Defiance Cultural Events Calendar

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December 2014

December 6, 7:00 p.m. ~ DC Chamber Singers Holiday Choral Concert, St. John United Church of Christ

A Holiday Choral Concert presented by the DC Chamber Singers in coordination with the University Chorale of OSU-Lima. Familiar carols will be presented in new arrangements with chamber orchestra and more than 100 voices filling the beautiful sanctuary. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. Event is free and open to the public.

December 9, 7:00 p.m. ~ Defiance College Community Band, Holiday Pops Concert, Defiance Community Auditorium

The Defiance College Community Band will offer a Holiday Pops family-friendly concert at the Defiance Community Auditorium. The program is full of childhood favorites, old and new, and an appearance by the DC Sisters. Bring the kids and a camera for some great family photos with some special guests. The doors open at 6:15 p.m. Event is free and open to the public.

December 11, 7:00 p.m. ~ DC Black Swamp Strings Holiday Concert, St. John United Church of Christ

The Defiance College Black Swamp Orchestra will perform a Holiday Concert at St. John United Church of Christ. An orchestra of all ages, the group celebrates the holiday season with a family friendly concert full of traditional carols, scenes from the “Nutcracker” and vocal guests the DCples. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. Event is free and open to the public.

December 13, 7:00 p.m. ~ Holiday Blend Concert Featuring the DCples, Northwesternaires, & Brass Ensemble, Defiance Community Auditorium

The Northwesternaires barbershop chorus will join with the DC Chamber group, the DCples, and a brass ensemble to present a Holiday Blend concert at the Community Auditorium. The sounds of the season will be heard through voices, brass, harp, and many more surprises. The concert admission is $5, and doors open at 6:15 p.m.

December 14, 7:00 p.m. ~ DC Choral Union, 43rd Annual Messiah Performance, St. John United Church of Christ

The Defiance College Music Programs will present the 43rd annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at St. John United Church of Christ. Accompanied by string orchestra, Defiance tradition features soloists from Defiance College and the surrounding community. The doors open at 6:15 p.m. Event is free and open to the public.

December 20, Workshop 4:00 p.m. & Performance 7:00 p.m. ~ 2014-2015 Young Audience Series, ArtReach Theater Troupe Presents "The Night Before Christmas," Stroede Center for the Arts

Event is free and open to the public

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January 2015

January 12, 5:00 p.m. ~ Defiance Community Cultural Council Board Meeting, Stroede Center for the Arts

January 24, 7:30 p.m. ~ DCCC 2014-2015 Performance Series Presents Swingmania, Defiance Eagles

SwingmaniaSwingmania, AKA “The Jeff McDonald Band,” is a dedicated group of talented Toledo area musicians whose goal is to entertain whether the audience is accustomed to “the Big Band Swing Sound” or not. Swingmania’s musical library includes all the big name bandleaders Dorsey, Miller, James, Krupa, Kenton, Herman, Brown and more. From Goodman’s “Sing Sing Sing” to Sinatra’s “New York, New York,” this band plays all the tunes you love.

January 25, 7:00 p.m. ~ DCCC 2014-2015 Performance Series Presents Salzedo Harp Duo, Stroede Center for the Arts

Salzedo Harp DuoNancy Lendrim and Jody Guinn have performed together for over twenty-five years.  Both studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Salzedo School in Camden, Maine.  They began playing together to promote the music of Carlos Salzedo, along the way uncovering a number of his unpublished duo harp works.  They have performed at conferences of the American Harp Society and the World Harp Congress and have given concerts and master classes throughout the United States.  Lendrim is Principal Harpist with the Toledo Symphony, and Guinn holds the same position with the Akron Symphony.

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February 2015

February 8, 7:00 p.m. ~ DCCC 2014-2015 Performance Series Presents Du & Sim Piano Duo, Stroede Center for the Arts

Du & Sim Piano DuoThe Stroede Center welcomes duo pianists Ming-Wu Du and Helen Sim back to the stage for an evening of piano magic. One reviewer called them “a thrilling duo in glorious form.” This married couple met at Julliard and has since traveled extensively, exhibiting their unique blend of dexterity and artistry.  Du and Sim have won many musical honors and awards and have been exuberantly praised by critics. It has been said that they “bring a slick and suave finesse to their music-making, proffering a vibrant patina of sound and sure-fisted rhythmic variety.”

February 12, 7:30 p.m. ~ DCCC 2014-2015 Performance Series Presents Big Band Sound of the DCCB, Historic Valentine Theater

Big Band Sound of the DCCBAlways a favorite with Defiance audiences, the Big Band Sound of the DCCB continues to delight audiences. Organized as part of the Defiance College Community Band, the ensemble is comprised of area musicians who share a love of big band music.  Join director Scott Rogers, the DC Sisters, and the band for an evening of big band classics featuring the music of Ellington, Basie and Miller.

February 19-21, 8:00 p.m. & February 22, 2:00 p.m. ~ DC Players, Spring Play, Schomburg Auditorium, Defiance College Campus

$5 general admission, free with DC ID

February 28, Workshop 4:00 p.m. & Performance 7:00 p.m. ~ 2014-2015 Young Audience Series Presents Lyn Ford, Storyteller, Stroede Center for the Arts

Event is free and open to the public

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March 2015

March 12-14, 7:30 p.m. ~ Young People's Theatre Guild Spring Performance

March 21, 7:30 p.m. ~ Defiance College Community Band, Come to the Cabaret Concert, Weaner Center, Defiance College Campus

March 26, 7:30 p.m. ~ DCCC 2014-2015 Performance Series Presents Old Crown Brass Band, Historic Valentine Theater

Old Crown Brass BandThe Old Crown Brass Band, founded in 2007, is a traditional British-style ensemble made up of brass and percussionists from northeastern Indiana and northwestern Ohio.  The unique sound of this brass band stems from the use of instruments not typically found in the American concert band such as E-flat soprano and B-flat cornets, flugelhorns, tenor horns, baritone horns, euphoniums and bass and contrabass tubas.

March 29, 7:00 p.m. ~ DCCC 2014-2015 Performance Series Presents Denise Ritter & Michael Boyd in Concert, Stroede Center for the Arts

Denise Ritter & Michael BoydLyric soprano Denise Ritter has extensive oratorio experience with performances under the batons of world-renowned conductors, such as Robert Shaw and John Rutter. She is known for her ability to sing a variety of styles, her brilliant high notes, pure tone, warmth and musical intelligence. Michael Boyd is active as a soloist, collaborative artist, lecturer and teacher. Boyd has performed across the country including performances with the Rochester Philharmonic and Milwaukee Symphony. Ritter and Boyd present a program that includes works by Rodrigo, Wolf, Bizet, Berlioz and Granados.

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April 2015

April 6, 5:00 p.m. ~ Defiance Community Cultural Council Board Meeting, Stroede Center for the Arts

April 10, 7:00 p.m. ~ 2014-2015 Young Audience Series Presents Jazz for Kids, Stroede Center for the Arts

Event is free and open to the public

April 26, 4:30 p.m. ~ Defiance College Chamber Singers & Choral Union Spring Concert, St. John United Church of Christ

Event is free and open to the public

April 28, 7:30 p.m. ~ Defiance College Community Band, Spring Concert, Defiance Community Auditorium

Event is free and open to the public

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May 2015

May 1, 7:00 p.m. ~ DC Black Swamp Strings, Spring Concert, St. John United Church of Christ

Event is free and open to the public

May 16, Workshop 4:00 p.m. & Performance 7:00 p.m. ~ 2014-2015 Young Audience Series Presents Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band, Stroede Center for the Arts

Event is free and open to the public

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