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Duquesne Society Events

Donor Recognition Day - June 1, 2018 President Gormley and donors attend the 2018 Spring Duquesne Society Event

This year, spring donor recognition festivities were expanded to include a guest lecture and Mass in addition to the evening cocktail party. The day celebrated both our Duquesne Society leadership donors and the members of the Father McAnulty Society, Duquesne's planned giving society.

Duquesne Society members enjoyed a guest lecture by Duquesne University History Professor Dr. Andrew Simpson on the year 1968 in National and Local perspective - including the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy. Following the lecture, attendees enjoyed light refreshments in the Bayer Foyer and were able to attend an early evening mass in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit prior to enjoying cocktails and food staions in the Union Ballroom.  University leaders joined members for the event and President Gormley provided a welcome to those who were able to attend.

View photos from this event.


Duquesne Symphony member Adam Liu plays the cello at a Symphony Concert

Duquesne Symphony Concert - February 20, 2018

Members of the Duquesne Society enjoyed a performance by the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra, a student ensemble that serves as a central element of The Mary Pappert School of Music's curriculum. In the course of a typical school year, the Symphony Orchestra performs six concerts, performing major works from the standard orchestral repertoire. The concert was bookended by works of Liszt and Schumann, but the centerpiece of the evening was a new work for cello and erhu written by Duquesne professor Lynn Emberg Purse, performed by Pittsburgh Symphony cellist and Duquesne faculty Adam Liu. Guests at the pre-concert cocktails had the opportunity to mingle with Daniel Meyer, Director of Orchestral Studies and the orchestra's Music Director; Dr. Seth Beckman, Dean of the Mary Pappert School of Music; and Lynn Purse, the featured composer.

This event was the first in a new series of events that will be offered to Duquesne Society donors. The intent of these special opportunities is to provide you with more exposure to our campus' offerings pared with an insider's view. Information on our next event will be provided after our donor cocktail event in June.