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Acclaimed Folksinger John McCutcheon to Perform Oct. 25 at Ohio Wesleyan University

October 15, 2008

DELAWARE, OHIO – Grammy-nominated folksinger and social activist John McCutcheon will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 25 in Ohio’s Wesleyan University’s Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St. Mark Wade, a 1999 Ohio Wesleyan graduate and former national hammered dulcimer champion, will open the show.

Tickets are $15 each and will benefit the university’s James Leslie Center for Peace and Justice. The center was established in 2007 to honor the Rev. Leslie, who served as university chaplain for nearly 30 years before retiring in 1988. The Leslie Center supports opportunities for students to participate in mission trips and other initiatives that promote peace and justice on the OWU campus.

The concert, sponsored by the OWU Chaplain’s Office, also will be used to memorialize the late Thelma Peterle, a longtime Delaware-area educator and community volunteer. Peterle died in November 2007. For more information or tickets, call (740) 368-3083. Tickets also will be available to at the door.

John McCutcheon has recorded more than 25 albums since the 1970s, with his latest, a tribute to baseball titled “Sermon on the Mound,” coming out in March 2008. One of his most famous songs is “Christmas in the Trenches,” which tells the story of a World War I Christmastime truce in 1914.

Critics have described McCutcheon’s performances as evoking “the pithy insight of Will Rogers, the understated delivery of Garrison Keillor, the song-leading ability of Pete Seeger, and the virtuosity of an orchestra.” For more about McCutcheon, visit www.folkmusic.com.

Mark Wade is a multi-instrumentalist who has performed and recorded on piano, trumpet, classical/acoustic guitar, bass guitar, pennywhistle, hammered dulcimer, and mountain dulcimer. He was the first-place winner in the 1998 National Hammered Dulcimer Championship and is considered one of America’s premier hammered dulcimer soloists and clinicians. For more about Wade, visit www.markalanwade.com.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.