The Ohio State University at Marion

Five Nights returns in 2021-2022 after season hiatus

September 24, 2021
Five Nights returns in 2021-2022 after season hiatus

As part of its community outreach mission, The Ohio State University at Marion is pleased to announce their line-up for the upcoming season of the popular cultural and performing arts series, Five Nights on Campus.

After a year hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s season kicks off on Thursday, October 14th featuring the close harmony female trio America’s Sweethearts. Bettman and Halpin, an original Folk/Americana duo will visit campus in November. In March 2022, the balalaika, piano and vocal stylings of Russian Duo will hit Morrill Hall Auditorium stage. April welcomes Helen Welch’s uncanny combination of the swing sound of Ella and warm tones of Karen Carpenter to Marion. The season wraps up in May with the return of the popular Celtic group Lone Raven.

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 in 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. At this time, masking is required indoors for all events regardless of vaccination status. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or more information on Five Nights contact Gary Iams at: (740) 725-6253 or You may also register for tickets online at:

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 2021-2022, at $50 for Scarlet & Gray Patron tickets; $35 general admission; $30 seniors; $15 students, and $28 campus faculty & staff.

The series is made possible through the support of community-minded businesses in the Marion area. 2021-22 sponsors include: UniPrint & OhioHealth.

Five Nights on Campus 2021-22 Season

America's Sweethearts - Thursday, October 14, 2021
America loved the swinging sounds of female close harmony groups even before The Andrews Sisters hit the airwaves with Bei Mir Bist du Schön in 1937. We’ll hear those great vintage songs with fresh ears when America’s Sweethearts take our stage in their vibrant, time-honored new show! These New York City-based ladies have performed across the USA, getting crowds tapping their feet to hits like Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy as they celebrate history their crystal-clear harmonies and colorful costumes. Audiences of all ages are charmed by America’s Sweethearts as they navigate their way through a variety of trios, duets, and solo features...all with a slice of old-fashioned fun!

Bettman and Haplin - Thursday, November 18, 2021
Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin have a well-earned reputation for hypnotizing performances filled with irresistible lyrics, impressive harmonies and roof-raising instrumentals. Their music creates a fully acoustic, delightfully eclectic sound far greater than the sum of its parts, taking audiences from up-tempo down home fiddlin', to soulful ballads, to folk/pop tunes with catchy melodies and lyrics that will stick with you long after the concert is over. Bettman and Halpin have become as known for their storytelling and playful banter as well as for their hooky whole-hearted songwriting and instrumental wizardry.

Russian Duo - Thursday, March 10, 2022
Having performed throughout the United States and in Russia and Canada, Russian Duo is an international project born out of a love of traditional music and classical elegance. Oleg is a balalaika virtuoso from Siberia and Terry is an American concert pianist. They celebrate cross-cultural creativity, exploring the range of possibilities for balalaika, voice, and piano. Audiences are taken on a journey across the span of Russian culture—from humorous pieces, virtuoso variations, pulsating dance music, rhythmic folk songs, and lyrical romances.

Helen Welch - Thursday, April 14, 2022
Take the swing of Ella, sprinkle in the warm alto tones of Karen Carpenter, then add some soul and cheeky British humor and POW... you have world-renowned, critically acclaimed vocalist, entertainer, producer and bandleader Helen Welch. Her beautifully arranged and entertaining shows have intimately engaged audiences and packed houses around the globe. Her award-winning show Superstar: The Carpenters Reimagined Stories has been produced with the blessings of Richard Carpenter. It is an original, fresh perspective of songs and stories that finally captures the true quality and essence of the Carpenters, one of the biggest selling groups of all time.

Lone Raven - Thursday, May 12, 2022
Lone Raven has been one of the most popular shows to take the stage of Morrill Hall Auditorium. Rapidly becoming one of the top bands in the Midwest, Lone Raven performs an eclectic blend of traditional music from the Celtic lands and various areas of the world, as well as their own original compositions. With over 20 instruments on stage, the band soars through everything from fiery Irish Reels to Gypsy Fiddle Tunes to haunting airs. Their instrumentals are fueled by the twin fiddles of Elizabeth Blickenstaff and Kara Markley Sterling, while being driven by an explosive rhythm section consisting of Craig Markley and the award-winning guitar playing of Neil Jacobs.