Lancaster – Michael Bolton said he was very impressed with both the Lancaster Campus venue and the Lancaster Festival Orchestra after performing on the Wendel Concert Stage Saturday night.
"It was a beautiful location," said Bolton. "It was a really great night."
The multiple Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter did a "meet and greet" with about 30 fans in the Lancaster Campus student lounge immediately following the concert. He also signed books and CD's near the stage after that.
Bolton has seen eight studio albums rank in the Top Ten, with nine #1 singles. During the show, he performed several of his hits with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. Bolton's deep and soulful voice boomed across the natural amphitheater on OUL's back lawn.
"The orchestra and Maestro Gary Sheldon were just fantastic," said Bolton. "They were spot on."
Bolton told the crowd during the show that he wished he could take the orchestra on the road with him, but there were too many to fit into the tour bus.
Ohio University Lancaster and the Lancaster Festival have been working together on the summer musical event for more than 25 years. Several festival events are held at the Lancaster Campus venue.The Bruce Springsteen cover band "Bruce in the USA" will perform on the stage at OUL Wednesday night and American Idol's Crystal Bowersox will perform the festival finale at the same location Saturday, July 27. Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis are performing on the Herrold Hall patio at OUL on Friday, July 26.