Principal trumpeter Lauraine Carpenter, who holds the Chrysler Corporation Fund's endowed chair of the Toledo Symphony, will be featured soloist in the opening concert of the Mozart & More Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Franciscan Center. Carpenter will perform the Haydn Trumpet Concerto with the orchestra.
Principal conductor Stefan Sanderling will conduct that work and another Haydn piece: Symphony No. 85, "La Reine," as well as Mozart's ballet music from Idomeneo.
Carpenter, who also is professor of trumpet at the University of Toledo, holds a master of arts degree in music performance from New York University. A musician of diverse tastes, she has toured with Robert Palmer, performed in a big band in the Casino in Monte Carlo, and has been principal trumpet at the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival in Santa Cruz, Calif.
Tickets are $29-$33 at the Toledo Symphony, 419-246-8000 or www.toledosymphony.com.
Also on the Toledo Symphony horizon is a special event, the Toledo Youth Orchestra Side by Side Concert, set for 4 p.m. Oct. 21. Resident conductor Chelsea Tipton II and TYO conductor Elizabeth Hamaker will share directing duties with the special ensemble comprising both orchestras in the Peristyle.
On the program are works by Brahms, Strauss, Rossini, Borodin, Holst, and John Williams. Admission is free of charge.
Bowling Green State University flutist Nina Assimakopoulos will present a Faculty Artist Series recital at 3 p.m. Sunday in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. She also will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the opener of the "Music from Bowling Green at the Manor House" series at Wildwood Preserve Metropark Manor House. Both are free of charge.
The weekend promises two special events for pipe organ enthusiasts.
Organist Bradley Hunter Welch will make his Toledo debut in a 7 p.m. concert Sunday at Monroe Street United Methodist Church, 3613 Monroe St. A winner of the most recent Dallas International Organ Competition, Welch is artist-in-residence at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas. On the program for this free public event are works by J.S. Bach - Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543 and a chorale - as well music as by Robert Schumann, Leo Sowerby, Marcel Dupre, and Alexandre Guilmant.
The Fayette Opera House will present a reed organ concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in the historic hall. Guest performers will be Justin Hartz of Philadelphia; Michael Hendron of San Francisco; Tei Sato of Japan, and Pam Robison of Independence, Mo. Presented as part of the Reed Organ Society's 25th anniversary celebration, the event is open to the public. Tickets are $6-$8 and may be reserved by calling 419-237-3111.
Anna Stembler-Smith and Lucia Unrau, Bluffton University music faculty, will perform their first duo-piano recital together at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Yoder Recital Hall. The rare performance, deemed such because typical performance venues lack two pianos or availability of a partner, is free and open to the public.
Unrau and Stembler-Smith will perform works including Scaramouche by Milhaud; Mozart's Sonata No. 3 in D Major, K.381, Suite No. 2, Op. 17 by Rachmaninoff; and Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto in G Minor, Op. 22.
Three choirs of Bluffton University will present a concert at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in Yoder Recital Hall. Accent!, Bel Canto, and Camerata Singers will be featured at this free public concert. Works on the program include spirituals, classical, and world music. Tickets are required for seating purposes and can be reserved at the box office at email@example.com or 419-358-3239.
The Peoria (Ill.) Ballet will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Freed Center of Ohio Northern University.
Joining the visiting company will be the ONU Dance Company and the ONU Symphony, directed by Lloyd Butler.
Contemporary dance is on the program with dances set to music by Bach and Carlos Santana. General admission tickets are $20 through the Freed Center box office, 419-772-1900.
The University Musical Society in Ann Arbor continues the season's emphasis on Asian arts with a pair of performances next weekend.
First, at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 will be Cudamani (Soo-duh-mahn-ee), the Balinese music and dance ensemble, in a production of Odalan Bali, based on Balinese mythology and incorporating traditional ceremonies and rituals. Tickets for the show in Hill Auditorium are $10 to $38.
And at 8 p.m. Oct. 20 and 2 p.m. Oct. 21 will be productions of Pamina Devi, the Cambodian version of Mozart's Magic Flute, in the Power Center, 121 Fletcher St., on the University of Michigan campus.
Performed in Khmer with English subtitles, the performance by the Khmer Arts Ensemble of Phnom Penh was commissioned by Peter Sellars and features traditional Cambodian music and dance. A family concert will take place at 1 p.m. Oct. 20
Tickets are available through the University Musical Society at 734-764-2538 or online at www.ums.org.