Mercyhurst Magazine Fall 2017


Dr. Brett D. Johnson is confdently predicting a sold-out season for MIAC Live, the signature performance series from the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture. In his frst full season as director of programming for the institute, he’s assembled an impressive lineup of eight world-class performers he hopes will inspire and energize Erie audiences. As President Michael Victor works to revitalize the university as a whole, he’s challenged Johnson to do the same with its performing arts program, which he views as Mercyhurst’s gift to the community. “Our mission is to bring world-class performers to the Erie region, and to make them available to the broadest possible audience,” Johnson says. He’s focusing on quality over quantity, trimming this year’s MIAC Live series to eight shows, but securing high-profle names and ofering tickets at markedly lower prices. The season opens Sept. 28 with Broadway legend Bernadette Peters performing songs from her long and celebrated career. “I’ve seen her on Broadway and in concert and her performances simply lift the spirit,” Johnson says. The decision to book Peters was an easy one, given the popularity of musical theatre in Erie. “Musical theatre lovers can see Bernadette Peters right here, without driving hundreds of miles to New York City and paying $125 for their tickets,” he says. Top price for Peters’ concert in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center is just $30.

Brett D. Johnson, Ph.D.

The MIAC Live season continues with iconic entertainers including comedienne Lily Tomlin and master storyteller Garrison Keillor, as well


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