Mount Union Celebrates Opening of Giese Center for the Performing Arts

February 11, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union will celebrate a weekend-long gala in honor of the opening of the Giese Center for the Performing Arts on February 19 and 20.

The celebration will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 19 in the Brush Performance Hall of the Giese Center with performances by America’s Got Talent’s Chicago Boyz and rePercussion. The night will begin with opening act Nick Mock ‘14, a recent graduate of the University of Mount Union. 

Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team is a professional gymnastics troupe. The group consists of talented young men and boys from Chicago. Founded in 1999 by professional gymnast Tim Shaw, the performance of Chicago Boyz includes acrobatic stunts and tricks inside twirling jump ropes, catapulting off mini trampolines and tumbling routines with impeccable timing. The group of young, inner city youth is taught respect, hard work, discipline, integrity and teamwork. Members must not associate with gangs, drugs, alcohol and tobacco and are required to maintain a “C” average and stay in school. Chicago Boyz has made appearances on “The Ellen Show,” “Good Morning America” and Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus and was a semifinalist on season eight of “America’s Got Talent.”

rePercussion is a high-energy comedy group that delivers a performance of sight, sound and laughter. Even though they are expert percussionists, they make all their noise using buckets, barrels, street signs, pots and pans to bang out grooves and funky dance beats.  rePercussion has performed on “America’s Got Talent,” Warped Tour and Disney Cruise Line and has been featured on MTV and VH1. The group’s corporate performances have included Under Armour, Verizon, Navy Pier, Kroger and Horseshoe Casino.

On Friday, February 20, the celebration will continue with an Alumni and Faculty Exhibit Artists’ Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Otto Art Gallery of the Giese Center for the Performing Arts. Mount Union students will then provide an evening of entertainment beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Brush Performance Hall. The first half of the evening will consist of instrumentalists – the Repertory Strings, Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. The second half will include vocalists – Cantus Femina, Mount Union Concert Choir and musical theatre students performing Cole Porter numbers.

Both events are opened to the public. Seating is limited and tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve tickets, call (330)-821-2565 or email

Year of the Arts
The Year of the Arts will feature a number of special performances including nationally known groups. The event lineup for the year is being planned by the University’s Year of the Arts committee, which includes representatives of the departments of Art, Music and Theatre, along with several others on campus. In addition to special guest performances, the Year of the Arts will feature a full repertoire of music and theatre student performances in the new Giese Center for the Performing Arts, as well as gallery shows by student and professional artists. In addition, a number of the 2015 lectures will be dedicated to the arts.

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