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Niswonger Performing Arts Center
Sep 16 , 2021

Songs At The Center Live Taping

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Call Box Office:419-238-6722

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center hosts a taping of the PBS series, Songs at the Center, on Thu. Sep. 16, at 6:30 pm and you can be part of the Live Audience.

The series, which has been seen on more than 385 stations and is hosted by songwriter Eric Gnezda, will feature fellow songwriters Carrie NewcomerOver the Rhine, and another artist to be announced.

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center joins other Ohio concert halls in the series, whose purpose is to showcase the best songwriters in America in Ohio’s finest venues.

"Van Wert Live at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center is honored to be a featured venue on Songs at the Center,” said Tafi Stober, Executive Director of Van Wert Live Venues. “This opportunity to be a backdrop for the story behind the song has a deep purpose as it highlights the entertainment industry from a different perspective, the artist's heart."


Songs at the Center airs on PBS stations, WGBU, Bowling Green, late night on Fridays and Sundays, and WFWA, Ft. Wayne, at 11:30 pm, Saturdays.


“We’re pleased to be working with the top-notch crew at The Niswonger,” said Executive Producer, Jack FitzGerald. “Our show highlights the songwriter and their stories. We’re pleased to bring the show to Northwest Ohio, where we welcome an enthusiastic audience.”

Songs at the Center is taping its eighth season, and has welcomed John Oates, Rodney Crowell, Janis Ian, Jim Brickman, and Delbert McClinton, among others.

Contact the Van Wert Live Box Office for Free tickets and the opportunity to be part of the session taping (419-238-6722 or [email protected]). The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 State Route 118, Van Wert, OH, 45891. 

Songs at the Center celebrates The Song. The Songwriter. And Their Stories. The show features Songwriting Royalty, as well as other artists you’ll want to get to know better. The series is taped before a live audience, in an interview/performance format, where singer-songwriters sit down with series creator and host, Eric Gnezda, for a chat and a few songs. 

For more information on Songs at the Center, please visit: songsatthecenter.tv.

Performance Schedule

  • Thursday, September 16, 2021 6:30 PM Cal +


Immediate access parking is FREE at the Niswonger. Lots are located to the North and South of the venue. Handicap parking is available to the East of the facility immediately outside of the main entrance.


All areas of the Niswonger and certain seating areas are accessible by wheelchair. Please notify the Box Office (419-238-NPAC) at the time of ticket purchase so that a platform for companion seating is reserved. Please ask the ushers for assistance to be seated. All entrances from the parking lots have ramps and are at sidewalk level. A wheelchair-accessible elevator serves both levels of the Niswonger providing both the lower and upper lobby and auditorium. All restroom facilities offer handicap accessibility and a larger family restroom is available on the upper lobby level. There are a limited number of handicap accessible parking spaces available in the front of the facility and in both the North and South campus parking lots. These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Niswonger also has assisted listening devices provided by the Van Wert Service Club. Please contact the Box Office for details: 419-238-NPAC.

Alert the Facilities Manager of any special considerations. The Niswonger Staff is ready to assist with entry to and from the show. Please contact the Box Office in advance at 419-238-6722 or [email protected].

Group Sales

Advanced event ticketing, a 10% discount and a driver comp ticket are available for groups of 10 or more. Arrangements must be made through Jerry Beard, Box Office Manager, 419-238-6722 or [email protected].

Electronic Devices & Camera Policy

Please or silence all electronic devices when the house lights go down for the performance. We welcome you to access social media to share your experience during intermission or after the performance. The use of cameras, audio recording devices and video recording devices is prohibited at performances at the INB PAC. The use of professional lenses and flash photography is strictly prohibited. Flash photography may distract the performer and cause injury.

Age Restrictions

There are no age restrictions for this family show. Children three and under are granted admission without a ticket so long as they are held by an adult ticket-holder. The VWAPAF reserves the right to preclude the attendance of children under the age of 5 years determined by the nature of the performance. Guardians will be asked to remove their child/children if they cause disruptions for other ticket-holders during a performance.