Ashland University Spectrum Series Announces Eclectic Season

10/4/11 ASHLAND, OH -- For more than three decades, Ashland University's premiere Spectrum Series has presented internationally recognized figures in the world of art and ideas to enhance cultural experiences for the University community and surrounding areas. Produced by the College of Arts and Sciences, the 2011-2012 season celebrates artistic expression, diversity and tradition. Audience members will be inspired, challenged and transformed by such award winning and internationally acclaimed artists including:

*         Boogie-Woogie pianist and singer/songwriter Michael Kaeshammer with his jazz sextet;

*         a holiday concert with the Grammy Award-winning, male, a cappella, jazz group Take 6;

*         The Cashore Marionettes' collection of touching scenes based on everyday life set to music by Beethoven, Vivaldi and Copland;

*         and a performance by the Tony Award-winning Acting Company of William Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors."

Discounted season passes are now available for purchase through the Ashland University Box Office at 419.289.5125, noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, or online (additional fees apply) at<>. A season pass includes one admission to each of the four performances. Adult season passes are $40 each; and senior citizens, students, Ashland University faculty and staff season passes are $32 each. Single tickets  for the Kaeshammer, Take 6 and Acting Company performances are $15 for adults; $12 for senior citizens, students, Ashland University faculty and staff; $10 for groups of 10 or more; and $2 for Ashland University students with identification. Single tickets for the Cashore Marionettes evening performance are $5 for general admission and $2 for Ashland University students.

With all performances held at 7:30 p.m. in the University's Hugo Young Theatre, Michael Kaeshammer will open the Spectrum Series on Friday, Nov. 11. Called Canada's triple-threat combo of piano virtuosity, vocal ability and charisma, Kaeshammer's potent combination has earned him international critical acclaim and a loyal and growing fan base. He has piano technique to burn and to his audience's delight has an acrobatic way with a grand piano. When Kaeshammer performs, it's obvious he's having a ball, playing superlative boogie-woogie, blues, jazz and pop cross-over material, drawn mostly from an impressive list of standards and his catalogue of studio recordings. Kaeshammer and his band will have the crowd eating out of the palm of their hands and never do they leave with anything short of a standing ovation.
On Wednesday, Dec. 7, Take 6 performs a collection of holiday favorites and classic Christmas standards based on their third Christmas album "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year." Take 6 is not only the heir to the rich tradition of the doo-wop and gospel groups of the 1950s, but also the leader in the second wave of jazz and pop vocal groups that emerged in the 1990s. With these noteworthy legacies at their foundation, these multiple GRAMMY winners continue to look and move in a forward direction as the first decade of the 21st century unfolds.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, the Cashore Marionettes take the audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of life through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, humor, pathos, classic music, and poetic insight. Their characters of depth, integrity and humanity are portrayed in a full evening unlike anything else in theatre today. The performance is a series of scenes taken from everyday life and set to beautiful music by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss and Copland.

Presented by The Acting Company in association with The Guthrie Theater, the Spectrum Series will conclude on Wednesday, March 14 with "The Comedy of Errors, one of Shakespeare's earliest and most farcical plays. With a major part of the humor derived from slapstick, puns and wordplay, the story of two sets of identical twins accidentally separated at birth involves a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities leading to wrongful attacks, a near-seduction, an arrest and accusations of infidelity, theft, madness and demonic possession. Audiences won't want to miss The Acting Company, winner of a TONY Award for Excellence in Theater as the most respected and praised touring repertory theater in America.

In addition to the main stage evening performances, the Spectrum Series is offering a school matinee performance with The Cashore Marionettes on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 9:30 a.m.  The performance is recommended for grades two through eight and is $2 per seat.  Several of the Spectrum Series' performers will also present master classes in their art form with University students. All master classes are free and open to public observation.

For more information about the Spectrum Series' performances and master classes, visit<> or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419.289.5950 or<>.

Ashland University (<>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.