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ArtsLIVE Performance Series

Making history since 1961.

Established by a committee of faculty and staff in the fall of 1961, ArtsLIVE was ambitious from the start. Marian Anderson, who in 1955 was the first African-American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, was one of the first featured artists. Admission was just a dollar when she performed at the UD Fieldhouse.

In the last decade, the University of Dayton has extended Cityfolk’s longstanding tradition of presenting world music and jazz, and most recently, helped extend the legacy of Vanguard’s 50 year tradition of classical chamber concerts.  Listed below are our last five seasons.


  • The Harlem Quartet*
  • Ben Wendel’s Seasons Group**
  • Ensemble Heinavanker
  • Julien Labro & the Chamber Collective*
  • Carl Allen’s Art Blakey Centennial Band**
  • Russian Renaissance
  • Dover Quartet*

*Vanguard Legacy Concert.

**Cityfolk JazzNet Legacy Concert.


  • Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
  • Escher Quartet*
  • Fred Hersch**
  • Los Angeles Guitar Quartet*
  • Fifth House Ensemble
  • Terell Stafford Quintet**
  • Women of the World
  • Poulenc Trio*

*Vanguard Legacy Concert.
**Cityfolk JazzNet Legacy Concert.


  • Claremont Trio*
  • Joan Soriano: Duke of Bacchata
  • Telegraph Quartet*
  • Brad Mehldau Trio**
  • Third Coast Percussion: Paddle to the Sea
  • Cuarteto Tanguero
  • St. Petersburg Piano Quartet*
  • Anat Cohen Tentet**

*Vanguard Legacy Concert.
**Cityfolk JazzNet Legacy Concert.


  • Zora String Quartet*
  • Akropolis Reed Quintet
  • Acqua Alta: Dr. Ian Fenty & Jenny Q Chai
  • Prima Piano Trio*
  • Jamie Baum Quintet**
  • Bach Unwound: Ashley Bathgate, cello
  • MVP Jazz Quartet**
  • Del Sol Quartet, with Stephen Kent, didgeridoo
  • Neave Piano Trio*

*Vanguard Legacy Concert.
**Cityfolk JazzNet Legacy Concert.


  • Sahrdaya Foundation’s Don Quixote
  • Aaron Diehl Trio*
  • Alex Skolnick’s Planetary Coalition
  • Catacoustic Consort’s Celestial Sirens
  • Francesca Blanchard
  • Matt Wilson Quartet*

*Supported by the Cityfolk Jazznet Legacy Endowment


  • Khumariyaan
  • Steve Wilson & Lewis Nash*
  • New York Polyphony
  • Gregg Kallor*
  • Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate
  • The Rose Ensemble

*Supported by the Cityfolk Legacy Jazznet Endowment.


  • The Rite of Spring and Its Legacies: Global and Regional Perspectives, featuring Ingrid Keller
  • Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Neal Gittleman
  • Hammerstep
  • Garth Knox, Viola
  • Taj Weekes and Adowa
  • Kiran Ahluwalia
  • Beatrice Rana: Van Cliburn Silver Medalist
  • Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole
  • Sybarite5

*World Rhythms Concerts co-presented by Cityfolk.



Zehler Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1482
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