St. Tim’s Discovers

Sax 4th Avenue opens St. Tim’s music series

From ST. TIM’S DISCOVERS St. Tim’s Discovers, the chamber music series sponsored by St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, opens 2019 with a recital by Sax 4 th Avenue. Beginning Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m., the concert will be held in the sanctuary of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 871 East Boundary Street, Perrysburg. St. Tim’s Discovers is dedicated to bringing classical music to communities throughout Northwest Ohio. The performance is free and open to the public; doors open to the public at 2:30 p.m. Formed by four BGSU alumni, Sax 4th Avenue is an exciting and innovative saxophone quartet. Since its formation in 1991, the quartet has entertained audiences throughout the Midwest with its unique brand of virtuosity, showmanship and humor. The quartet’s high-energy performances feature the classics of Bach, Haydn and Bizet; the unique jazz-fusion of Phil Woods; and the progressive rock of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Sax 4th Avenue’s expansive repertoire includes the finest in saxophone literature, original compositions, jazz standards and music that incorporates improvisation and choreography. Among the members of the quartet are Bowling Green resident Stan George, who is well-known as a music teacher for in the Perrysburg schools. Another member, Shannon Ford, will be familiar to Toledo area audiences for her many appearances with various ensembles including the Toledo Symphony and local big band Swingmania. Over the years, Sax 4th Avenue has made numerous appearances at community events, concert series, festivals, colleges, and secondary schools throughout Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois. The quartet has performed as guest artists for the United States Navy Band Saxophone Symposium and has been featured at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Music Educator’s National Convention, the Ohio Music Education Association’s Queen City Conference and the Bowling Green State University New Music and Art Festival. Sax 4th Avenue has also been featured with the San Luis Potosí Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the Lima Symphony Orchestra, the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Concert Band, the Lima Area Concert Band, the Maumee Community Band, the Defiance Community Band, the Fremont North Shore Concert Band and the Monroe Community College Symphonic Band. St. Timothy’s is fully accessible with plenty of convenient parking. Information on all upcoming events in the series is available at www.saint-timothy.net.


String music of Robert Schumann featured at St. Tim’s concert

From  ST. TIM’S DISCOVERS Musicians from the Toledo Symphony are featured in the next St. Tim’s Discovers Series event, scheduled for Sunday February 18 at 3 p.m.  in the sanctuary of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 871 East Boundary Street, Perrysburg. Pianist Valrie Kantorski and the Zin Quartet will present music of German composer Robert Schumann in both duet and quintet forms. Opening with the Three Fantasy Pieces, Op.73, Ms. Kantorski will perform each movement with different combinations of the quartet personnel. Movement one features violinist Cheryl Trace, movement two pairs cellist Renee Goubeaux with Kantorski and the finale is a viola/piano duo with Kantorski and Kalindi Bellach. During the second portion of the recital, Ms. Kantorski and the quartet, including TSO principal second violinist Merwin Siu, will perform the Schumann Piano Quintet, Op. 44 in its entirety. The Quintet, composed in 1842 for Schumann’s wife, Clara Wieck, was considered ground breaking for its use of cello rather than double bass in a string quartet. The piece is majestic in scope and emotional range, an elegant showpiece for the ensemble. Valrie Kantorski is a Steinway Ensemble Artist and has been the primary keyboard musician for the Toledo Symphony for more than 30 years. Currently, she holds the Jonathan F. Orser Chair for keyboard. As a member of the Kantorski-Pope Piano Duo, Ms. Kantorski is a three-time recipient of the First Prize in the Graves Duo Piano Competition. She has an extensive career as a piano soloist, accompanist and ensemble performer. The Zin Quartet has performed previously on the St. Tim’s Discovers Series, most notably in two performances of Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ. Valrie Kantorski also is a veteran of the St. Tim’s Series. With her duo partner Ann Pope, the two were the artists selected for the dedication of the St. Timothy’s Steinway piano in 2016. St. Tim’s Discovers is dedicated to bringing classical music to communities throughout Northwest Ohio. The performance is free and open to the public; doors open to the public at 2:30 PM. St. Timothy’s is fully accessible with plenty of convenient parking. Information on all upcoming events in the series is available at www.saint-timothy.net.


St. Tim’s Discovers features music of Irving Berlin

Submitted by KAREN SMITH FOR ST. TIMOTHY’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH The Song is Ended (but the Melody Lingers on): An Afternoon with the Vocal Music of Irving Berlin is the third offering of the 2017-18 season of St. Tim’s Discovers, the classical music series sponsored by St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Perrysburg. Using a concert format similar to the well-received 2016 concert St. Tim’s Friends Sing Broadway, several local musicians are presenting standards specifically from the Irving Berlin songbook.  The concert is Sunday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m. Vocal soloists will include soprano Cheryl Babb, who has been featured with many area ensembles including the Canterbury Singers, USA; soprano Ann Corrigan recently retired from BGSU and the current St. Tim’s choir director; current BGSU faculty member Ryan Ebright (baritone) and Sara Ebright, soprano; tenor Father Jeff Bunke, the rector of St. Timothy’s and accompanist Michael Gartz, a staff member at both BGSU and St. Timothy’s. Special guest artist for this event is Gabe Hunyor, currently a sophomore at St. John’s High School and an active member of the Perrysburg Musical Theater. Ensemble pieces will include a medley from the musical Let’s Dance,  I Love a Piano and seasonably appropriate selections from White Christmas.  Individual numbers in the program include Blue Skies, Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee and I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.  The audience will have an opportunity to participate in a sing-a-long to God Bless America. Beginning at 3 p.m., the concert will be held in the sanctuary of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 871 East Boundary Street, Perrysburg, Ohio.  St. Tim’s Discovers is dedicated to bringing classical music to communities throughout Northwest Ohio. The performance is free and open to the public; doors open to the public at 2:30 p.m.  St. Timothy’s is fully accessible with plenty of convenient parking. Information on all upcoming events in the series is available at www.saint-timothy.net.  


Warm Sounds for a Cold Clime featured in Perrysburg concert

Warm Sounds for a Cold Climate is the first concert of 2016 presented by St. Tim’s Discovers, an outreach of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, , the concert will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 871 East Boundary Street, Perrysburg. Featuring orchestral music from Spain and Latin America, the special guest artists comprise the Vive Ensemble, a chamber orchestra from Bowling Green State University. Led by BGSU doctoral student Maria Mercedes Diaz Garcia, the repertoire will include Mariel by Osvaldo Golijov, a feature for marimba and cello, de Falla’s Suite Popular Espanola, “La Oracion del Torero” composed by Turina, and “Retablo” with soprano soloist.Ms. Diaz Garcia comes to northwest Ohio after an illustrious career, including conducting stints throughout North and South America and Europe. Her musical career began as an oboist and pianist, receiving degrees on both instruments. At the age of 19, Diaz Garcia was awarded a tenured position to teach oboe in the National Conservatories of Spain, one of the youngest people ever to achieve such a position. Currently, she serves as a Conducting Fellow at the College of Musical Arts, BGSU and is pursuing a doctorate in Contemporary Music. The Sunday recital will feature many talented soloists, including Hillary LaBonte, soprano; Henrique Medeiros Batista, marimba; Aleks Tengesdal, cello; and Octavian Moldovean, flute. St. Tim’s Discovers is dedicated to bringing classical music to communities throughout Northwest Ohio. The performance is free and open to the public; doors open at 2:30 PM.  St. Timothy’s is fully accessible with plenty of convenient parking.Information on all upcoming events in the series is available at www.saint-timothy.net.