The 34th annual Ashland University Spectrum Series continues with the iconic musical family, The DePue Brothers Band, for a main stage performance, senior citizen matinee and percussion clinic on March 14 and 15.
For their visit to Ashland, violinists Wallace and Jason DePue join guitarist Mark Cosgrove, Mike Munford on banjo, Kevin MacConnell on bass, and percussionist Don Liuzzi. Four members of this sextet have performed with the Philadephia Orchestra and several notable classical ensembles while others have performed with ensembles such as Philly Pops, POPG percussion group, Tony Trischka’s “Double Banjo Spectacular,” with jazz greats Mel Torme, Billy Eckstine, and international performers such as Natalie Cole, Merv Griffin and opera diva Denyce Graves. With this progressive mix of genres, the band gives a direct nod to their bluegrass tradition and their classical training, while adding a deeper infusion of rock and blues. Originating from Bowling Green, Ohio, The DePue Brothers Band is an entertainment powerhouse encompassing a vivid blend of bluegrass, classical and rock genres. Each brother is a classical violinist virtuoso in his own right, and brings rich and diverse talents to their sound. As a family, they have been making music together for over 25 years. They were named “Musical Family of America” in 1989 by presidential decree, were the subject of a nationally televised PBS documentary in 1993, and two brothers (Jason and Zach) were featured in the film documentary “Music From the Inside Out” in 2005. Their first album as brothers, “Classical Grass,” sold out of its first printing.
Their main stage performance will be held on Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hugo Young Theatre. The high energy and diverse program will feature pieces from Aaron Copland’s “Hoedown” to Earl Scrugg’s “Flint Hill Special,” J. S. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” Van Halen’s “Ice Cream Man” and Rouse’s “Orange Blossom Special” along with many others. Single tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for senior citizens, non-Ashland University students, University faculty/staff; $10 for groups of 10 or more; and $2 for Ashland University students with ID.
In addition to Saturday’s live performance, the DePue Brothers Band’s percussionist Don Liuzzi will present a percussion clinic: “The Role of the Roll” on Friday, March 14, from 1-2 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall. As the principal timpanist of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Liuzzi also teaches at the Curtis Institute, plays in Philorch Jazz sextet, POPG percussion group, and has a solo percussion/chamber music CD release on Equilibrium Records. He is the coordinating producer of the feature length documentary film “Music From the Inside Out” and conducts the Philadelphia All City High School Orchestra. This clinic is free and open to the public.
An afternoon matinee concert for senior citizen organizations will be held on Saturday, March 15, from 2-3 p.m. in the intimacy of the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall. The Band will share their virtuosity and joy of music-making for all to tap their toes and sing-along. To reserve and guarantee seats, organizations can contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events at 419.289.5950 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. All seats are only $2.
To purchase tickets for the evening concert on Saturday, March 15, contact the Ashland University Box Office by phone at 419-289-5125, or in person in the lobby of Hugo Young Theatre located at the corner of College Avenue and Grant Street. Hours are Monday through Friday, 12 to 6 p.m. Tickets are also available on-line at www.ashland.edu/tickets where additional fees apply. For more information about the Spectrum Series, visit the Web site at www.ashland.edu/spectrum.
This Spectrum Series has been awarded grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Ohio Arts Council with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans; and the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by The Heinz Endowments, the William Penn Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, and The Pew Charitable Trusts with administration by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.
For more than three decades, the Spectrum Series has brought world-class talent to Ashland, Ohio, by presenting nationally known artists and programs to provide thought-provoking programming while expanding the cultural perspectives of the audience. The Series strives to educate, entertain and inspire its audience members, and instill the belief that the Arts are fundamental to our humanity as they build bridges between cultures and bring us together. By enhancing cultural experiences for the Ashland community and surrounding areas, the Series is produced by the Ashland University College of Arts & Sciences with supplemental funding provided by the Office of Student Affairs.