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Published: Thursday, 11/29/2012

Concerts to deliver plenty of holiday cheer to area

BY SALLY VALLONGO
SPECIAL TO THE BLADE

Love and Joy to You, the annual Christmas concert by the Lourdes University music department with the Maumee Community Band, is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Franciscan Center. Karen T. Biscay will direct with accompanist Olga Topuzova-Meade. Kevin Heidreder will lead the Maumee band.

A highlight of the program will be the Gloria from the Unaccompanied Mass by Louis F. Davis, former choral director of Sylvania Southview High School and father of Chip Davis, creator of Mannheim Steamroller. Biscay sang the work in high school and later purchased the Davis score at a fund-raiser for Northview High School choirs. This performance will be dedicated to the Davis family.

Also planned will be music by Tschesnokoff, Southall, and Myers.

The Maumee Community Band will perform arrangements of German, French, and English carols, selections from The Polar Express, and Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride."

The concert will conclude with a holiday carol sing-along for band, choirs, and audience. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. For more information, contact kbiscay@lourdes.edu or call 419-824-3772.

A Festival of Choirs at the University of Toledo will deliver holiday cheer at 3 p.m. Sunday in Doermann Theater. Stephen Hodge will conduct the concert, which is free.

Monday Musicale will continue its centennial celebration with a free program at 1 p.m. Dec. 3 in Epworth United Methodist Church, 3077 Valleyview Dr. Performers will be the Moody Flutes, pianist Barbara Harris, organists and pianists Cheryle Knight and Norma Kelling, and soprano Gwen Senerius performing a Christmas composition by Margaret Weber, accompanied by pianist Anne Doerfler.

Bowling Green State University's Philharmonia will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Emily Freeman Brown will conduct. For tickets and information call 419-372-8171.

The Tecumseh Pops Orchestra and Community Chorus will present Ring in the Season at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Tecumseh Arts Center. Music and songs of the Christmas season are on the program. A pre-show opening act will be performed at 3:30 p.m. by the Tecumseh Methodist Church Caroliers handbell choir. Tickets are $7-$10 in advance at 517-423-6617 or at the door.

Monroe Street United Methodist Church announces Ye Olde Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary. Music by the choirs, handbell groups, and youth and children's singers will be performed. Admission is free; proceeds from a collection will benefit the scholarship fund.

The North Coast Concert Band and its Big Band are planning a free holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in Columbian High School, 300 S. Monroe St., Tiffin.

The music department of Owens Community College has scheduled a string of free holiday performances, Creative Noises, in its Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the Perrysburg Township campus. First up is the Jazz Ensemble in a 3 p.m. concert Tuesday in the Rotunda. Next will be the Pop Music Ensemble, performing a variety of genres in a 2 p.m. show in the Rotunda.

On Dec. 7 Owens dance students will perform in a talent showcase at 7 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre. The final event will be a cavalcade of acts by students and faculty at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the main theater. On the program will be holiday sounds and tributes to a member of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Show up at the Southview High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and you'll hear the school choir sing its 2012 holiday concert joined by the school jazz band. Admission is free.

Toledo Symphony performances in the coming week will begin Tuesday with a 7:30 p.m. concert in St. Joseph's Church, 104 W. Broadway, Maumee. Resident conductor Jeffrey Pollock will lead a program of traditional Christmas music, highlighted with solo performances by principal horn Sandra Clark, principal trumpet Lauraine Carpenter, and vocalist Jeffrey Wisniewski. Information about tickets is available at 419-893-4848.

St. Joseph Parish in Sylvania will be the next venue for the symphony, which will play a holiday-themed program at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Choirs from the church, at 5373 Main St., Sylvania, will sing with the orchestra in John Rutter's Nativity Carol. Symphony staffer Tim Lake will narrate a light-hearted theater piece titled "Yes, Virginia, There IS a Santa Claus."

For tickets and information call the church office, 419-885-5791.

Augsburg Lutheran Church, 1342 W. Sylvania Ave., will welcome the Toledo Symphony for a 7:30 p.m. concert on Dec. 6. Programming for this event will lean heavily on arrangements of holiday favorites. Clark and Carpenter will return to solo, Clark in the Goeller Carol Concertante for Horn and Orchestra, and Carpenter to perform a version of "Ding Dong, Merrily on High," arranged for piccolo trumpet.

For tickets and information call the church, 419-478-2374.

The busy orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 1690 Sterns Rd., Temperance.

Pollock will conduct a seasonal program with Clark reprising the Concertante. Vocalist Rick Bonawitt will step into the spotlight for "Mary, Did You Know?" by Lowry and Green. Later, student instrumentalists will shine in a medley of Christmas carols, and vocalists Kellie Mulleavy and Cindy Jackson will solo in a version of "Do You Hear What I Hear?"

The church office at 734-847-8275 has more information on tickets.

The merry musical week will wind down with a gala performance at First Congregation Church, 2315 Collingwood Blvd. Pollock will lead the orchestra in Christmas music by Carmen Dragon, Giacomo Rossini, Herbert, and general feel-good numbers by Sir Edward Elgar and LeRoy Anderson.

As always, the notable evening will end with Anderson's "Sleigh Ride."

Tickets and information are available at 419-243-6248.

Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor is to present its annual Croissant Concert with Today's Brass Quintet at 11 a.m. Sunday in the historic venue, 415 N. Fourth Ave., near Zingerman's Deli. There will be plenty of brass from Mitchell Wechsler and Jean Moorhead Libs, trumpets; Joseph DeMarsh, tuba; Brian Robson, trombone, and Alan Taplin, French horn. Guests will have complimentary croissants, coffee, and juice while taking in the rich, festive sounds of traditional brass quintet music.

Kerrytown will continue its eclectic programming with a concert, Mad About Chamber Music, at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Director Christopher Harding will corral University of Michigan musicians to present a variety of small ensemble performances.

On Wednesday, an 8 p.m. Out of the Box event will present the Huron Valley Harmonizers in a light-hearted program of barbershop singing directed by Rob Pettigrew. Songs will range from traditional to new classics, with some international spice for good measure.

If a dose of escapism from holiday music is prescribed, consider a tango with the Oblivion Project, to be presented at 8 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 6. It's a chamber group comprising Julien Labro on bandoneon and accordion; Gabe Bolkosky, violin, Derek Snyder, bass, Tad Weed, piano, John Holkenboer, bass, and Alex Trajano, percussion.

For tickets, reservations, and information on all Kerrytown shows, call 734-769-2999 or visit www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com.

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



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