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MTVU AND JON BON JOVI JOIN FORCES TO CRASH ONE LUCKY COLLEGE’S COMMENCEMENT

SUBMIT THROWBACK PICS OF COLLEGE MEMORIES VIA TWITTER NOW TO PARTICIPATE

Los Angeles, CA (March 29, 2017) – MTVU today joined forces with Jon Bon Jovi to give students a chance to have the rock icon perform acoustically at their 2017 commencement ceremony.

Beginning today, students can participate by tweeting their best college moments using #JBJReunionContest and tagging their school. The promotion will run through Sunday, April 23 at 11:59 p.m. ET/PT, with the selected school to be revealed the first week of May across all MTVU platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. The performance will air on MTVU in June.

Bon Jovi’s new song “Reunion” from their #1 debuting album, This House Is Not For Sale, was first performed by Jon Bon Jovi in 2015 when he was invited to speak at Rutgers University’s commencement. The song, which he wrote with that graduating class in mind, is a thoughtful, optimistic send-off with inspiring lyrics until everyone meets again at their “Reunion.”

Write your song, sing along, love your life

Learn to laugh, dare to dance, touch the sky

Take pictures each step of the way

Make this be the best of the rest of your days

I say, go start your own revolution

And I’ll see you at the reunion

Bon Jovi is currently on their This House Is Not For Sale Tour, which has generated overwhelming reviews that have noted the band’s vitality. The raves underscore what fans have long known and the box office has repeatedly shown - Bon Jovi is truly one of the greatest rock bands in the world.

MVNU Presents “A Taste of Opera: A Showcase of Scenes and Songs”

MOUNT VERNON — MVNU Theatre and the MVNU Music Department present “A Taste of Opera: A Showcase of Scenes and Songs.” This showcase will give a taste of music from scenes of popular and contrasting operas. Students will present arias, duets, and small ensembles from varying scenes. A synopsis of each opera will be presented, and then students will share a musical highlight from that opera. The songs presented will be from operas such as Mozart’s “The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro,” and “Cosi Fan Tutte.” In addition, repertoire from Puccini’s “Gianni Schicci” and Lehar’s “The Merry Widow” will be showcased. These are just a few examples of the exciting and diverse experience that this evening of opera will bring!

Performances will be on Thursday, April 6, and Friday, April 7, 2017. All performances begin at 8 p.m. in Thorne Performance Hall inside the R.R. Hodges Chapel on the campus of MVNU. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students; children under 10 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased online at theatre.mvnu.edu, by phone at 740-397-9000 ext. 1620, or at the box office beginning one hour prior to show time. Seating opens approximately 30 minutes prior to show time.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 28 states and 17 countries/U.S. territories.

RESCHEDULED DATE FOR AMERICAN MADE TOUR FEATURING JUSTIN MOORE & LEE BRICE IN COLUMBUS

Due to illness with Justin Moore, the American Made Tour date originally scheduled for March 4 at Nationwide Arena has been rescheduled. The Made in American tour will stop in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 and move to the Schottenstein Center. You may hold onto your tickets pending details from Ticketmaster on how tickets will be reallocated for the new date/ venue. Refunds are available upon request via your point of purchase including the Nationwide Arena Box Office, by Phone at 800-745-3000, and online at www.Ticketmaster.com.

Small-town Poyen, Arkansas native and 2014 ACM New Artist of the Year Justin Moore (The Valory Music Co.) celebrates two No. 1 Country Billboard albums, six No. 1 hit singles, six Top 10 singles, and has sold almost 1.5 million records and 6.6 million digital downloads in his time dominating the country music charts. One of the headlining superstar acts in country music today, his top-charting smash hits include “Small Town U.S.A.,” “Backwoods,” “Point At You,” “Til My Last Day,” “Bait A Hook,” “I Could Kick Your A**,” “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” along with his latest #1 “You Look Like I Need a Drink.” In 2013, he added a second consecutive No. 1 debut to his list of accolades with his latest album release, OFF THE BEATEN PATH. The album project produced Justin’s fourth and fifth GOLD-certified #1 hits, “Point At You” and “Lettin’ The Night Roll.” The country crooner with a distinctive Southern drawl and traditional country music sound has been featured on The Voice, The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson, FOX & Friends, Nashville, NFL Rewind, The Washington Post, People Country, USA Today and more. He has earned multiple ACM, ACA and ACC Awards nominations. Justin is currently taking part in his first co-headlining tour with Lee Brice. Visit www.justinmooremusic.com for more information.

tosh.show on campus

Columbus – Daniel Tosh and special guests will play the Schottenstein Center on Thursday, April 20 at 8 pm. “Tosh.0” is in its ninth season and airs on Tuesday nights at 10PM ET/PT on Comedy Central. Daniel Tosh will host and perform an evening of standup comedy featuring writers and comedians from his Comedy Central show “Tosh.0”

The CSO Presents Grammy-Winning Violinist Gil Shaham in “Shaham Plays Prokofiev” April 21 & 22

Music Director Rossen Milanov and the CSO welcome world-class American violinist and Grammy winner Gil Shaham as he channels the warmth and humor of Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2 in G Minor for Violin and Orchestra. The program also includes Rachmaninoff’s final work, the Symphonic Dances, which pinnacles his composing career with a kaleidoscope of rich orchestral colors and a feast of primary emotions, and Paul Hindemith’s hearty, cheerful suite based on piano duets by the early Romantic composer Carl Maria von Weber.

The Columbus Symphony presents the “Shaham Plays Prokofiev” at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call 614-228-8600 or 800-745-3000. The CAPA Ticket Center will also be open two hours prior to each performance. In addition, there will be a Friday Dress performance on Friday, April 21, at 10 a.m., offering $20 general admission tickets.

The 2016-17 Masterworks Series is made possible through the generous support of season sponsor Anne Melvin.

Prelude – Patrons are invited to join WOSU’s Christopher Purdy at 7 p.m. for a 30-minute, pre-concert discussion about the works to be performed.

Postlude – At the conclusion of the program, patrons are invited to enjoy a selection of chamber music performed by the musicians of the CSO.

Friday Dress – This program offers $20, general admission tickets to the 10 a.m. rehearsal at the Ohio Theatre on Friday, April 21.

About CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov

Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Rossen Milanov is currently the Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and recently completed his second season with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra to enthusiastic acclaim. He is also Music Director of the Princeton Symphony and Spain’s Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA).

The 2016-17 CSO season builds upon many of the innovative ideas that were introduced in his first season—thematic festivals, enrichment programs, integrated experiences, and collaborations with other local cultural institutions. In Princeton, he is continuing the tradition of adventurous programming and collaborating with violinist Leila Josefowicz, clarinetist David Krakauer, and composers Saad Haddad and Zhou Tian. In Spain, he will conduct the Spanish premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa with the Oviedo Opera and the gala concert of the “Princess of Asturias” awards with OSPA.

Milanov has collaborated with some of the world’s preeminent artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Midori, Christian Tetzlaff, and André Watts. During his 11-year tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra, he conducted more than 200 performances as Associate Conductor and as Artistic Director of the Orchestra’s summer home at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. In 2015, he completed a 15-year tenure as Music Director of the nationally recognized training orchestra Symphony in C in New Jersey. His passion for new music has resulted in numerous world premieres of works by composers such as Richard Danielpour, Nicolas Maw, and Gabriel Prokofiev among others.

Rossen Milanov studied conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, where he received the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship.

About guest violinist Gil Shaham

Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time. His flawless technique combined with his inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit has solidified his renown as an American master. The Grammy Award winner, also named Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year,” is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and appears with ensembles on the world’s great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals. www.GilShaham.com

About composer Paul Hindemith (1895–1963)

Hindemith was a German composer, violist, violinist, teacher, and conductor. Written in 1943, his Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber is perhaps his most popular work, both on record and in the concert hall. The idea of composing a work based on Carl Maria von Weber’s music was first put to Hindemith in 1940 by the choreographer and dancer Léonide Massine, who suggested that he should arrange music by Weber for a ballet. When Hindemith made a piano arrangement in March 1940 of the two pieces that would become movements 1 and 3 of the Metamorphosis, Massine expressed a preference for more strict arrangements. This was one reason the project fell through. After studying Weber’s music, Hindemith watched one of Massine’s ballets and disliked it, and so wrote the Symphonic Metamorphosis instead. The Andantino and Marsch were completed on June 8 and June 13, 1943, respectively, and the manuscript of the complete orchestral score is dated August 29, 1943.

About composer About composer Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (1891–1953)

Prokofiev was a Russian and Soviet composer, pianist, and conductor. As the creator of acknowledged masterpieces across numerous musical genres, he is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. His Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor was written in 1935, and premiered on December 1, 1935, at the Teatro Monumental in Madrid. The concerto is more conventional than the composer’s early bold compositions. It starts off with a simple violin melody related to traditional Russian folk music. The graceful violin melody flows throughout the entire second movement, and ends with the initial violin theme reappears in solo cello, accompanied by solo violin. The third movement rondo’s theme has a taste of Spain, with the clacking of castanets each time the theme appears.

About composer Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)

Regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century, Rachmaninoff was a Russian pianist, composer, and conductor of the late-Romantic period whose works are among the most popular in the classical repertoire. His Symphonic Dances is an orchestral suite in three movements completed in 1940. It is his last composition, and summarizes the composer’s compositional output. The Dances allowed Rachmaninoff to indulge in a nostalgia for the Russia he had known, as well as effectively sum up his lifelong fascination with ecclesiastical chants. In the first dance, he quotes the opening theme of his First Symphony, itself derived from motifs characteristic of Russian church music. In the finale, he quotes both the Dies Irae and the chant “Blessed be the Lord” from his All-Night Vigil.

Clean Comedian Jeff Allen Captures the Humor of Relationships and Everyday Family Life

Named the “The World’s Funniest, Most Inspiring Comedian,” Jeff Allen is scheduled to perform at the historic Marion Palace Theatre on Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m. For the best seating, patrons are encouraged to order tickets early for this family-friendly event.

Regarded as one of the premium clean comedians working today, Jeff seamlessly combines fresh, hilarious humor with a good dose of inspiration, creating a show for the whole family to enjoy. After three decades on the comedy circuit, Jeff has proven he is the best at what he does – making people laugh as hard as humanly possible.

As one of America’s funniest storytellers, he’s a comedian who can have the audience roaring with laughter at a casino in Vegas and then bring down the house at the Baptist Youth Missionary Board — doing the exact same act. He says, “Funny is funny. What makes people laugh works anywhere. I don’t change a word.”

Ironically, Jeff’s own story was not always funny and he admits he has taken the low road to happiness. He shares his life’s trials in his stand-up routine, “I Can Laugh About It Now.”

The show is the hilarious saga of a brilliant comedian who did everything he could to destroy his life then turning his life around at the age of 40. Nothing is held back during the show. “I Can Laugh About It Now” leverages Jeff’s comic genius, taking audiences on a raw, inspiring, sidesplitting ride through the tragedies and triumphs of life, relationships, and the universal struggles in raising a family.

Jeff has been seen on every cable comedy show in the U.S. including Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and VH1’s “Standup Spotlight.” His one hour special, “Happy Wife, Happy Life”® aired on the Odyssey Channel and Family Net. With a unique perspective on his experience of marriage gone wrong and redeemed, he’s given laughter and encouragement to millions of people. He’s been featured at some of the most prestigious comedy venues in the world, such as the Grand Ole Opry, the U.S. “Comedy Arts Festival” in Aspen and the “Montreal Just for Laughs International Comedy Festival.” He also headlined his own national comedy tour, “Jeff Allen & Friends: Funny People of Faith.”

Tickets for the comedian’s concert at the Marion Palace Theatre are priced at $20, $25, $30, $35 and seating is reserved. Jeff Allen is sponsored by Real Living Generations Realty and funded by Ohio Arts Council.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Marion Palace Theatre Box Office at 740-383-2101 or visit www.marionpalace.org.

If You Go

WHAT: Jeff Allen

WHEN: 8 p.m. – Saturday, April 22, 2017

WHERE: Marion Palace Theatre, 276 W Center St., Marion OH 43302

RUNNING TIME: approximately 90 minutes

TICKETS: Reserved Seating $20, $25, $30, $35. Charge by phone 740-383-2101 or online www.marionpalace.org

BOX OFFICE HOURS: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The box office is closed Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Information for all Marion Palace Theatre shows and tickets is also online at www.marionpalace.org.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL presents OVO May 17-21, 2017 SCHOTTENSTEIN CENTER

COLUMBUS – OVO is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. Their world of biodiversity and beauty is filled with action and moments of quiet emotion. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about the iconic object representing the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual. OVO is overflowing with contrasts. The hidden, secret world at our feet is revealed as tender and torrid, noisy and quiet, peaceful and chaotic. And as the sun rises on a bright new day the vibrant cycle of insect life begins anew. OVO is the 25th Cirque du Soleil live production created on the company’s 25th anniversary. OVO first premiered in Montréal in 2009 and has visited more than 30 cities in 6 countries as a Big Top show before transforming to an arena show in 2016. The crew of OVO is international representing: Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Mongolia, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States. Tickets ON SALE At the Box Office, ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000.

SINGLE-DAY TICKETS FOR BUCKEYE COUNTRY SUPERFEST

Officials for Buckeye Country Superfest announced that single-day tickets ARE on sale. Two-day ticket packages (reserved seat) and Golden Horseshoe (no seat) are still available, but fans now have the ability to purchase tickets to a specific day. Buckeye Country Superfest is scheduled for June 10 & 11, 2017 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, OH. The day-by-day schedule is as follows:

Saturday, June 10

Zac Brown Band

Keith Urban

Kip Moore

Jana Kramer

Craig Campbell

Sunday, June 11

Kenny Chesney

Miranda Lambert

Billy Currington

Frankie Ballard

LANco

Buckeye Country Superfest tickets, RV and advanced parking permits are available at Ticketmaster.com, by calling (800) 745-3000 or by visiting the Schottenstein Center box office from 8AM – 5PM Monday through Friday. After May 1, permits will be available for purchase at the Schottenstein Center box office. Club seats featuring arm rails and seatbacks are available with quick access to air-conditioning and club concessions. Special stage-front pit tickets in an area called the Golden Horseshoe are available in limited supply.

Kroger, the Central Ohio Chevy Dealers and Donatos are official sponsors of the 2017 Buckeye Country Superfest.

Stay connected with Buckeye Country Superfest on Facebook, BuckeyeCountrySuperfest.com on the web, @buckeye_fest on Twitter and @buckeyecountrysuperfest on Instagram.

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND A SECOND SHOW JUST ADDED IN COLUMBUS

Due to overwhelming demand, multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning global superstar, Ed Sheeran, has added a second Columbus concert at Nationwide Arena on October 4th 2017. The October 3 show is sold out.

Tickets for the second show ARE ON SALE at the Box Office, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.

The tour celebrates Sheeran’s landmark third studio album, “÷.” The album – pronounced “divide” – includes the universal hit singles, “Shape of You” and “Castle On The Hill,” both of which made incredible chart entries after their simultaneous January release. “Shape of You” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” – Sheeran’s first time atop the overall chart – and has remained there for six weeks total thus far. Meanwhile, “Castle On The Hill” entered the “Hot 100” at #6, establishing Sheeran as the first artist to ever have two singles make simultaneous top 10 debuts in the chart’s 58-year history. “Shape of You” was quickly certified 2x-platinum by the RIAA, while “Castle on the Hill” earned gold — the first two songs released in 2017 to achieve RIAA certifications this year.

“Shape of You” is currently #1 at both CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC radio outlets nationwide while also continuing to rule the top spot on iTunes’ “Top Songs” chart and Spotify’s “Top 50” (both Global and U.S.). The song’s official companion video – directed by MTV Video Music Award winner Jason Koenig– is further achieving record-shattering numbers of its own, with individual views in excess of 300 million at Sheeran’s official YouTube alone.

“÷” has fast proven an even greater phenomenon than Sheeran’s 4x RIAA platinum certified second album, 2014’s “x.” Released March 3rd, the album immediately rocketed to #1 on iTunes charts in 96 countries around the world, including the United States and the United Kingdom. “÷” has also achieved historic levels of steaming success including the best-ever one day streams for a single artist (68,695,172), best one day streams for an individual album (56,727,861), and best first day streams for an individual album (56,727,861), the latter two statistics almost doubling the previous record-holder’s success. In addition, “Shape of You,” the album’s stellar first single, earned the best one day streams for a single track with a remarkable 10,123.630 streams – besting Sheeran’s own record set earlier this year upon the single’s initial release.

“÷” also stormed streaming worldwide charts, with all 16 of the album’s tracks forming the actual top 16 on Spotify’s “Top 50” in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The complete tracklisting also instantly entered Spotify’s “Global Top 50” chart, as well as the “Top 50” in 13 international markets including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, and Switzerland.

Sheeran is celebrating the announcement of the tour this morning with a live appearance in New York City’s Rockefeller Center as part of NBC’s TODAY “Citi Concert Series.” The performance continues a long series of high profile media appearances supporting “÷,” including NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CBS This Morning, and both the 59 Annual GRAMMY® Awards and the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Ed Sheeran – a multiple GRAMMY Award winner and 11-time GRAMMY nominee – has quickly established himself as one of the world’s biggest musical artists with over 22 million albums sold and 4.7

billion Spotify streams. “÷” follows the British singer-songwriter’s second full length album “x”(pronounced multiply) – released in 2014 – which proved to be both a critical and commercial phenomenon. After debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 upon its release, the album has since been certified 4x-Platinum in the US and earned two GRAMMY nominations, including the prestigious “Album Of The Year.” Additionally, “x” spawned four consecutive multi-platinum singles in “Sing,” “Don’t,” “Photograph,” and his global smash and biggest single to date “Thinking Out Loud,” which marked his first #1 at Top 40 radio and won a pair of GRAMMY awards, including highly coveted “Song Of The Year.”

Furthermore, “x” was a global sensation reaching #1 on album charts in 14 countries including his native United Kingdom, and topping 95 iTunes charts across the globe. One of the planet’s most popular live performers, Ed has played sold out headline shows at some of the biggest venues around the world, including Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, Suncorp Stadium in Sydney, and at London’s Wembley Stadium in front of 240,000 fans over 3 nights. Ed first broke through to the mainstream in 2012 with his debut album “+” (pronounced plus), which was a top 5 debut in the US and spent three weeks at #1 in the UK. The 2x-Platinum “+” features “The A Team”, an international smash which earned Ed his first GRAMMY nomination (“Song Of The Year”) and has been certified 3x-Platinum in the US.

Sheeran launched his own imprint, Gingerbread Man Records, in 2015, with the signing of fellow British singer songwriter Jamie Lawson – whose self-titled album debuted at #1 in the UK – and Irish troubadour Foy Vance.

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Staff Reports

MTVU AND JON BON JOVI JOIN FORCES TO CRASH ONE LUCKY COLLEGE’S COMMENCEMENT

SUBMIT THROWBACK PICS OF COLLEGE MEMORIES VIA TWITTER NOW TO PARTICIPATE

Los Angeles, CA (March 29, 2017) – MTVU today joined forces with Jon Bon Jovi to give students a chance to have the rock icon perform acoustically at their 2017 commencement ceremony.

Beginning today, students can participate by tweeting their best college moments using #JBJReunionContest and tagging their school. The promotion will run through Sunday, April 23 at 11:59 p.m. ET/PT, with the selected school to be revealed the first week of May across all MTVU platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. The performance will air on MTVU in June.

Bon Jovi’s new song “Reunion” from their #1 debuting album, This House Is Not For Sale, was first performed by Jon Bon Jovi in 2015 when he was invited to speak at Rutgers University’s commencement. The song, which he wrote with that graduating class in mind, is a thoughtful, optimistic send-off with inspiring lyrics until everyone meets again at their “Reunion.”

Write your song, sing along, love your life

Learn to laugh, dare to dance, touch the sky

Take pictures each step of the way

Make this be the best of the rest of your days

I say, go start your own revolution

And I’ll see you at the reunion

Bon Jovi is currently on their This House Is Not For Sale Tour, which has generated overwhelming reviews that have noted the band’s vitality. The raves underscore what fans have long known and the box office has repeatedly shown – Bon Jovi is truly one of the greatest rock bands in the world.