Defiance Cultural Events Calendar

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May 2016

May 6, 7:30 p.m. ~ City of Defiance Hall of Fame Induction, Stroede Center for the Arts

Event is free and open to the public

May 13, 7:00 p.m. ~ 2015-2016 Young Audience Series Presents Opera On Wheels, Stroede Center for the Arts

Event is free and open to the public

May 14, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ~ 11th Annual Lilac Festival, Downtown Defiance

Event Attractions - Art/Craft & Food Vendors, Soles 4 Souls Donations, Children's Activites at Camp Bulldog, Defiance Area YMCA Purple 5K Run 8:30 a.m., Power of Purple Parade 10:00 a.m., Photo Contest Display 10:00 a.m.

Main State Entertainment - Cottonwood Jam String Band 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Sawmill Ridge 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

May 14, 8:00 p.m. ~ Cinema at the Stroede Presents "Some Like It Hot," Stroede Center for the Arts

Event is free and open to the public. Concessions available.

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June 2016

June 9, 7:30 p.m. ~ Music In Your Parks Presents Defiance College Community Band, Veterans Memorial Park (Latty's Grove), Defiance

Enjoy the DCCB for an evening of popular and classic band favorites as the band kicks off the Music In Your Parks series once again. Event is free and open to the public.

June 10, 7:00 p.m. ~ Cinema at the Stroede, Stroede Center for the Arts

A kid-friendly movie will be shown at 7:00 p.m. Events is free and open to the public. Concessions available.

June 11, 8:00 p.m. ~ Cinema at the Stroede, Stroede Center for the Arts

A classic movie will be shown at 8:00 p.m. Event is free and open to the public. Concessions available.

June 18 ~ 4th Annual Jazz Festival, Defiance, Ohio

June 23, 7:30 p.m. ~ Music In Your Parks Presents Tumbao Bravo, Triangle Park, Defiance

This exciting Cuban combo blends jazz and tasty Latin rhythms "like a cool breeze on a hot afternoon." Tumbao Bravo is the perfect summer entertainment. Event is free and open to the public.

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July 2016

July 14, 7:30 p.m. ~ Music In Your Parks Presents Bridge County Bluegrass, Triangle Park, Defiance

For those who love the driving beat of traditional bluegrass with mournful songs and strong instrumentals, Bridge County Bluegrass delivers. Enjoy bluegrass the way it was meant to be played. Event is free and open to the public.

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August 2016

August 4, 6:00 p.m. ~ Music In Your Parks Presents Bud Widmer's Rube Band, UAW Park, Defiance

Always fun for summer entertainment, Bud Widmer's Rube Band performs in conjunction with an ice cream social sponsored by the Defiance Senior Center. Event is free and open to the public.

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September 2016

September 15, 7:30 p.m. ~ DCCC Performance Series Presents Dwight Lenox & Lenox Avenue Express, Gathering Place (Historic Valentine Theater)

From blues to ballads and jazz to swing, Dwight Lenox & the Lenox Avenue Express shine. Lenox's vocals and the bands' smooth style lend to a vast repertoire from Nat King Cole to Frank Sinatra to Stevie Wonder to Lou Rawls.

September 18, 7:00 p.m. ~ DCCC Performance Series Presents Cosmos, Stroede Center for the Arts

The flute, viola, and harp ensemble Cosmos was founded with the goal of exploring music for this magical combination of instruments. This unique trio enjoys playing classics such as Ravel and music commissioned specifically for Cosmos.

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October 2016

October 20, 7:30 p.m. ~ DCCC Performance Series Presents Good Lovelies, Gathering Place (Historic Valentine Theater)

This award winning Canadian folk/country harmony trio is known for its winsome songwriting and impeccable vocals. Funny and upbeat, the Good Lovelies return to Defiance proving their band of folk music has universal appeal.

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November 2016

November 13, 7:00 p.m. ~ DCCC Performance Series Presents Bezonian Trio, Stroede Center for the Arts

Comprised of pianist Michael Boyd, violinist Merwin Sui, and cellist Damon Coleman, the Bezonian Trio has delighted audiences with its musicality and energetic programs featuring classic music by Beethoven, Dvorak, and Shostakovich.

November 17, 7:30 p.m. ~ DCCC Performance Series Presents Cakewalkin' Jass Band, Gathering Place (Historic Valentine Theater)

The Cakewalkin' Jass Band performs authentic New Orleans style jazz. The band, founded in 1967, was a fixture at Tony Packo's Cafe and has also performed at Ragtime Rick's and Murphy's Jazz Club. The band returns to Defiance bringing its infectious love of jazz music.

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December 2016

December 4, 7:00 p.m. ~ DCCC Performance Series Presents Moody Flutes, Stroede Center for the Arts

Performing since 1994, the Moody Flutes perform a repertoire which includes sacred, classical, jazz, patriotic, and even Celtic music. Their rich sound incorporates the deep bass, smoky alto, and bright concert flutes with the sweet piccolo. Kick off the holiday season with this Christmas performance.

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January 2017

January 29, 7:00 p.m. ~ DCCC Performance Series Presents Duo 1717, Stroede Center for the Arts

Baritone John Cerin and pianist Veena Kulharni established Duo 1717 in 2014. This classical crossover duo synthesizes their Indian-Filipino-American and Haitian backgrounds to explore music from all over the globe.

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February 2017

February 11, 7:30 p.m. ~ DCCC Performance Series Presents Big Band Sound of the DCCB, Defiance Eagles

The Big Band Sound of the DCCB features big band classics, including the music of Miller and Ellington. Always a favorite with Defiance audiences, the band is composed of area musicians who have a love of big band music.

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March 2017

March 12, 7:00 p.m. ~ DCCC Performance Series Presents Aebersold & Neiweem, Stroede Center for the Arts

Aebersold & Neiweem are internationally known exponents of music for both piano duet and two keyboards. The repertoire of these keyboard artists runs the gamut from Mozart to Brahms to contemporary composers.

March 30, 7:30 p.m. ~ DCCC Performance Series Presents Clear Fork Bluegrass Quartet, Gathering Place (Historic Valentine Theater)

Clear Fork Bluegrass Quartet, founded in 1984, is a blend of folk, bluegrass, and traditional country and American fiddle music. From fiery banjo instrumentals to sweet country waltzes, Clear Fork's affection for traditional American music emerges.

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