Defiance Cultural Events Calendar

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July 2014

July 24, 7:30 p.m. ~ Music In Your Parks Series, Harpeth Rising, Triangle Park

Harpeth RisingWith a banjo, fiddle, hand drums and cello, Harpeth Rising is a little bit bluegrass, a little bit folk, a little bit classical and a whole lot original. Named for a small but powerful river in Tennessee, this band brings an exciting sound to the Americana genre. Event is free and open to the public.

July 31, August 1-3 ~ "Forever Plaid," Fort Defiance Players Dinner Theatre, Defiance College Serrick Center

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August 2014

July 31, August 1-3 ~ "Forever Plaid," Fort Defiance Players Dinner Theatre, Defiance College Serrick Center

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August 7, 6:00 p.m. ~ Music In Your Parks Series, Bud Widmer's Rube Band, UAW Park

Bud Widmer's Rube BandAlways a summer favorite for 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. Food available at 5:00 p.m.

August 26, 4:30 p.m. ~ DC Music Faculty Recital, Schomburg Auditorium, Defiance College Campus

Event is free and open to the public

August 26, 5:30-7:00 p.m. ~ Music Programs Open House, McCann Lounge, Defiance College Campus

Event is free and open to the public

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September 2014

September 14, 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  They began playing together to promote the music of Carlos Salzedo, along the way uncovering a number of his unpublished duo harp works.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.

September 25, 7:30 p.m. ~ DCCC 2014-2015 Performance Series Presents Benny Goodman Tribute with Dave Bennett, Historic Valentine Theater

Benny Goodman Tribute With Dave BennettClarinetist Dave Bennett has created written and “head” arrangements of many of Benny Goodman’s popular classics such as Moonglow, Body and Soul, and many others. The Dave Bennett group has worked out harmonized riffs and ensemble parts, famous from the original Goodman recordings of the 1930’s and 1940’s. Bennett’s knowledge of the Goodman recordings and his penchant for wire-rim glasses, spats and double-breasted suits transports the listener back to the time and mood of Benny Goodman.

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October 2014

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

October 16-18, 8:00 p.m. & October 19, 2:00 p.m. ~ DC Players & Fort Defiance Players Present "Les Miserables," Defiance Community Auditorium

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October 26, 7:00 p.m. ~ DCCC 2014-2015 Performance Series Presents QuintEssential Players, Stroede Center for the Arts

QuintEssential PlayersQuintEssential Players is comprised of members of the Lima Symphony Orchestra and was formed by hornist Scott Fisher. Formed in 2012, QEP has developed an eclectic music library numbering over sixty works spanning many styles. QEP’s mission is to elevate the genre of woodwind quintet music through live performance.

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November 2014

November 2, 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. ~ W. Oscar Jones Choral Festival, St. John United Church of Christ

Admission is $10

November 6, 7:30 p.m. ~ DCCC 2014-2015 Performance Series Presents Dodworth Saxhorn Band, Historic Valentine Theater

Dodworth Saxhorn BandThe Dodworth Saxhorn Band is a re-creation of one of America’s first all-brass bands.  Today’s band uses antique brass valve horns and drums built between 1840 and 1880 to create fun and excitement through 19th century authenticity. Using original instruments, drama, poetry, dance and audience participation, the band brings America’s musical past to life.

November 7, 7:00 p.m. ~ 2014-2015 Young Audience Series Presents Cooking Caravan, Stroede Center for the Arts

Event is free and open to the public

November 11, 7:30 p.m. ~ Defiance College Community Band, Veterans Tribute Concert, Defiance Community Auditorium

Event is free and open to the public

November 14, 7:00 p.m. ~ DC Chamber Singers Fall Showcase, Schomburg Auditorium, Defiance College Campus

Event is free and open to the public

November 23, 7:00 p.m. ~ DCCC 2014-2015 Performance Series Presents The Toledo Trio, Stroede Center for the Arts

The Toledo TrioComprised of pianist Michael Boyd, violinist Merwin Siu, and cellist Damon Coleman, the Toledo Trio performs traditional and contemporary literature for piano trio. Boyd, active as a soloist and collaborative artist, is Professor of Piano at the University of Toledo. Siu, Principal Second Violin of the Toledo Symphony, enjoys introducing audiences to works by contemporary composers. Coleman, also a member of the Toledo Symphony, has performed as a soloist across the county and in Europe, and has been featured on PBS specials and NPR broadcasts.

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December 2014

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

Event is free and open to the public

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

Event is free and open to the public

December 12, 7:00 p.m. ~ DC Black Swamp Strings Holiday Concert, St. John United Church of Christ

Event is free and open to the public

December 13, 7:00 p.m. ~ Holiday Blend Concert Featuring the DCples, Northwesternaires, & Tube Christmas, Historic Valentine Theatre

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

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.

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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 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 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

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May 2015

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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