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Published: 4/25/2013

Perrysburg musicians to present concerts in Toledo

BY SALLY VALLONGO
SPECIAL TO THE BLADE

This weekend is busy for Perrysburg musicians, as both of its well-established classical groups present concerts.

The Perrysburg Symphony Chorale will present Madrigalfest, a celebration of spring in song, in three performances. The first is set for 7 p.m. Friday in Trinity Episcopal Church, 316 Adams St., downtown Toledo.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, the group will perform highlights from that concert at Way Public Library, Indiana and Louisiana avenues, in Perrysburg. The final performance will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in First United Methodist Church, West Second and Walnut Streets, Perrysburg. Wayne Anthony conducts the choir, established in 1994 and open to singers in the region. Tickets are $5-$10 at the door.

The Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra will present the final concert of its 2012-2013 season at 3 p.m. Saturday in The Owens Community College Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 30335 Oregon Rd. Music director Robert Mirakian will conduct a program comprising Rossini’s Overture to Semiramide, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, and a selection of arias from operas by Handel, Gounod, and Mozart. Appearing as soloist will be soprano Carol Dusdieker, assistant professor of voice at Heidelberg University, Tiffin. Tickets are $10-$12 at the door.

Although its season is winding down, the Toledo Symphony still has miles of notes to play for Toledo and the surrounding region.

The final Blade Chamber Series performance will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Toledo Club. On the program will be two works: a Nonet (piece for nine instruments) by Joseph Rheinberger, and the only piano quintet written by Johannes Brahms.

Performing together in the Rheinberger will be a woodwind quintet — Joel Tse, Michele Smith, Georg Klaas, Sandra Clark, and Gareth Thomas — plus a string quartet — Cheryl Trace, Reed Anderson, Robert Clemens, and William McDevitt.

Rheinberger (1839-1901) was a Romantic composer from Lichtenstein who also was an organist, conductor, and teacher. Performing in the work by Brahms will be Kirk Toth, Naomi Guy, Valentin Ragusitu, Martha Reikow, and guest pianist Frances Renzi.

Also on the Toledo Symphony schedule is a concert at Bluffton University at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Yoder Hall. The all-chamber music program will present the orchestra’s Brass Quintet and its String Quartet in works by Ewazen, Ginastera, Turina Piazzolla, and Malcolm. Finally, all players will merge to perform the Rheinberger Nonet in A Major.

For information and tickets call 419-246-8000 or toledosymphony.com.

Musica Antigua de Toledo is to present its final series concert, All in the Family, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Epiphany Lutheran Church, 915 North Reynolds Rd. On the program will be compositions from well-known musical families of the Baroque era, including members of the sprawling and prolific Bach family. Tickets are $2-$10 at the door.

The Tower Brass will collaborate with organist Kevin McGill for a 3 p.m. concert Sunday in St. Marks Lutheran Church, 315 South College St., Bowling Green. Highlights of the program include William Schmidt’s Chamber Concerto for Organ and Brass and Marche Triomphale by Karg-Elert. Information: TowerBrassQuintet.com.

Four choirs will merge to present the Festival of Sacred Music at 7 p.m. Sunday in Monroe Street United Methodist, 3613 Monroe St. Singers from Collingwood and Christ Presbyterian churches, Zion Mennonite of Archbold, and the MSUM singers will offer a program to include the John Rutter Te Deum and selections from a Handel oratorio plus music selected by each choir. Directors will be Mark and Denise Mathias, Dennis Blubaugh, and Jim Sauder. This free public concert is to be repeated at 7 p.m. May 5 in the Archbold church, 300 Short-Buehrer Rd.

Sunday at 3 p.m. also will bring the return of the Bezonian Trio to the Toledo Museum of Art Great Gallery. Members Michael Boyd, piano; Merwin Siu, violin; and Damon Coleman, cello, plan a lively program for this free event.

Owens Community College Concert Band announces its annual Patriotic Concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the arts center Main Stage. William Dais will conduct musicians from the college and community in a Broadway show medley, American folk songs, and a tribute to trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. The concert is free.

The Tiffin University Dance Team will share the stage with Axis Indoor Percussion Ensemble in a 7:30 p.m. Saturday concert in Gillmor Gymnasium on campus. On the program is an eclectic mix of music and dance styles: hip-hop, clog, lyrical, tap, jazz, ballet, theater, and dub step. Guest performers will be high school dancers in Dance Unlimited and InMotion. The event is free.

The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series will screen a new production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare at noon Saturday in Fallen Timbers and Franklin Park Cinemas. Tickets are $22.

The ALMA Dance Experience will be host to Idy Ciss, a Senegalese artist visiting from the Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, for West African dance classes from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the ALMA headquarters, Studio 205 of Common Space II, 10 North Holland-Sylvania Rd. Classes are open with a $15 fee per attendee. Information: Allison Kodeih at 419-810-2800 or almadance03@hotmail.com.

Send items for News of Music to svallongo@theblade.com at least two weeks before the event.



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