Toledo Symphony Orchestra

Toledo Zoo to host symphony & swing concerts

From TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Mercy Health Music Under the Stars at the Toledo Zoo Amphitheater will begin Sunday, July 8. Unwind on a warm Sunday evening and enjoy great music performed by the Toledo Symphony Concert Band, Toledo Symphony Chamber Players, Toledo Jazz Orchestra, and more. This year, each show will feature a fun musical theme aimed at family enjoyment. Each performance will be held at the Toledo Zoo’s Amphitheatre at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. July 8 – Stars, Stripes, and Sousa with the Toledo Symphony Concert Band July 15 – Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars: The Music of John Williams with the Toledo Symphony Concert Band July 22 – Christmas in July with the Toledo Symphony Chamber Players July 29 – Swing, Swing, Swing: Music of the Big Band Stars with the Toledo Jazz Orchestra. The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) will be offering its Music Under the Stars Shuttle once again for those wishing to participate in the Park-N-Ride Service. Music Under the Stars Shuttle Park-N-Ride locations are: Maumee – St. Luke’s Hospital (5901 Monclova Road) Sylvania – Centennial Terrace (main parking lot, 5773 Centennial Road) Toledo – Franklin Park Mall (parking lot behind Old Navy; pick up at shelters on Royer Road) Toledo – Miracle Mile Shopping Center (near the shelter, 1727 West Laskey Road) Waterville – Kroger (8730 Waterville Swanton Road) Patrons are to arrive at any TARTA Music Under the Stars Shuttle Park-N-Ride location at 6:30 PM for a direct round trip ride to the Toledo Zoo’s Broadway entrance. Bus fare is $1.25 per person each way (60 cents for Seniors 65+ and Medicare cardholders) and is payable before each trip from the Toledo Zoo’s Amphitheatre aboard shuttle. Return trips will leave 20 minutes after the end of each concert.

Indigo Girls to perform with Toledo Symphony, June 1

From TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Grammy award-winning Indigo Girls—iconic duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers—will come to Toledo on June 1, 2018 at 8 p.m. for a one-night-only Spotlight Event at the Stranahan Theater to perform some of their greatest hits including “Closer to Fine,” “Power of Two,” and “Galile” —all with full orchestra in a new sonic experience. Sara Jobin will lead the Toledo Symphony Orchestra for her final performance as Resident Conductor in this program of folk and symphonic music. Three decades after releasing their first album and countless U.S. and international tours later, the Indigo Girls continue to make waves on the music scene. They remain the only duo with top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 each decade since the 1980s. In 2012, Emily Saliers and Amy Ray began collaborating with orchestrators to create larger-than-life arrangements that combine the original instrumentation with a full orchestra of musicians, fusing together folk, rock, pop, and symphonic music into one. They have performed with more than 50 symphonies across America to date and will perform with the Toledo Symphony for the very first time in June. “The Indigo Girls have achieved a new and raw experience all over again without sacrificing any of the emotional qualities that defined their music over the years,” said Felecia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the Toledo Symphony. “It’s incredible. Together, they totally unleash the full power of symphony orchestra, performing with our musicians as opposed to in front them, and you will definitely hear that in their arrangements that are more akin to the music of John Williams’ film scores as opposed to music of Bach or Haydn.” “When I hear the symphony come in, it’s a convergence of a lot of feelings,” says Emily Saliers, according to the Indigo Girls website biography ( “First, you can’t believe your good fortune that it’s really happening, and then you’re hit with the power of this enormous, full orchestra coming from behind you. Even when we play by ourselves now, I can’t perform these songs without hearing the orchestra in my head.” Indigo Girls will take place Friday, June 1, 2018 at 8 p.m. at the Stranahan Theater. Tickets are available at or by calling the Toledo Symphony Box Office at 419-246-8000.

Alain Trudel makes debut as Toledo Symphony’s music director

From TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Praised for his “immense talent as conductor, musician, and performer” by La Presse, acclaimed Canadian conductor Alain Trudel returns to the Peristyle stage to conduct his first ProMedica Classics Series concerts since being appointed Music Director of the Toledo Symphony. Trudel will join Van Cliburn gold medalist Jon Nakamatsu for an exhilarating program inspired by the iconic Dies irae motif, performing Liszt’s Totentanz and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The program will finish with Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz. Alain Trudel has conducted every major orchestra in Canada, as well as orchestras in the UK, Sweden, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Japan, Hong-Kong, Malaysia, and Latin America. First known to the public as “the Jascha Heifetz of the trombone” by Le Monde de la musique, Trudel has also been a guest soloist with orchestras worldwide, including Philharmonique de Radio-France, Hong-Kong Philharmonic, Austrian Radio Orchestra, Festival Musica Strasbourg (France), Klangbogen Festival (Vienna), and Akiyoshidai and Hamamatsu Festival (Japan). “Alain last appeared at the Peristyle in April 2017, when he conducted Tchaikovsky and Dvořák,” says Zak Vassar, President & CEO of the Toledo Symphony. “Little did we know then that he would win the hearts of our musicians, trustees, and administration and become our next Music Director. I’m thrilled for audiences to see Alain again and glimpse what future concerts will bring.” American pianist Jon Nakamatsu continues to draw unanimous praise as a true virtuoso of the keyboard, whose playing combines elegance, clarity, and electrifying power. A native of California, Nakamatsu came to international attention in 1997 when he was named Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the only American to have achieved this distinction since 1981. Nakamatsu has performed widely in North and South America, Europe, and the Far East, collaborating with such conductors as James Conlon, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Osmo Vänskä, and Hans Vonk. He also performed at a White House concert hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton. Performances will take place Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24 at 8 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater. Tickets are available at or by calling the Toledo Symphony Box Office at 419-246-8000.

Symphony’s North Star Festival celebrates music of African Americans

From the TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Toledo has a rich history as a safe haven along the Underground Railroad, a 19th century network that helped many slaves escape to freedom. Toledo Symphony’s new North Star Festival highlights this local connection and celebrates the musical contribution of Black Americans throughout history. The Toledo Symphony Orchestra will present this North Star Festival from February through April in a series of concerts and collaborations, presenting music by Black American composers and about Black American history—from songs brought over to America during times of slavery to more contemporary music that pays tribute to the brave men and women of the Civil Rights Movement. “Lift Ev’ry Voice: The Musical Legacy of the Underground Railroad” will take place February 15, for two performances at 9:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater. The Toledo Symphony Orchestra along with additional community organizations will come together to explore Toledo’s Underground Railroad history through music. Special friends from the Lathrop House will be on hand to narrate and make history come to life. This program features a screening of the word-less storybook “Unspoken” by Henry Cole and a sing-along of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.” This event is sold out. A Preschool Storytime will take place February 22, at 10:30 a.m. at the Sanger branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. This Preschool Storytime will feature musical guest, members of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Free and open to the public. Registration required. Reaching for Our Stars will take place February 25, at 5:00 p.m. at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church. The Toledo Symphony Orchestra will perform a neighborhood concert in celebration of Black History Month. Tickets at St. Martin de Porres, 419-241-4544. An Instrument Petting Zoo will take place February 27, at 4:30 p.m. at the Kent branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. Children will see, hear, and play a variety of orchestral instruments. Members of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and the Toledo Symphony Youth Quartet will present music inspired by spirituals from the 1850s to present day. Free and open to the public. “A Conversation on Romance and Spirituals” will take place March 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the West Toledo branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. Merwin Siu, Toledo Symphony Artistic Administrator and Principal Second Violinist, will provide insights behind the programming of Romance and Spirituals, the Blade Chamber Series performance on March 11. Free and open to the public. “Romance and Spirituals Open Rehearsal” will take place March 11, at 1:15 p.m. at the Main Library of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. Audience members will hear music inspired by the Underground Railroad and experience a behind-the-scenes look at rehearsal as finishing touches are added to the program. Free and open to the public. “Romance and…

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

Noted young pianist Stewart Goodyear to perform ‘Emperor’ concerto with Toledo Symphony

From TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Proclaimed “a phenomenon” by the Los Angeles Times and “one of the best pianists of his generation” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart Goodyear is an accomplished young pianist, concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and composer. Goodyear will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”- known for its virtuosic style and wide dynamic ranges – with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra on January 12 & 13 at 8:00 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater. Goodyear began his musical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and later went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with legendary pianist Leon Fleisher. He then received his master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. Mr. Goodyear has performed with major orchestras all over the world including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony Orchestra. Following Beethoven’s heroic Piano Concerto No. 5, Maestro Giordano Bellincampi will conduct Brahms’s radiant Symphony No. 2 on Friday and Saturday evening. “This is a great concert to attend if you’re looking for an experience to start your year off on the right note. The dazzling Beethoven’s Emperor coupled with Brahms’s Second and its ability to draw you into the music from the very first notes will leave you feeling uplifted and refreshed.” said Felecia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the Toledo Symphony. Two performances of Beethoven’s Emperor will take place January 12 & 13 at 8 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater. Tickets to these performances are available at or by calling the Toledo Symphony Box Office.

Toledo Symphony, Toledo Ballet present classic “Nutcracker”

From TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphony will work closer than ever before in this December’s production of “The Nutcracker.” It will be the Toledo Ballet’s 77th annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s beloved masterpiece. This is a partnership rooted in history, as the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet have collaborated artistically on “The Nutcracker” since the 1940s. This year, the Toledo Ballet has committed to presenting “The Nutcracker” with the full Toledo Symphony in the orchestra pit. This makes the Toledo Ballet’s presentation of “Nutcracker” the only local production to include a full orchestra of professional musicians. The Toledo Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” presented in collaboration with the Toledo Symphony, will be performed December 9th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and December 10th at 2 p.m. at the Stranahan Theater. Tickets range from $24-$56 and can be purchased by calling 419-246-8000 or visiting The Toledo Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” the longest-running annual production of the ballet in the nation, brings to life E.T.A. Hoffman’s magical story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. “As two arts organizations, we individually present meaningful and relevant music and dance to our audiences, but we can do it so much better together. So, if you’re going to see ‘The Nutcracker’ this season, I want to make sure that you see the one with the full orchestra. Only then will you really grasp what Tchaikovsky was trying to achieve,” said Zak Vassar, President and CEO of the Toledo Symphony.“We are excited to partner with the Toledo Ballet in this special way. In an age where many ballet companies dance to prerecorded music, I am proud that the Toledo Ballet will perform with a full, live orchestra. It makes such a visceral difference for the audience and preserves the artistic tradition.” The partnership is not only musical, however. Beginning this season, the Toledo Symphony will incorporate “The Nutcracker” into its annual holiday series, where it will join the orchestra’s popular “Christmas at the Peristyle” and Handel’s Messiah. The orchestra will also provide marketing, public relations, and box office support for the Toledo Ballet’s three “Nutcracker” performances. “This kind of collaboration makes a lot of sense in a community like ours,” said Felecia Kanney, Marketing Director of the Toledo Symphony. “Adding the beloved ‘Nutcracker’ to the mix supports both organizations. We get to add a classic tradition to our holiday repertoire, and the Toledo Ballet gains in economies of scale. It’s mutually beneficial without increasing the ticket cost. For nearly 70 years, these two iconic arts institutions, the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet, have come together to bring the joy of ‘The Nutcracker’ to the community. This closer partnership paves the way for an improved patron experience and reaffirms our commitment that we will settle for nothing but the best for audience goers.” “I am very excited to…

Powerhouse Brahms performance to highlight Toledo Symphony program, Nov. 17 & 18

From THE TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Violin virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine, known for her cross-over performances of classical music and heavy metal covers on violin, will perform the celebrated Brahms Violin Concerto with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 17 & 18 at 8 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater.   Rachel Barton Pine has been featured on programs including PBS Newshour, The Today Show, NBC Network News’ “Making a Difference,” and CBS Sunday Morning. She began violin studies at age 3 and made her professional debut at age 7. Today, she is renowned as a leading interpreter of the great classical masterworks who performs with major orchestras around the world under the baton of conductors including Charles Dutoit, John Nelson, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Neeme Järvi, and Marin Alsop.   The Brahms Violin Concerto is one of Pine’s longtime favorites, she considers it one of the most fulfilling works she performs. Pine has been fascinated with the Brahms Concerto since her earliest violin lessons.  She began studying the work when she was 14, and it rapidly became a mainstay of her repertoire. It was with the Brahms Concerto that she won several of her international prizes and made many of her debuts in Europe, America, and Israel. Rachel Barton Pine shares a strong connection with the Brahms Violin Concerto. “I’m always working to find an effective balance between intellectual validity and instinct — good ideas won’t be effective if you don’t feel them inside, but what you feel needs to be backed up by something more meaningful than ‘I like it that way.’ Basically, every performance needs to be a true collaboration between the performer and the composer, even if the composer has long passed away,” says Pine. Pine’s personal connections to the Brahms Violin Concerto even extend to the very instrument she uses to play it: a 1742 Guarneri violin hand-picked by Brahms himself for Marie Soldat, a talented musician who was one of the biggest champions of the composer’s Violin Concerto, and later became famous for playing it. Soldat received the violin in 1897, and since then it has been intimately connected to Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major. “I like to think that Brahms chose this violin in part because its voice represents most closely what he envisioned for his concerto,” says Pine. “The Brahms Violin Concerto completes our powerhouse program of famous classical works which also includes Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 and Overture to the Marriage of Figaro. This is a concert that everyone—from casual listeners to aficionados—will enjoy,” said Felecia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the Toledo Symphony. Tickets for Dvořák’s New World are available at or by calling the Toledo Symphony Box Office at 419-246-8000.

Toledo Symphony gives voice to BGSU student composers work

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Before Tuesday, this music was just a complicated series of marks on score paper, residing on computer hard drives and in the composers’ heads. Then the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and conductor Michael Lewanski rolled into Kobacker Hall, and it all came to life in vivid orchestral colors. It filled the hall with brass chorales, tuba solos, swirling clarinets, flute melodies, the drone of double basses, harp glissandi, and swelling waves of strings. Sometimes the music was barely a whisper with the violins scraping their strings tonelessly and the brass players breathing through their horns. The music of future had arrived. Tuesday the sixth Toledo Symphony Student Composer Reading Session was held at Bowling Green State University. Each year five student composers, undergraduates and graduates, are selected to have their short orchestral pieces performed by the symphony. The five composers this year were: Kory Reeder, Graeme Materne, Adam Kennaugh, Chuanhao Zhang, and Ashlin Hunter. “For students to really hear these sounds played by high level professionals is quite exceptional. It’s really quite unusual,” said guest composer Andrew Norman, who would later meet with the composers to discuss their work. The Los Angeles-based composer said when he was asked to come to BGSU, “I expected to hear fabulous new music. “This university is known all over the country for being a center of really interesting progressive new music, and I wasn’t disappointed,” he said. “There was so many different kinds of music being made, such a wide diversity of approaches to the orchestra, and each composer had such a different sonic identity.” Merwin Siu, principal second violin and artistic administrator with the orchestra, echoed those sentiments. “You’re listening to people engaged in the process of finding their voice. They’re in various stages of that. When you hear somebody’s voice you think ‘wow, this person sounds like themselves, fully realized.’ That’s an exciting process.” “The students make a huge leap in one day,” said Christopher Dietz, a member of the BGSU composition faculty who runs the event. “Sometimes education is incremental, and that’s good. Other times you need to have that road to Damascus experience.” Each composition is played once through, then the student composer joins Lewanski at the podium and makes comments and takes questions from the conductor and members of orchestra. Then the orchestra plays the composition again. Lewanski thanked the orchestra for its efforts. He said when they play it through the first time there are understandably problems. Then they address a few specific parts and play the piece again and “95 percent is fixed.” The performance is recorded. That, said Hunter, is a very important element to add to her portfolio. “You sit there and write dots on a page and you’re not sure what’s going to happen, and all of sudden you…

Third grader Evie Van Vorhis blossoms as a singer

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News With the full force of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra at her back, Evie Van Vorhis let her voice soar. Performing before more than 1,000 of her elementary school peers in the Toledo Museum of Art, the young singer sent the dulcet melody of “Ave Maria” projecting to the very back of the hall. She was, conductor Sara Jobin said, probably the youngest soprano soloist the orchestra has accompanied. “That’s was crazy,” Evie said afterward, showing for all her preternatural talent, she’s still a third grader. Beforehand, she’d admitted, she was nervous. That was quite an admission for a singer who in the past 15 months has sung in dozens of venues large and small. Her first big break came when she sang the National Anthem for Martina McBride concert at the 2016 Wood County Fair. Since then she’s performed the anthem for the Toledo Walleyes, Bowling Green State University and University of Toledo athletic events, and presented concerts in area nursing homes and senior centers. With Christmas season near at hand, she has a full schedule – 18 appearances through the end of the year. That includes auditions for Ohio’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent. Locally she’ll be the soloist at the Bowling Green Veterans Day ceremony, Nov. 11,  at Pemberville’s Christmas in the Village  Nov. 26, and The Waterville Playshop’s “We Wish You a Broadway Christmas,” Dec. 11 and 12. Her 30-minute Christmas programs will showcase a variety of songs from “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” to “O Holy Night.” Evie, who attends Conneaut Elementary, first revealed her talent in the backseat of the family car. She was singing “Amazing Grace,” a song she learned from her grandfather and “Veggie Tales,” in full voice and “moving up the scale.” She realized that her mother was impressed. “Her jaw dropped.” Beth Van Vorhis recalled thinking: “What are we going to do with this?” She inquired about voice lessons, but was told Evie was still too young. But singer Kim Buehler, a popular local vocalist from Sylvania, heard her and said she’d teach her. “She keeps the lessons fun, not too technical,” Van Vorhis said, an assessment Evie seconded. Recently, Evie has started taking piano lessons and has already composed two songs. Evie has perfect pitch as recently demonstrated when on hearing a song on YouTube and noted it was in another key from what she was accustomed to. Buehler confirmed Evie’s observation and playfully called her “some kind of prodigy freak,” Van Vorhis said. Evie would also like to take up flute as a band instrument. She takes gymnastics and studies ballet at the Black Swamp Fine Arts School. She’s performed with 3B Productions as well as the Waterville Playshop. She admires Abby Paskvan, another vocalist from Bowling Green who got a…

Toledo Symphony establishes $10,000 scholarship for BGSU composition students

From TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Toledo Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce an exciting new scholarship opportunity for Bowling Green State University students. Each year, two Toledo Symphony Composition Scholarships will be awarded to incoming students in the Master of Music in Composition degree program at BGSU. To be considered for this award, composition applicants must include a previously written work for orchestra and/or a large instrumental ensemble in their application portfolio.  A jury of composition faculty members reviews the candidates’ work based on an evaluation of their current abilities as well as the prospect of their continuing development as a composer of orchestral music. Scholarship recipients are awarded $10,000 for demonstrating such musical excellence in their program. During the second year of their degree, each scholarship recipient is guaranteed a spot in the annual Toledo Symphony BGSU Student Composition Reading Session. The annual TSO Readings at BGSU are a unique opportunity for students to hear their work read by a professional orchestra along with gaining knowledge and insight from guest composers. Once the scholarship recipients are chosen, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra has the ability to request exclusive performance rights for the newly composed works. Zak Vassar, President & CEO of the Toledo Symphony, considers the scholarship program an investment in the future of classical music and the Toledo community. “BGSU’s College of Musical Arts has cultivated many wonderful composers, and writing new music has become a major point of differentiation for the College. I am proud to further the relationship between our organizations by helping BGSU to attract the highest tier of up-and-coming composers. This brings great vitality, experimentation, and creativity to our region, and it represents a clear investment in the future of our art form.” Bill Mathis, Dean of the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University states, “The College of Musical Arts’ relationship with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra has always been strong. The TSO Composition Scholarship is perhaps the best example of our current efforts to strengthen and formalize our collaborations into the future. We are extremely grateful for the vision and dedication to music education by the Symphony Board of Directors through the establishment of this scholarship.” This scholarship is made possible through annually-supported funds. Donors who support this scholarship will be recognized for their commitment to excellence at Bowling Green State University through various communication platforms. This year, the annual Toledo Symphony Orchestra Composer’s Reading Session will be held on November 7th in Kobacker Hall, located in the Moore Musical Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Felecia Kanney, Toledo Symphony Director of Marketing at, or Christopher Dietz, Associate Professor of Composition at Bowling Green State University at

Audra McDonald to perform with Toledo Symphony, talk at UT

From TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, Broadway icon Audra McDonald will be here in Toledo for a one-night-only Spotlight performance with the Toledo Symphony on Nov. 4, 8 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater. Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2015 and recipient of the 2015 National Medal of the Arts—America’s highest honor for achievement in the arts—from President Barack Obama, Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as a singer and actress. In addition to her Tony-winning performances, including “Carousel,”A” Raisin in the Sun,” and”The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” she has also appeared on Broadway in “The Secret Garden,” “Marie Christine” (Tony nomination), and “110 in the Shade” (Tony nomination). On television, Audra McDonald was seen by millions as Mother Abbess in NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live!” and played Dr. Naomi Bennett on ABC’s “Private Practice.” She won an Emmy Award for her role as host of PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center. On film, she has appeared in “Seven Servants,” “The Object of My Affection,” “Cradle Will Rock,” “It Runs in the Family,” “The Best Thief in the World,” “She Got Problems,” “Rampart,” “Ricki and the Flash,” and most recently, Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast.” Audra McDonald is as much at home on Broadway and opera stages as she is in roles on film and television. In addition to her theatrical work, she maintains a major career as a concert and recording artist, regularly appearing on the great stages of the world. “We are reaching new heights this season with our programming, bringing the greatest voices of our generation to Toledo,” said Felecia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the Toledo Symphony. “Audra McDonald is one of the finest voices in the world. Her program of Broadway favorites by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, George Gershwin, and songs from her latest album titled “Go Back Home” is a program that will be remembered for years to come.” This one-night-only performance with Audra McDonald and the Toledo Symphony will take place Nov. 4, 8 p.m. at the Peristyle Theater. Tickets range from $49-$99 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 419-246-8000 or visiting Following her Nov. 4 performance with the Toledo Symphony, Audra McDonald will travel to The University of Toledo to serve as the 2017 Edward Shapiro Distinguished Lecture speaker. The event will be held on Sunday, Nov. 5 at The University of Toledo in Doermann Theater   located in University Hall on Main Campus from noon to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. The annual lecture is made possible by the…

Toledo Symphony expands TSO in HD offerings

From TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Toledo Symphony announced on Wednesday that it will expand its popular TSO in HD program to its entire Classics series at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theatre for the upcoming 2017-2018 season. The expansion is made possible by a major grant from Buckeye Broadband. The TSO in HD program installs large, high-definition screens on either side of the Peristyle stage. This allows audiences to view live footage of the concert as the orchestra performs. Close- up shots follow major themes in the music and reveal rare, on-stage perspectives to concertgoers. The technology debuted in 2015 at a special Gala featuring world-renowned violinist, Joshua Bell. Audiences will next have the opportunity to see TSO in HD in action at the orchestra’s opening weekend, September 29 and 30, 2017, at the Peristyle. At each concert, the Toledo Symphony’s Chief Artistic Officer and President Emeritus, Robert Bell, will work with a team of producers and on-stage cameramen from WGTE Public Media. Together, the team works from a conductor’s score and cues the cameras to create the real-time video feed. Due to the high costs of labor and technology, current funding allows the Toledo Symphony to provide TSO in HD at just one Classics weekend and three educational programs each season. Thanks to a grant from Buckeye Broadband, the Toledo Symphony will be able to present TSO in HD at all of its Classics performances at the Peristyle, from September 2017 to May 2018. “Buckeye is proud to be the TSO in HD technology sponsor and enhance the concert experience for the entire Peristyle audience,” says Bonnie Ash, Director of Community Affairs at Buckeye Broadband. The value of Buckeye Broadband’s funding has not been disclosed. “The TSO in HD concept has become very popular,” says Zak Vassar, President and CEO of the Toledo Symphony. “In the traditional setup, the audience’s view is limited to the first couple rows of musicians – mostly violinists and cellists. The HD screens provide close-up views of the percussion, brass, woodwinds, and conductor, so audiences can appreciate how talented our musicians really are.” He adds, “It’s a wholly unique use of technology in the concert hall. I’m not aware of any other orchestra that uses real-time videography at its performances.” TSO in HD also has an educational component. Last January, for example, audiences were treated to virtuosic performances by Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs. Cameras captured his performance from all vantage points, including an innovative “foot cam” that was trained on his feet as he maneuvered a keyboard of foot pedals. “I think the screens help audiences to grasp musical texture better and understand how instruments work,” said Vassar. “Overall, the screens allow listeners to become viewers, which is vital to the live concert experience. We are thankful to Buckeye Broadband for enabling…

Crystal Bowersox headlines first of ProMedica sponsored concerts in downtown Toledo

From PROMEDICA & TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ProMedica will celebrate the opening of its new downtown headquarters and a renovated Promenade Park with three free summer concerts, featuring singers with local connections and national acts, all with musicians from the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. The event will be free and open to the community. The inaugural ProMedica Summer Concert Series will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 21, with a concert featuring Crystal Bowersox and Calysta Bevier. Bowersox, an Ottawa County native, burst onto the national entertainment scene in 2010. The singer-songwriter now lives in Nashville and in June released a new album called “Alive.” Musicians from the TSO will join Bowersox on stage for her portion of the concert. Bevier of Grand Rapids, Ohio, is a singer-songwriter who survived a rare form of cancer. She was a semi-finalist last fall on America’s Got Talent, which propelled her to a budding music career. She continues to be an inspirational speaker to cancer patients. The second concert will be 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, and features Grammy Award-winning producer and vocalist Steve Tyrell. The third concert, A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Prince, will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. A tribute band made up of former members of Prince’s New Power Generation will perform his biggest hits, including “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” “U Got the Look,” “Raspberry Beret,” and more. The concerts will be reminiscent of the Rally by the River events at Promenade Park in the 1980s and early 1990s, but larger in scope of entertainment. The stage will be near the Maumee River; the performers also will be seen on a video wall on the side of the new parking garage. Each event will feature food trucks and an area serving beer and wine. For more information about these events, visit ProMedica is a mission-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization serving northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. The 12-hospital system has more than 15,000 employees, nearly 2,100 physicians and advanced practice providers with privileges, and more than 800 healthcare providers employed by ProMedica Physicians. Additionally it offers a health plan, Paramount, which serves 331,000 members including more than 230,000 members in the statewide Medicaid plan. Driven by its Mission to improve your health and well-being, ProMedica offers a full range of diagnostic, medical and surgical specialties in areas such as emergency medicine and trauma, behavioral health, heart and vascular, oncology, orthopaedics, neurology, and women’s and children’s services. The health system has been nationally recognized for its advocacy programs and efforts to raise awareness about hunger as a health issue. For more information about ProMedica, please visit The Toledo Symphony is a community-supported organization that is an exceptional musical presence for the region, creating a home for professional musicians and teachers who deliver outstanding performances and music…

Canadian Alain Trudel to lead Toledo Symphony

by DENNIS BOVA Toledo Symphony Orchestra The Toledo Symphony Orchestra today announced the signing of acclaimed Canadian conductor Alain Trudel as its new Music Director beginning in the fall of 2018, the start of the TSO’s 75th season. Until then, Trudel, who will turn 51 on Tuesday, June 13, will serve as the TSO’s Music Director Designate. He will conduct two performances in the 2017-2018 season, including the music of Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Berlioz, and Mozart.He will be Music Director Designate from June 9, 2017 to June 30, 2018. His three-year contract as Music Director will run from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021. Toledo audiences saw Trudel, a Montreal native, two months ago. He led the Symphony in the April 7 and 8 Classics concerts, which featured Grammy Award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich. Maestro Trudel earned standing ovations for his interpretation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. “Alain’s appointment concludes a two-year search for our next Music Director,” said TSO President & CEO Zak Vassar. “In his evaluation, he received unanimous support from the Toledo Symphony’s musicians, trustees, search committee, and staff,” Vassar added. “I look forward to working with Alain and beginning an exciting new chapter in the TSO story.” “The Symphony is extremely fortunate to attract a conductor as gracious and talented as Alain Trudel,” said Randy Oostra, chairman of the TSO Board of Trustees and President and CEO of ProMedica. “He quickly connected to the musicians and the audience when he was here in April. His joy for music is obvious, and he will share that joy not only with our audiences, but also with individuals and groups throughout the communities of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.” Trudel is delighted to join the team of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. “I am very excited to join such a great family of artists who share my common goals of excellence, education, and community involvement,” Trudel said. “I am humbled to be entrusted with the leadership of the orchestra and look forward to leading us all to new heights of artistry and relevance in our community.” Trudel has a strong history of symphonic leadership. He is Music Director of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval (Quebec) and Principal Youth and Family Conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ontario), Principal Guest Conductor of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, and Guest Musical Advisor for the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.In addition, Trudel led the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) Radio Orchestra, taking the ensemble to new heights of artistic quality as well as public and critical acclaim. “Alain Trudel is profound, thoughtful, and loving,” said Marie-Pierre Rolland, Directrice Générale of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval. “He is a hard-working person, with a great sense of humor. He also is a brilliant communicator who puts the public upfront in every aspect of his artistic actions.” “Alain is a…