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    The Toledo Zoo amphitheater is packed for a Music Under the Stars concert. The first of this summer’s free concerts is Sunday, starting at 7:30 p.m.

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Jerry Knorr, son of the late bandmaster Johnny, keeps the musical tradition strong at Centennial Terrace.


Centennial Terrace to mark its 75th anniversaryCentennial Terrace, you don’t look a day over 70. Yet just ahead is a big, big marker for you, the area’s beloved outdoor concert venue/​dance floor: the 75th anniversary of Centennial. Action starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, corner of Centennial Road and Erie Street, Sylvania.

On hand will be Jerry Knorr, son of the late Johnny, whose eponymous ensemble was house band for decades. Son is keeping the legend swinging. Joining Jerry on stage will be Sylvania’s town crier, Mike Lieber, to read a proclamation marking the event.

More than 150 orchestras and bands, including those of Glenn Miller, Harry James, Ray Anthony, Les Brown, the Dorsey brothers, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, and others have performed in the shell while couples swirled on the big terrazzo floor under the stars.

Naturally, there will be dancing to big band music on Saturday. Veteran broadcaster Jim Tichy will emcee and handle door prize drawings. Admission is $10 per person and gates open at 6:30 p.m.


The Toledo Zoo amphitheater is packed for a Music Under the Stars concert. The first of this summer’s free concerts is Sunday, starting at 7:30 p.m.

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Another popular local music tradition will launch Sunday evening when conductor Bruce Moss leads the Toledo Concert Band through the first of four Music Under the Stars Concerts at the Toledo Zoo amphitheater. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. for this free event.

Under the Dr. Seussian rubric of “Oh, the places you will go,” the opening program will include a musical trip around the country with a foray to Italy and Austria.

The rousing opener will be local composer David Jex’s version of the “Toledo Alive” fanfare, followed by the Star Spangled Banner, of course. Then the program goes West, for Thomas Doss’ Montana Fanfare, John Philip Sousa’s New Mexico March, and E.F. Goldman’s Golden Gate March, not to forget Bobby Troup’s Route 66.

That European jaunt will come with Franz von Suppe’s evergreen Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna waltz, and Frank Vicheli’s explosive tone poem Vesuvius. The musical ride will return home through K.L. King’s Ohio March.

Longtime newsman Jerry Anderson is to serve as emcee.

At 7 p.m., early birds can tune in to the Toledo Symphony Flute Choir, a mass of dozens of flutists young and old (including yours truly) tootling a program of animal-inspired music.

Getting to the zoo can be fun on the Stars Shuttle, TARTA’s network of bus service from Waterville’s Kroger, Sylvania’s Centennial Terrace, Miracle Mile, Franklin Park Mall (near Kohl’s), and St. Luke’s Hospital, Maumee. For details, check​rider-services/​stars-shuttle.

Ballet Theatre of Toledo on Monday will start its second annual summer ballet intensive run by faculty of the internationally renowned English National Ballet School, a longtime London landmark.

Classes will run all day Monday through Friday, with three evenings of master classes. Guest faculty includes Samira Saidi, executive director of the school, and her principal teacher, Nathalia Barbara.

“I am so proud to have the staff of the famous ENB back in our studios and teaching some of the most talented young dancers from the world of classical ballet,” said Ballet Theatre of Toledo founder and artistic director Nigel Burgoine. Two dancers who attended the 2013 program at the Holland dance center now are in London studying at the British school.

“We hope this will continue to develop and grow and give more young dancers the opportunity to follow their dreams and become international dancers,” added Burgoine.

For more information, call 419-861-0895 or visit

Musicians from the Toledo School for the Arts will provide outdoor music around town in the next week, including, on Tuesday, the Levis Square Downtown Lunch Concert Series, a noontime gig in the pleasant park where Madison Avenue meets St. Clair Street.

Later that same day, the musicians will assemble for a concert on the Walbridge Park Music Series, 7-9 p.m. in the riverside park’s band stand, across from Toledo Zoo. On July 27, the busy players will perform during the University of Toledo Art on the Mall outdoor art fair, and on Aug. 3, players will be special guests at Music Under the Stars at the zoo.

Fremont’s Birchard Library, 423 Croghan St., continues its Music in the Park series of lunchtime outdoor concerts with singer-guitarist Jamey Wilkins on Wednesday and David Rogers, a Native American flute player, on July 30. The public is invited to brown bag it and enjoy the free entertainment in the library’s adjacent park. (If there’s rain, the music goes on indoors in the library meeting room.)

From Cecilia Johnson, who runs the Mardi Soirs series for violinists at UT, comes a revision in the time for her group’s recital on Tuesday. This free recital will start at 8 p.m. in the UT Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library wants Toledoans to save Aug. 1, the date the Ugandan Children’s Choir comes to town for a performance. This well-known traveling chorus is to perform at 11 a.m. in the Main Library’s McMaster Center, on the mezzanine. The concert will be free. Look for more details in the July 31 edition of News of Music.

Larry Fuller will follow his Friday concert in Maumee with an appearance at 8 p.m. Saturday in Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. Fuller will be assisted by percussionist Pete Siers and bassist Paul Keller. Tickets are $5-$30 at 734-769-2999 or

Attention up-and-coming organists: the Toledo Chapter, American Guild of Organists announces its annual scholarship auditions for 2014. Adults and students grades 7-12 may apply for a spot to try out for financial awards on Oct. 12. Auditions begin at 2 p.m. at St. Aloysius Church, Bowling Green.

Not only do winners receive funds to help them continue to study, they also get a chance in the spotlight through a public recital in spring, 2015.

For information and application, call Denise Mathias at Monroe Street United Methodist Church, 419-473-1167 Ext. 230 or email

Deadline for applications is Oct. 1.

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