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WTAMU to Stage Showcase of Music March 1

Feb. 22, 2013

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU to Stage Showcase of Music March 1

Concert Performed in Memory of Lily Jack ‘Jackie’ Mercer

CANYON, Texas—Students and faculty in the School of Music at West Texas A&M University will showcase their talents at the 33rd annual Showcase of Music at 8 p.m. Friday, March 1 at the Globe News Center for the Performing Arts in Amarillo. The concert will be performed in memory of Lily Jack “Jackie” Mercer for her generous support of WTAMU’s Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities.

A traditional pre-show will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Center’s lobby.

Mercer, who passed away in August 2012, left her entire estate to WTAMU to benefit scholarships in the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities. The gift, totaling more than $1 million, will benefit current and future students for years to come. Mercer, a lifelong supporter of the arts, earned two degrees from WTAMU—a bachelor’s in music in 1943 and a master’s in education in 1951.

Mercer’s generous gift works hand-in-hand with the mission of the annual Showcase of Music. The School of Music presented its first Showcase in 1980 to raise funds for scholarships while highlighting student talent. Since then funds have been raised through sponsorships, advertising and ticket sales to add more than $500,000 to the program’s scholarship fund. During its 33-year history, the program has helped thousands of music students realize their dream of a college education with scholarships funded through the Showcase of Music, and Mercer’s gift will provide countless opportunities for many more students.

“The Showcase is a great way to feature our faculty and our students and the amazing talent we have right here at West Texas A&M University,” Doug Storey, associate professor of music and member of the Showcase committee, said. “We are grateful to Mrs. Mercer and her generous gift and happy to present this annual concert in her memory.”

The evening’s program will include a ceremony highlighting Mercer and the impact of her generous gift as well as ensemble performances and feature videos of faculty, students and supporters.

Audiences can look forward to performances on the main stage by the Symphony Orchestra, Choirs and Symphonic Band.  In addition, there will be special appearances by two other student groups, and the premiere of a flute concerto composed by Assistant Professor of Music BJ Brooks, featuring Helen Blackburn, the new Franklin Chair of Flute.

Tickets for the event, priced at $10 for adults and $5 for students, are available at Tarpley’s Music in Amarillo or at the door the night of the event. This year’s Showcase is sponsored by Dr. Kent Roberts and Ilene Roberts Balliett Foundation. All proceeds will benefit the student scholarship fund. For more information, contact the WTAMU music office at 806-651-2840.



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