Forte Music School hosts its bi-annual Winter Student Showcase this weekend. The school is the vision of Toledo area violinist Virgil Lupu and offers individual private lessons for vocalists and instrumentalists of all ages.
The emphasis of the school is to “nurture discipline through the power of music. Students of all ages come here to learn, not just to learn about music, but to have a deeper understanding of themselves,” Lupu said.
The free all-day event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and will feature concerts every hour until 7 p.m. at Harvest Lane Alliance Church, 5132 Harvest Lane. For more information, call 419-471-2100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ The Toledo Ballet, accompanied by the Toledo Symphony, presents its 77th annual Nutcracker with special guests Ben Snyder (CedarCreek Church), Jim White (Shumaker, Loop, & Kendrick), Dan Watson (Toledo Walleye), and Makayla Calgie (St. Ursula Academy) as the Mother Gingers. Performances are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. Tickets are $24-$56 and available at 419-246-8000 or toledosymphony.com.
■ The Children’s Choir of Northwest Ohio presents a Holiday SongFest Concert at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Community of Christ Lutheran Church, 6517 Finzel Rd., Whitehouse. For more information, visit ccofnwo.org.
■ The University of Toledo choirs team up with the Children’s Choir of Northwest Ohio for a holiday concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Doermann Theatre, University Hall, West Bancroft Street, UT Main Campus. Tickets are $5-$10 and available at 419-530-2787 or utoledo.Tix.com.
■ Toledo-based chamber ensemble SonoNovo returns for the next installment in its series “Music of the Belle Epoch,” exploring the relationship between early 20th century artists and composers. The free concert closes the museum’s “Drawn from Classicism” exhibit and features works by Dutilleux, Honegger, Hindemith, Kabalevsky, and Poulenc at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Wolfe Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. For more information, call 419-255-8000 or visit toledomuseum.org.
■ Rejoice Handbell Choir performs holiday favorites in a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Peristyle, Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. For more information, call 419-255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
■ The Toledo Choral Society sings a Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 5856 Heatherdowns Blvd.; tickets are $20. A Christmas gala with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres is from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $40 single and $75 couple. For more information, visit toledochoralsociety.org.
■ The Toledo School for the Arts Chorus brings students and alumni together with “Past and Present” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 316 Adams St. Tickets are $4-$6 and available at 419-246-8732, ext. 226, or ts4arts.org.
■ Perrysburg Chorale, the Perrysburg High School Strings Select, and the Perrysburg Chorale’s Children’s Choir perform a free holiday concert, “Rejoice and Be Merry,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Zoar Lutheran Church, 314 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. For more information, call 419-874-9126.
■ The Chancel and Handbell Choirs join with the Young Voices of Greater Toledo chorale to present “A Season’s Evensong: A Service for Advent” at 4 p.m. Sunday at Monroe Street United Methodist Church, 3613 Monroe St. The event is free. For more information, call 419-427-1167, ext. 230.
■ The Chancel and Handbell Choirs present their annual free Christmas concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Broadway, Maumee. For more information, visit firstpresmaumee.org.
■ The Adult Parish Choir presents its ninth annual Yuletide Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in the “Winter Scape” of the Donnelly Neighborhood Center, Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, 4255 Bellevue Rd. For tickets, call 419-427-2288, ext. 220, and visit blessedsacramenttoledo.com.
■ Whateverandeveramen and Earnest Brew Works partner for a night of traditional Christmas carol singing and craft beer at 6 p.m. Monday at the brewery, 4342 S. Detroit Ave. Tickets are $15 and include entry and a drink ticket for a pint of one of the two holiday firkins crafted for the occasion. Visit whateverchoir.org or carolsandalesoh.brownpapertickets.com/.
The J.S. Bach Collegium Japan will perform the entire 'Christmas Oratorio' at 8 p.m. Friday in the University of Michigan's Hill Auditorium.
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■ The University Musical Society presents the J.S. Bach Collegium Japan performing the entire Christmas Oratorio at 8 p.m. Friday in Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University, Ann Arbor. For tickets and more information, call 734-764-2538 or visit ums.org.
■ Mad About Chamber Music presents students from the University of Michigan school of music, theater, and dance in a free program of chamber works at 8 p.m. Thursday. Saxophonist Caleb Curtis and pianist Marta Sanchez present an evening of jazz at 8 Friday.
The George Shirley Scholarship hosts a Heritage Holiday Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday. All About the Trio features jazz stylings at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The New Muse Piano Duo presents contemporary new works for piano duo at 8 p.m. Monday. All events are at the Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. For more information, call 734-769-2999 or visit kerrytownconcerthouse.com.
■ The Firelands Symphony Orchestra “Holiday Spectacular” features baritone Michael Preacely and the Firelands Symphony Chorale at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. For tickets, call 419-626-1950 or visit sanduskystate.com.
■ The Adrian Symphony Orchestra presents “Winter Wonderland” 8 p.m. Friday at Dawson Auditorium, Adrian College, Adrian, MI. adriansymphony.org.
■ A “Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tribute” will be given by Siberian Solstice 7 p.m. Friday at the Fayette Opera House, 105 E. Main St., Fayette. Tickets $12 available at 419-237- 2721 or brownpapertickets.com.
■ Walsh University brings their “Christmas Glorious” concert as a contribution to the Norwalk Bicentennial Celebration 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer Catholic Church, 38 W. League St., Norwalk. Tickets $12 available at 419-668- 0637.
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