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Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium

University Terrace, Building 8
Athens, Ohio 43701
Phone: 740-593-1762
Overview
Located on Ohio University's historic College Green, the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium (commonly referred to as Memorial Auditorium, or simply MemAud) plays host to a wide variety of events-- from nationally-touring concerts, plays, and musicals, to new student admission sessions and keynote speakers.

Since opening in 1928, the 2,000 seat auditorium has hosted many distinguished visitors such as Martin Luther King Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, and U.S. Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, and Obama.

MemAud is named in honor of John Templeton and Martha Jane Hunley Blackburn. Templeton was born a slave in 1805 and freed in 1813. He graduated from Ohio University, with an A.B. in 1828, being the first black man to do so and the fourth African-American to graduate from a U. S. college. He was an educator and co-edited "The Mystery" a black newspaper.

Blackburn was the first black woman to graduate from Ohio University, with a B.S. ED. in 1916. She majored in English and Literature with a minor in Home Economics. She taught Home Economics in Ohio and West Virginia.

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Calendar of Events
Hallowpalooza X: A New Decadence
Wed Oct 25

10:00 am and

7:00 pm.

This is the School of Music s annual Halloween concert, featuring a special children s show at 10:00am. The concert features student ensembles, and full bands from the School of Music at Ohio University.

Cost: $5/admission

Contact: Ohio University School of Music, Phone: 740-593-2436

Interest Tags: Family Oriented, Special Interest, Arts/Music/Film,
Andy Grammer with special guest
Mon Oct 30

7:30 pm show.

--It is a tale now well told about a street performer on the Santa Monica Promenade who has gone on to reach tens of millions of people worldwide. It was on that California street corner that New York-raised Andy Grammer earned his stripes as a pop star - truly shaping the rare and unique dimensions of the artist he is today. The crowds that gathered to hear him perform on the street are now millions of fans who attend his sold-out tours around the country. The work ethic, fortitude and generous spirit that took shape out there in a public space translated into his first body of work, an album ripe with optimism, encouragement and good vibes. -As difficult as it was some times out there, I would not change any of it, says Grammer. -It was on that street that I could determine what songs were good. If people stopped and stayed for a while, I knew that song was a keeper.- Signed by S-Curve Records, Grammer released his 2011 self-titled debut album and became the first male pop star in a decade, since John Mayer in 2002, to reach the Top 10 at Adult Pop Radio on his first two singles. Those songs, -Keep Your Head Up- and -Fine By Me- are both certified Platinum.--

Cost: $25-45 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Aquila Theatre Sense and Sensibility
Wed Nov 1

7:30 pm show.

Aquila Theatre, Jane Austens Sense and Sensibility.

Aquila Theatre is the foremost touring classical theatre company in the United States and a national leader in Applied Theatre. Aquila produces bold and radical reinterpretations of classical plays for contemporary audiences.

Aquila expands the canon of classical works for the stage by adapting Jane Austens Sense and Sensibility in a bold and exciting new production. Sense and Sensibility is one of Jane Austens most popular novels. The characters live in a world in which choices are limited- especially for the women. The story revolves around the lives of two sisters, Elinor who is level headed and full of sense, and the hopelessly romantic, Marianne. After the untimely and unexpected death of their father, the only hope for these two sisters is a profitable marriage. Seduction, courtship, love, heartbreak and surprise abound in this classic romantic comedy.--

Cost: $12-20 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Dave Coulier
Sat Nov 4

8:00 pm show.

An Evening of Comedy Featuring

Dave Coulier

with special guest Matteo Lane

In Special Partnership with the University Program Council. SPECIAL DADS WEEKEND EVENT

Dave is perhaps best known as -Joey- from the hit ABC television series, Full House, which aired for eight seasons (1987-1995, with 192 episodes produced) and can now be seen on the Nickelodeon and ABC Family network lineups. Additionally, the show is currently in worldwide syndication in over 100 countries. Dave followed this success by hosting his second prime-time hit series, Americas Funniest People, which ran on ABC for four seasons. Dave also hosted ABCs Worlds Funniest Videos and his own series, Out of Control for Nickelodeon. Dave hosted Animal Kidding on the Animal Planet Network. Recently, Dave guest starred on How I Met Your Mother on CBS and was a guest on The Ricki Lake Show.

Dave performed his clean stand-up on The Tonight Show, HBOs Detroit Comedy Jam and HBOs Comic Relief at Radio City Music Hall. Dave continues to sell out shows at colleges, corporate events, casinos, nightclubs and theaters.--

Cost: $20-30 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
National Tour: Wizard of Oz
Thu Nov 9

7:30 pm show.

National Tour: Wizard of OZ

--There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful WIZARD OF OZ, twists its way into Athens, Ohio. The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs.

A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, THE WIZARD OF OZ will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. Don’t miss the chance to travel Over the Rainbow and experience this national treasure on stage.--

Cost: SOLD OUT 10/1/17

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Chris Janson The Everybody Tour
Fri Nov 17

7:30 pm show.

--Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville country artist Chris Janson was born to entertain crowds. In 2015, his breakthrough #1 Platinum single -Buy Me A Boat- was the 7th bestselling country song of the year, although his professional music career began more than 10 years ago.

The -Fix A Drink- singer is known as much for his hit songwriting as his -infectious" (Billboard) performances, with Rolling Stone describing him as having -a mesmerizing stage presence that most arena-headlining artists would kill for.- Janson has also penned multiple top-charting hits including -Truck Yeah- (Tim McGraw), -Thats How Ill Always Be- (Tim McGraw), -I Love This Life- (LoCash), and over 25 additional hit songs recorded by a long list of established artists. The breakout star has been nominated for multiple awards and won several, including two 2016 BMI songwriter awards (-Buy Me A Boat- and -I Love This Life-) as well as Country Song of the Year (-Buy Me a Boat-) at the iHeartRadio Music Awards.

He plays every instrument on stage, and is best known for his signature harmonica playing. Additionally, Janson has played the Grand Ole Opry more than 150 times to date, and made numerous television appearances including: The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, CONAN, The Today Show, ACM Awards and ACCA Awards. He recently released his Fix A Drink EP and is currently working on new music, with an album due later this year.--

Cost: $25-35 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Broadway for the Holidays
Mon Dec 4

7:30 pm show.

Broadway for the Holidays

--Jingle all the (Great White) Way with Broadways Mary Michael Patterson (Phantom of the Opera), Claybourne Elder (Sunday in the Park with George), and Hilary Morrow (Birdland Jazz Club) as they join the Ohio University Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of Maestro Luke Frazier (O.U. MM 2009) for an evening of holiday hits that make the season bright.

Celebrating the conclusion of Ohio Universitys School of Musics 100th Anniversary.--

Cost: $8-15 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
National Tour: Cabaret
Tue Jan 23

7:30 pm show.

--National Tour: CABARET

IN HERE LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL

Broadways Definitive Tony-Winning Masterpiece

Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles, and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd – and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times.....

Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including -Cabaret,- -Willkommen- and -Maybe This Time.- Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at CABARET– JOHN KANDER, FRED EBB and JOE MASTEROFFs Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.--

Cost: $22-30 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Daniel Martin
Fri Feb 2

8:00 pm show.

--Magician Daniel Martin

SPECIAL SIBS WEEKEND EVENT

Daniel Martin has quickly become one of the most in demand performers touring today. His high-energy fusion of Exhilarating Magic, Cons and Sarcastic Improv continually leads to record breaking crowds and consistent standing ovations at theaters, universities and celebrity events worldwide. Daniel was recently awarded 2016s -Best Variety Artist and Best Male Performer- along with winning last years -Entertainer of the Year- award. Campus Activities Magazine also recognizes him as the -Highest Rated/Best Reviewed Act- for the last two years. His awarding winning magic has been seen by millions on CBS, NBC, WGN, VH1, Discovery and most recently the -Top 100 Magic Moments in History- on the BBC.--

Cost: $15 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Fri Feb 16

7:30 pm show.

For over 50 years, South Africas Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. With a deep respect for both their cultural and personal history, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is ever-evolving with an eye toward their long musical legacy. Over the years, the original members have welcomed a younger generation in their mission, passing along the tradition of storytelling and spreading their message of peace, love, and harmony to millions of people. The newer members, in turn, have infused the group with their youthful energy and the promise of a bright future. Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala looks to these young men to carry on his dream to -keep South Africa alive in peoples hearts- for years to come.

Cost: $15-25 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
The Birdland All-Stars
Tue Feb 20

7:30 pm show.

Direct from New Yorks legendary Birdland, this extraordinary band brings a fine mix of jazz, funk, Brazilian, Latin, and world music together. Featuring the citys finest musicians and led by drumming sensation Tommy Igoe. For this tour, they have created new arrangements featuring music of David Bowie, The Police, and Steely Dan, as well as fresh interpretations of iconic works by Charlie Parker, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock. Tommy Igoe is one of todays most successful and diverse drummers, having played drums on three Grammy award winning recordings and was voted the Worlds Number 1 Jazz Drummer in the 2014 Modern Drummer Readers Poll. In 1997, Tommy wrote the drum set book for Disneys epic Broadway production of the -The Lion King- where he served as principal drummer and conductor.

Cost: $8-15 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Kenny G
Fri Mar 23

7:30 pm show.

The most celebrated instrumental musician of the modern era. With global sales totaling more than 75 million, Grammy and American Music Award winner Kenny G is the biggest selling instrumental musician of all time. A recording career that spans almost 3 decades and 23 albums, saxophonist Kenny G has elements of Rhythm and Blues, Pop and Latin to a Jazz foundation.

Cost: $35 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Masters of the Mind
Sat Apr 7

8:00 pm show.

Performing for the first time together in this new production, four internationally-acclaimed mentalists, who have been seen on NBC, FOX, CNN, BRAVO, HISTORY, DISCOVERY and UNIVISION, among others, demonstrate the phenomenal power of the mind via Telekinesis, Hypnosis, Mind Reading and Predictions, leaving audiences enlightened and enthralled.

World famous psychic duo Jeff & Tessa Evason present feats of telepathy and ESP that will have you buzzing long after the show ends. Everyone who participates will be absolutely floored when Tessa reveals their birth date, a serial number on any bill in their wallet or even the name of the first person they ever kissed—all while standing blindfolded on stage. Her intuitive gifts will make you gasp with surprise and maybe even unleash a spooked-out shriek. Since 1983 this mind reading duo has performed in over 35 countries across the globe.

The Mind Artist is considered to be an authority on the subject of the human mind. A unique style of Mind Games with Artistic talent of drawing and visuals took the Mind Artists across the globe astonishing audiences both on stage and on TV. He he claims that the powers that he uses are the same powers that are within each and every one of us – we simply need to trust and believe in them.

For over 30 years the Guy Bavli, known as the -Kinetic Man- astonished audiences world wide with his Telekinesis Skills. Named a Super Human by the History Channel Stan Lees Super Human and featured in over 400 television shows, performed in 50 countries and including 1200 shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Bavli consistently delivers an interactive entertainment experience that will inspire you with his humor, mystery and amazing feats of the mind.

Cost: $20 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Website: www.ohio.edu/athens/bldgs/memaud.html
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