Ironton Council for the Arts concert series to kick off in September

Published 9:34 am Saturday, August 17, 2019

The Ironton Council for the Arts 2019-20 Subscription Concert Series includes seven diverse and dynamic instrumental and vocal performances from September 2019 through March 2020.

Performers range from local musicians to those who have garnered national and international acclaim. Season tickets are $40, individual concert tickets are $10, and may be purchased at the door. Ohio University students are admitted free with ID.

• The first performance is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 in the Ohio University Southern Riffe Rotunda, featuring award-winning blues artist JL Fulks and his trio. Fulks, who is based out of Nashville, won South Florida’s Regional Blues Challenge and made it to the semifinals at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

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• Casey Kelly and Leslie Ellis will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 in the school’s Bowman Auditorium. Multi-instrumentalist and Grammy-nominated songwriter Kelly began his career as a rock-n-roll recording artist for Elektra Records, touring with Loggins & Messina, Poco, and the Beach Boys. Grammy award-winning vocalist Ellis became a sought after studio singer and, in 1998, won a Grammy award for singing with Celine Dion on “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic.

• On Saturday, Nov. 9 in the Bowman Auditorium, the dynamic father-son duo Ken and Brad Kolodner, of Baltimore, Maryland, will perform at 7:30 p.m., weaving together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer, banjo and fiddles and pushing the boundaries of the old-time tradition into uncharted territory.

• The D.M. Davis Choirs from Jackson will perform seasonal music and holiday favorites at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Ironton High School auditorium. The D.M. Davis Male Voice Choir was established in 2009 while the Women’s Choir was founded in 2015.

• Friday, Jan. 17 showcases the Capital Duo from Albany, NY at 7:30 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church of Ironton sanctuary. The duo features Hilary Walther Cumming, violin, and husband Duncan J. Cumming, piano. They are on the faculty of SUNY-Albany and are members of the Trio in Residence (the Capital Trio).

• The Ohio University Jazz Ensemble will perform on Saturday, Feb. 15 in Ohio University Southern’s Riffe Rotunda. The ensemble is part of the jazz performance experience at Ohio University and covers a wide array of repertoire.

• The 2019-20 concert concludes with a performance by concert pianist extraordinaire Alina Kiryayeva from New York. She will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. in Ohio University Southern’s Riffe Rotunda. She is a Ukrainian born virtuoso classical pianist who has performed on three continents. She was the First Prize winner of the Senagillia International Competition in Italy and has also claimed top prizes in several international piano competitions in the U.S.