Lourdes University announces its Fall Music Showcase, a series of three mini-performances starting at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Franciscan Center on the Sylvania campus. All three components celebrate the life-enriching qualities of music; nourishment for the body will be offered at buffets during both intermissions.
The first set, Songs of Faith and Travel, will feature the University Choirs directed by Karen T. Biscay, with accompaniment by pianist Olga Topuzova-Meade and Strings of Choice. Works by Rutter, Saint-Saens, Vaughan-Williams, and Ola Gjeilo, enhanced with photos by Jim Hagan, are on the program.
Paul Fine, a Sylvania native and professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan, is to talk at 4 p.m. about music as an avocation. Fine also is a composer and pianist.
At 5 p.m. Lourdes faculty, students, and guests will perform solo and chamber music for voice, classical guitar, and piano. A reception follows at 6 p.m. All events are free.
● “Castles in the Air” is the title of a madrigal dinner planned by Focus Ministries from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday in Trinity Episcopal Church, 316 Adams St. Costumes are encouraged and reservations are essential, as spaces are limited. For information and reservations call 419-244-2175 or visit Lquartermaine@focus.org.
● The Owens Community College Concert Band will hold its annual veterans’ tribute concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts.
William Dais will conduct a program of patriotic and popular works. Veterans of the 555th Air Force Band of the Great Lakes will join the Owens Band for the last four numbers. Guest conducting the combined bands will be Lt. Col. Robert Krichbaum, retired commander of the 555th band, and WO4 David Smith, retired Army Band Master. A reception will follow the free concert.
● St. Tim’s Discovers, a concert series at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 871 E. Boundary St., Perrysburg, launches at 7:30 p.m. today with a jazz performance by saxophonist David Bixler and Grammy Award-winning pianist Arturo O’Farrill.
The series will continue with an organ and choral event at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in St. Rose Church, 217 E. Front St., Perrysburg.
Joined by guest organist Todd Wilson, head of the organ department at Cleveland Institute of Music and a renowned composer and performer, the Canterbury Choir of St. Tim’s will perform the local premiere of Wilson’s work, “Song of Wilderness.” Wilson is a Toledo native who was the organist at Collingwood Presbyterian Church for several years.
Also on the program will be the John Rutter Requiem plus organ music by Bach and Durufle. Both programs are free.
● Sunday at 4 p.m. will bring Swingmania, a local big band, to Community of Christ Lutheran Church in Whitehouse. Admission is free. For more information call 419-877-0607 or visit www.commofchrist.org.
● University Musical Society in Ann Arbor continues its season at 7:30 p.m. today with an appearance by Chanticleer, the award-winning men’s vocal ensemble, in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 2250 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $45-$55.
On Saturday at 8 p.m., the Takacs String Quartet will play music by Beethoven, Janacek, and Smetana in Rackham Auditorium, around the corner from Hill Auditorium on the University of Michigan campus. Tickets are $24-$50. Information: 734-764-2538 or www.ums.org.
● Organist Todd Carrico, former keyboard wiz at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 428 N. Erie St., will perform a 3 p.m. recital Oct. 20 in the church, part of the 50th anniversary celebration of its Reuter pipe organ.
Carrico, now director of music at Faith Lutheran Church, Glen Ellyn, Ill., plans a program of works for organ and voice. Joining him will be former Cantate Domino singers Katherine Calcamuggio and Kathryn Zajac Albertson. The event is free.
● Next week is Bowling Green State University’s 34th annual New Music Festival in Moore Musical Arts Center and other nearby venues.
This year’s featured guest artist, George Lewis, is professor of music at Columbia University, a MacArthur “genius” Fellow, and busy composer and performer. Also on campus will be Dal Niente, a contemporary instrumental ensemble.
Lewis will discuss his music at 1 p.m. Oct. 17 in Bryan Hall, where the first concert is to start at 3 p.m. A 7:30 p.m. concert that night in Kobacker Hall will showcase music by Lewis, BGSU composer Christopher Dietz, and others. The busy day will wrap up with the first performance by Dal Niente and Friends at 9:30 p.m. in the Clazel Theatre, 127 N. Main St.
Dal Niente will return Oct. 18 for an 8 p.m. concert in Kobacker, where the Wind Symphony and Philharmonia will play more new music at 8 p.m. Oct. 19. Music by young composers at the Toledo School for the Arts will be performed at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 19 in Bryan Hall. Tickets are $10 for this final concert, but all other events are free.
A full schedule is at www.bgsu.edu/arts.
● Grand diva Marilyn Horne will be on the University of Toledo campus Oct. 18-19 for master classes and a book signing. A 7:30 p.m. conversation between Horne and UT faculty member Denise Ritter Bernardini will be Oct. 18 in the Recital Hall of the Center for Performing Arts. A master class will run from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 in the same spot. The master class is free but reservations are required at utoledo.edu/boxoffice. Tickets for the Oct. 18 event are $25.
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