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Mark Mikel, chamber group Sono Novo to perform at Trinity church


The Toledo Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps, here shown performing in the 2009 Memorial Day parade, is seeking votes on Facebook.

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Sono Novo, the innovative resident chamber ensemble of Trinity Episcopal Church, will present its take on musical fusion at 7 p.m. Saturday in the church sanctuary/performance space downtown.

Mark Mikel, longtime Toledo rock band leader, will join the classical group for an evening of musical surprises. Or so promises Cecilia Johnson, concertmaster of the group and a major player in planning this event on the Trinity Performing Arts Series.

"I met Mark about seven years ago when he hired our string quartet to record on the CD he and his band, The Pillbugs, were producing at the time," recalls Johnson, who was hired for the "Happy Birthday" album. "We went into the studio skeptics and left as true fans."

Johnson notes that Mikel prefers hiring live musicians for his studio sessions rather than sampled or computer-generated sounds. Among local classical musicians who have worked with the Bowling Green State University music faculty member are trombonist Dan Harris, clarinetist Shannon Ford, trumpeter Ric Wolkins -- a fusion player himself with his ongoing jazz career -- plus string players Dana Mader, Alice Petersen, and Jim Anderson.

While Mikel's earlier group no longer is together, he continues to write, produce, perform, and record in northwest Ohio. He has arranged all the charts for the 16 Sono Novo players who will perform Saturday, along with some of Mikel's regular group: Greg Robie, vocals and percussion; Ev Harris, drums, and Brian Albright, guitar and bass.

Tickets start at $12 at the door.

If you like voting for American Idol and Dancing With the Stars contestants online, you've got to love voting for Toledo's much-lauded Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps.

Today is the day.

The Glassmen, a nationally recognized group formed 50 years ago, emphasizes personal responsibility, teamwork, and self-discipline along with its brassy show routines. As a participant in the Chase Community Giving Program, it earned a ranking in the top 100 U.S. charities recently, according to executive director Brian Hickman.

"As the only nonprofit selected from northwest Ohio, this is a tremendous honor for the Glassmen organization and will make a huge difference for the youth of our programs," said Hickman.

The more votes, the more chance to win big, notes Hickman, who says awards for the top 25 groups will range from $20,000 to $500,000. Playing a part in helping this impressive not-for-profit group advance is simple: log into Facebook, find the Chase Web site. Here's a quick link: Cast your vote at

Nigel Burgoine, founder and artistic director of Ballet Theatre of Toledo, is in Osaka, Japan, on a month-long mission that has nothing to do with last winter's earthquake and tsunami. He was invited last year to choreograph two original works for the Osaka International Ballet. Although there was some question about moving ahead with the project, Burgoine said the company has been able to proceed with its plans.

While in Osaka, Burgoine will also conduct master classes, work with dancers on his new pieces, and lead outreach programs for the company. The ballet is part of the Osaka Ballet Academy, one of dozens of classical western dance organizations in Japan.

Burgoine joins other notable dancers from the United States and abroad to have been asked by the Osaka company to help elevate its program. Past instructors include Julie Kent from the American Ballet Theatre, the late Eva Evdokimiva of the Stuttgart Ballet, and Alain Debreuil, former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet of England.

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