Spectrum Series

For more than three decades, Ashland University’s premiere SPECTRUM SERIES has presented internationally-recognized figures in the world of art and ideas to enhance cultural experiences for the University community and surrounding areas. The 2014.2015 season continues the tradition of offering countless opportunities to Educate, Entertain and Inspire!  For event tickets, visit www.ashland.edu/tickets or call the Ashland University Central Box Office at 419.289.5125.

Andes Manta

Traditional Music from the Andes of South America 

Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. │ Jack and Deb Miller Chapel
FREE & Open to the Public (No Tickets Required - Reserve Section for Season Subscribers!)

From Carnegie Hall to the Discovery Channel, from the National Cathedral to Lincoln Center, Andes Manta presents their acclaimed stage performance interweaving the music and folklore of the Andes. Playing more than 35 traditional instruments, Andes Manta embodies the lively and influential sound of traditional Andean folk music. The group of musicians, comprised of Fernando, Luis, Bolivar and Jorge Lopez, are natives of the Ecuadorian Andes. The brothers learned their music as it has been learned for thousands of years passed from father to son, and brother to brother. Andes Manta aspires to promote cultural understanding by bringing the vibrant sound of South American folk music to North American audiences. 

Ohio Arts CouncilThe University's Spectrum Series was selected as a host site for Andes Manta through the Ohio Arts Council's annual International Music and Performing Arts in Communities Tour (IMPACT). All programs during the tour are free and open to the public. IMPACT is a program of the OAC and is presented in partnership with Ohio Arts Presenters Network. It is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, which is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. Since 1998, IMPACT has brought international artists to Ohio each fall for a statewide tour of non-traditional venues, including places of worship. The fall IMPACT tour exposes new audiences to art forms from around the world through performances and festivals that unite communities around the state. IMPACT is designed to bring the best international performing arts groups to audiences in Ohio.

School Matinee Concert

featuring an abbreviated performance of the evening concert with study guide available HERE
Wednesday, October 1, 9-10 a.m., Jack and Deb Miller Chapel
– Guarantee your group's seats by making reservations at 419.289.5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu

Media Support Provided by WKSU: Hear it HERE!

Two Women, Twelve Instruments, Variety of Ethnic Folk Music

Saturday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. │ Jack and Deb Miller Chapel

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 hard-driving Klezmer freilachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in a traditional style. 

Women and Music: Fri, Jan. 30, 2 pm, Room 242, Center for the Arts
Through demonstration and discussion , Simple Gifts  will explore the roles of women in traditional music by sharing their own experiences and  discussing obstacles that women face as professional musicians.

The Folk Process: Fri., Jan 30, 3-4:15 p.m., Room 242, Center for the Arts
Linda and Karen explain how folk music is different from other styles, and how folk music develops and evolves as we look at the creative process to mold a simple melody into an interesting performance piece.

Kelly Bell Band

Phat Blues Music

Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. │ Hugo Young Theatre

Formed as a back-up band for Bo Diddley and voted the Best Blues Band in the Mid Atlantic Region 12 years in a row, the Kelly Bell Band from Baltimore, Maryland is “among the most genre-expanding acts on today’s blues scene.  Who else can combine elements of hip-hop, funk, and blues-electrified here, Delta there, horn driven elsewhere – and still manage to sound sincere?  Bell’s an honest poet and an outstanding singer with lots to say.”  --Blues Revue Magazine


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Box Office Information

Open Mon. - Fri., Noon - 6 p.m.

& one hour prior to performances

Phone: 419.289.5125

Order Online: ashland.edu/tickets

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