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ArtsLIVE Performance Series

What we do.

Established in 1961 as a speaker and performance series, ArtsLIVE now primarily presents concerts by visiting professional ensembles from around the world.

Our mission is simple: to present outstanding arts experiences, and cultivate cultural curiosity. Each year, the series showcases a broad range of traditions - classical, jazz, and world music - and musicians may travel from as far away as Brazil and Pakistan, to as near as Michigan and New York.

ArtsLIVE events are open to both campus and community. Thanks to support from the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Cityfolk Jazznet and Vanguard Legacy Endowments, tickets are free for University of Dayton students and priced affordably for others.

Who we are.

ArtLIVE is run by the University of Dayton’s College of Arts and Sciences, and advised by a committee of faculty, staff and community members appointed by the Dean of the College.

ArtsLIVE Coordinator:

Eileen Carr

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ArtsLIVE Advisory Committee:

Roger Crum, Department of Art and Design

Juliet Frumholt, Community

Vivienne Himmel, Community

Katy Kelly, University Libraries

Keigo Hirakawa, School of Engineering

Andrea Chenoweth Wells, Department of Music

Amy Wiedeman, Community

Vanguard Legacy

Founded by Elana and Vince Bolling in 1962, the Vanguard Concerts were a popular chamber music program hosted by the Dayton Art Institute for more than five decades. In 2016, Vanguard Concerts ended its long run at its original home. That same year, the University of Dayton agreed to extend the Vanguard legacy.

Now, with support from a Vanguard Legacy Endowment established by the Bollings, the same high-caliber classical chamber concerts will continue--but in a new home. Vanguard Legacy Concerts are presented in the Sears Recital Hall on occasional Sunday afternoons during the academic year. For complete details, visit the events page.

Image at top of page: Elana Bolling with the Zora String Quartet at the first Vanguard Legacy Concert to be held at the University of Dayton.

Cityfolk Legacy

Cityfolk is a word that still resonates with the Dayton community. This small but mighty non-profit presented hundreds of exceptional world and traditional music concerts over three decades: Celtic, R&B, jazz, zydeco, klezmer and more. To the regret of many, Cityfolk closed its doors in 2014--but left a real legacy at the University.

The outstanding jazz programming now presented by ArtsLIVE is the direct result of Cityfolk’s work: these concerts and residencies are supported by a substantial endowment established by Cityfolk with support from the JazzNet program of the Doris Duke Foundation. For more on this year’s jazz offerings, visit the events page.

ArtsLIVE’s commitment to presenting world music is also a Cityfolk legacy. ArtsLIVE and Cityfolk began a partnership in 2003 to co-sponsor a “World Rhythms” series on campus. While that relationship is ended, the tradition continues--reflecting the importance the University places on international education. For details on this year’s world music offerings, visit the events page.



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300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1482
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