Mountain Stage returns to Ohio University on Jan. 22 with Chely Wright, KT Tunstall, Mark Erelli, J.D. Hutchison and Realbilly Jive, and more.

Mountain Stage returns to Ohio University on Jan. 22 with Chely Wright, KT Tunstall, Mark Erelli, J.D. Hutchison and Realbilly Jive, and more.

Canadian Brass will join ensembles in the Ohio University School of Music for a special Feb. 7 performance in celebration of the school’s 100th anniversary.

Canadian Brass will join ensembles in the Ohio University School of Music for a special Feb. 7 performance in celebration of the school’s 100th anniversary.

The Nile Project, featuring artists from 11 Nile countries, comes to Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium on Feb. 27.

The Nile Project, featuring artists from 11 Nile countries, comes to Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium on Feb. 27.

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Spring semester Performing Arts, Concert Series lineup includes Mountain Stage, ‘RENT’


Ohio University’s 2016-17 Performing Arts and Concert Series resumes spring semester with a variety of musical performances, a successful Broadway show and a live radio show experience.

Mountain Stage, a two-hour radio show produced in West Virginia and distributed weekly by National Public Radio, will kick off the second half of the series at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The show is recorded before a live audience and features performances by seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from folk, blues and country to indie rock, synth pop, world and alternative music, and beyond. The audience will get to enjoy not only the host, singer/songwriter Larry Groce, but five guest artists as well.

The entertainment continues Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. with a concert by Canadian Brass. The brass quintet has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world and will add Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium to its list. Canadian Brass’ blend of genres and upbeat style will be joined by ensembles from the Ohio University School of Music for an especially unique performance celebrating the school’s 100th anniversary.

Dustin Lynch will bring a different style of music to the Athens Campus at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. The country singer might be best-known for his hit “Cowboys and Angels,” but he also has three consecutive No. 1s, two Top 5 albums, platinum-level sales and back-to-back summers on one of the biggest tours in country music. His show at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium will be a must-see for any country music fans.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, the series welcomes Pokey LaFarge for a special backstage show that kicks off at 7:30 p.m. in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. LaFarge, a musician, songwriter, bandleader, entertainer, innovator and preservationist, will be joined by The Judy Chops for this intimate concert. OHIO’s Concert Series is partnering with Adyn’s Dream, a registered nonprofit that raises money through live music events for families with children born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, to make this concert possible. Every ticket dollar raised will go to Adyn’s Dream.

The next performance in the series is The Nile Project, which hits the stage at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27. So much more than a band, The Nile Project brings together artists from the 11 Nile countries, representing more than 400 million people, to make new music that combines the rich diversity of one of the oldest places on Earth. Since its debut concert in 2013, The Nile Project has completed two African tours and a U.S. tour with stops at 25 universities, the Lincoln Center and the United Nations.

The “RENT 20th Anniversary Tour” rolls into Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium on Tuesday, March 28, for a 7:30 p.m. performance. The Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning rock musical follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. Two decades after it opened, “RENT” continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world.

The series concludes Saturday, April 1, with “Broadway’s Next H!T Musical,” starting at 8 p.m. in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. A special Moms Weekend event, “Broadway’s Next H!T Musical” is the only unscripted theatrical awards show that is based on audience input. 

Part of Ohio University’ Campus Involvement Center, the Performing Arts and Concert Series is open to the public, with discount tickets for students and senior citizens available for many shows. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 740-593-1780 or visit https://www.ohio.edu/performingarts/.