Joan Ellison

Joan Ellison will bring Judy Garland to life with her iconic look and sound, singing more than a dozen Garland classics on Jan. 25.

ASHLAND -- Hot on the ruby heels of Renée Zellweger’s Oscar nomination for her role in Judy, the Ashland Symphony Orchestra will present the music of Judy Garland on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Robert M. & Janet L. Archer Auditorium at Ashland High School.

Featured soloist Joan Ellison will bring Judy to life with her iconic look and sound, singing more than a dozen Garland classics.

Ellison’s intimate understanding of retro musical styles of the 1920s to the 1960s comes from transcribing over 250 song arrangements note-for-note from original recordings, bringing distinct freshness and authenticity to her interpretations of classic American standards.

She serves as Editor of the Judy Garland Carnegie Hall Concert Restoration Project for the Judy Garland Heirs Trust and will be debuting several new restorations of Judy’s original arrangements.

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Guest conductor Michael Berkowitz will lead the orchestra. Berkowitz is an in-demand conductor on Broadway and with Pops orchestras across the globe. He has worked with artists Liza Minelli, Billy Joel, and Henry Mancini just to name a few. Berkowitz is also an accomplished drummer and will perform with the ASO on “Strike Up the Band.”

For more about Berkowitz, visit

Tickets are $24 for adults, $21 for seniors, and $5 for children under 18 and college students with ID, and may be purchased at the ASO office 419-289-5115 or the AU Box Office 419-289-5125, both located at 331 College Avenue, or on line at

Thank you to season co-sponsors Doc’s Crocks and Samaritan Hospital Foundation; and program supporters Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home and Crematory, Bud and Cuda Ingmand, and Michael Sullivan, Attorney at Law. Additional support provided by a donor at the Ashland County Community Foundation that wishes to remain anonymous. The Ashland Symphony Orchestra also receives funding provided in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

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