​​​​​​​​​​​Music Bach's Concert Series​​

Student Activities Board presents ​Music Bach's Concert Series! - A free lunchtime concert series hosted in the Alumni Memorial Union Atrium from 11:30am to 1:00pm.

​2022-2023 Schedule

Simple Gifts

October 7, 2022​
AMU Atrium, 11:30-1:00pm

Two women plus ten instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this
award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer freilachs and haunting Gypsy melodies,
spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in a traditional style. 

Combining tradition with innovation, Simple Gifts creates some of the finest arrangements in folk music today: swing fiddle creeps into a Romanian dance, spoons show up in an Irish reel, and a traditional West Virginia tune is enhanced by a Turkish drum and Indian shruti box. 

​Based in the hills of central Pennsylvania, these women play an amazing array of instruments. Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon switch with ease among fiddle, mandolin, banjo, recorders, bowed psaltery, hammered dulcimer, baritone fiddle, guitar, and percussion.

Simple Gifts is well-known for their outgoing stage presence, which is warm, personal, and accented with humor. These women deliver their music with rare
intensity and contagious enthusiasm. It’s obvious that Simple Gifts loves the music they play and knows how to share their excitement with the audience. ​This is an act not to be missed!


Gracie Yates

November 4, 2022
AMU Atrium, 11:30-1:00pm

Fans say live performances are what set Gracie apart. Bending original music and versatile covers in her own dynamic style engage and entertain. As a lifelong poet and old soul she brings to the stage a powerful vulnerability that moves the listener to want more. Gracie, a singer-songwriter from the heartland of Kentucky, began her musical career early. By 16 she was a sought after entertainer. She seeks to captivate listeners with heartfelt lyrics that pierce the soul. Fans leave enchanted. She is often compared to Jewel, but what Gracie loves best is when the audience connects to her lyrics. Gracie released her first single “Boys Like You” and has since been featured on CMT, DirecTV, Country Fix and other major networks.  She is receiving regular radio airplay on contemporary as well as country stations world- wide.  

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Harley Ferris

February 10, 2023
AMU Atrium, 11:30-1:00pm
Harley has been featured on 91.9 WFPK Independent Louisville radio. His music speaks for itself, listen using the links below:
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March 10, 2023
AMU Atrium, 11:30-1:00pm

At age 9, Galen was given his first flute. Since then, he has crafted his own big and rich sound, and combined it with his spoken word talents, to captivate audiences.

Galen studied at the Berklee College of Music and holds a master’s degree in fine arts and education from Rutgers University. He has performed both internationally and domestically for more than 30 years. His performance portfolio includes greats such as Billy Taylor, Sonny Phillips, Gwen Guthrie, Jimmy Heath, Melba Moore, and Sun Ra.

In addition to his stellar musical background, Galen is a riveting speaker on the topic of jazz and its historical significance. Because of his love of teaching, he always finds a way to incorporate instruction and direction for students who someday would like to develop a career in music.​

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