OUR 2014 - 2015 SEASON



Friday April 10, 2015
Swasey Chapel 7:00 pm

Challenge and change are the themes underlying the 40-year career of the revered female African-American a cappella ensemble, SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK®. In the course of creating its adventurous and diverse mixture of blues, African, jazz, gospel and R&B music, with excursions into symphonic and dance theater, the ever-growing list of SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK’s musical and activist achievements since its creation is beyond stunning.

1450 Turtle Island photo credit Bill Reitzel

Turtle Island Quartet

Friday February 13, 2015
Swasey Chapel 7:00 pm

Winner of the 2006 and 2008 GRAMMY® Awards for Best Classical Crossover category, Turtle Island Quartet fuses the classical quartet esthetic with contemporary American musical styles, and by devising a performance practice that honors both, the state of the art has inevitably been redefined. For their Vail Series performance, Turtle Island Quartet presents their arrangement of Miles Davis’s seminal recording “Birth of the Cool”.

Billy Collins © Suzannah Gilman

Billy Collins

Thursday January 29, 2015
Swasey Chapel 7:00 pm

Billy Collins is an American phenomenon. United States Poet Laureate 2001-2003, no poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. His last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry. His readings are usually standing room only, and his audience – enhanced tremendously by his appearances on National Public Radio – includes people of all backgrounds and age groups.


Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer

Thursday October 2, 2014
Swasey Chapel 7:00 pm SOLD OUT!

Two MacArthur “Genius Award” recipients together for one amazing Vail Series concert. Mandolinist/composer Chris Thile, of Punch Brothers, and bassist/composer Edgar Meyer will team up again in Fall 2014 and Denison University is proud to have them open the 2014/2015 Vail Series. These two incredible musicians will cross traditional boundaries in a diverse program of largely original music.


The Ahn Trio

Friday November 7, 2014
Swasey Chapel 7:00 pm

Hailed as “exacting and exciting musicians” by the LA Times, the three sisters of the Ahn Trio (Lucia on the piano, Angella on the violin, and Maria on the cello) have earned a distinguished reputation for embracing 21st century classical music with their unique style and innovative collaborations. The trio’s latest CD, “Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac” (released by Sony) is a showcase of their fearless creativity, was on the Billboard charts for 26 weeks in the Classical category, topping out at #8.