MSU President's Column for Traill County Tribune

January 13, 2018

The Dueling Pianos Party is coming to town!

The MSU Foundation will be hosting an exciting event on Saturday evening, Jan. 27. Just in time to help chase away the winter blues and cabin fever, the Midwest Dueling Pianos Party will be on campus again! There will be a social, featuring an hors d’oeuvres buffet and cash bar from 6 to 7 p.m. The entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m. The event will be held in the MSU Campus Center Luckasen Room and is being held as a fundraiser for the MSU Foundation annual fund. We are grateful to our sponsors who are making this event possible.

As we found out when the event was held last year, the Midwest Dueling Pianos program is sure to bring a level of fun to Mayville State that those who attend will never forget. This has quickly become one of the most sought-after dueling piano production companies in the country. You may have seen the widely popular dueling pianos concept performed when you’ve been out of the area, but now that level of excitement, hilarity, musicianship, and raw fun will be happening right here in Mayville! The interactive musical comedy experience will have you singing, shouting, dancing, and laughing.

The Midwest Dueling Pianos’ young, energetic, and exciting entertainers will perform an all-request-driven show with music ranging from the songs of today to as far back as your memories can take you. Audience members will provide the direction of the show to the performers by writing their favorite songs on request slips that they bring up to the two pianos, which will be front and center. The multi-talented dueling pianos entertainers will then perform the requested songs, while urging the audience to participate. To further the crowd interaction, some audience members may be asked to volunteer to perform a song, dance, and/or skit that will probably bring the house down. Don’t worry! If you’re not into audience participation, you’ll be perfectly comfortable just sitting back and enjoying the show.

We’d love to have you join us for this evening, which promises to be great fun, while benefiting a great cause. Tickets are available for purchase online at, or by contacting the MSU Foundation at 701-788-4679. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Sponsors for the appearance of Midwest Dueling Pianos at Mayville State are Jon and Betsy Ewen and Rob and Kim Lauf of Mayville, and Terry Bachmeier of Mesa, Ariz. Associate sponsors are Steve and Linda Hilstad of Mayville and Shannon and Denise Bergstrom of Portland, N.D. Thanks to these very generous sponsors, nearly all of the ticket proceeds will go to help Mayville State University students through the MSU Foundation annual fund.

Please mark your calendar for Jan. 27 and plan for an exciting evening that will include fabulous entertainment, great food, a cash bar, and an opportunity to support the annual fund at Mayville State University. Don’t delay! The event sold out last year and we look forward to a huge response again this time around. If you have questions about the event or the ticket ordering process, feel free to contact Brock Sherva at the MSU Foundation, 701-788-4679.