AU Spectrum Series Presenting Celtic, Club Swing and Modern Dance for 2012-2013 Season

Cleveland Baroque Orchestra Apollo’s Fire presenting “Sacrum Mysterium: A Celtic Christmas

10/10/12 ASHLAND, Ohio -- The 33rd annual Ashland University Spectrum Series will offer three workshops that are free and open to the public, a school matinee performance and three main stage performances in the 2012-2013 season.

The Series begins with the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra Apollo’s Fire presenting “Sacrum Mysterium: A Celtic Christmas,” and continues with the nationally acclaimed vocal group Five By Design performing with its 13-piece big band in their original show “Club Swing.” The Series closes with Philadelphia's modern dance company Eleone Dance Theatre, as they present the Ohio premiere of “Up the Road A-Piece,” seven vignettes weaving timeless tales of joy, heartache and neighborly bonds, as choreographed by Cleveland's acclaimed dance artist Dianne McIntyre.

For more than three decades, the Spectrum Series has brought world-class talent to Ashland, Ohio, by presenting nationally known artists and programs to provide thought-provoking programming while expanding the cultural perspectives of the audience. By enhancing cultural experiences for the Ashland community and surrounding areas with supplemental funding from the Office of Student Affairs, the Series strives to educate, entertain and inspire its audience members, and instill the belief that the Arts are fundamental to our humanity as they build bridges between cultures and bring us together.

This diverse season of music, dance and theatre begins Thursday, Nov. 29, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall when Apollo’s Fire presents a workshop with Irish flutist Kathie Stewart and hammered dulcimer player Tina Bergmann discussing the Celtic music genre while demonstrating their instruments. Their main stage performance of “Sacrum Mysterium: A Celtic Christmas” will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the University's Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. With a Gaelic prayer, a candle is lit and a sacred procession is launched. Jeanette Sorell's new celebration of Celtic artistic traditions interweaves renaissance choral music with ancient pagan carols, folk dances and joyous fiddle tunes. The concert features soprano Meredith Hall as well as bagpipes, flutes, Celtic harp and the exquisite Apollo's Singers.

On March 4 from 10 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in room 242 of the Center for the Arts, Five By Design will conduct a workshop focusing on vocal fundamentals and singing as a business for area artists and university students. The next evening, Tuesday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre, the 13-piece band, five vocalists and an actor will enchant the audience by deftly blending music and theatrics effortlessly in their performance of “Club Swing.” Whether performing their seductive arrangement of Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine," the madcap parody of Spike Jones' "Cocktails for Two," or the lush romance of Nat King Cole's "Mona Lisa," they will celebrate the songs, events and personalities that defined American popular culture during the Swing era.

On April 16 at 9 a.m. in Hugo Young Theatre, Eleone Dance Company will present a matinee performance for area schools immediately followed by a question-and-answer session between the students and dancers. The matinee is designed to acquaint students and new audiences to the etiquette of live theatre dance arts while they experience historic and contemporary viewpoints through an energizing and inspiring performance. From 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., local dancers will participate in a free master class engaging in one or more dance idioms with brief historical and social context with Eleone Dance Theatre. Their main stage performance in the Hugo Young Theatre at 7:30 p.m. that evening will feature the Ohio premiere of Dianne McIntyre's “Up the Road A-Piece.” With music by Carolina Chocolate Drops, this original piece includes seven vignettes weaving tales of joy, heartache and neighborly bonds.

Season tickets are now available for the above performances at the Ashland University Box Office. Season tickets include admission to all three main stage shows with at least a 20 percent discount to single ticket prices. Season tickets for all three performances are: $32 for adults; and $28 for senior citizens, non-Ashland University students and Ashland University faculty/staff. Single tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for senior citizens, non-Ashland University students and University faculty/staff; $10 for groups of 10 or more; and $2 for Ashland University students with ID card.

To purchase season or individual tickets, contact the Ashland University Box Office by phone at 419-289-5125, or in person in the lobby of Hugo Young Theatre located at the corner of College Avenue and Grant Street.  Hours are Monday through Friday, 12 to 6 p.m. Tickets are also available on-line at www.ashland.edu/tickets where additional fees apply. For more information, visit the Web site at www.ashland.edu/spectrum or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) 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. ###