The Ohio State University at Marion

Campus announces 23rd season of Five Nights series

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Thanks to the continued generosity of community sponsors and patrons, The Ohio State University at Marion announces line-up for the upcoming season of its popular cultural and performing arts series, Five Nights on Campus.

This year’s season includes performances by The Geeze Cats: a quartet of veterans that mix both rock ‘n’ roll with improv comedy. Johnny Steiner: a professional singer, pianist, and songwriter celebrating the “Great American Songbook”. Pianist Alina Kiryayeva in “Sonatas”. Vocal artists Heartland Sings, as well as two women plus twelve instruments making for one unforgettable performance by the Simple Gifts.

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 popularity of the campus based entertainment series continues to engage the community and bring people to the campus.

According to series curator Gary Iams, choosing the right acts each year is the most important part of his job when it comes continuing to attract large diverse audiences to campus.

“We work with the Ohio Arts Presenters Network, Arts Midwest, and take suggestions from our season patrons on what acts to bring in each season,” said Iams. “Our ultimate goal is to maintain a talented and eclectic line-up that appeals to the masses.”

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Morrill Hall Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m. All tickets are general seating. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or more information on Five Nights contact Gary Iams at: (740) 725-6253 or e-mail:

Individual and season tickets are now available. Ticket prices remain unchanged for the upcoming year. Individual performances are priced at $10 general admission, $9 for seniors (60 and up), $4 for students, (grades k-12, and college), and $8 for campus faculty and staff. Season ticket prices also remain unchanged for 2017-2018, at $50 for Scarlet & Gray Patron tickets; $35 general admission; $30 seniors; $15 students, and $28 campus faculty & staff.

As always, the series is made possible through the support of community minded business in our area. 2017-18 sponsors include: UniPrint, OhioHealth, Marion Industrial Center, Inc., Stifel, iHeart Media, Merrill Lynch, Marion Community Credit Union, Inc., The Marion Star, Wyandot Inc., Morral Companies L.L.C., Marion Technical College, Sims Brothers Recycling, Whirlpool Marion Operations.


Johnny Steiner
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Who is Johnny Steiner? One outstanding entertainer! Johnny hails from Green Camp, Ohio, is a graduate of Elgin High School, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in voice from Otterbein University. He is a professional singer, teacher, director, conductor, pianist, song-writer, and arranger. Please join us for an evening with Johnny as he celebrates the “Great American Songbook.

The Geeze Cats
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Harmony and hilarity – and just flat-out fun! That’s what you get with The Geeze Cats. This quartet of veteran musicians uses a delightful mixture of rock ‘n’ roll, doo-wop, and improv comedy. They delight audiences everywhere with classic songs from the pre- Beatles days of the late ‘50s through the Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Enjoy the music of such groups as the Skyliners, the Diamonds, Beach Boys, and the Four Seasons in a show you don’t want to miss!

Alina Kiryayeva in “Sonatas”
Thursday, March 8, 2018

We are pleased to welcome back to our stage the gifted pianist, Alina Kiryayeva. Her last performance for Five Nights on Campus earned her a standing ovation! Praised for her powerful command of the instrument, unique interpretations and clarity of sound, her new program features three sonatas and a rhapsody composed by Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, and Sergei Prokofiev.

Simple Gifts
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage! Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music and the lush sounds of Balkan twin fiddling.

Heartland Sings: “In the Mix”
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Heartland Sings is a unique vocal production company based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, founded in 1997 by Maestro Robert Nance. Their new production, “In the Mix”, will mix it up with a performance you won’t forget. Five of Heartland Sings’ vocal artists will serenade you with their vibrant vocals in full-bodied quintet harmony accompanied by tantalizing riffs and rhythms from the piano. Get a fresh take on the standards, and enjoy brand new arrangements of everything from jazz to pop. Come get in the mix with Heartland Sings!