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Prince’s band joins symphony for free show


The New Power Generation will perform ‘The Music of Prince’ with the Toledo Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Promenade Park. The band, which backed Prince on most of his early ’90s releases, is featured as part of Momentum – Hot Glass | Cool Music Festival.


This weekend’s Momentum – Hot Glass | Cool Music Festival, sponsored by the Toledo Arts Commission and ProMedica, will kick off with members of Prince’s own band, the New Power Generation, performing The Music of Prince with the Toledo Symphony in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Promenade Park, downtown Toledo.

NPG, as the band is known, backed Prince on most of his early ‘90s releases, including Graffiti Bridge, Diamonds and Pearls and the Love Symbol Album. 

The band effectively disbanded during Prince’s mid ‘90s feud with his record label, Warner Bros., during which time The Purple One adopted an unpronounceable symbol to release new music.

The band also backed Prince on his last album, 2015’s Hit n Run Phase Two. Last April NPG reunited to play a tribute concert at Prince’s Paisley Park compound in Minneapolis, then embarked on a summer-long tour.

The music continues Saturday with Momentum After Dark: Warehouse District featuring more than 10 bands and performers from a wide-range of genres in venues across downtown Toledo. The music goes from 8:30 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday. More information can be found at​momentum,, and

■ The next night the Toledo Symphony kicks off its 2017-18 season proper with an event dedicated to sports fans: The KeyBank Pops Series concert, Ohio State vs. Michigan.

Guest conductor Scott O’Neil leads the ensemble in a musical celebration the Buckeyes vs. the Wolverines rivalry. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite team gear and enjoy a multimedia experience including blooper reels, tributes to Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler, and of course their respective team fight songs.

The concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. For tickets and more information, visit

■ Great Performances in the Great Gallery presents pianist Michael Boyd in a free recital assisted by soprano Kristin Clark, violinist Merwin Siu, and cellist Damon Coleman playing music of Beethoven, Strauss, Shostakovich, and Mahler at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Great Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. For more information, visit

■ The Ear | Eye: Listening and Looking series exploring contemporary music and art, featuring musical performances by BGSU doctoral candidates, resumes at 7 p.m. Friday at the Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. More information at

■ Syrian violinist Mariela Shaker joins the SonoNovo Chamber Orchestra in a concert fund-raiser, “Alive from Aleppo: A Night of Hope,” to benefit the refugee effort and the Social Services for the Arab Community at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Franciscan Center, Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. Tickets are $50 for a single or $85 for a couple. To purchase or for more information, call 419-902-7732.

■ The Salutaris Baroque Ensemble performs a free concert of the music of Monteverdi and his contemporaries at 7:30 p.m. in the Marjorie E. Conrad Choral Room, Wolfe Center for the Arts, Bowling Green State University.

■ The Klinger Electro Acoustic Residency artist performs a free fifth-anniversary concert at 8 p.m. Saturday in Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center, Bowling Green State University.

■ An Afternoon with Friends features local artists Allison Klein, Gwen Senerius, Amanda Stierman, and Karen Vollmer in a concert to benefit the music series at 3 p.m. Sunday at Monroe Street United Methodist Church, 3613 Monroe St. For more information, call 419-473-1167 or visit

■ Tumbao Bravo, a six-piece ensemble specializing in the rhythms of Cuba, presents a CD release concert of the group’s new album El Nido: The Nest. The group was the winner of the 2005 and 2007 Detroit Music Awards for best jazz and world music recording categories. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday at the Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $5-$30. To purchase or for more information, call 734-769-2999 or visit

■ Country artist Pete Schlegel is in concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fayette Opera House, 105 E. Main St., Fayette, Ohio. Tickets and more information at 419-237-3111, or

■ The SongSLAM competition for new art songs, no longer than 5 minutes in length for voice and piano in any language, has its winners determined by the audience. The event happens 8 p.m., Nov. 28 at the Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. Registration for teams who wish to participate begins 6 p.m. Sept. 15 on a first-come, first-served basis and costs $10/​team. There are 10 performance and 5 alternate slots available. Composer/​performer teams may apply via​songSLAM.

■ The Toledo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is holding audition for scholarships to be used for organ study by students in grades 7-12. An award of $500 is available for the top qualifying high school student. Scholarship winners perform a recital in the spring. Auditions will be held 3 p.m. October 8 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 6149 Hill Ave. Deadline to apply is Oct. 1.

More information and scholarship applications are available from Denise Mathias, scholarship coordinator, at or 419-473-1167, ext. 230, or

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