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Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium

University Terrace, Building 8
Athens, Ohio 43701
Phone: 740-593-1762
Overview
Located on Ohio University's historic College Green, the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium (commonly referred to as Memorial Auditorium, or simply MemAud) plays host to a wide variety of events-- from nationally-touring concerts, plays, and musicals, to new student admission sessions and keynote speakers.

Since opening in 1928, the 2,000 seat auditorium has hosted many distinguished visitors such as Martin Luther King Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, and U.S. Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, and Obama.

MemAud is named in honor of John Templeton and Martha Jane Hunley Blackburn. Templeton was born a slave in 1805 and freed in 1813. He graduated from Ohio University, with an A.B. in 1828, being the first black man to do so and the fourth African-American to graduate from a U. S. college. He was an educator and co-edited "The Mystery" a black newspaper.

Blackburn was the first black woman to graduate from Ohio University, with a B.S. ED. in 1916. She majored in English and Literature with a minor in Home Economics. She taught Home Economics in Ohio and West Virginia.

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Calendar of Events
Brothers Osborne
Fri Sep 8

8:00 pm show.

--Brothers Osborne with special guest - Christian Lopez.

Two sons from a working class family, John and TJ Osborne grew up in a small, Maryland water town writing and playing songs for friends and family in their fathers shed. John moved to Nashville first to play in other bands and two years later, TJ joined him. It was then they formed Brothers Osborne as a twang-and-crunch duo that blends equal parts country and rock into one of the freshest, most identifiable sounds to come out of Nashville in recent years. The singer/songwriter siblings recently won both -Vocal Duo of the Year- and -New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year- at the 52nd ACM Awards and they also stand as the reigning CMA -Vocal Duo of the Year-. Brothers Osbornes debut album PAWN SHOP was released January 2016 and features their current rowdy single -It Aint My Fault- in addition to the GRAMMY-nominated, No.1 smash hit -Stay A Little Longer- as well as the GRAMMY-nominated -21 Summer.- Brothers Osborne just embarked on their first-headlining The Dirt Rich Tour this past fall after previously touring with the likes of Eric Church, Little Big Town and Miranda Lambert. They will join Chris Stapleton on the road this summer as part of his All-American Road Show Tour.--

Cost: $25-35 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE
Fri Sep 15

8:00 pm show.

--The MAGIC of BILL BLAGG LIVE comes to the Ohio University for one show only. Critics and audiences alike rave about his incredible high-energy, grand-scale magic and illusions that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. Referred to as -Houdini Times Ten!- by NBC, Blaggs show is packed with NEW mind-blowing illusions and his trademark off-the-cuff personality that make this show a great family event. People will float in mid-air, vanish in the blink of an eye and so much more. This is one show you cant afford to miss. Witness live over 90 minutes of interactive, action-packed magic and illusion performed by one of the most prominent magical star, Bill Blagg.--

Cost: $20 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
The Second City Cure for the Common Comedy
Sat Sep 16

8:00 pm show.

Special Parents Weekend Event.

--Are you sick and tired of jokes that make you feel sick and tired? Don’t let it all get you down. The Second City has the fix, as Chicagos legendary sketch and improv comedy theater brings -The Cure for The Common Comedy-

Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating 55 years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedys best and brightest. With scripted and improvisational elements, audiences always enjoy being part of the show and playing along with the next generation of comic legends. Many of comedys brightest stars have hit the road with The Second City Touring Company including Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, Bill Murray, Keegan Michael Key and most recently, current Saturday Night Live stars Cecily Strong, Tim Robinson, and Jason Sudeikis.

NOTE: This performance may contain content that is offensive and may be inappropriate for younger audience members.--

Cost: $20 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Project Trio
Wed Sep 27

7:30 pm show.

--Featuring Ohio University School of Music Orchestra

Celebrating 100 years of the Ohio University School of Music.

Combining the virtuosity of world-class artists with the energy of rock stars, PROJECT Trio is breaking down traditional ideas of chamber music. The genre-defying Trio is acclaimed by the press as -packed with musicianship, joy and surprise- and -exciting a new generation of listeners about the joys of classical and jazz music.-

Blending their classical training with an eclectic taste in musical styles, PROJECT Trio has made an impact on audiences of all ages. The Trio was forged out of a collective desire to draw new and diverse audiences by performing high energy, top quality music. Using social media to broaden their reach beyond the concert stage and classroom, the Trio has its own YouTube channel, which has over 80 million views and 96,000 subscribers, making PROJECT Trio one of the most watched instrumental ensembles on the internet.

PROJECT Trio will be joined for a portion of their program by the Ohio University Orchestra to celebrate their 100th anniversary.--

Cost: $8-15 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
The Simon and Garfunkel Story
Wed Oct 4

7:30 pm show.

--The Simon and Garfunkel Story

(50th Anniversary Tour)

Direct from its success in Londons West End, a SOLD OUT UK tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back. Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including -Mrs Robinson-, -Cecilia-, -Bridge Over Troubled Water-, -Homeward Bound- and many more. Get your tickets fast as this is an evening not to be missed.--

Cost: $25-35 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Mountain Stage with Larry Groce
Sun Oct 15

7:00 pm show.

In special partnership with WOUB

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band

Paula Cole

Additional Artists TBA

--For over 33 years, Mountain Stage has established a long tradition of featuring national and international acts in almost every style of music. The two-hour radio show is produced in West Virginia and distributed by National Public Radio weekly on more than 150 stations across America and around the world via NPR Music and mountainstage.org. The show, which is recorded before a live audience, features performances by seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from folk, blues and country to indie rock, synth pop, world and alternative music, and beyond. Singer/songwriter Larry Groce serves as the shows host, artistic director and co-producer. Each show showcases five guest artists plus the always exciting finale song to end the program. Since 1983.

Come be part of this Live Radio Experience.--

Cost: $12-20 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Gavin De Graw RAW Tour
Sat Oct 21

8:00 pm show.

Gavin DeGraw is a multi-platinum selling singer, performer and songwriter. He first broke through with the 2003 release of his debut album, Chariot, which sold over 1 million copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: -I Don’t Want To Be,- -Follow Through,- and the title-track, -Chariot.- Gavins self-titled second album debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboards Top 200 album chart in 2008, earning Gavin his first Top 10 album. It spawned the hit singles -In Love With A Girl,- which Billboard dubbed -a rocking homerun,- and the gold-certified -We Belong Together.- In 2009, Gavin released Free as a gift to his die-hard fans clamoring for recorded versions of Gavins live favorites. His third studio album, Sweeter, was released in September 2011 and produced the smash single, -Not Over You,- co-written with OneRepublics Ryan Tedder. The track reached #1 on the Hot AC charts, was a top 10 hit on Top 40, and was certified double platinum. In 2013 DeGraw released his fourth studio album, Make A Move, which included the hit song -Best I Ever Had-,- and garnered rave reviews from such publications as Billboard, People and Entertainment Weekly among many others. In addition, Gavin was nominated for his first Grammy for -We Both Know,- the song he co-wrote with Colbie Calliat for the 2013 film, -Safe Haven.- Since then he has been consistently touring around the world, including sold out dates with the legendary Billy Joel and hit a milestone with the release of his first greatest hits compilation titled Finest Hour in the fall of 2014. Gavins fifth studio album, Something Worth Saving, released last September through his longtime label RCA Records, and featured the hit single -She Sets The City On Fire.- DeGraw is currently on the road in the US on the Gavin DeGraw RAW TOUR, which will showcase songs from DeGraws entire catalog performed as a trio for the very first time in the US and will be diving deep into his catalog presenting his songs in their truest live form.--

Cost: $12-20 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Aquila Theatre Sense and Sensibility
Wed Nov 1

7:30 pm show.

Aquila Theatre, Jane Austens Sense and Sensibility.

Aquila Theatre is the foremost touring classical theatre company in the United States and a national leader in Applied Theatre. Aquila produces bold and radical reinterpretations of classical plays for contemporary audiences.

Aquila expands the canon of classical works for the stage by adapting Jane Austens Sense and Sensibility in a bold and exciting new production. Sense and Sensibility is one of Jane Austens most popular novels. The characters live in a world in which choices are limited- especially for the women. The story revolves around the lives of two sisters, Elinor who is level headed and full of sense, and the hopelessly romantic, Marianne. After the untimely and unexpected death of their father, the only hope for these two sisters is a profitable marriage. Seduction, courtship, love, heartbreak and surprise abound in this classic romantic comedy.--

Cost: $12-20 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Dave Coulier
Sat Nov 4

8:00 pm show.

An Evening of Comedy Featuring

Dave Coulier

with special guest Matteo Lane

In Special Partnership with the University Program Council. SPECIAL DADS WEEKEND EVENT

Dave is perhaps best known as -Joey- from the hit ABC television series, Full House, which aired for eight seasons (1987-1995, with 192 episodes produced) and can now be seen on the Nickelodeon and ABC Family network lineups. Additionally, the show is currently in worldwide syndication in over 100 countries. Dave followed this success by hosting his second prime-time hit series, Americas Funniest People, which ran on ABC for four seasons. Dave also hosted ABCs Worlds Funniest Videos and his own series, Out of Control for Nickelodeon. Dave hosted Animal Kidding on the Animal Planet Network. Recently, Dave guest starred on How I Met Your Mother on CBS and was a guest on The Ricki Lake Show.

Dave performed his clean stand-up on The Tonight Show, HBOs Detroit Comedy Jam and HBOs Comic Relief at Radio City Music Hall. Dave continues to sell out shows at colleges, corporate events, casinos, nightclubs and theaters.--

Cost: $20-30 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
National Tour: Wizard of Oz
Thu Nov 9

7:30 pm show.

National Tour: Wizard of OZ

--There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful WIZARD OF OZ, twists its way into Athens, Ohio. The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs.

A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, THE WIZARD OF OZ will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. Don’t miss the chance to travel Over the Rainbow and experience this national treasure on stage.--

Cost: $22-30 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Broadway for the Holidays
Mon Dec 4

7:30 pm show.

Broadway for the Holidays

--Jingle all the (Great White) Way with Broadways Mary Michael Patterson (Phantom of the Opera), Claybourne Elder (Sunday in the Park with George), and Hilary Morrow (Birdland Jazz Club) as they join the Ohio University Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of Maestro Luke Frazier (O.U. MM 2009) for an evening of holiday hits that make the season bright.

Celebrating the conclusion of Ohio Universitys School of Musics 100th Anniversary.--

Cost: $8-15 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
National Tour: Cabaret
Tue Jan 23

7:30 pm show.

--National Tour: CABARET

IN HERE LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL

Broadways Definitive Tony-Winning Masterpiece

Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles, and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd – and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times.....

Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including -Cabaret,- -Willkommen- and -Maybe This Time.- Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at CABARET– JOHN KANDER, FRED EBB and JOE MASTEROFFs Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.--

Cost: $22-30 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Daniel Martin
Fri Feb 2

8:00 pm show.

--Magician Daniel Martin

SPECIAL SIBS WEEKEND EVENT

Daniel Martin has quickly become one of the most in demand performers touring today. His high-energy fusion of Exhilarating Magic, Cons and Sarcastic Improv continually leads to record breaking crowds and consistent standing ovations at theaters, universities and celebrity events worldwide. Daniel was recently awarded 2016s -Best Variety Artist and Best Male Performer- along with winning last years -Entertainer of the Year- award. Campus Activities Magazine also recognizes him as the -Highest Rated/Best Reviewed Act- for the last two years. His awarding winning magic has been seen by millions on CBS, NBC, WGN, VH1, Discovery and most recently the -Top 100 Magic Moments in History- on the BBC.--

Cost: $15 per person

Contact: Ohio University Performing Arts Series, Phone: 740-753-1924

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Website: www.ohio.edu/athens/bldgs/memaud.html
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