Ashland Symphony Orchestra Concert, Art Exhibit at Ashland University
Ashland Symphony Orchestra presents “From the Champs-Élysées to Broadway”
Ashland Symphony Orchestra will present “From the Champs-Élysées to Broadway” on Saturday, January 22 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Robert M. and Janet L. Archer Auditorium.
The ASO auditions five candidates for the position of musical director/conductor. Each will program and conduct a concert during the 2021-22 season.
Michael Repper is both the conductor and star soloist of this program. For the French connection, he selected one of Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Parisian Symphonies”: Symphony No. 83 in G minor (La Poule; La Poule). Then he takes us back across the Atlantic to Broadway with Made in America by Joan Tower and Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin, arranged by Iain Farrington, and with Mr. Repper on the piano. This program is presented without intermission.
Repper has earned a reputation for his ability to engage and excite audiences in all areas. As Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony, which he conducts at Carnegie Hall, and the Northern Neck Orchestra of Virginia, he has a dedicated record of building communities engaged in the shared spirit of music. With regular guest conducting engagements with the Baltimore Symphony and other orchestras around the world, Repper has established himself in the United States and abroad as a strong voice in the symphonic field and a champion of new and diversified. A passionate pianist, he regularly performs as a soloist alongside his orchestras and choirs, as well as as an orchestral player. Most recently, he performed with the Chicago Symphony for their renditions of Bernstein’s Mass, which aired on PBS Great Performances.
In addition to the 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in-person performances, this program will be available to stream on demand from January 28 through February 26. Tickets for the live and virtual concerts are $24 for adults, $21 for seniors, and $5 for children and students and can be purchased at the ASO office 419-289-5115 located at 331 College Ave, or online at ashlandsymphony.org. Sample ticket packages (three concerts of your choice) are still available. Use code ASO2022 when purchasing tickets online for in-person concerts and pay only $20.22 for adult or senior tickets.
The ASO currently requires all customers to wear masks. Customers can also request socially distant seating at the time of purchase. For announcements regarding any changes to these performances due to the ongoing pandemic, call 419-289-5115 or visit the website.
Art + Design Department Faculty Exhibition
The Art + Design faculty exhibit will open at Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery on Thursday, January 20, with a reception from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. February 17.
This annual exhibition – featuring the works of Keith Dull, Priscilla Roggenkamp, Dan McDonald, Cynthia Petry and Michael Bird – highlights the two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of current faculty as professional artists exhibiting in their potential fields. . Professors in the Art + Design department pursue active studio careers in addition to their teaching activities.
The Coburn Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and noon to 4 p.m. weekends. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public. Face masks are required under AU COVID-19 protocols.
For more information on the exhibition, call 419-289-5652 or find the gallery on Facebook.
Kingwood Center Storybook Trail
The Storybook Trail at Kingwood Center Gardens features a new book called “Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel!” This charming picture book by award-winning Geisel author-illustrator Paul Meisel tells the story of a lonely bat who thinks he’s found a perfect home – until he discovers it’s already inhabited by a shrewd squirrel. Squirrel tries her best to oust her unexpected guest by leaving notes, but Bat misunderstands and thinks she’s happy with the new guest and wants to be friends. The friendship eventually blossoms as they find common ground despite humorous miscommunications and outward differences.
The Storytelling Trail is open during regular Conservatory hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located along the Nature Trail that begins at the Peacock Playhouse. General admission is $5 for ages 13 and up; admission is free for children 12 and under and for Kingwood members.
This article originally appeared in the Ashland Times Gazette: AREA HAPPENINGS: Ashland Symphony Orchestra Concert, AU Art Exhibit