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Three AU vocal ensembles to perform March 1

The Ashland University Choir, Chamber Singers and Women's Chorus will present a concert to relieve our cabin fever on Sunday, March 1 at 4 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. The eclectic program will offer everything from a Mass to songs with Shakespeare text and a popular song from a movie soundtrack. The concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. Rowland Blackley, professor of music and director of choral activities, will conduct the University Choir and Ashland Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria in D including student soloists Gracie Fumic, Alli Lange, Emily Schordock, Lila Wolfe and Rebecca Young.

Reed, Jones to present program of classical works Feb. 17 at AU’s Pastor Recital Hall

The Ashland University Department of Music announces a concert featuring Professor of Music Dr. Thomas Reed on clarinet and guest artist and Ashland native Kevin Jones on piano. The free, public concert will be held Monday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall in the Center for the Arts.

For his 35th consecutive annual faculty concert at AU, Reed and Jones will perform a program of classical pieces, including Cantilene by Louis Cahuzac, Gordon Jacob's four-movement arrangement of Tartini's Concertino, and Paquito D'Rivera's Two Pieces for Clarinet and Piano. After an intermission, they will return to the stage for Carl Maria von Weber's Grand Duo Concertante, Op. 48.

Grab an instrument and join the AACCB

The Ashland Area Community Concert Band continues its 27th season with weekly rehearsals beginning Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Center for the Arts' Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall at Ashland University.

Under the direction of AU Director of Bands Joseph Lewis Jr., AACCB is for those who loved playing in band in high school or college and want the opportunity to play again. Spring performances for the ensemble include a performance at AU with the Ashland University Symphonic Band on Sunday, May 3 at 4 p.m.

5 questions for: Alex Trotter

Ashland University senior Alex Trotter will present his senior recital Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall. Assisted by Eric Watts on bass trombone and Branden Barber on trumpet, Trotter will present the recital in the form of a jazz lecture, introducing each piece and explaining the techniques he used to create the arrangement. In addition to his performance on the piano, Trotter has done his own arrangements and also will debut his original composition, “Great to be Me”. The concert is free and open to the public.

Here he answers five questions about what’s ahead:

Ashland University to host OPCICA honors concert, jazz band performances

The Ashland University Department of Music is honored to host the 2020 Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association Honors Festival, culminating with a free, public concert on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 1:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre. The 2020 OPCICA Festival is organized by association President John Packard of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, along with Ashland University hosts Joseph Lewis and Dr. Scott Garlock.

OPCICA represents the instrumental music programs in Ohio's private colleges and universities, whose primary purpose is sponsoring an annual honors festival. This year's festival will involve 111 student musicians and 25 band directors representing 17 schools including Ashland University, Bluffton University, Case Western Reserve University, The College of Wooster, Defiance College, Heidelberg University, Kenyon College, Malone University, Marietta College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Muskingum University, Notre Dame College, Ohio Northern University, Otterbein University, the University of Findlay, Wittenberg University and Walsh University.

Ashland Area Chorus announces membership requirements, rehearsals and concerts

The Ashland Area Chorus, under the direction of Libby Moore Slade, announces its spring schedule, including rehearsals, concerts and membership requirements.

Beginning Monday, Jan. 13, AAC rehearsals will be held on Monday evenings from 7-8:45 p.m. in Room 242 of the Ashland University Center for the Arts, 331 College Ave. This semester, the Chorus will perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra for its "Ode to Our 50th" concert on April 18 at Archer Auditorium.

Festival of Lights holiday service set for Dec. 8

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University will officially begin its observance of the holiday season with the 29th annual Festival of Lights on Dec. 8 in Ashland University’s Jack and Deb Miller Chapel, located at the intersection of King Road and College Avenue.

The 7 p.m. candlelight service, which is free and open to the public, symbolizes Christ coming into the world. The story is communicated in verse and song. It will include Scripture readings by Rob and Kim Pool, traditional carols, and seasonal choral music by the Ashland University Choir and Women’s Chorus and the Ashland Area Chorus. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Winter Festival Band Concert showcases world premiere, xylophone soloist

The Department of Music at Ashland University will present its annual Winter Festival Band Concert on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hugo Young Theatre. It is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Joseph Lewis Jr., the concert will feature the Ashland University Symphonic Band and the Ashland Area Community Concert Band. The concert will offer a program of classic compositions for concert band, along with some holiday favorites.

TubaChristmas Returns to Ashland on Dec. 7

TubaChristmas, a local holiday favorite, returns to Ashland University's Hugo Young Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 7 at noon. The concert is free and open to the public and area tuba, euphonium and baritone players are invited to perform. Musician registration begins at 10 a.m., followed by rehearsal at 10:20 a.m.

In addition to the volunteer performers, the event also showcases a "Celebrity Tubist", which this year is going to be a surprise guest and will be revealed at the concert by event organizer Dr. Scott Garlock.

Jazz standards, holiday favorites on program for Dec. 5 AU Jazz Concert

The Ashland University Department of Music will present an Ashland University Jazz Concert on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hugo Young Theatre. The concert is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Dr. Scott Garlock, the concert will offer pre-concert music from the Lost and Profound jazz combo with Jared Metz on alto saxophone, Ariane Hill on flute, Alex Trotter on vibes, Torin Dunn on guitar, Alex Kwan on piano, Jackson Schultz on bass and Molly Winnard on drums.