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Saint Vincent concert series guest adds storytelling to music

Shirley McMarlin
Courtesy of Saint Vincent College
Pianist, composer and storyteller Jeanne Cotter will perform Oct. 19 as part of the Saint Vincent College Concert Series.

Pianist, composer and storyteller Jeanne Cotter will perform Oct. 19 as part of the Saint Vincent College Concert Series.

The performance will begin at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center in the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the Unity campus.

Cotter, a singer-songwriter and liturgical composer, has performed throughout the United States and Canada with original piano works, inspirational songs and heartwarming stories about growing up in an Irish-Catholic family in Minnesota.

Cotter has been called “one of Catholic music’s most gifted liturgical musicians” by Catholic Faith & Family Magazine, according to Saint Vincent. Her albums include “Tender Hearted,” “Amber,” “The Old Gravel Road” and “What Child is This.”

Cotter holds bachelor’s degrees in piano and vocal performance and theology from the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn. She has completed advanced studies in songwriting, contemporary vocal pedagogy and music business from the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles.

A ticket for Cotter’s performance is $26. Students from middle school through college are admitted free with valid school ID, while children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult. Group rates are available for 10 or more tickets.

Attendees are invited to a reception with Cotter following the performance.

For tickets, call 724-805-2177 or visit

Future performances in the 2019-20 Saint Vincent Concert Series include:

• Benjamin Baker (violin) and Daniel Lebhart (piano), Nov. 9

• Nathan Lee, 2020 Bronder Prize for Piano recipient, Jan. 25

• “Pennsylvania Pipes!” with organists Donald Fellows, J. Christopher Pardini and Wesley Parrott, Feb. 15

• “A Night of Intimate Chamber Music and Conversation” with Christopher Wu (violin), Susanne Park (violin), Andrew Wickesburg (viola) and Anne Martindale Williams (cello), March 14.

The concert series was founded in 1971 by Fr. Joseph Bronder, a concert pianist, classical music performer and Yale graduate. Each year, Saint Vincent awards the Bronder Prize for Piano to an exceptionally talented young pianist at the beginning of his or her career, the college says.

The series emphasizes traditional chamber music, while artists of other genres also have been featured.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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