Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Madrigal Sales Begin Monday, 9/24

Tickets for the 43rd Annual Madrigal Feaste go on sale to the public on Monday, Sept. 24, at 12 p.m. Patrons are reminded that this is a very popular event and the box office will be incredibly busy.

For immediate service, the box office recommends that patrons order online at www.ashland.edu/tickets (additional fees apply for online orders). Patrons can also come to the box office window located in the lobby of Hugo Young Theatre at the corner of College Avenue and Grant Street or call the box office at 419.289.5125. Discounted tickets for children 12 and under can only be purchased directly through the box office and not online.

Ashland University Department of Music produces the annual Madrigal Feaste which is slated for Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 28 – Dec. 2, 2018. All performances begin at 6:30 p.m. in Redwood Hall.

Directed by Dr. Rowland Blackley, director of choral activities, the Madrigal Feaste is a dinner theater based in 16th-century England with constant entertainment provided throughout the evening. The Ashland University Chamber Singers perform ceremonial music, Christmas carols and madrigals while the Madrigal Players present a new comedic play along with improvisational theatrics. Fanfare trumpeters, the Court Jester, Butler and Wenches round out the cast. Performer costumes are designed as authentic reproductions of period apparel; and the four-course meal culminates in flaming bread pudding.

The 2018 Madrigal Feaste Chamber Singers feature Drew Berlin and Rachel Kelly as the King and Queen, along with the members of their royal court including J. Ethan Bedocs, Michael Cowan, Sami Eron, Gracie Fumic, Kendra Garver, Marty Gorsuch, Samantha Gross, Alli Lange, Jed McFadden, Matthew Plumb, Nathan Roblin, Ethan Tingler and Rebecca Young. Nik Demers will serve as the Jester leading his cast of Players including Ivey Buffenmyer, Tristan Peterman, Maya Rickard, Emily Schordock, Alyssa Srail and Will Taylor.

Tickets for the event are $28 for adults; $25 for groups of 10 or more; and $18 for children under 12. A special $13 ticket is available to Ashland University students for the Wednesday performance only. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available upon request at the time of ticket purchase. Due to preparation of meals, tickets are not available at the door.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

AU Marching Eagles Lead Annual Parade of Bands

This Sunday, Sept. 16 is the opening of the 2018 Ashland County Fair which will kickoff with the Annual Parade of Bands at 2 p.m. Held at the Fairgrounds Grandstand, the Parade of Bands will lead off with the Ashland University Marching Eagles and several of the local high school bands playing a combined and moving rendition of the National Anthem. Each band will then perform their own show of 3-4 tunes including their school's fight song. Enjoy this video of last year's performance.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Community Band Rehearsals Begin Sep. 11

The Ashland Area Community Concert Band (AACCB) begins its twenty-sixth season with its weekly rehearsals on Tuesday, Sep. 11 from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Center for the Arts' Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall. Under the direction of Ashland University Professor Emeritus Leonard Salvo, AACCB is for those that loved playing in band in high school or college and want the opportunity to play again. Performances for the ensemble this fall include a performance at the University with the Ashland University Symphonic Band on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m..

Open to all adults and high school students with the permission of the ensemble's director, requirements for AACCB membership are: 
  • the ability to play a wind or percussion instrument (no need to be a virtuoso); 
  • an interest in playing for enjoyment; 
  • desire to play a wide variety of music for the public; 
  • an interest in meeting new people who share a common interest and 
  • availability for rehearsals on Tuesday evenings. 
A nominal membership fee of $25 for adults and $15 for high school students is requested and payable by the fourth week of rehearsals to continue participation for the semester. The membership fee is payable at the Ashland University Box Office via phone at 419.289.5125 or online at www.ashland.edu/tickets by clicking on the "Buy Single Tickets" icon.

For further information, contact the Community Band director Leonard Salvo at lsalvo@ashland.edu.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Ashland Area Chorus Invites Singers to Rehearsals Beginning Aug. 27

As it enters its 21st anniversary season, the Ashland Area Chorus (AAC), under the direction of Libby Slade, announces its fall schedules including rehearsals, concerts and membership requirements.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 27, Ashland Area Chorus rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 7-8:45 p.m. in Room 242 of the Center for the Arts.

Founded by Dr. Rowland Blackley in 1998, the AAC is dedicated to a mission of learning great music and singing it beautifully. The chorus is open to all singers from Ashland and surrounding counties and includes Ashland University faculty, staff and students as well as other singers from the wider community. Though no formal audition is required for membership, AAC members must be pitch accurate (sing 'on key') and be able to learn and perform their parts successfully. Previous choral experience is helpful.

AAC’s theme this semester is Viking Seas: Music from Iceland and other ports of call. Performances will include AU’s Fall Choral Concert on Oct. 14 and Festival of Lights on Dec. 9.

Membership in AAC is open to all adults. Students still in high school may also participate with the permission of the ensemble’s director. A nominal membership fee of $25 for adults and $15 for high school students is requested and payable by the fourth week of rehearsals to continue participation in the ensemble for the semester. The membership fee is payable at the Ashland University Box Office via phone at 419.289.5125 or online at www.ashland.edu/tickets.

For further information, contact the Chorus’ director Libby Slade at eslade@ashland.edu or (419) 685-5460.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Register for AU Marching Band!

It’s not too late to register for Ashland University Marching Band! Band camp starts Monday, August 20 so there’s still time to register. We have specific needs for a bass drummer and cymbal players, but everyone is welcome to join us!

This year's shows include:
  • Panic! At the Disco
  • The Greatest Showman
and many other cool themes.

Contact the director, Joe Lewis (jlewisjr@ashland.edu) for more information.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

ASO & Area Chorus Perform This Sunday

The Ashland Symphony Orchestra and the Ashland Area Chorus perform their annual Pops in the Park concert this Sunday, July 1 at 8 p.m. in the Guy C. Myers Memorial Band Shell at Brookside Park. The concert will feature all of your patriotic favorites along with special effects from the Civil War Battery D, 1st Ohio Light Artillery, sparklers and paper bag cannons.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Vocalists Invited to Sing in ASO Pops in the Park Concert

The Ashland Area Chorus (AAC), a non-auditioned mixed choir of 40-60 participants, invites local singers to join them for a short summer session and to perform with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra. The 4-week rehearsal schedule meets for four consecutive Mondays including: June 4, 11, 18 and 25. Each rehearsal is from 7-8:30 p.m. at Ashland University in Room 242 of the Center for the Arts (formerly the Arts and Humanities building). The session will conclude on Sunday, July 1 with a live performance of light, popular, and patriotic tunes with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra for the Pops In the Park concert at Brookside Park Band Shell.

The Chorus is open to the entire Ashland community and beyond, with previous singers travelling from Richland, Medina, Wayne, Holmes, and Crawford counties. Previous choral experience is helpful and encouraged. While there are no strict age limits, singers under 18 must be approved by the director. There is no cost to the singer for the summer session.

The AAC performs in several concerts each year on the AU campus and with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra. Recent appearances have included a stand-alone presentation of the Dvořák Mass in D Minor, subscription concerts with the ASO (including Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah), Ashland University choral concerts (including Handel's Messiah and the Brahms Requiem) and summer pops concerts in the park.

Current members should encourage their talented friends and neighbors to attend the first summer rehearsal to join this unique community opportunity. For further information, please contact the AU Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Ron Blackley, at rblackle@ashland.edu or (419) 289-5114. Or, simply show up on June 4.