, will conclude the MIAC Live season on May 3. Tveit won a Tony Award and an Outer Critics Circle award in the world premiere production of “Moulin Rouge! Musical comedy. He also appeared in several television series and played Enjolras in the film version of “Les Miserables”.
Single tickets go on sale August 9 at noon and can be purchased online at miac.universitytickets.com, by phone at 814-824-3000, or at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center box office. Season passes, including tickets to five or more MIAC Live shows, are available beginning June 28.
The 2021-22 MIAC Live season ends after two more shows: stage and screen star Kelli O’Hara on May 5 and touring musical group Pink Martini on June 4.
Calendar for the 2022-23 season
All events begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center at 501 E. 38th St.
- September 17: Bernadette Peters
- October 6: Fran Lebowitz
- October 26: “Be happy! Michael Feinstein celebrates the centenary of Judy Garland »
- November 29: “Holiday Stomp” with the Hot Sardines
- December 12: Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy present “A Celtic Family Christmas”
- February 10: Ballet Hispanico
- February 21: The Kingdom Choir
- March 28: Chris Botti
- April 13: Angelique Kidjo
- May 3, 2023: Aaron Tveit