Free community concert for homecoming weekend

Madison Graver

In honor of the 140th anniversary of Ashland University, the school invited Cathi Muckle to host a free concert on Sept. 21 to kick off homecoming weekend.

The performance will take place in Hugo Young Theatre and will consist of various selections from Frank Sinatra that is being dubbed “Cathi Muckle Sings the Sinatra Songbook.”

Muckle is the niece of American singer and actress Rosemary Clooney, as well as the sister of Ashland’s very own president, Dr. Carlos Campo. She owned and operated her own recording studio for 20 years in Las Vegas where she still resides. Muckle has been featured on more than 300 commercial jingles and even went on tour with her famous aunt and recorded a cover of Frank Sinatra’s “The Coffee Song” with her.

“The people of Ashland should expect a very talented singer who is also a great person. She is also funny, engaging, and a true professional,” Campo said. “They should also be transported to another era, where the music of Frank Sinatra will give them a break from the stress of life for a wonderful hour of music.”

The band accompanying Muckle will comprise of AU Professor of Music Dr. Thomas Reed on saxophone and clarinet, AU alumni Paul Martin on bass, local musician Lanny Gooding on piano and Jim Rupp, the drummer for the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra.

Campo hopes that “people take away the ability of music to speak to every generation with hope. We hope they feel entertained, moved, and with a renewed sense of the many blessings we share.”

This will be Muckle’s third performance during AU’s homecoming weekend. In 2016, she performed “Tenderly: A Tribute to Rosemary Clooney” and in 2017, she performed “An Evening with Cathi Muckle” that featured selections from the Songbook of George and Ira Gershwin.

Campo ensures that this event won’t be one to miss.

“We believe that it is the community culture that matters so much at AU,” Campo said. “To have my sister here for this historic Homecoming is something we will all treasure.”

The homecoming concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. and is a free event to all.