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Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium

University Terrace, Building 8
Athens, Ohio 43701
Phone: 740-593-1762
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
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Fri Feb 16

7:30 pm show.

For over 50 years, South Africas Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. With a deep respect for both their cultural and personal history, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is ever-evolving with an eye toward their long musical legacy. Over the years, the original members have welcomed a younger generation in their mission, passing along the tradition of storytelling and spreading their message of peace, love, and harmony to millions of people. The newer members, in turn, have infused the group with their youthful energy and the promise of a bright future. Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala looks to these young men to carry on his dream to -keep South Africa alive in peoples hearts- for years to come.

Cost: $15-25 per person

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

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
The Birdland All-Stars
Tue Feb 20

7:30 pm show.

Direct from New Yorks legendary Birdland, this extraordinary band brings a fine mix of jazz, funk, Brazilian, Latin, and world music together. Featuring the citys finest musicians and led by drumming sensation Tommy Igoe. For this tour, they have created new arrangements featuring music of David Bowie, The Police, and Steely Dan, as well as fresh interpretations of iconic works by Charlie Parker, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock. Tommy Igoe is one of todays most successful and diverse drummers, having played drums on three Grammy award winning recordings and was voted the Worlds Number 1 Jazz Drummer in the 2014 Modern Drummer Readers Poll. In 1997, Tommy wrote the drum set book for Disneys epic Broadway production of the -The Lion King- where he served as principal drummer and conductor.

Cost: $8-15 per person

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

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Kenny G
Fri Mar 23

7:30 pm show.

The most celebrated instrumental musician of the modern era. With global sales totaling more than 75 million, Grammy and American Music Award winner Kenny G is the biggest selling instrumental musician of all time. A recording career that spans almost 3 decades and 23 albums, saxophonist Kenny G has elements of Rhythm and Blues, Pop and Latin to a Jazz foundation.

Cost: $35 per person

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

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
Masters of the Mind
Sat Apr 7

8:00 pm show.

Performing for the first time together in this new production, four internationally-acclaimed mentalists, who have been seen on NBC, FOX, CNN, BRAVO, HISTORY, DISCOVERY and UNIVISION, among others, demonstrate the phenomenal power of the mind via Telekinesis, Hypnosis, Mind Reading and Predictions, leaving audiences enlightened and enthralled.

World famous psychic duo Jeff & Tessa Evason present feats of telepathy and ESP that will have you buzzing long after the show ends. Everyone who participates will be absolutely floored when Tessa reveals their birth date, a serial number on any bill in their wallet or even the name of the first person they ever kissed—all while standing blindfolded on stage. Her intuitive gifts will make you gasp with surprise and maybe even unleash a spooked-out shriek. Since 1983 this mind reading duo has performed in over 35 countries across the globe.

The Mind Artist is considered to be an authority on the subject of the human mind. A unique style of Mind Games with Artistic talent of drawing and visuals took the Mind Artists across the globe astonishing audiences both on stage and on TV. He he claims that the powers that he uses are the same powers that are within each and every one of us – we simply need to trust and believe in them.

For over 30 years the Guy Bavli, known as the -Kinetic Man- astonished audiences world wide with his Telekinesis Skills. Named a Super Human by the History Channel Stan Lees Super Human and featured in over 400 television shows, performed in 50 countries and including 1200 shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Bavli consistently delivers an interactive entertainment experience that will inspire you with his humor, mystery and amazing feats of the mind.

Cost: $20 per person

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

Interest Tags: Arts/Music/Film,
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