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Symphonic band to present spring concert, ‘In Ireland’

Feb 26, 2014

The Ohio Northern University symphonic band, Northern Winds, presents its spring concert, “In Ireland,” in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m.

This program is ONU’s first large musical celebration of traditional Irish culture. The program includes the traditional Irish selections “The Wearing of the Green,” “The Girl I Left Behind Me,” “The Irish Washer Woman” and the ever-popular “Danny Boy.”

“Hard Times Come Again No More,” a 19th-century American parlor song by Stephen Foster, continues to be popular in Ireland. The Northern Winds’ performance of the piece features vocalists Kirsten Osbun-Manley, ONU lecturer in music and music theatre, and Adriane Thompson Bradshaw, ONU vice president of student affairs.

One of the highlights of the evening will be a performance of “Celtic Dueling Violins,” which features Nick Saunders, a senior engineering major from West Mifflin, Pa., and Samantha Loutzenheiser, a fifth-year pharmacy major from North Canton, Ohio. Anthony Taylor, a senior music education major from Lima, Ohio, will sing "When Irish Eyes are Smiling." The ONU symphonic band is under the direction of Dr. Charles N. Bates.

Tickets for this event are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for ONU faculty and staff, and $5 for children and ONU students. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone orders are accepted with American Express, MasterCard, VISA or Discover by calling 419-772-1900. Tickets also are available online at