Toledo School for the Arts students who get to participate in a unique residency this month are lucky because they will learn insider tips on Japanese Taiko drumming — the big, booming instruments — plus share and experience conceptual art.
The opportunity comes through an Ohio Arts Council residency program which has brought drummer Eric Paton and visual artist Migiwa Orimo to town for four weeks.
Even luckier will be area residents who can see for themselves the results of all this learning in a public program set for 12:30-1:15 p.m. Friday in the school, 333 14th St., downtown.
Paton teaches at Capital University and has brought a world’s worth of percussion techniques and styles during his residency. At TSA he worked with faculty Rob Desmond, Mark Cramer, and David Johnson.
Orimo, a native of Japan, lives and works in Yellow Springs, Ohio, but does installations around the world. She worked in Toledo with Lydia Horvath, Liz Hayes, and Carol Bell.
More synthesizing of visual art and music will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at LeSo Gallery, 1527 Starr Ave., when clarinetists Andrew Kier and Meghan Yankowskas perform music for solo instruments.
Titled Sounds, the program will survey the many styles written for the “licorice stick” over the last century, sure to challenge and delight both player and audience. Adding interest and perspective will be a display of work by gallery artists Yusuf Lateef, Sam Barton, and Ian Welch. Refreshments will be served at this free, public event. Information: www.lesogallery.com.
The Toledo Symphony’s next Mozart & More Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, second in the Healthcare REIT series, will be simply Mozart — three works offering an excellent survey of the amazing Austrian composer’s body of work.
Under the baton of guest conductor Timothy Myers, the orchestra will lead off the evening with the Overture to Mozart’s final opera, Clemenza di Tito.
Guest pianist Sara Davis Buecher will join symphony players for Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503. Known for her mastery of a vast array of piano concertos, Davis Buechner is assistant professor of piano at the University of British Columbia.
Finally, the program will bring Mozart's beloved “Prague” Symphony No. 38 in D Major. Tickets are $30-$35 at www.toledosymphony.com or 419-246-8000.
Bowling Green State University offers several appealing programs as an appetizer for the Thanksgiving holiday next week. The University Men's Chorus is to perform at 8 p.m. Friday in the Donnell Theatre of the Wolf Center for the Arts. Timothy Cloeter will conduct. For tickets call 419-372-2181.
On Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. performances will feature the work of the BGSU Dance Alliance, with students, faculty, and guest artists performing. Admission is free.
A choral sampler is planned for Saturday in Donnell Theatre, where the A Cappella Choir will sing at 4 p.m., followed by the University Women’s Choir at 6 p.m. and the Collegiate Chorale at 8 p.m.
The BG Philharmonia will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday in Kobacker Hall of Moore Musical Arts Center. Emily Freeman Brown will conduct a program including Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 and the Haydn Trumpet Concert with Charles Saenz as soloist.
Ticket information for all the concerts is at 419-372-2181.
The final event will bring the BGSU Graduate String Quartet to the Donnell Theatre for an 8 p.m. free concert Monday. The BGSU Graduate String Quartet performs at 8 p.m. Monday in Donnell Theatre, also a free event.
Don't forget the University of Toledo Opera Ensemble’s performances of Aaron Copland's opera, The Tender Land, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in Doermann Theater of University Hall.
The story explores tensions between residents of a Midwestern farm town as one of its beloved daughters befriends a migrant worker on her personal quest for independence. It’s to be performed by students of Denise Ritter Bernardini.
Tickets are $8-$10 at the door or at 419-530-2452.
The Terra Brass Choir and organist Nathan Herb will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in St. Joseph Church, 709 Croghan St., Fremont. Admission is free.
Mannheim Steamroller will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Stranahan Theater, a chance for local lovers of eclectic live and synthesized music to hear what founder and lead Chip Davis has been up to since he left Sylvania.
According to the group’s Web site, it has just recorded its first non-Christmas album in years, “Music of the Spheres.” Tickets for the Toledo show are $32-$72 at the Stranahan box office, 419-381-8851. Davis and his band are due to participate in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade the next day. That's some hustle.
Speaking of this year's turkey day also reminds that, for the first time in a very, very long period, Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, also begins on Wednesday. To mark the rare occasion, WGTE-FM 91.3 will air Hanukkah Lights, an annual celebration of the holiday with stories and memories read by Susan Stamber and Murray Horwitz. The hour-long show starts at 7 p.m.
On Dec. 2, Candles Burning Brightly will air at the same time and place on the dial, with music from Jewish communities around the world in a show hosted by Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock, with a special reading by actor Theodore Bikel.
The University Musical Society will present the Brooklyn Rider String Quartet in concert, joined by banjo artist Bela Fleck. Music begins at 4 p.m. Sunday in Rackham Auditorium in Ann Arbor. Tickets are $30-$60 at 734-764-2538 or www.ums.org.
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