As a part of a cultural exchange, a group of five faculty members and eight students from Yanshan University in China will perform at BGSU and other northwest Ohio universities beginning this week.
The performance troupe will present “Whispering Dreams of a Spring Breeze,” featuring traditional Chinese instruments and demonstrating dance, music, and martial arts. Fourteen presentations are included in the performance with themes of ancient charm, diversified ethnicity, and folk arts.
The visit is part of a “Sister City” relationship between Toledo and Qinhuangdao, China, which are both named a “Glass City.” The twinning happened in 1985.
The BGSU performance is slated for 7:30 p.m. Monday in Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center at BGSU. Tickets $5 are available at 419-372-2741 or at the door. Additional performances at other universities include 7 p.m. March 15 at Doermann Theatre, University of Toledo, 7 p.m. March 19 at the Franciscan Center, Lourdes University.
■ The Diderot String Quartet performs music of Haydn and Beethoven on period instruments at 3 p.m. Sunday. Extra Stout brings Irish back to the area for St. Patrick’s Day weekend 6:30 p.m. March 15. Both events are free in the GlasSalon, Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. For more information, call 419-255-8000 or visit toledomuseum.org.
■ As a part of the continuing North Star Festival, a free open rehearsal of the Toledo Symphony in preparation for the upcoming Romance and Spirituals concert will take place at 1:15 p.m. Sunday at the Main Library of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, 325 N. Michigan St. The actual concert will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday at the same location; tickets are available at 419-246-8000 or toledosymphony.com.
■ The Toledo Jazz Orchestra presents trumpet and flugelhornist Randy Brecker at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St. For more information, call 419-242-2787 or visit toledojazz.org.
■ Saxophonist Rhonda Taylor performs a recital at 8 p.m. Monday. Violinist Maria Sampen conducts a masterclass at 2:30 p.m. March 15. Both events are free in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center, BGSU. For more information, call 419-372-2181 or visit bgsu.edu/musical-arts.
■ Detroit-based Rela Percussion Ensemble is the next performance on the Accent on the Arts! concert series. Drawing from classical percussion techniques, the ensemble performs music from around the world. The free program begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Mainstage Theatre, Owens Community College Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg. For more information, call 567-661-7081 or visit owens.edu/arts.
■ The Toledo Piano Teachers Association hosts Linda Smith and Jeff Manchur in a program “What Can We Learn from Suzuki Piano?” at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 4207 W. Laskey Rd. For more information, call 419-729-3161.
■ The Toledo School for the Arts presents a free chamber concert at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 316 Adams St. The Spring String Concert is at 7 p.m. Monday at the Attic Theatre, 333 14th St.; tickets are $4-$6 by calling 419246-8732, ext. 226. The Steel Drum Splash happens at 7 p.m. March 15 at Bowsher High School, 2200 Arlington Ave.; tickets are $6 at the door.
■ The Good Company Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Karen T. Biscay, is the featured guest at a free Lenten Evensong Service of anthems by Purcell and Moses Hogan at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Lucas Lutheran Church, 745 Walbridge Ave. For more information, call 419-243-8189.
■ The Perrysburg Chorale presents a free Celtic Concert including bagpiping, the Perrysburg Chorale Children’s Choir, and the Perrysburg High School String Select at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Second St., Perrysburg. For more information, call 419-874-9126. The concert will be repeated at 7:30 p.m. March 17 at First Presbyterian Church, 126 S. Church St., Bowling Green.
■ The Fostoria Community Band offers a free spring concert: ”Across the Pond: Music from the British isles to the American Shores” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School, 1202 H.L. Ford Drive, Fostoria.
■ The Toledo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents its annual student recital featuring scholarship award winners and area students at 3 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 6149 Hill Ave.
■ “Boys, Boys, Boys!” a gay cabaret by the Gay Upperclassmen of the University of Michigan’s musical theater department happens at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday; tickets are $5. The Dave Sharp World’s Quartet performs at 8 p.m. Saturday; tickets are $5-$30. Both 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 presents a Rising Star Concert with violinist Kevin Miura and the Neos Dance company at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. For more information, call 419-626-1950 or visit FirelandsSymphony.com.
■ The Warren Concert Band presents “Winds and Voices Rejoice” with the Metropolitan Detroit Chorale at 3 p.m. Sunday at Warren Woods Community Auditorium, Warren Woods Middle School, 13500 E. 12 Mile Rd., Warren. Tickets are $5-$10 at the door.
■ The University of Toledo music department’s community music program begins another session of group piano and group guitar classes on March 13. Group piano is for students in first through sixth grade; group guitar for high school students. Adult classes are also available for both. Lesson packages are $75 and include music materials and an hour lesson weekly. Private lessons in voice and a variety of instruments are also available. For more information, call 419-530-2452.
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