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Season of the Arts: Classical music

Classical music, dance, and jazz are alive and well in northwest Ohio

Classical music, dance, and jazz are alive and well in northwest Ohio, as witnessed by the amazing number of events programmed for this upcoming season. With so much on offer, selecting the five ‘not-to-miss’ concerts becomes a welcome challenge.

Honorable mention goes to the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series Steinway Gala hosted by the University of Toledo Department of Music. The afternoon acknowledges her lifetime of philanthropy to the arts. The best pianists from northwest Ohio and Michigan will gather to present a program of music singularly fit for the occasion at 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Recital Hall of the UT Center for Performing Arts.

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Stefan Sanderling will conduct his final performance with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in May.

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Tied in fifth place are two world premieres by our resident ballet companies. On March 17, 18, and 19, the Ballet Theatre of Toledo will stage Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen at Trinity Episcopal Church, Toledo, with original choreography by artistic director Nigel Burgoine.

A month later on April 29 and 30, the Toledo Ballet will offer Tales of Grimm, with original choreography by resident choreographer Michael Lang.

Due to the creative vision of director of audience engagement Scott Boberg, the Toledo Museum of Art distinguished itself musically last season. This year is no exception. Sliding in at number four, they bring seven pianists from across the U.S. together to tackle one of the 20th century’s most challenging solo piano works. Olivier Messiaen’s three hour long Catalogue of the Birds is seven “books” inspired by the songs of various European birds. The concert, held in conjunction with National Birding week, happens 2 p.m. May 14 in the GlasSalon of the museum.

Number three is the 10th Anniversary Celebration Spring Concert of the Children’s Choir of Northwest Ohio. The ensemble, founded by director Lisa Alleman, has gained national repute as an artistic force. Their benchmark gala will happen 4 p.m. April 23 at the Maumee Performing Arts Center.

Second place is awarded to the Toledo Opera Association for adding one of the most challenging and provocative operas of the 20th century to its season. Samuel Barber’s Vanessa is an intense, dark, foreboding, and lyrical tale of a grandmother, a fallen woman, and her illegitimate child. The twisted plot unfolds when her former lover’s son arrives unexpectedly on a winter night. Performances are 7:30 p.m. March 31 and 2 p.m. April 2 at the Valentine Theatre.

Finally the top not-to-be-missed concert will happen at 8 p.m. May 5 and 6. After 15 years, maestro Stefan Sanderling will conduct his final performance with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Under his baton, the orchestra has risen to the heights of artistic Parnassus. Titled A Perfect Cadence, this farewell will feature pianist Martina Filjak in a program of German masterworks by Beethoven, Mozart, and Brahms.

 

The following is a listing of concerts for the 2016-17 year:

September

24: Toledo Symphony Keybank Pops Series: Carl Topilow: A Space Spectacular, Stranahan Theatre

25: Great Performances in the Great Gallery: HUB New Music, Toledo Museum of Art, free

25: Rosary Cathedral Concert Series: Denine LeBlanc, piano, Rosary Cathedral, free

Sept. 30/​Oct. 1: Toledo Symphony Classics: Romeo and Juliet, Peristyle

October

2: Great Performances in the Great Gallery: Cole Burger, piano, Toledo Museum of Art, free

7/​9: The Toledo Opera: The Barber of Seville, Valentine Theatre

8: Perrysburg Symphony: Music of Mendelssohn, Perrysburg Junior High School

8: Dorothy McKenzie Price Piano Series: Duo Pianists Matthew Gianforte and Meeyoun Park, Recital Hall, Center for Performing Arts, University of Toledo, free

8: Firelands Symphony: La Musica d’Italia, Sandusky State Theatre

8-9: University Musical Society: Takacs String Quartet: Beethoven Quartet Cycle: Concerts 1 and 2, Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor

9: Great Performances in the Great Gallery: Pablo Amoros, piano, Toledo Museum of Art, free

13-15: University Musical Society: Mark Morris Dance Group and the Silk Road Ensemble: Layla and Majnun, Power Center, Ann Arbor

16: Toledo Symphony Blade Chamber Series: Musical Diversions, Toledo Club

16: St. Tim’s Discover’s Music Series: Cheryl Babb and Friends do Broadway, St. Timothy’s Episcopal, Perrysburg, free

20: The Sound of Silents: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Peristyle

20: Toledo Jazz Orchestra: To Brazil and Back with guitarist Chris Buzzeli, Registry Bistro, Toledo

20-21: The University Musical Society: Dorrance Dance Company, Power Center, Ann Arbor

22: Toledo Symphony Keybank Pops Series: Herman’s Hermits, Stranahan Theatre

23: Bowling Green Area Community Bands: Halloween Concert, Bowling Green School’s Performing Arts Center, Bowling Green, free

28/​29: Toledo Symphony Classics: Beethoven, Bloch, and Dvorak, Peristyle

30: Toledo Symphony Anderson’s Family Series: Halloween Spooktacular, Valentine Theatre

30: Rosary Cathedral Concert Series: harpist Youlanda Kondonassis and guitarist Jason Vieaux, Rosary Cathedral, free

November

5: Toledo Symphony Welltower Mozart and More Series: A Winter’s Tale, Lourdes University.

5: Toledo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists: Pedals, Pipes and Pizza: An Introduction to the Organ for Children, Glenwood Lutheran Church, Toledo

6: Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series: Steinway Gala, Recital Hall, Center for Performing Arts, University of Toledo, $10

6: Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra Concert, Peristyle

6: Perrysburg Chorale: Bicentennial Concert, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Perrysburg

6: Firelands Symphony: A Night with the USO, Sandusky State Theatre

0: Jazz Under Glass with the Art Tatum Society: Guy Mintus, GlasSalon, Toledo Mueseum of Art

12-13: The University Musical Society: The Berlin Philharmonic, Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor

11-13/​18-20: University of Toledo Opera Ensemble: The Merry Widow, Doermann Theater, University of Toledo, $10-$15

13: Great Performances in the Great Galley: Chelsea Cloeter, soprano, Toledo Museum of Art, free

13: Musica Antigua: Compass Points of Early Musick: West & East: Musick of Spain and Germany, Epiphany Lutheran Church, Toledo

14: BGSU Philharmonia with guest artist Noah Bendix-Balgley, concert master of the Berlin Philharmonic, Moore Musical Arts Center, BGSU

15: The University Musical Society: Gabrielli: A Venetian Coronation 1595, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Ann Arbor

16: St. Tim’s Discovers Music Series: Four Hands, One Piano: Valery Kantorski and Ann Pope, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Perrysburg, free

16: Denise Grupp-Verbon, harp in recital, Center for Fine & Performing Arts, Owens Community College

17: Toledo Jazz Orchestra: Cruise Ship Songs and Stories featuring vocalist Kelly Broadway, Registry Bistro, Toledo

18-19: Toledo Symphony Classics: Beethoven from the Bench, Peristyle

20: Great Performances in the Great Gallery: Joel Tse, flute, Toledo Museum of Art, free

25/​26/​27: Ballet Theatre of Toledo: The Nutcracker, Valentine Theatre

26: Toledo Symphony Key Bank Pops Series: Sandi Patty Farewell Tour, Valentine Theatre

December

1: Infinite Variations: The Goldberg Re-Imagined (for Two Pianos), Peristyle

2-4: River Raisin Ballet Company: The Nutcracker, River Raisin Centre for the Arts, Monroe, $13-$20

3: Toledo Symphony Anderson’s Family Series: Christmas at the Peristyle with the Children’s Choir of Northwest Ohio, Peristyle

3/​4: Masterworks Chorale: Christmas Concert, Epworth United Methodist Church, Toledo

3/​4: The University Musical Society: Handel’s Messiah, Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor

4: Toledo Symphony Handel’s Messiah, Rosary Cathedral

9: Rejoice Handbell Choir, Peristyle

10: The University Musical Society: The King’s Singers: A Christmas Songbook, Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor

11: Great Performances in the Great Gallery: The University of Toledo Concert Chorale, Toledo Museum of Art, free

11: Bowling Green Area Community Bands: Christmas Concert, Bowling Green School’s Performing Arts Center, Bowling Green, free

11: Perrysburg Chorale: Christmas Concert: Rejoice and Be Merry, Zoar Lutheran Church, Perrysburg

11: Firelands Symphony: Holiday Magic, Sandusky State Theatre

15: Children’s Choir of Northwest Ohio: Holiday Art Loop Concert, Tony Packo’s at the Park, Toledo

15: Jazz Under Glass with the Art Tatum Society, GlasSalon, Toledo Museum of Art

17: Glen Tucker: Jazz Nativity, Peristyle

17: Toledo Jazz Orchestra: Cool Yule Annual Holiday Concert, Valentine Theatre

17/​18: Toledo Ballet: The Nutcracker, Stranahan Theater

18: Rosary Cathedral Concert Series: A Christmas Carol Sing, Rosary Cathedral, free

January

1: Great Performances in the Great Gallery: The AntiVillans, Toledo Museum of Art, free

4: Rosary Cathedral Concert Series: Organist Dexter Kennedy in recital, Rosary Cathedral, free

7/​8: The University Musical Society: Batsheva Dance Company: Last Work, Power Center, Ann Arbor

13/​14: Toledo Symphony Classics: Organ, Orchestra and Xanadu: Organist Paul Jacobs with the TSO, Peristyle

14: Toledo Jazz Orchestra: Tormé Sings Tormé, Valentine Theatre

15: Paul Jacobs, organist in recital, Peristyle

18: The Dance Theatre of Harlem, Valentine Theatre

19: The Sound of Silents: The Gold Rush, Peristyle

19: The University Musical Society: Prague Philharmonic, Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor

21: Toledo Symphony Welltower Mozart and More Series: Mozart and Tchaikovsky, Lourdes University

21/​22: The University Musical Society: Takacs Quartet: Beethoven Quartet Cycle: Concerts 3 & 4, Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor

22: Toledo Symphony Anderson’s Family Series: Score!: The Sound of Sports, Valentine Theatre

29: Toledo Symphony Blade Chamber Series: Beethoven and Verdi, Toledo Club

29: Great Performances in the Great Gallery: University of Toledo Outstanding Student Concert, Toledo Museum of Art, free

February

2: Dorothy McKenzie Price Piano Series: Pianist Caroline Hong in recital, Recital Hall, Center for Performing Arts, University of Toledo, free

2: The University Musical Society: Bruckner Orchester Linz, Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor

3: The University Musical Society: The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, St. Francis of Assisi, Ann Arbor

3/​4: Toledo Symphony Classics: Sarah Chang and West Side Story, Peristyle

5: The University Musical Society: Calidore String Quarte, Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor

10: The University Musical Society: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor

10/​12: Toledo Opera: The Marriage of Figaro, Valentine Theatre

11: Toledo Symphony Keybank Pops Series: Yesterday Once More: A Tribute to the Music of the Carpenters. Stranahan Theatre

11: St. Tim’s Discovers Music Series: Horns and Pipes: Music for brass and organ featuring Michael Gartz, organist, St. Rose Catholic Church, Perrysburg, free

11: Firelands Symphony: Masterful Beethoven, Sandusky State Theatre

18: Toledo Symphony Welltower Mozart and More Series: An Evening of Haydn, Lourdes University

19: Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra Concert, Peristyle

20: Art Tatum Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert, Recital Hall, Center for Performing Arts, University of Toledo, $10-$15

23: Hansen Musical Arts Series presents the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, Moore Musical Arts Center, BGSU

24/​25: Toledo Symphony Classics: Heavenly Preludes, Peristyle

26: Great Performances in the Great Gallery: Kate Boyd, piano, Toledo Museum of Art, free

26: Bowling Green Area Community Bands: Winter Concert, Bowling Green School’s Performing Arts Center, Bowling Green, free

27: Tapestry: Guitar/​Harp Duo in Concert, Fayette Opera House, Fayette

March

4: Toledo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists: Sacred Music Choral Festival

4 : The University Musical Society: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor

5: Toledo Symphony Blade Chamber Series: Mendelssohn Octet, Toledo Club

5: Great Performances in the Great Gallery: Shannon Ford, saxophone, Toledo Museum of Art, free

5: Epworth Artist Series: The Clarence Smith Community Chorus and the Children’s Choir of Northwest Ohio, Epworth United Methodist Church, Toledo

9: Jazz Under Glass with the Art Tatum Society, GlasSalon, Toledo Museum of Art

11: Toledo Symphony Keybank Pops Series: Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Stranahan Theatre

11: Toledo Jazz Orchestra: Drums & Drummers: A Tribute to Roger Schupp, Valentine Theatre

11: The University Musical Society: Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor

11/​12: Perrysburg Chorale: Celtic Concert: Music of the Isles, First Perbyterian Church, Bowling Green, First United Methodist Church, Perrysburg

12: Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra Concert, Peristyle

17/​18: Toledo Symphony Classics: Heidi Grant Murphy and Mahler, Peristyle

17-19: Ballet Theatre of Toledo: The Snow Queen, Trinity Episcopal Church

18: The University Musical Society: Steve Reich @ 80: Music for 18 Musicians, Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor

8: Firelands Symphony: Téada — Irish Band, Sandusky State Theatre

19: Great Performances in the Great Gallery: University of Toledo Voice Faculty Recital, Toledo Museum of Art, free

19: Toledo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Student Recital, First Presbyterian Church, Maumee

19: St. Tim’s Discovers Music Series: Cellist Damon Colemon and pianist Michael Boyd in recital, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Perrysburg, free

24: BSGU Opera Theatre: Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, Donnell Theatre, Wolfe Center for the Arts, BGSU

25: Toledo Symphony Welltower Mozart and More Series: Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart, Lourdes University

25: Spektral Quartet: Morton Feldman String Quartet No. 2, GlasSalon, Toledo Museum of Art

23: Perrysburg Symphony and Perrysburg Junior High Orchestras: Side-By-Side Concert, Perrysburg Junior High School, Perrysburg, $10-12

25/​26: The University Musical Society: Takacs Quartet: Beethoven Quartet Cycle: Concerts 5 & 6, Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor

26: BSGU Opera Theatre: Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. Donnell Theatre, Wolfe Center for the Arts, BGSU

30-31: University of Toledo New Music Festival

31: Toledo Opera: Vanessa, Valentine Theatre

31: Jazz week concluding concert with guest artist Alan Ferber, Moore Musical Arts Center, BGSU

April

1: Masterworks Chorale: Classics Concert, Trinity Episcopal Church, Toledo

1: Dorothy McKenzie Price Piano Series: Pianist William Wellborn in recital, Recital Hall, Center for Performing Arts, University of Toledo, free

2: Toledo Opera: Vanessa, Valentine Theatre

7/​8: Toledo Symphony Classics Series: Tchaikovsky’s Fourth, Peristyle

7-9: River Raisin Ballet: Alice in Wonderland, River Raisin Centre for the Arts, Monroe, $13-$20

9: Great Performances in the Great Gallery: BGSU Chamber Music Competition Winners, Toledo Museum of Art, free

12: Ballet Theatre of Toledo: The Great Pancake Escape, Valentine Theatre

13: The Sound of Silents: The Passion of Joan of Arc, Peristyle

14: University Choral Society and Early Music Ensemble in J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, First United Methodist Church, Bowling Green

21-23: University of Toledo Opera Ensemble: The Brother’s Grimm & Little Red Riding Hood, Recital Hall, Center for Performing Art, University of Toledo, $10-$15

22: Toledo Jazz Orchestra: Sixty Years of West Side Story, Valentine Theatre

22: The University Musical Society: Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile: Bach Trios, Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor

23: Toledo Symphony Blade Chamber Series: Sounds of Nature, Toledo Club

23: Children’s Choir of Northwest Ohio: 10th Anniversary Celebration Spring Concert, Maumee Performing Arts Center, Maumee

25: The University Choral Society: Opera in Concert: Handel’s Ariodante with soprano Joyce DiDonato, Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor

28: Toledo Symphony: Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Peristyle

29/​30: Toledo Ballet: Tales of Grimm, Valentine Theatre

29: Firelands Symphony: Rising Stars,Sandusky State Theatre

30: Musica Antigua: Compass Points of Early Musick: South & North: Musick of Italy and England, Epiphany Lutheran Church, Toledo

May

1: Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra Pops Concert

5/​6: Toledo Symphony Classics: Sanderling: A Perfect Cadence, Peristyle

11: Jazz Under Glass with the Art Tatum Jazz Society. GlasSalon, Toledo Museum of Art

13: Toledo Symphony Keybank Pops Series: Westwater Arts: Our National Parks, Stranahan Theatre

14: Olivier Messiaen’s Catalogue of Birds, GlasSalon, Toledo Museum of Art

16: Rosary Cathedral Concert Series: Mount Union Concert Choir, Rosary Cathedral, free

18: The Sound of Silents: Metropolis, Peristyle

18: Toledo Jazz Orchestra: The Great American Song Book with the Parker/​Potter Quintet, Registry Bistro, Toledo

18-21: The Harp Gathering: Concert, Workshops and Vendor Hall, Sauder Heritage Inn, Archbold

June

3: Masterworks Chorale and Ballet Theatre of Toledo: Collage X, Valentine Theatre

11: Bowling Green Area Community Bands: BG City Park Concert, free

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