Mount Union Invites Community to Giese Center Open House

March 26, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Debuting the newest addition to campus, the University of Mount Union invites the surrounding community to attend an open house in the state-of-the-art Giese Center for the Performing Arts from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31.

The Giese Center, the University's new performing arts facility, officially opened in February in time for the start of the spring semester. The center houses the departments of Music and Theatre and includes the Otto Art Gallery, Gallaher Theatre and Brush Performance Hall and a choral room, green room, scene shop, costume shop and dressing rooms as well as additional classroom and office space.

During the open house, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the facility and see areas guests typically wouldn’t see during a performance. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

In addition, the Mount Union Box Office will be open and guests will be able to obtain tickets for several upcoming Giese Center performances. Future events include the Wolf Lecture featuring virtuoso jazz trombonist Bob Ferrel and vocal stylist Helen Welch at 7:30 p.m. April 1 (complimentary tickets); the Kershaw Lecture featuring Broadway composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul at 7:30 p.m. April 9 (complimentary tickets); the Schooler Lecture featuring Tony award nominated actor Carrie Coon ’03 and Tony award winning actor and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tracy Letts at 8 p.m. April 13 (complimentary tickets) and Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, at 7:30 p.m. April 24 (tickets range from $15 to $35).

In October 2014, the University of Mount Union Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name the institution’s new performing arts center in honor of Dr. Richard F. and Mrs. Sandra L. Giese. Giese has served as president of the institution since 2005, when he and his wife returned to Mount Union and the Alliance community they had called home for 19 years.

To properly unveil the Giese Center for the Performing Arts, 2015 was declared the Year of the Arts. 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 guest lectures will be dedicated to the arts.

For more information on the open house, contact the University’s Office of Marketing at (330) 823-6063.

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