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Published: Thursday, 12/9/2010

Toledo Ballet to present its 70th annual 'Nutcracker'

Samuel Lips as the Nutcracker Prince and Holly Allen as Clara in Toledo Ballet's 2009 production of 'The Nutcracker.' Samuel Lips as the Nutcracker Prince and Holly Allen as Clara in Toledo Ballet's 2009 production of 'The Nutcracker.'
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This weekend brings the 70th annual Nutcracker performances by the Toledo Ballet at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Stranahan Theater. Choreographed by Gen Horiuchi, staged by Lisa Mayer, head of the Toledo Ballet School, and accompanied by the Toledo Symphony and conductor Adron Ming, the holiday tradition promises a beguiling mix of old and new.

This year, the second act — the Land of Sweets — will be presented in a new set designed by Thomas Umfrid of the University of Cincinnati. Guest soloists will be Renato Penteado and Katia Carranza from the Miami City Ballet.

Tickets start at $17 at 419-381-8851.

The Toledo Symphony has been playing musical St. Nick, delivering fine holiday music to crowds waiting in churches and school halls all over northwest Ohio. Resident conductor Jeffrey Pollock and University of Toledo maestro Robert Mirakian are sharing directing duties.

The schedule continues at 7 p.m. Thursday in St. Patrick's Church, 610 South Portland St., Bryan; at 7 p.m. Friday in the new YMCA West, 2110 Tremainsville Rd., and at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Epiphany Lutheran Church, 915 North Reynolds Rd., all with Mirakian leading the TSO in a seasonal mix of classics, pop, and traditional music by Copland, Anderson, Tchaikovsky, and Strauss.

Stepping up next week will be Pollock, leading a 7 p.m. performance Tuesday at Westgate Chapel, 2500 Wilford Drive; at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Augsburg Lutheran Church, 1342 West Sylvania Ave., and at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 in St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 1690 Sterns Rd., Temperance.

The TSO and Pollock will go on the road to Piqua, Ohio, for an 8 p.m. concert at Edison Community College in Miami County. Soprano Carol Dusdieker will solo with the orchestra in a program of sacred and secular holiday favorites.

The Tower Brass Quintet will perform its seasonal concert, Spirit of Christmas Brassed, at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 in Trinity United Methodist Church, 200 North Summit St., Bowling Green. This is the 11th year for the performance by this esteemed ensemble based in Bowling Green. Admission is free. For more information, contact the church at 419-353-9031.

A celebration of the Winter Solstice is planned for 3 p.m. Dec. 19 in the Cloister of the Toledo Museum of Art. Performers will include Jill Berkana of Nightfire Dance Theater and Jackie Leclair, oboist and professor at Bowling Green State University plus guest dancers and musicians. The show is free.

The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library continues its 2010 Holiday Concerts at Main Library, 325 Michigan St., with free performances from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The St. Ursula Academy Concert Choir is to perform Wednesday and the Ottawa Hills High School Choir will sing Dec. 16. The final performance will feature harpist Susan Hedler on Dec. 17.

The Good Company Ensemble of Lourdes College will perform holiday carols at 3 p.m. Sunday at Mansion View Inn on Collingwood Boulevard. The concert is part of Women Blessing Women's second annual Purse Auction. Admission is free.

The Lourdes College Choirs led by Karen Biscay and the Maumee Community Band with Kevin Heidbreder, conductor, will reprise their earlier holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 during the Toledo Museum of Art's It's Friday event. Pianist Olga Topuzova-Meade will accompany the choirs in the museum's Great Gallery. Admission is free.

Items for News of Music should be sent to svallongo@theblade.com at least two weeks ahead of the performance date.



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