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Musical performances are slated at Ohio Northern University

Feb 17, 2017

Ohio Northern University Symphony to perform world premiere of Civil War music

The Ohio Northern University Department of Music presents the Ohio Northern Symphony concert “Glory, War and Peace” at 3 p.m. on Feb. 26 in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts. The concert will feature a world premiere by guest composer Nathan Pangrazio.

The suite is in reference to the Civil War and will include several movements. Pangrazio is an Emmy-winning composer with an extensive background in classical training as a composer, a pianist, a choral conductor and a singer. He was recognized at an early age as a remarkable and prodigious composer, and at 15 he was commissioned to write his first piece that achieved widespread attention.

Also on the program is a Chinese work, “Ye Shen Chen,” performed by guest soloist Shengyuan Tong on the erhu. This traditional Chinese instrument, and others, will be featured in this piece. Assistant Conductor Chang Tong will conduct this work.

Other pieces on the program include music from “The Lord of the Rings,” “Sheep May Safely Graze” by J.S. Bach, and “Music for the Royal Fireworks” by Handel, which was composed to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Aix-La-Chapelle. This peace treaty marked the end of the War of the Austrian succession.

Following the concert, guest composer Pangrazio will host a Q&A session, sponsored by ONU’s Cultural Affairs and Special Events committee.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors, $5 for students, and $10 for ONU faculty and staff. 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

Ohio Northern University Wind Orchestra to perform on campus

The Ohio Northern University Wind Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts.

The ONU Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Thomas A. Hunt, will present “Raising the Bar,” a program of challenging music for winds and percussion, including works by Persichetti, Barnes, Rimsky-Korsakov, Gordleli and Dvorak. The program features the ONU Dance Company, choreographed by Liz Cozad, lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts, as well as student soloists Maggie Bittner, a senior music education major from Perrysburg, Ohio, and Jessica Wise, senior music performance major from Troy, Ohio.

Tickets may be purchased at or by calling the Freed Center box office at 419-772-1900.

Centennial Dixieland Jass Band to perform at Ohio Northern University

The Centennial Dixieland Jass Band (CDJB) will perform at 7 p.m. on Feb. 26 in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts at Ohio Northern University.

The CDJB is led by David Kosmyna, ONU associate professor of music. He is joined by Ray Heitger, leader of the Cakewalkin’ Jass Band in Toledo, on clarinet; James Dapogny, emeritus faculty member at the University of Michigan, on piano; Chris Smith, co-leader of Ann Arbor’s only classic jazz band, on trombone; and Pete Siers, a versatile and in-demand drummer.

The upcoming concert celebrates 100 years, to the day, of the first recorded jazz by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in New York City. The CDJB will perform many of the classics of the original group, which will show the audience how jazz music, born in New Orleans, was created from diversity and assimilation.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the Freed Center Box office, 419-772-1900.