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    City Music Center Marks 25th Anniversary With Gala Celebration

    The City Music Center (CMC) of Duquesne University will mark a major milestone when it hosts its 25th Anniversary Gala on Sunday, May 4, at 5 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom on campus.

    The gala will include a cocktail hour, dinner, live music and dancing, and a live auction. Performers include CMC students, faculty and guest musicians. Dr. Edward Kocher, dean of Duquesne's Mary Pappert School of Music, will be the guest speaker.

    Tickets to the CMC 25th Anniversary Gala are $100. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the Sally Stone Worsing Memorial Scholarship fund, endowed in honor of the late founder and director of the CMC.

    Established in 1989, the CMC is a community music school where children, young people and adults from throughout Western Pennsylvania study music in a supportive, engaging and collaborative environment. CMC students may elect to participate in traditional music studies, Suzuki studies, jazz studies or the music technology program.

    Experienced and supportive faculty at the CMC include members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Duquesne University faculty as well as public school music educators and local musicians.

    "Although CMC students represent the spectrum of musical skill levels, from beginner to semi-professional, most students attend simply because they enjoy making music," explains Christopher Bromley, executive director of the CMC. "Furthermore, families see the value of music education in developing students' cognitive abilities as well as creativity, collaboration, communication and social-emotional skills."

    The CMC shares Duquesne University's mission of community service and excellence in education, and fosters a tradition of American community music schools founded on the premise that music education is a necessary part of life that should available to all. "Therefore, the CMC accepts all students who wish to study music regardless of their economic circumstance or ability," said Bromley.

    Tables for 8 or more guests are available. Tickets can be ordered online at www.cmcpgh.org/gala or by calling 412.396.5872.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for 10,000-plus graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.