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News of Music: Collage VII comes to Valentine on May 31

Masterworks Chorale and Ballet Theatre of Toledo collaborate on show

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    Ruth Nichols, a jazz trumpeter and vocalist who sings jazz standards as well as soul and popular music, performs at the Ohio Theatre on June 1.


There’s no 7-year itch where Masterworks Chorale, Ballet Theatre of Toledo, and other local performers are concerned, and that’s good, as it is time for Collage VII, 8 p.m. May 31 in the Valentine Theatre.

Titled “One World, Many Voices,” this collaborative performance promises music from around the world. New director Timothy Cloeter will conduct the singers in a program spanning many musical styles and expressive modes.

Nigel Burgoine, artistic director of Ballet Theatre of Toledo, will send his dancers onstage with lively routines and combinations to expand the impact of the music. Local vocal and instrumental soloists will perform in the spotlight as well.

Tickets are $20-$25 at or 419-242-2787.

● Toledo Ballet has announced a summer class schedule full of graceful moves. Hairspray, a Musical Theater Intensive, will be July 7-11; Broadway veterans Lisa Mayer and Michael Lang will be the teachers.


Renato Penteado of the Miami City Ballet will teach one of teh Toledo Balelt summer classes.


Fairy Tale Camp for ages 3 to 7 will be July 7-11. Ballet Intensives for intermediate II and advanced dancers begin July 14-18, with Tricia Albertson of the Miami City Ballet as instructor; July 21-25, classes will be taught by Soili Arvola, former principal with the National Ballet of Finland and San Francisco Ballet. Week 3, July 28 to Aug. 1, will be taught by Renato Penteado of Miami City Ballet.

The first week of Ballet Pre-Intensives, for advanced beginning and intermediate I dancers, will be July 14-18, and will include a master class taught by Albertson. The second week, July 21-25, will feature a master class by Arvola, and the third week, July 28-Aug. 1, will include a master class by Penteado.

There also are weekly ballet classes. Students may register online at, or by calling 419-471-0049.

● Singers who want to learn new music and develop their vocal abilities will have a full schedule of opportunities at the University of Toledo department of music’s summer music workshops.

The workshops kick off with the University Summer Chorus, June 10-July 10, on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. The chorus will perform at 7 p.m. July 10 in the University of Toledo Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall. To participate in the chorus as a nonstudent, register by June 6 by calling the department of music at 419-530-2448 or email

The Summer Sings workshop will highlight music of the masters in three Tuesday evening sessions in July; a conductor will instruct singers in studies of masterworks, followed by a study session of a straight run-through performance. On July 15, Dennis Blubaugh, musician and owner of Musical Resources in Toledo, will work with singers on Jesu, meine Freude by Johann Sebastian Bach. On July 22, Steve Hodge, director of choral activities at UT since 1989, will lead the group through the Mozart Requiem, paying special attention to the emotion of the classic work. On July 29, Bowling Green State University professor Sandra Frey Stegman will take the singers through the choruses of Handel’s Messiah. Register by calling the department of music at 419-530-2448 or email Those who register by July 1 will pay a reduced fee.

The Art Song Festival and Workshop, American Songbook, to be held June 23-27, will cover recital performances as well as training for singers and pianists in recital planning and performance. There will be classes in diction, stage movement, vocal coaching, and voice lessons, and master classes. Denise Ritter Bernardini, UT assistant professor of voice and director of the Art Song Festival and Workshops and the UT Opera Ensemble, will conduct this workshop. The music of American composers such as Aaron Copland, Gershwin, and others will be included. Festival classes are held on the main campus of UT, with recital performances held in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall at 7 p.m. on June 25 and June 27. Students should register by June 2 to avoid a late fee. Go to for information.

The Summer Jazz Institute, Jazz Voice Track, will be June 15-21. Jazz students, including high school and undergraduate and graduate college students, will participate in four programs: instrumental jazz, vocal jazz, teacher training, and jazz appreciation, via lectures, jam sessions, performances, and a recording experience.

Programs will provide fundamental, intermediate, and advanced jazz experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. The institute provides a positive and fun learning environment through lectures, master classes, jam sessions, performances, and a recording experience.

To avoid a late fee, register by June 2. For details, go to

To register online, or for information on these and other UT summer music workshops, go to​UTSummerMusic.


Ruth Nichols, a jazz trumpeter and vocalist who sings jazz standards as well as soul and popular music, performs at the Ohio Theatre on June 1.


● The Ruth Nichols Five and the Estar Cohen Project, two area jazz groups with female lead vocalists, will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. June 1 at the Ohio Theatre, 3112 Lagrange St. Ruth Nichols is a jazz trumpeter and vocalist who sings jazz standards as well as soul and popular music. The Estar Cohen Project, headed by vocalist, lyricist, and composer Estar Cohen, plans to release its debut album, Waiting For Dawn, next month. The suggested donation for the concert is $10.

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