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This year’s concert series includes seven performances spanning a variety of musical styles and genres. Performers range from local musicians to those who have garnered national and international acclaim. Our performers include John Mock, a nationally recognized multimedia folk performer; Connie Dover, Emmy Award-winning folk ballad singer, poet, producer, and composer; the Greater Huntington Symphonic Band; the Athenia Faculty Woodwind Trio and Klinder Graduate String Quartet from Ohio University’s School of Music; the ever-popular Huntington Harmonica Club; and, the return of internationally acclaimed concert pianist, Alina Kiryayeva.
 
All performances are held Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the December Christmas concert, which begins at 3:00 p.m., and the two Winter Sunday Series performances in January and February, which begin at 2:30 p.m. Our concert venues include Ohio University Southern’s Bowman Auditorium and Riffe Rotunda, the Ironton High School Auditorium, and the First Presbyterian Church of Ironton.
 
Season tickets are $40, individual concert tickets are $10, and may be purchased at the door. Ohio University students are admitted free with ID.
 
Click here to order season tickets (PDF).
 

 
John MockJohn Mock: multimedia folk performance
Saturday, October 21    Bowman Auditorium     7:30 p.m.
John Mock is an artist and the sea and its coasts are his muse. He captures in music and in photographs the heritage of the sea. Mock performs original instrumental compositions on the guitar, concertina, mandolin, and tin whistle. His own nature photography is projected onto a screen behind him providing a scenic backdrop for the music. Mock’s work has taken him around the world and he has worked with such notable artists as the Dixie Chicks, James Taylor, Kathy Mattea, and Mark O’Connor. 
 
Connie DoverConnie Dover: folk ballad singer, poet, Emmy Award-winning producer and composer 
Saturday, November 11    Riffe Rotunda    
7:30 p.m.
Acclaimed by the Boston Globe as "the finest folk ballad singer America has produced since Joan Baez," Connie Dover is a singer, poet and Emmy Award-winning producer and composer. Her soaring, crystal-clear voice and inspired arrangements of the music of Scotland, Ireland and early America display a depth and breadth of range that have established her as one of the world's pre-eminent traditional singers.

Connie performs in concert, on radio and television around the world, and she has been a featured guest on NPR's Weekend Edition, A Prairie Home Companion, and the Thistle and Shamrock. She has released four critically-acclaimed solo albums, and her music can be heard on many soundtracks and recordings of folk and world music.
 
Greater Huntington Symphonic BandGreater Huntington Symphonic Band: annual Christmas concert
Saturday, December 16   
Ironton High School Auditorium     3:00 p.m.
The Greater Huntington Symphonic Band, directed by Tommy Thompson, returns by popular demand for its annual concert of holiday favorites. It draws its membership from the greater tri-state area which includes students, retirees, and working professionals ranging in age from teens through octogenarians. Throughout the year the band performs a variety of crowd-pleasing music at local concerts including marches, show tunes, and classics.
 
 
Ohio University Athenia Faculty Woodwind Trio Sunday Winter Series: Ohio University Athenia Faculty Woodwind Trio
Sunday, January 28   
First Presbyterian Church of Ironton     2:30 p.m.
The Athenia Faculty Woodwind Trio consists of OU School of Music faculty members Alison Brown Sincoff, flute; Michele Fiala, oboe; and Matt Morriss, bassoon. They have collectively performed in the United States, Canada, Italy, Germany, Japan, England, France, Russia, Panama, and Argentina. The trio was established in 2009, was a featured ensemble at the 2011 International Double Reed Society Conference in Tempe, Arizona, and at the first annual Oboes on the Ohio festival in Gallipolis, OH. The group strives to break down the traditional formalities of the concert experience and create a more open and enriching experience that closes the gap between audience and performer.
 
 
Ohio University Klinder Graduate String Quartet  Sunday Winter Series: Ohio University Klinder Graduate String Quartet
Sunday, February 25 
First Presbyterian Church of Ironton     2:30 p.m.
The Klinder Graduate String Quartet is comprised of Ohio University’s top string performance students in the Ohio University School of Music. Current members include Shaun Kaske and Sylvia Lim, violins; Emily Wilcox, viola; and David Londono, cello. All four members currently hold Graduate Teaching Assistantships at the University and are seasoned performers with extensive experience performing for multiple venues and events. They regularly perform on campus and in the Athens area.
 
 
Huntington Harmonica Club Huntington Harmonica Club
Saturday, March 24    Bowman Auditorium
7:30 p.m.
The Huntington Harmonica Club was founded in 2001 and features several harmonicas (a.k.a. harps), guitars, and drums. They meet Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. at Gino’s Pub in Huntington. Throughout the year, they offer several HarmoniColleges and workshops which feature private and group instruction on harps and guitars. They regularly perform throughout Huntington and the tri-state for jam sessions, chili cook offs, coffee houses, and at Huntington’s Pullman Square. They also regularly participate in the WV Blues Harmonica Jam, the WV State Harmonica Championship and Quadrathlon, and the Ohio Valley Harmonica Championship.
 
Alina KiryayevaAlina Kiryayeva, classical concert pianist
Saturday, April 21    Riffe Rotunda    
7:30 p.m.        
Professional concert pianist and chamber musician Alina Kiryayeva is globally renowned for her potent command of the instrument, her unique interpretations and innovative programming. She has been equally praised for enchanting audiences with philosophical insight and charismatic stage presence. Kiryayeva gave her first solo recital at age 8 and her solo debut with an orchestra when she was 11. She is one of few classical pianists that completed both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at The Juilliard School of Music on full scholarship.
 
Ms. Kiryayeva has performed in more than a dozen countries including her native Ukraine. Collaborations include the Kharkov State Philharmonic and State Opera Theatre Orchestra, the Imperial Valley Symphony Orchestra, the New York Symphonic Ensemble Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, the Morse Recital Hall, the “Concerto Takes Manhattan” Series at Yamaha Hall, and the Smithsonian Museum and Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.