Band concert to feature music of the 19th century

Members of the Dodworth Saxhorn Band perform on historic brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments from the 1840s to 1880s. They will appear in concert Sunday at Historic Woodlawn Cemetery.
Members of the Dodworth Saxhorn Band perform on historic brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments from the 1840s to 1880s. They will appear in concert Sunday at Historic Woodlawn Cemetery.

As part of its Civil War sesquicentennial celebration, Historic Woodlawn Cemetery will present the Dodworth Saxhorn Band, a 21st century re-creation of the 19th century brass band, in an outdoor concert. 

Music starts at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Civil War section of the park, 1502 W. Central Ave.

Amid graves of more than 300 Civil War veterans and monuments to generals, the band will perform 19th century marches, ballads, dances, hymns, and patriotic melodies.

Founded in 1985 by Alexander Pollack, the Dodworth Saxhorn Band is based in Ann Arbor. Musicians perform on historic brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments from the 1840s to 1880s.

Following the concert, tours of the Civil War section will help tell the story of a turning point in American history.

 This area of the 340-acre cemetery, arboretum, and park is in Section D in the center of Woodlawn.

Admission is free, but registration in advance is required. To sign up and for more information, call 419-372-2186 or email

Bowling Green State University will present its Philharmonia and Wind Ensemble in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Emily Freeman Brown will conduct the event, titled First Time Out.

On the program are works by Verdi and Wagner — part of the huge bicentennial celebration of these composers, plus giving a musical nod to Morton Gould for his centennial.

New BGSU faculty oboist Nermis Mieses will make her debut playing the Mozart Oboe Concerto. This is a Twitter-friendly event for followers. For ticket information, visit​arts or call 419-372-8171.

● BGSU’s popular Young People’s Concerts will begin with a performance at 11 a.m. Saturday in Bryan Hall of the Moore Center. The theme of this concert targeted for infants to 8-year-olds is the steel pan drum.

Tickets are $2 to $4 at the door or in advance through the box office, 419-372-8171.

● Kevin Schempf, clarinetist, will perform in the BGSU Faculty Recital Series at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Bryan Hall. Joining him will be pianist — and sister — Ruthanne Schempf from State University of New York-New Paltz in a program of pieces by forgotten composers plus new works. Also on the program are Debussy’s Premier Rhapsody, Bright Angel by Roshanne Etezady, commissioned by Schempf, and Dante Dances by Dan Welcher.

This free program will run just over an hour.

The Tower Brass, a nationally known quintet, will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 315 S. College St., Bowling Green. Joining the ensemble will be organist Kevin McGill. The concert kicks off the 35th season for the ensemble, formed at BGSU.

The eclectic program will include organ and brass works by Karg-Elert, Richard Strauss, and Handel, as well as an antiphonal setting of Giovanni Gabrielli’s Canzon Duo Decimi Toni. Also planned is Bramwell Tovey’s Santa Barbara Sonata and works by Karl Pilss and Saint-Saens. Admission is free.


● The University of Toledo presents a joint concert, Songs of Life, Love & Sorrow, at 3 p.m. Sunday in Doermann Theater of University Hall on campus. Jason Stumbo and Stephen Hodge, UT music professors, will lead the UT Orchestra, plus the Wind Ensemble, Da Capo choral group, and Opera Ensemble, in works by Brahms, Mahler, and Wagner. The concert is free.

● The Cathedral Concerts series begins at 3 p.m. Sunday with the Toledo debut of the Alba Consort in Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd. A $10 donation will be accepted at the door.

As the Toledo Opera prepares its opening production, Verdi’s Aida, on Oct. 4 and 6 at the Valentine Theatre, it wants to enhance enjoyment by providing some of the background for this monumental work.

A free, public Opera Extras lecture is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Registry Bistro, 144 N. Superior St. Discussing the challenges of staging the opera will be conductor James Meena and stage director Brian Deedrick. A wine reception will follow. Tickets for that are $15.

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra holds its opening concert at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Michigan Theatre, Liberty Street, with the highlighted work, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, to be conducted by music director Arie Lipsky. Tickets are $12 to $60 at 734-994-4801 or

Supporters of the Tecumseh Arts Center can help underwrite programs at the venue by attending the Tecumseh Music Fest, a fund-raiser set for 4-10 p.m. Saturday at Hantz Golf Club, 5200 Milwaukee Rd., Tecumseh.

Headliners will include Billie Lewis and the Soulbacks, the Jim Rice Group, and Simons & Rose.

Admission is $20 to $35 at the door.

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