Folk artist William Florian will kick off Five Nights

MARION—Marion’s The Ohio State University Five Nights on Campus performing arts and entertainment series opens the 2022-23 season Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. with folk guitarist William Florian at Morrill Hall Auditorium.

Florian has had an incredible musical journey, starting at the age of 11 when he received his first guitar after seeing the Beatles perform on Ed Sullivan’s show. But his career was almost cut short when his seventh-grade math teacher wanted to take his guitar away from him until his grades improved. Luckily, her mother disagreed…and the rest is history.

Since then he has had an incredible musical career. Florian’s path to fame is as much a lyrical journey as the folk songs he performs. Those were the days is an upbeat musical journey of the greatest American songs of the 60s, including songs he performed as lead singer of the famous New Christy Minstrels as well as music by Peter Paul & Mary, John Denver, Pete Seeger, Neil Diamond, The Mamas & The Papas and uplifting originals presented with fun stories in an intimate show.

All Five Nights on Campus performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Morrill Hall Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m. All tickets are general seats. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or more information about Five Nights, contact Jodi Somerlot at (740) 725-6156 or email: [email protected] You can also register to buy tickets online at:

Individual and seasonal tickets are now available. Ticket prices remain unchanged for the coming year. Individual performances are $10 for general admission, $9 for seniors (60+), $4 for students (K-12 and college), and $8 for faculty and the campus staff. Season ticket prices also remain unchanged for 2022-23, at $60 for Scarlet & Gray Patron tickets; $35 general admission; $30 seniors; $15 students and $28 faculty and campus staff.

The series is made possible through the support of community businesses in the Marion area. 2022-23 sponsors include OhioHealth, UniPrint, Stifel, Silver Line, United Church Homes, Marion Technical College and Sakamura USA

Five Nights on Campus Season 2022-23

Guillaume Florian

Thursday, October 13, 2022

William Florian is a gifted musician who mesmerizes audiences with 60s music. His career was nearly cut short when his seventh grade math teacher wanted to take William’s guitar away until his grades improved. Luckily, her mother disagreed…and the rest is history. These Were the Days is an upbeat musical journey of the greatest American songs of the 60s, including songs William performed as lead singer of the famous New Christy Minstrels in addition to music by Peter, Paul & Mary, John Denver , Pete Seeger, Moms & Dads and others. All are presented with entertaining stories in an intimate show you won’t want to miss!

Alina Kiryaeva

November 10, 2022

We are happy to welcome Alina Kiryayeva back to our stage! Praised for her powerful mastery of the instrument, unique interpretations and clarity of sound, this highly acclaimed pianist captivates audiences with deep philosophical insight and charismatic stage presence. Originally from Ukraine, Ms. Kiryayeva gave her first solo recital at the age of eight and made her solo debut with an orchestra at the age of eleven. Winner of the Senigallia International Competition in Italy, she has also won first prizes in several international piano competitions in the United States, including the Grace Welsh International Competition and the California Young Artist International Competition.

The Mystics

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Calling all music fans! The Mistics have arrived and the party has officially begun! This quartet of incredible Cincinnati-area musicians has been delivering superb musical and vocal harmonies to audiences across the Midwest for decades. The Mistics entertains with a unique blend of Rhythm and Blues, pop music from the 60s to today and timeless Motown music. Audiences also love the entertaining stories that combine with the music to make a performance of The Mistics an entertainment experience at its best. So leave your worries at the door and get ready to enjoy an evening you won’t soon forget!

A long time ago

Thursday, April 13, 2023

More than a tribute band, Long Time Gone is a retrospective celebration of the music of the incredible David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young. From the early days of Buffalo Springfield, The Hollies and The Byrds, to their days as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, the band has crafted music with the precision and intricacies of vocal harmonies, guitar work signature and dynamism of a rock and tread. Long Time Gone delivers an experience that expresses the passion and tenderness of songs that are the sound and feel of an era in American music we may never know again. Long Time Gone will truly satisfy any fan of CSNY and that signature sound.

The Cliff Habian Trio

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Pianist Cliff Habian can play in virtually any style and performs comfortably with groups such as his trio as well as solo. He began piano lessons at the age of nine and was composing music a few years later, drawing on both classical and jazz influences, integrating both genres into his own unique style. Cliff attended the Cleveland Institute of Music as a composition major and later served as head of the keyboard studies department at the Cleveland Music School Settlement. Cliff has worked with greats like Dion, Wayne Newton, Bobby Vinton and many more. He also appeared on “Good Morning America”.