The Ohio Northern University Wind Orchestra will present “An American Tribute” at 4 p.m. on Oct. 21 in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts. Director Antoine T. Clark will conduct the program, which will feature works by George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein.

Aug. 25 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bernstein. Accordingly, music organizations and institutions across the nation and the world are honoring this great conductor, composer, music educator and pianist by programming his works throughout the year. Ohio Northern’s Wind Orchestra will honor Bernstein’s musical legacy by performing his music and music of composers whom he championed.

Bernstein captured the heart of a nation when he, as a 25-year-old assistant conductor with the New York Philharmonic, filled in on short notice for an ailing Bruno Walter, who was slated to guest conduct the New York Philharmonic on Nov. 14, 1943. Bernstein became an overnight sensation after that fateful evening, since that concert was nationally broadcast on CBS Radio. His life and musical legacy have inspired many and shaped the cultural landscape of a nation.

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