Shawnee State University's Department of Fine, Digital and Performing Arts will present "Our Musical Heritage: An Afternoon in Appalachia" at 5 p.m. Sunday.
A gift made to SSU through the Poised for Tomorrow campaign is funding the concert, which is scheduled to take place on the third floor of Vern Riffe Center for the Arts' Howland Recital Hall.
"It is a pleasure to be able to showcase the musical traditions of this area and to honor the influence this music has made around the world," said Michael Barnhart, assistant professor of music and media, in the Department of Fine, Digital and Performing Arts.
Dr. John R. Simon, adjunct professor of Appalachian music and sociology courses at SSU for the past 15 years, along with musicians John and Bea Hollback of Portsmouth, Robin Stanley of South Webster, and Aaron and Melissa Wolfe of Chillicothe, will be performing in the first concert of the series.
Several instruments common in the Appalachian region will be featured, such as dulcimer, autoharp, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, banjo and fiddlesticks.
Anna Margaret Stillwell is sponsoring the concert series through a gift to Poised for Tomorrow that funds specialized studies, and promotes the music and dance of Appalachia. This is the first of three annual spring programs.
"It is important to keep the heritage of our area alive, and I am happy to be a part of it," Stillwell said.
Poised for Tomorrow is a $12-million capital campaign to support a broad array of SSU initiatives including undergraduate research, new technologies, specialized studies, faculty development, scholarships, enhanced clinical experiences and an enhanced quality of life for the region.