UT explores magic of Purcell's 'Fairy Queen'

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  • The University of Toledo is sponsoring a weekend-long workshop exploring baroque style and performance technique. The experience will revolve around an in-depth study of Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen.

    The piece is a loose adaptation of the plot of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, composed three years before Purcell’s death. Considered lost, it was rediscovered in the early 20th century and since has undergone a number of revivals.


    Led by area baroque expert Omaldo Perez, director of music ministries at Zoar Lutheran Church, Perrysburg, participants will spend three days preparing the masterwork for performance in concert at 3 p.m. Sept. 9.

    The schedule includes four sessions: 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 6; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7; and Sept. 8 with times to be announced, all to be held in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall, 1910 West Rocket Dr. on the campus of UT.

    UT students and employees may participate for free. The cost for UT alumni is $100; the cost for all others is $200. For more information and to register visit utoledo.edu/al/svpa/music/communitymusic/baroqueworkshop.html.

    ■ It’s Friday Music Outdoor Summer Series concludes with The Skip Turner Band performing jazz from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday on the grounds of the Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. For more information, call 419-255-8000 or visit toledomuseum.org.

    Mitchell Miller, winner of the 2017 Cleveland Chapter Quimby Competition for Young Organists and a graduate student at the Hochschule für Music und darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Germany, presents a free recital 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 150 S. Enterprise St., Bowling Green. The recital is sponsored by the Toledo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

    ■ The free Music at the Market Concert Series in conjunction with the Perrysburg Farmers Market concludes with a “Throw Back Thursday concert,” featuring a reunion by the Original Killer Flamingos. The music begins at 7 p.m. Thursday on the Commodore Schoolyard lawn, 140 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket. For more information visit info@mainart-ery.com.

    ■ The BGSU Choral Society invites community members to audition for membership for the upcoming concert season which will include performances of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms (Oct. 21), the “Joyous Sounds” holiday program (Nov. 27), a Good Friday Choral Evensong (April 19), and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (May 5).

    The first rehearsal begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Moore Musical Arts Center, Bowling Green State University. To secure an audition time, contact conductor Mark Munson directly at munso@bgsu.edu. Those auditioning should bring a piece to sing.

    ■ The Toledo Choral Society is holding auditions for its upcoming season. Rehearsals are held 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Sept. 10. Auditions are 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at St. Ursula Academy. 4025 Indian Rd. Contact toledochoralsociety@gmail.com with questions and to schedule an audition. For requirements and more information, visit toledochoralsociety.org.

    ■ The University of Toledo Youth Jazz Orchestra is seeking new members. Rehearsals are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Wednesday. Membership is by audition only. More information is available from Ben Wolkins, instructor of jazz at UT, 419-350-2448 or utoledo.edu/al/svpa/music/communitymusic/youthjazzorchestra.html.

    A Toledo School for the Arts student plays with Glass City Steel Drum band in a past performance. The Community Steel Drum Band is open to all high school and college-age students, with no audition or experience required.
    A Toledo School for the Arts student plays with Glass City Steel Drum band in a past performance. The Community Steel Drum Band is open to all high school and college-age students, with no audition or experience required.

    ■ The newest ensemble at the University of Toledo, the Community Steel Drum Band is seeking members and is open to all high school and college-aged students, no audition or experience required. Rehearsals are held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sundays and cost is $180 per semester. An organization meeting followed by the first rehearsal begins at 5 p.m. Sunday in Room 1023 of the Center for Performing Arts, 1910 W. Rocket Drive, Toledo. For more information contact 419-355-8488 or utoledo.edu/al/svpa/music/communitymusic/steeldrumbandcommunity.html.

    ■ The Good Company Vocal Ensemble is welcoming new members. Under the direction of Karen T. Biscay, the SATB ensemble surveys a variety of vocal styles and literature. All voice parts are needed, especially tenors and basses; previous choral experience and music-reading ability are desired. The ensemble rehearses 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday beginning Sept. 12 at 3745 Heatherdowns Blvd. For more information, contact 419-244-2243 or ktbiscay@hotmail.com.

    Young Voices of Greater Toledo youth choir begins its eighth season. The ensemble is for treble singers ages 8 to eighth grade. Costs are extremely reasonable and instructors are experienced music educations. Two informational sessions for parents along with singing and hand chime experiences for interested students will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday and Sept. 13 at Monroe Street United Methodist Church, 3613 Monroe St. For more information, call 419-473-1167, ext. 230, or visit yvgt.org.

    ■ The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians presents a daylong workshop exploring band-led worship and contemporary and world music worship styles. The event will be lead by Mark Glaeser, director of music at Christ Lutheran in Charlotte, on Sept. 29 at Zoar Lutheran Church, 314 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. For more information and registration details, visit alcm.org/event/perrysburg-oh/.

    ■ Tickets are on sale for Christmas Wonderland, a holiday musical spectacular for the entire family. Performances take place 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24 and 3 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Niswonger Center for the Performing Arts, 10700 State Rt. 118 S., Van Wert, Ohio. Tickets at 419-238-6722 or npacvw.org.

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