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PEACH WEEKENDER

Toledo Symphony to go Waltzing through Vienna

BY SALLY VALLONGO
SPECIAL TO THE BLADE
Violinist Jennifer Frautschi will perform with the Toledo Symphony Jan. 17-18. Violinist Jennifer Frautschi will perform with the Toledo Symphony Jan. 17-18.
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If you loved the New Year’s Day concert broadcast by PBS, with the Vienna Philharmonic playing waltzes, polkas, and other traditional Austrian dance music, you're in luck. The Toledo Symphony resumes its Classics Series concerts with Waltzing Through Vienna at 8 p.m. on Jan. 17 and 18 in the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle.

Stefan Sanderling, principal conductor, will lead the program of irresistible music by von Suppe, Johann Strauss — father and son — Offenbach, and Lehar.

An additional feature will be the return of Grammy Award-nominated violinist Jennifer Frautschi to perform with the symphony.

Frautschi, a Californian by birth, now inhabits the global music world thanks to her performances of both contemporary and classical music. She studied at Harvard, the New England Conservatory, and the Juilliard School.

The 1722 Antonio Stradivarius instrument Frautschi uses in concert, loaned by a private American foundation, is known as the “ex-Cadiz.”

Frautschi, her Strad, and the symphony with Sanderling will perform Pablo de Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) and Camille Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.

The program will conclude with Strauss’ “By the Beautiful Blue Danube” waltz. Tickets are $22-$55 at www.toledosymphony.com or 419-246-8000.

● As removed from the Toledo Symphony’s fantasy concerts as a pair of steel-toed work boots is from high-heeled dancing slippers, the enduring rhythm and dance work of STOMP will return for four shows Jan. 18 and 19 in the Stranahan Theater. Matinees both days will begin at 2 p.m.; evening performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.

Founded in 1991, an immediate revelation, the innovative, industrial-strength percussiveness and physicality of STOMP's dancers proved irresistible to audiences worldwide and to other groups who demonstrated, through their own copycat productions, the sincerest form of flattery.

Routines, dancers, and equipment have changed through the decades, yet the essence of STOMP — finding complex rhythms and movement patterns in the commonplace elements of life — has not altered. Tickets are $28-$68 at the Stranahan box office, 419-381-8851 or www.stranahantheater.org.

Pianist Karl Larson performs wednesday in Toledo and Jan. 16 in Ann Arbor. Pianist Karl Larson performs wednesday in Toledo and Jan. 16 in Ann Arbor.
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● Contemporary music by rising-star young virtuosi is in the spotlight with three Ohio performances next week.

Pianist Karl Larson will be in town to perform an iconic contemporary work for solo piano, Morton Feldman’s “Triadic Memories,” in a 7:30 p.m. concert Wednesday. The setting will be the Toledo Opera Studio, sixth floor of the Secor Building, 425 Jefferson Ave. (For more on Feldman and Larson, see below).

Larson, who has a doctorate in piano performance from Bowling Green State University, is on the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Lindeblad School of Music faculties. He also maintains a busy performance schedule as soloist and collaborator.

Tickets are $5-$10.

The Ogni Suono Saxophone Duo will celebrate the release of their debut CD, “Invisible Seams,” with a performance at 8 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Clazel Theatre, 127 N. Main St., Bowling Green.

Noa Even and Phil Pierick formed the ensemble in 2009 to promote and expand repertoire for their instrument.

The duo will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Jan. 17 at Ohio Northern University, Ada. Their show will be in the Snyder Recital Hall of Presser Hall.

Both events are free.

● Singer Tom Wopat will offer his version of the Great American Songbook Classics in a 7:30 p.m. concert Jan. 18 at the River Raisin Centre for the Arts, 114 S. Monroe St., Monroe.

A crossover singer and actor nominated for Tony Awards, Wopat uses his baritone to bring to life 20th century standards plus songs of Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, and others.

Many know Wopat as Luke Duke in the popular TV series The Dukes of Hazzard, but he also has appeared on Broadway and in films, most recently in Django Unchained.

He made his first solo album of jazz and pop standards in 2000.

Tickets are $18-$29 at the RRCA box office, 734-242-7722, or www.riverraisincentre.org.

● Composer Morton Feldman (1926-1987) was a celebrated figure in the New York school of composers who were trying to create a new approach to music. His birthday is Jan. 12, which may explain the attention being paid to him this month.

Pianist Robert Conway will play two gigs, at 7 and 8:30 p.m., Friday at the Detroit Institute of Arts, with both programs dominated by some of Feldman’s master works. The earlier performance will comprise the 60-minute 1985 piece “For Bunita Marcus,” with several works, including Feldman’s final composition, at the later show.

Conway is an associate professor of music at Wayne State University and has soloed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Both shows are free in the Diego Rivera Court. There is a fee for admission to the DIA, although certain Toledo Museum of Art memberships allow reciprocation. Valet parking is $10 at the Woodward Avenue entrance.

● University Musical Society will present the Kronos Quartet, a string ensemble known for innovative performance practice, at 8 p.m. Jan. 17 and 18 in the Power Center, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor.

Each program will be distinct: the Friday program will include music by George Crumb, Thelonius Monk, and Laurie Anderson. On Saturday works by Bob Dylan, Michael Daughtery, and the Suite from Dirty Wars are on the program.

Tickets are $20-$50 at www.ums.org or 734-764-2538.

Nearby, the Kerrytown Concert House benefit cabaret concert by Joan Morris and Bill Bolcom, originally slated for Jan. 5, has been rescheduled to 4 p.m. this Sunday in the historic venue, 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $15-$20.

Pianist Larson will accompany soprano Liz Pearse in a tribute concert, Songs of Love & Death by Olivier Messiaen, in an 8 p.m. recital Jan. 16 at Kerrytown.

Pearse has sung with the Toledo Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre, among other presenters. Tickets are $5-$25.

For more information call 734-769-2999 or www.kerrytownconcerthouse.org.

● The Toledo Piano Teachers invite the public to their monthly meeting, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 3620 Heatherdowns Blvd. Jeff Manchur will present a program titled Building Implicit Memory in Piano Practice. The meeting is free.

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