Five Nights announces 16th season lineup

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Music of mountain dulcimer and guitar launches campus entertainment series October 14th

The Ohio State University at Marion 2010-2011 Five Nights on Campus season lineup will once again engage audience members in a musical journey through multiple genres, eras, and cultural styles.

Five Nights on Campus is a performing arts series designed specifically for the residents of the seven-county regional service area of Ohio State Marion and is intended to complement the other entertainment opportunities which are available in the area. The 2010-2011 season highlights a variety of musical entertainment styles and groups: Appalachian, a cappella, big band, classical, jazz, pop, and Hispanic music, with the opportunity for the audience to meet with the artists following each performance.

The mission of Five Nights on Campus is to provide exceptional and diverse cultural and educational opportunities and to encourage the community to be a part of campus life. The series, which began in autumn 1995, offers an outstanding blend of talented local, national, and international performers.

Season tickets are now available and tickets for individual performances are available in advance or at the door. Rates for season and individual tickets will remain unchanged for the 2010-2011 year. Season ticket prices are: $50 for scarlet and gray patrons; $35 for adults; $30 for seniors; $28 for Marion campus employees; and $15 for students. Five Nights offers a number of benefits to season ticket holders including: recognition as a Five Nights on Campus benefactor in all performance programs; significant reduction in the price of tickets; and complimentary tickets to series extras.

Individual performance ticket prices are: $10 for adults; $9 for seniors; and $4 for students. Marion campus faculty and staff, which includes all Ohio State Marion and Marion Technical College personnel, are eligible for $8 discounted individual performance tickets.

Five Nights on Campus is made possible through the generous support of the following community-minded businesses: ArcelorMittal Marion; ClearChannel Radio; The Herald, Inc.; Frontier Communications; Marion General Hospital; Marion Technical College; The Marion Star; The Ohio State Bank; Whirlpool Corporation; Wyandot, Inc.

Five Nights on Campus 2010-2011 Performance Schedule

Sweet Funk
Thursday, October 14, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Morrill Hall Auditorium
Sweet Funk is a duet that performs an instrumental blend of contemporary, traditional, and original Appalachian music on mountain dulcimer and guitar. The name Sweet Funk comes from the Latin origin of the word dulcimer; dulci meaning sweet and funk meaning the group enjoys playing music that is a little funky and not traditionally played on the mountain dulcimer. Dana & Hank Gruber first discovered the mountain dulcimer at the Appalachian Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1997, and have been performing as an acoustic instrumental duo ever since. Audiences enjoy the unique style and wide variety of music Sweet Funk offers during performances that are intermixed with the history of the mountain dulcimer and Appalachian culture.

AcappellaFest, Ohio
Thursday, November 18, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Morrill Hall Auditorium
Now in its 4th consecutive year, AcappellaFest is a multi-state Midwest regional a cappella music festival that features some of the top professional touring acts in the world of contemporary a cappella music. Three cities, Chicago, Detroit, and Marion, Ohio, will host a unique slate of performers at AcappellaFest 2010. In its inaugural year, AcappellaFest Ohio will feature Pittsburgh’s only all vocal band DoubleShot, Ohio-based Great Lakes vocal band 4 The Record, and Tiffin University's a cappella groups Up in the Air & Higher Ground. The groups will perform over 7 decades of music from jazz tunes of yesteryear to radio hits from the 1960's through today, all performed solely with the world's most complex and versatile instrument...the human voice. Enjoy modern a cappella music at its finest! Check out information on AcappellaFest Detroit & Acappellafest Chicago at:

Harding Stardusters & the All-Star Reunion Band
Friday, March 11, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Morrill Hall Auditorium

The Harding Stardusters have been delighting audiences for more than fifty years. Under the direction of Rick Baird, this popular Marion Harding High School ensemble performs a wide variety of music ranging from the standards of the Big Band era, to rhythm and blues, modern jazz, and traditional pop. Joining them for the first time will be the Harding Stardusters All-Star Reunion Band, featuring outstanding former members such as Dave Haldeman, Bob Hinklin, and Dan Erickson.  Join them and many of their friends and former classmates for an evening of big band music that will have audience members tapping their toes, singing along, and dancing in the aisles!

High Street Four
Thursday, April 14, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Morrill Hall Auditorium
The High Street Four is a traditional musical ensemble consisting of four string players — two violinists, a violist, and a cellist. Founded by violist, Ken Matsuda, all of the players are members of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. The string quartet is one of the most prominent chamber ensembles in classical music and is also one of the most important forms in chamber music. Most major composers from the late 18th century onwards have written music for string quartets. The High Street Four performs a wide variety of quartet music from all genres. For their Five Nights on Campus appearance, their program will feature music from the classical and romantic eras.

El Calido Viento
Thursday, May 12, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Morrill Hall Auditorium

El Calido Viento is a brilliant ensemble that offers a musical and cultural journey through the classical music styles of Spain and Latin America. This group’s repertoire includes some of the finest music written by Hispanic composers, such as Rodrigo, Gade, Villalobos, Ponce, Jobim, Lecuona, Vazquez and Goodwin. In promoting Hispanic music, this ensemble brings to its audiences a distinctive definition of what music and the fine arts are in Latin America.