Scholarship winners present organ recital

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    The winners of the 2017 Toledo Americal Guild of Organists Scholarship competition are Skyelar Raiti, right, Kurt Muller, Jordan Brosten, Enrico Tabernero, and Benjamin Garst.

  • The Toledo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists has announced the winners of its 2017 scholarship competition. Monetary awards of $100 to $500 went to five area high school students to assist with further organ studies.

    Recipients were junior Skyelar Raiti (student of Mark Mathias), junior Jordan Brosten (student of Pam Davis), senior Kurt Muller, senior Enrico Tabernero, and freshman Benjamin Garst (all students of Charlotte Mariasy).

    Each student was required to play two selections of repertoire and a hymn. They were also required to play a hymn at sight as selected by the audition proctor.

    Judges for the auditions, which were held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, were Joan McConnell, Randolph Currie, and Paul Monachino. The winners will perform on the organization’s student recital at the same location at 3 p.m. March 8.

    For more information on the Toledo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and its programs contact the chapter’s dean, Mark Mathias, at 419-475-8629, ext. 205 or visit

    ■ The Toledo Jazz Orchestra plays an evening of holiday tunes at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St. For tickets and more information, visit

    ■ The Toledo Choral Society presents a holiday concert, “See Amid the Winter’s Snow” 2 p.m. Sunday at Gesu Roman Catholic Church, 2049 Parkside Ave. Admission is free with a non-perishable food item. For more information, visit

    ■ The Toledo School of Arts hosts a “Winter Music Fest” featuring a wide range of the TSA’s instrumental ensembles at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ohio Theatre, 3114 Lagrange St. Tickets are $5-7 and available at 419-246-8732, ext. 226, or

    ■ The Toledo Piano Teachers Association’s students present a free performance from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday as a part of the Children’s Wonderland at Tam O’Shanter, 7060 W. Sylvania Ave., Sylvania.

    ■ The Maumee Community Band, under the baton of Kevin Heidbreder, presents a free holiday concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Maumee United Methodist Church, 405 Sackett St., Maumee.

    ■ Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral hosts “A Christmas Carol Sing” lead by the Cathedral Choir and accompanied by brass ensemble, string quartet, and pipe organ. All in attendance are invited to sing. The St. Aloysius Parish Handbell Ensemble from Bowling Green will be the featured musical guest. The free event happens at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd. For more information, call 419-244-9575 or visit

    ■ The Voices of Harmony Barbershop Chorus celebrates the “Sounds of the Season” in an a cappella holiday concert assisted by the Bowling Green High School Madrigal Singers and Prototype Barbershop Quartet. The event begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, 126 S. Church St., Bowling Green. Admission is one canned good to benefit the Madrigal Singers’ canned food drive. For more information, call 888-741-7464 or visit

    ■ WGTE FM 91.3 is airing a number of programs as a musical complement to the holiday season. It begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday with a broadcast of the Toledo Jazz Orchestra’s “Holiday Concert” featuring well-known holiday tunes. Following at 8 p.m., the Paul Winter Consort performs its “36th annual Winter Solstice Celebration” from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York.

    At 8 p.m. Dec. 21, Handel’s Messiah performed by the Toledo Choral Society and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra will be aired. At 10 p.m. is Masterworks Chorale’s holiday concert, “Radiant Midnight.” For more information, call 419-380-4646 or visit

    ■ The Fostoria Community Band, the Fostoria High School Concert Band, and the Tuba Family Players present a free concert, “A Fostoria Christmas Festival,” at 3 pm. Sunday at Wainwright Performing Arts Center, Fostoria High School, 1001 Park Ave., Fostoria.

    ■ The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra stages a “Holiday Pops Concert” including the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale, the Boychoir of Ann Arbor, Measure for Measure men’s glee club, and the Dexter, Huron, and Pioneer high school choruses. The music begins at 8 p.m. Friday in Hill Auditorium, 625 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $12-$25 and available at 734-994-4801 or

    ■ Vocalist Joan Morris and pianist William Bolcom present an evening of cabaret at 8 Saturday; tickets are $10-$50. Rising jazz stars appear with drummer Sean Dobbins at 7 p.m. Sunday; tickets are $5-$30. Both events are at the Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. For tickets and more information, call 734-769-2999 or visit

    ■ The Toledo Symphony had a very successful Giving Tuesday Campaign on Nov. 28. In addition to raising more than $35,000 in gifts from various donors, the ensemble received a $1 million pledge from an anonymous donor, who will make the gift in two phases: $500,000 this year and next.

    The first phase will provide direct support for the orchestra’s operating budget. The second will serve as a matching grant during the orch estra’s 75th anniversary season in 2018-19, providing a dollar-for-dollar match for any new donations secured during the anniversary year.

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