QU music department to present free concert

Posted: Feb. 22, 2013 8:14 pm Updated: Mar. 22, 2013 9:15 pm

The Quincy University Music Department will present a free public concert to celebrate the grand opening of the Connie Niemann Center for Music at 17th and Seminary Road.

The event will be held at the center at 3 p.m. March 16, and will be followed by a gala reception.

The program will include selections performed by each of the instrumental and choral ensembles as well as solos by several faculty members and a grand finale featuring alumni musicians.

Faculty participants will include Bill Machold, assistant professor and director of bands; Allen Means, assistant professor and director of choirs; Steve Parke, associate professor and jazz artist in residence; Leonora Suppan-Gehrich, artist-in-residence; Lou Margaglione, professor of music; Amy Stollberg, assistant director of bands and vocal instructor; and music instructors Mike Saul and Jesse Mazzoccoli.

The concert marks the official opening of the Connie Niemann Center, which comprises a 270-seat performance space, a reception hall and a formal atrium. The center, which showcases the original stained glass art of the Rev. Tom Brown, OFM, will also serve the spiritual programs of the Franciscan Retreat Center.

The project was made possible by a $1 million gift by Rich Niemann Sr. and the Niemann Foundation. Rich Niemann and his wife, Connie, are active QU alums, and Rich is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees.

Additional information about the Niemann Center grand opening is available by calling 228-5432, ext. 3160.