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News of Music: It’s a Sunday of song in northwest Ohio

Call June 8 Sing-out Sunday if you will, for two appealing opportunities to hear fine singing.

A Gospel Music Concert presented by Sauder Village is set for 4 p.m. in Founder’s Hall. Featured performers will be Hoosier Harmony and the Sojourner Quartet, offering spirit-filled music sung in four parts.

Hoosier Harmony, formed in 2003 and based in Lebanon, Ind., comprises Steve Bahler, Mike Shubert, Tom Correll, and Johnathon Dodrill. The foursome, which specializes in southern gospel, maintains a busy Midwest tour schedule and has recorded four albums.

The Sojourner Quartet resides in Findlay when it’s not on the road. Members Mark May, Larry Counterman, Jeff McGlade, and Mark Caudill started singing together in 1991.

Ever since, they have blazed a trail from the Midwest to points around the country performing their contemporary brand of gospel music.

Also on the program is pianist Jim Stewart, whose way with praise songs and traditional hymns has made him a favorite at Sauder. He’ll open the concert at 3:30 p.m.

Tickets for this family-friendly concert are part of admission cost to the entire settlement: $10-$16, with children 16 and under and active duty military and their families free on Sundays, including June 8. Admission is free to members.

Sauder Village is at 22611 State Rt. 2 just outside Archbold, Ohio. Information: or 800-590-9755.

Also on Sunday, Toledo Choral Society performs its season-closing concert, “Wildflowers,” at 3 p.m. in the Owens Community College Center for the Fine and Performing Arts theater, 30355 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg.

Music director Richard Napierala will conduct a bouquet of music by popular English and American composers including Percy Grainger, Stephen Foster, and Aaron Copland. Tickets are $8-$12 at the door.

A reminder: The Summer Sings sessions start June 30 and continue through July 21 at Sylvania First United Methodist Church, 7000 Erie St., Sylvania. The work to be rehearsed from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on those dates and performed at 3 p.m. July 27 in the church will be Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass.

For more information or to register visit

● The Art Tatum Jazz Society‘s ongoing Jazz on the Maumee series features the best of local artists. Each Wednesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., music starts in the Aqua Lounge of the Grand Plaza Hotel, 444 N. Summit St. (between Fifth Third Bank headquarters and Imagination Station.) Cover charge is $15; members get in for $10 and students for $5.

Starting next week, this month’s lineup will present Kyle Turner & Friends, Tuesday; Glenda Biddlestone and Clifford Murphy, June 18, and Brad McNett and Chris Buzzelli, June 25.

● Kerrytown Concert House will launch the weekend tonight with Kaleidoscope II at 8 p.m., a benefit for the Community Music School of Ann Arbor, in the historic house hall, 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor.

Performers will include trumpeter Paul Finkbeiner, sax players Ella Campbell and Mark Kieme, cellist Kasia Bielak-Hoops, guitarist Evan Veasey, bassist Charlie Reischl, and pianist Richard Carnes.

For a completely different pace, Latin American Aguanko performed by Alberto Nacif and his band is set for 8 p.m. Friday. Nacif, a master of conga and bongo rhythms, will be joined by percussionist Jose Espinosa, pianist Rick Roe, Finkbeiner on trumpet and flugelhorn, reed man Russel Miller, trombonist Chris Smith, and bassist Rick Prouty.

Sunday’s offering, at 2 p.m., is titled All About the Trio with the Ellen Rowe Trio. On deck will be the great standards. Performing with Rowe will be bassist Paul Keller, drummer Pete Siers, and guest vocalist Sunny Wilkinson.

All events are ticketed. Reservations are recommended at 734-769-2999 or

● The Adrian Symphony Orchestra wants to wind up its season with a ’40s flair. So it’s presenting a 21st century version of the famed Andrews Sisters at 8 p.m. Friday in Dawson Auditorium on the campus of Adrian College.

Joining the ASO Swing Orchestra will be vocalists Elizabeth Major, Wendy Bloom, and Monica Swarthout-Bebow. The singers met at a Wine, Women and Song concert at Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, and the rest is history.

Friday’s program will be structured around a narrative telling the original trio’s story. And to get the audience in the mood, a display of historic vehicles from the ’40s will be on the lawn outside Dawson, starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $12-$29 at 734-264-3121 or

● Swingmania performs from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Terrace, 5773 Centennial Rd., Sylvania. Admission is $10 for a night of dancing under the stars.

Swingmania’s also due to appear at the Maumee Senior Center, 2430 S. Detroit Ave., at 5:30 p.m. June 13. The evening will include food and friendship. For more information and tickets ($10 in advance, $12 at the door) call 419-893-1994 or email

● Chiaroscuro, a men’s community chorus in Lenawee County, is recruiting new members for its summer session. Open rehearsals will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and continue each week through June at the Verheyden Performing Arts Center, Siena Heights University, Adrian. For more information call 517-265-8621 or email

● The Toledo Symphony School of Music is looking for string players to round out some chamber ensembles. For more information contact Cheryl Trace at Also, openings in Nancy Lendrim’s Harp Fantasy Camp still exist — this for folks who have never strummed a harp before. For a complete list of classes go to

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