Family Weekend: Music, theatre, smart talk and more

October 01, 2013

Although the piano concert, “Pygmalion” on stage and SmartTALK headline Family Weekend Oct. 4-6, all three events are open to the public.

The college celebrates the new Yamaha grand piano in Baker Memorial Chapel with a Dedicatory Piano Recital presented by McDaniel’s Music department at 3 p.m. Oct. 6. Program highlights include "Ballade in A Flat " by Frederic Chopin, "Preludes for Piano" by George Gershwin, "Hungarian Dances" by Johannes Brahms (arranged for four hands), and "Sposalizio" by Franz Liszt.

Among the performers are Music department members David Kreider and Don Horneff.  They will be joined by community musician Dan Toal, McDaniel music senior Charles Eron, and McDaniel graduates Jane McIlvain Dennis ’08, Aaron Burns ’11, Rob Holt ’09 and Rob Holthause ’09. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-857-2599.

Gifts to the college, in particular the support of Jane and Ed Shauck, made the purchase of the piano possible.

The recital is dedicated to the memory of Mary Jane Collerd Shauck, Class of 1947, who passed away on April 1, 2010. As a Home Economics major at then Western Maryland College, Mrs. Shauck was also a life-long lover of music, the piano in particular. In fact, because of her love for this instrument, Mrs. Shauck and her husband, Ed, established a Departmental Piano Fund in 1989, enabling the Music department to purchase equipment, including pianos.

Also on the weekend’s full schedule and open to the public are SmartTALK with sports agent Jim Naughton ’94 at 11 a.m. Oct. 5 in the Decker Center Forum and the Theatre Arts student production of “Pygmalion” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-5 in WMC Alumni Hall.

Of course, for McDaniel families, the weekend event is the perfect opportunity to have your favorite student show you what life is like at McDaniel College while enjoying tailgating on the rim of McDaniel’s famed drive-in stadium and cheering the Green Terror against Gettysburg, meeting professors, finding out about special opportunities for student-faculty research collaborations, study abroad and Jan Term, discovering the new Center for Experience and Opportunity (CEO) and Global Initiatives programs, sitting in on classes and even savoring meals in the award-winning Englar Dining Hall.