We believe the arts express the essence of what it means to be fully human. The Lancaster Festival celebrates the artistic creativity of all cultures, serving as the foundation of year-round community efforts to nurture participation in the arts.
Adopted by the Lancaster Festival Board of Directors
on April 20, 1999.
On August 5, 1984, The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Christian Badea, presented a Picnic and Pops concert at Ohio University-Lancaster. This was the first concert held at OU-L's outdoor auditorium.
The Lancaster Festival was inaugurated in 1985, under the artistic direction of Maestro Badea. Artistic Advisor Al Romano was joined by Festival Managers Eleanor Hood and Barbara Hunzicker in planning the event. The 1985 Festival had a 8 day run and included two CSO symphony concerts, a CSO chamber concert at St. Mary Church, and a week full of community arts and music events. It concluded with a memorable live battle reenactment on the hills above the OU-L Amphitheatre, accompanied by the CSO performing Beethoven's "Wellington's Victory."
The Festival was extended to 10 days in 1986 and 1987, adding more performance locations throughout the city and expanding the programming for families and children. In the fall of 1987, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra management made the decision to withdraw from the Lancaster Festival to establish its own Picnic & Pops series. Maestro Gary Sheldon was hired as music director and, after auditioning more than 300 professional musicians, created the Lancaster Festival Orchestra.
The Lancaster Festival Orchestra performed its first concert on Saturday, July 23, 1988, beginning the evening with Glinka's 'Overture to Russlan & Ludmilla'. That evening's concert also included a special narration of John William's 'Suite from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"' by Christopher Reeve.
From the whirlwind beginning in 1985, through its re-organization in 1988, the Lancaster Festival and its orchestra have garnered increasing recognition for excellence. For 10 days in July, the city is transformed, the streets alive with people enjoying the Festival's all-inclusive offerings.
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covered bridge music series
covered bridge music series
Coming September 30, 2017:
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1570 Granville Pike, Lancaster, OH
The Covered Bridge Music Series is pleased to present a live music performance by Americana singer-songwriter Parker Millsap.
Concert starts at 8 p.m., Saturday April 8, 2017 at Ohio University Lancaster's Wagner Theatre. Tickets are $20.
"In Atlanta I saw one of the best concerts I have ever seen. Parker Millsap and Sarah Jarosz. Both were astonishingly good. And their respective musicians, too. It restored my faith in the music. Bravo to you both." Elton John
We are proud of our partnership with Ohio University Lancaster on our Covered Bridge Music Series. The series features original songwriters performing their music live throughout the year here in Lancaster. Past performers include Alejandro Escovedo, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Amanda Shires, Ray Wylie Hubbard, John Fullbright, Elizabeth Cook, Joe Pug, David Mayfield, Parker Millsap, and Humming House. The events take place on the Ohio University Lancaster campus in the newly renovated Wagner Theater or in a beautiful outdoor setting near the historic John Bright #2 Covered Bridge on the University grounds.