Piano Keys Recital to be Held March 13

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union Department of Music will present a Piano Keys Recital featuring the students of Dr. Maria Liliestedt at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13 in Presser Recital Hall.

Piano Keys is a piano recital that showcases the performances of advanced piano students and features some of the masterpieces of the piano repertoire. Held every semester on campus, Piano Keys offers an ever-changing variety of piano music performed by the students of Dr. Maira Liliestedt, associate professor of music at the University of Mount Union. While Dr. Liliestedt was on sabbatical this semester, the college students were instructed by Dr. Sophié van der Westhuizen.

Student performers include freshman Olivia DeMartino of Canfield, Ohio; Alex Drewes; sophomore music performance major Kenan Irish of Painesville, Ohio; junior music major Mikayla Kovacik of Cadiz, Ohio; freshman Mary Mazey of Canton, Ohio; senior music performance major Paige Morris of Maximo, Ohio and sophomore Jeff Williams of Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Presser Recital Hall is located in Cope Music Hall on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the University of Mount Union’s Office of Visual and Performing Arts at (330) 823-2180.

Relay for Life Team to Hold Applebee's Fundraiser

The University of Mount Union's Student Affairs Relay for Life Team will hold a fundraiser at Alliance Applebee's, 2600 W. State St., from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 19.

During the event, Applebee's will donate 15% of patrons' checks. To participate, patrons must present this flyer to their server or Carside To Go specialist.

Relay for Life Team to Hold Applebee's Fundraiser Mount Union to Host, Compete in NCAA Tournament

MARIETTA, Ohio - Mount Union won the Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament title with an 85-81 win Saturday at Marietta, securing a spot in the D-III NCAA Tournament. In addition, Mount Union won the bid to host the first and second round of regional tournament play on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7.

The tournament games will take place in the McPherson Acaedmic and Athletic Complex on Mount Union's campus. The Purple Raiders will face Neumann (Pa.) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening. For ticket information and a full schedule, click here.

Mount Union to Celebrate Women’s History Month

ALLIANCE, Ohio- The University of Mount Union will honor Women’s History Month through a number of activities held on campus in March.

Throughout the month, the University will feature a number of speakers and performances to highlight influential women throughout society.

The celebration will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10 in the East Room of the Hoover Price Campus Center with the screening of the film “The Honor Diaries.” “Honor Diaries” is “the first film to break the silence on ‘honor violence’ against women and girls. This film is a movement to save women and girls from continued human rights abuses – around the world and in the United States. A panel of faculty, staff and community members will answer questions after the screening of the film, as well as share their expertise on the topics discussed in the film. For more information on the film, visit honordiaries.com/about-the-film/.

On Thursday, March 12, the musical and theatrical celebration “Ain’t I a Woman!” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Brush Performance Hall in the Giese Center for Performing Arts. This performance, presented by Core Ensemble, celebrates the life and times of four powerful African American women: renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. The musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age and contemporary concert music by African Americans. “Ain’t I a Woman!” is a joyful exploration of the trials and triumphs of  four passionate and accomplished women.

A Women’s History Month panel discussion, “The F Word,” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 in the East Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center. Panelists will include Mount Union faculty members Dr. Jennifer Martin, assistant professor of education; Dr. Jamie Capuzza, professor of communication and coordinator of the Gender Studies Program; Dr. Michelle Collins-Sibley, professor of English, chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary and Liberal Studies, director of Integrative Core and director of Africana Studies and American Studies; Dr. Lori Kumler, assistant professor of political science and Stark State faculty member Martina Sharp-Grier, department coordinator and assistant professor of sociology.

In addition to the panel discussion, the Jane Weston Chapman Award will be presented to a student and a member of the faculty, staff and/or administration recognizing their efforts in bringing awareness to women’s issues on campus. The award is given in honor of Jane Weston Chapman, the first woman to graduate from Mount Union who made Orville Hartshorn’s dream of coeducation a reality.

Women’s History Month activities will wrap up as Dr. Maira Liliestedt, associate professor of music, performs the solo piano recital “Passionate Rose” at 7:30 pm on March 30 in the Giese Center for the Performing Arts. This will be part one of a three-part sabbatical presentation by Liliestedt, who will also perform a solo recital entitled “Passionate crimson” at 7:30 p.m. April 6 and with the Alliance Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. April 12.

Liliestedt earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Bowling Green State University and Master and Doctor of Music degrees in piano from the University of Cincinnati. She enjoys exploring the piano music of Romantic composers (meaning those of the 19th century), focusing especially on the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin. Liliestedt is also the director of “Piano Keys,” a piano recital that showcases the performances of advanced piano students and features some of the masterpieces of the piano repertoire. Held every semester on campus, Piano Keys offers an ever-changing variety of piano music.

All events are free and open to the public.

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