Ohio Chautauqua 2012 Musical Entertainment

URBANA, Ohio (June 21, 2012) - On Monday, June 25, the OHIO CHAUTAUQUA 2012 big tent will be set up on the Urbana University campus in preparation for the five evenings of lively musical entertainment and historical characters brought to life beginning on June 26. Each evening’s entertainment is one-half hour in length beginning at 6:45 p.m., followed by an actor who takes the stage in the costume and character of a historical figure to present a compelling living history performance.

There is no charge for any OHIO CHAUTAUQUA 2012 program. Plenty of parking is available at Urbana University. The parking lot next to the Student Center is reserved for handicap parking.

The first group to take the stage on Tuesday evening under the big tent is the Times Past Vintage Dancers. This group, organized in 2002 for the Ohio Bicentennial celebrations, is folk dancers and musicians who share a love for the dances and music of the many cultures of the world. This evening they will perform dances from the Regency Era (1973 – 1825). Replicating the civility, gentility, and liveliness of the dances of the era, they include dances that would have been enjoyed in the most lavish ballrooms of New York City, elegant country homes of Boston, or boisterous town assembly rooms of the Ohio frontier.

Wednesday, the Champaign County Senior Center Guys N Dolls will sing a variety of popular, classics, and patriotic songs. The chorus started in the fall of 2005 by Jacque Howell as the chorus director and Sue Maurice, the accompanist with just twelve voices; the group now performs with fifty seniors ranging in age from 55-80. This group provides a choir for citizens of Champaign County who love to sing choral music beyond what a church choir is able to perform.

The Ohio Native Ancestral Association (ONAA) is a group that is dedicated to the sharing of our Native American heritage and culture. The members are descendants of the first people who inhabited Ohio. This group will perform on Thursday evening.

The Mainstreet Brass, one of four groups that comprise Mainstreet Music, was formed in 2000. These musicians will perform on Friday evening. The group was founded in response to a request by Urbana University for a brass group to play ceremonial music at University functions. Other groups in the Mainstreet Music include the Mainstreet Jazz Band, the MSJ Combo, and the Mainstreet Dixieland Band. Each group is made up of talented amateur and semi-professional musicians, many having extensive experience playing in a variety of community and professional bands. The Mainstreet Brass has performed at many functions in and around Champaign County and plays a variety of sacred and secular works for brass quintets.

The tent will be filled with the lovely sounds from The Champaign County Dulcimer Club musicians for the final evening. This club is made up of local residents who love to play acoustic music. The instruments included are lap dulcimers, hammered dulcimers, autoharps, guitars, and a mandolin. They play folksongs, hymns, bluegrass, mountain music, and anything else they like. The Dulcimer club has played for the Home and Garden Tour, Oktoberfest, The Barn Quilt Tour, First Fridays, Johnny Appleseed events, in nursing homes in the area, churches, and other local events such as the Farmer’s market. The group practices at the Champaign County Senior Center.

For more information on OHIO CHAUTAUQUA, visit the web site www.urbana.edu/ohc or call Christina Bruun-Horrigan at 937-484-1354. The week of June 26, take a step back in time and come enjoy the experience of When Ohio Was the Western Frontier.

OHIO CHAUTAUQUA 2012 is presented in partnership with the Ohio Humanities Council, Urbana University, City of Urbana, and the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and with major financial support from the Urbana Moose.

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