Area’s choral groups will celebrate spring in song


Spring means sing for so many Toledo choral groups that this weekend will be full of deep breathing and beautiful sounds. Perhaps a good title for the weekend comes from the Children’s Choir of Northwest Ohio: Meant to Make Music... Together!

That 50-member group will present its concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in Community of Christ Lutheran Church, 6517 Finzel Rd., Whitehouse. Led by Lisa Alleman, founder, these young singers in grades 3 to 10 will perform a varied program. Accompanying them will be violinist Kristen Robideaux, tenor Gregory Ashe, and the Beat Dance Company Select Dancers.

The performance is free. The choir also is slated to perform at a Mud Hens baseball game April 19.

Also on deck for a free public concert at 4 p.m. Sunday is Young Voices of Greater Toledo, launched last fall by Denise Matthias at Monroe Street United Methodist Church, 3613 Monroe St. On the program for these singers ages 8 to 13 are works by Handel, Andrea Ramsey, and Ruth Dwyer, plus a handbell choir directed by Mark Mathias. Harpist Susan Hedler will accompany.

The Bowling Green State University Choral Society is to appear on a program with the Lima Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Lima. The BGSU choir will join the Lima Symphony Chorus in a performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. For tickets and information call 419-222-5701.

The BGSU A Cappella Choir will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday in First Presbyterian Church, 126 S. Church St., Bowling Green. Mark Munson will conduct this free event.

The Toledo Choral Society is to join the choirs of Blessed Sacrament and St. Pius X parishes for a benefit memorial concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in St. Pius X, 3011 Carskaddon Ave. Richard Napierala II will conduct the 100-member choir in music by Paulus, Bestor, Leavitt, Gilkyson, Foley, and others. Phil Clark will accompany. The performance honors Juan Garcia, a friend of the society, who was killed on his way home from midnight mass last Christmas. Admission is $10.

More singing is in store at the Toledo Symphony’s KeyBank Pops Series, which will bring back the smooth music and style trademarked by the Eagles in an 8 p.m. concert Saturday in Stranahan Theater. Windborne Productions has created this tribute show, led by Glenn DeLaune.

On the program will be "Hotel California," "Desperado," "Tequila Sunrise," and "Best of My Love." The Eagles, who are still performing, won six Grammys, five American Music Awards, and had six No. 1 albums. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

DeLaune, a Louisiana native, grew up performing on the guitar and singing. He founded a touring band, Gangster, in the 1980s, then moved into Christian music without losing his love for blues.

Brent Havens will conduct the symphony, providing backup to the touring group. Tickets are $30-$60 at 419-246-8000.

A concert titled City Sounds is planned by the Tower Brass Quintet for 3 p.m. Sunday in the Toledo Museum of Art Great Gallery. Members Brian Bushong and Charles Saenz, trumpets; Bernice Schwartz, horn; Dan Saygers, trombone, and David Saygers, tuba, will perform a program including music by Aaron Copland, Michael Tilson Thomas, Joe Zawinul, W.C. Handy, and David Saygers. Admission is free.

The Toledo Chapter, American Guild of Organists, announces the recital of students and scholarship winners, current and former, at 3 p.m. Sunday in Trinity Episcopal Church, 316 Adams St., downtown. Admission is free.

Back at BGSU, the Wind Symphony is scheduled for a free public concert at 8 p.m. Saturday in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Series. Bruce Moss will conduct.

The University and Concert bands are to perform at 3 p.m. Sunday in Kobacker.

Tuesday’s Music at the Manor House event will present the BGSU Graduate String Quartet and voice students of Sean Cooper at 7:30 p.m. in the Wildwood Preserve Metropark Manor House, a free event.

Showcase of the Arts, an annual summation of the Toledo Symphony League’s work with students over the year, is set for 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Imagination Station. On the ground level of the science and technology museum will be a display of works created in visual arts, literature, and music by hundreds of students. It will be the final day of the show and participants and their families will be honored at a reception.

Admission to Imagination Station is required to view the show and attend the event, planned by Zana Sandys and Teresa Linares.

Owens Community College announces a faculty recital set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, when pianist Lynda Dunn will perform in the small recital hall of the Fine & Performing Arts Center. An eclectic program will include music by Beethoven, Debussy, and Chopin, plus works by Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, and more. Admission is free.

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